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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The Problem

Flabby skin on the belly is usually the result of weight-loss, yo-yo dieting or pregnancy. It might just be lax and wrinkled skin that has lost its elasticity, but in more extreme cases the muscles are stretched and there can be unattractive, overhanging folds of skin that won’t spring back into shape.

Pregnancy, weight loss and the natural ageing process can leave behind excess, sagging skin around the stomach(abdomen) area, which can’t be banished through exercise or non-invasive treatments. The solution is an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, which will give you a flatter, firmer abdomen.

We are proud to offer you a team of the most experienced Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the UK for our tummy tuck treatments in London, Bristol, BirminghamBuckinghamshireNorthampton, Leeds and Manchester.

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What is an Abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen flatter and firmer. Excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen area in order to tighten the muscles and tissues of the abdominal area.

There is a variety of different tummy tuck techniques. The one you have will depend on how much skin and fat you have removed. Your surgeon will explain which type is most suitable for you.

  • Full Abdominoplasty – Best for patients who have a large amount of excess skin. A full tummy tuck is known as the standard tummy tuck and it is designed to remove fat, repair any torn muscles and removes excess skin.
  • Extended Abdominoplasty – Best for patients who have excess fat and skin in the flanks, upper hip, and lower back regions. An extended tummy tuck will remove skin and fat from all of these areas as well as repairing any torn muscles if required.
  • Mini Abdominoplasty – Best for patients who only have a small amount of tissue between the area above your pubic region to the tummy button, your stomach may have a crinkly appearance but doesn’t necessarily over-hang. A mini tummy tuck can also still repair the muscles as well as removing excess skin and tightening up the lower part of the tummy.
  • Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty – Designed to target excess skin from both the upper and lower abdomen in a vertical direction. The skin is pulled downward and inwards towards the centre of your abdomen resulting in a smooth and tummy.
  • Brazilian Tummy Tuck – A combination of liposuction with a tummy tuck, best for patients with more excess skin than fat. Liposuction is used to remove fat from the flanks and waist as well as the abdomen to give you a more sculpted appearance. By incorporating liposuction it allows the skin to heal quicker and the procedure can be performed as a day case with less risk of complications associated with a full abdominoplasty. Mr William Van Nierkerk is able to offer Brazilian tummy tucks in London.

It is becoming more common that abdominoplasty is combined with stomach liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat and leave you with a slimmer contour and there are a number of variations on the procedure which your surgeon will discuss with you during your consultation.

Before the liposuction procedure was invented, an abdominoplasty was the only procedure carried out to remove excess fat. Depending on the amount of excess skin and fat you have, VASER liposuction may be a more suitable, minimally invasive option for you. You may find that the results of liposuction are sufficient for your desired results. Our Doctors will always offer you the most suitable option for you and your body.

Tummy tucks should not be thought of as a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program. The procedure cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be treated.

Flabby skin on the belly is usually the result of weight-loss, yo-yo dieting or pregnancy. It might just be lax and wrinkled skin that has lost its elasticity, but in more extreme cases the muscles are stretched and there can be unattractive, overhanging folds of skin that won’t spring back into shape.

If you’ve worked hard in the gym and are leading a healthy lifestyle you will soon realize that you can’t shift these folds of stretched skin through diet and exercise alone. For many, swimwear or fitted clothes just aren’t an option and if you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your tummy it can really affect your body confidence.

The Problem

Flabby skin on the belly is usually the result of weight-loss, yo-yo dieting or pregnancy. It might just be lax and wrinkled skin that has lost its elasticity, but in more extreme cases the muscles are stretched and there can be unattractive, overhanging folds of skin that won’t spring back into shape.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure

Depending on how much fat and skin require removing, and the type of abdominal reduction being carried out, the operation may take up to three hours under general anaesthetic.

The procedure starts with an incision across the base of the abdomen, from hip to hip, that generally follows the pubic lining (bikini line for women). Incisions for a mini tummy tuck can be significantly smaller. Your surgeon may also make a second cut to remove your belly button from the surrounding skin.

The stretched or torn muscles will then be pulled together and stitched in place. Excess fat will also be removed, pulled down, and stitched into place. Once all your excess skin is removed, your belly button is then repositioned correctly.

Once the skin and fat removals are completed, all incisions are stitched and your lower abdomen is strapped with bandages.

With a modified, or mini, tummy tuck, you may only have an incision below your abdomen.

The Results

Whatever your motivation, having a tummy tuck will give you a flatter tummy, by removing the loose skin, that is more proportionate with your body shape. The changes will last as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight after your surgery.

Within a week or two of your procedure, swelling will begin to reduce and you should be able to stand tall fully upright.

It may take up to six months for your abdominal area to settle completely so that you can see the full results of your abdominoplasty – shorter for a modified tummy tuck.

Recovery / Downtime

Typically you’ll require a two-day stay in hospital, after which you will be discharged with an abdominal support garment that must be worn constantly for the first 2 weeks, and only during the day for a further month. You will also be prescribed a course of antibiotics, which must be taken.

We recommend that you book two to three weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least six weeks.

Why choose The Private Clinic

With over 35 years of experience in helping men and women get back their body confidence, The Private Clinic prides itself on setting the highest industry standards and working with the most capable and experienced surgeons. From our relaxed, sympathetic and informative consultations to the very best aftercare, you’ll be given first-class treatment every step of the way.

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    I had a Brazilian Abdominoplasty done with The Private Clinic in Harley Street. I have to say the procedure went well, the care and the team was fantastic. Most of all the surgeon Mr William Van Niekerk was brilliant. I never had any pain after the procedure and I highly recommend The Private Clinic.

    Princey, London

    I had my surgery in at The Fitzroy Hospital which is where Mr Fazel mainly operates from. The staff there were lovely and the nurses were very patient focused. On the day of my surgery, Mr Fazel again confirmed my procedure, I wasn’t worried but I believe people who were feeling nervous would have been calmed down by Mr Fazel instantly before going to theatre. I placed my life in his hands with his full trust and I had no worries at all.

    Zoe, Birmingham

    Mr Adrian Richards and his team are truly fantastic. They have changed my life and given me a new found confidence. The care I received during my Implant Removal / Tummy Tuck operation at the hospital and before/after at the Princes Risborough clinic is second to none. I had my pre op with nurse Sinead who was so lovely and completely put me at ease. I also met with the admin team at the clinic to go over more questions which made me feel confident that I am in very good hands! After the procedure I had his nurses calling and texting me regularly to make sure I’m ok which really put my mind at ease knowing that I was in good care. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Mr Richards and his team truly care and made me feel secure.

    Hayley, Bucks

    Absolutely delighted with the results. The surgery was nice and easy. I always received good advice and guidance from the doctor and nurses. I was looked after so well during my recovery period. I love my new shape and couldn’t be happier. Only regret that I didn’t do it earlier. Thanks a lot! *

    I.P., London

    The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 93% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

    The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any Tummy Tuck advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons. Tummy Tuck Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

    The average price for a mini-tummy tuck starts from £5,670. If you require a full tummy tuck the price starts from £8,295. You will be given an accurate quote for your procedure following your consultation.

    We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon. A consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons is £50. Please note that consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with the Surgeons.

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