This surgery can be carried out by one of our experienced consultants.
Abdominoplasty is also known as a tummy tuck. It’s a popular form of cosmetic surgery in which a surgeon removes excess abdominal skin and fatty tissue to create a smoother, firmer, and more toned body contour.
If you’re unhappy with the tone and texture of your tummy, if there is sagging or an overhang following weight loss, pregnancy, or Caesarean section, an abdominoplasty at the London Clinic can help. The highly-skilled surgeons can remove surplus skin and tissue, excise scars, and stretch marks and restore body confidence.
The cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgeons at The London Clinic are among the best in the world. They operate in state-of-the-art theatres, using the latest equipment and technology. They are assisted by an expert multidisciplinary team that will support your safe recovery in comfortable, well-appointed private rooms.
What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is surgery to remove loose skin and tighten the tummy. A tummy tuck can remove sagging, wrinkly and overhanging skin to leave the abdomen smooth, flat, and firm.
Who can benefit from abdominoplasty surgery?
Increasing age, pregnancy, and weight changes can leave the abdomen loose, lumpy, and unsightly. Excess skin or a fatty overhang over the lower tummy and pelvis can be uncomfortable and difficult to disguise, even in clothing.
Many people find that weight loss compounds rather than improves the problem. If your appearance is affecting your self-esteem, you may benefit from abdominoplasty surgery.
The effects of abdominoplasty can be much more than physical. Your confidence and body-image can also be improved following surgery.
If muscle weakness is contributing to your abdominal sagging, an exercise programme can build your core strength, tighten your muscles, and smooth your silhouette.
If you have excess fat, The London Clinic has launched an innovative new weight management service. The specialist programme can help you lose weight and keep it off.
The London Clinic's expert cosmetic surgeons also offer liposuction to reduce localised fat collections on your abdomen, above the mons pubis, and in your love handles. The surgeons will provide a thorough assessment and professional advice on the best treatment to address your concerns.
Abdominoplasty consultation at The London Clinic
Our experienced surgeons will assess and advise you in The London Clinic's comfortable and private consulting rooms. Considering your figure, your abdomen, and the look you want to achieve, your consultant will recommend the best treatment to help you meet your goals.
Your surgeon will also take a detailed medical history and perform a thorough examination to ensure and that you are medically well and fit for surgery. In consultation with you, your surgeon will then plan your admission for an abdominoplasty and advise you about any preparation needed.
Abdominoplasty surgery at The London Clinic
The specialist surgeons at The London Clinic perform abdominoplasty surgery under general anaesthetic. You will need to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days so that the clinic’s team can support and monitor your recovery.
Your surgeon can use a range of surgical techniques. Your surgeon will discuss the options and their risks and benefits before your admission.
A standard or full abdominoplasty is the most common tummy tuck operation. The surgeon makes a long incision from hip to hip, then reshapes the entire abdomen from the pubic area to the ribcage. They remove excess skin and fatty tissue and can also tighten, repair, and reinforce the underlying abdominal muscles.
Your surgeon will place the scar in the bikini line so that it is hidden in underwear. They may also need to reposition or reconstruct the navel, in which case you will also have a scar around the rim of the belly button.
Mini abdominoplasty is suitable for people with smaller amounts of excess skin. Your surgeon removes loose skin and fat from the abdomen, below the belly button. It is an effective treatment for localised fat, fullness, and skin overhanging the pubic area.
The surgeon makes a shorter incision, like the scar following a Caesarean section. The recovery following a mini tummy tuck is usually quicker than that following the standard procedure.
Endoscopic abdominoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure to tighten and repair the muscles of your abdominal wall. The surgeon will make small incisions and insert a tiny digital camera attached to a narrow, flexible tube that relays quality images to a screen. They will insert specially-designed surgical tools to tighten your abdominal muscles and correct any separation.
Finally, your consultant will close the incision with stitches and apply dressings. The theatre staff will take you into The London Clinic's recovery area and monitor and support you as you wake up from the anaesthetic.
Recovery and aftercare
You will need to stay in hospital for 1-3 nights following surgery so that the staff can monitor your recovery. The London Clinic’s team will provide pain relief, support, and arrange follow-up to assess your progress.
You will need someone to escort you home as you will be unable to drive. You will have a pressure garment to support and protect your tummy, reduce swelling, and help healing. You should wear this day and night until your consultant advises.
It’s important to take time to rest and recuperate after your operation. Some bruising, swelling, and pain are normal postoperatively. These will gradually settle, but it takes up to six weeks to fully recover. As your soreness subsides, you will be able to get back to work and normal activities.
Most people feel able to get back to work after around two weeks, and by 4-6 weeks, you can gradually reintroduce exercise. The rehabilitation team will recommend exercise to maintain a healthy weight and to improve the tone of your tummy muscles. The London Clinic’s staff are always available if you have any problems, questions, or worries.
Why choose The London Clinic?
The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.
Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.
Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.
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