What is Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
Brazilian tummy tuck, also known as a lipoabdominoplasty, is a combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction and is designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. It may also be combined with tightening of the abdominal wall muscles for those with diastasis recti This helps to achieve a contoured and hourglass figure. Hence its alternative name of an ‘hourglass tummy tuck’. Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, tummy tuck combined with liposuction can reshape the midsection with superior results compared with tummy tuck surgery alone.
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A Brazilian tummy tuck is ideal for patients in good physical and mental health who have maintained a stable weight for at least 12 weeks before the procedure. It is recommended to have a body mass index below 30 to be considered for the procedure. This is because the procedure involves extensive liposuction to contour and sculpt the midsection. A Brazilian tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthesia at our state-of-the-art surgical facility in London. The procedure takes three to four hours to carry out as an outpatient. This means you’ll be able to go home later the same day once you have recovered from the effects of the anaesthetic.
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The procedure first involves performing extensive liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. In many cases, your surgeon may perform 360 liposuction to sculpt the torso and eliminate excess fat. The second part of the procedure involves performing a tummy tuck. The surgeon will make a horizontal incision in the lower part of the afternoon. The precise length and position of the incision will be determined by the amount of loose skin that needs to be removed and the overall shape of your abdomen. The final tummy tucks scar is designed to be concealed by most types of underwear and swimsuits. Most patients will need to have two suction drains inserted during the procedure, and these will be removed approximately 3 to 4 days later. A compression garment will need to be worn to protect the abdomen during healing for a minimum of six weeks. Most bruising or swelling will have disappeared by the six-week stage, although it can persist for up to 3 months after surgery. Patients can carry out light activities two weeks after the procedure. Strenuous exercise, including going to the gym, should be avoided for a minimum of six weeks.
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What are the benefits of a tummy tuck with liposuction?
Lipoabdominoplasty surgery is ideal for both men and women who have good physical and mental health and are at or near their ideal body weight. Some patients may have lost significant weight due to bariatric surgery or diet and exercise. Some patients may be unable to achieve a flatter abdomen with diet and exercise alone or to get rid of stretch marks. A Brazilian tummy tuck can produce impressive results, which will help you regain self-confidence. Patients can look forward to wearing an unrestricted range of fitted clothing and no longer need to hide their silhouette in loose clothing items.
Benefits of lipoabdominoplasty surgery include:
- Remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen
- Repair weakened abdominal wall muscles
- Achieve a flatter and firmer-looking abdomen
- Freedom to wear fitted clothing
- An improved abdominal contour
- Eliminate localised skin irritation from excess skin rubbing together in the lower abdomen
- Improved ability to carry out many forms of aerobic exercise
Am I suitable?
The best candidates for a Brazilian tummy tuck include those who are at or near their ideal body weight and have a body mass index below 30. Patients should be in good health with no chronic medical conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. Patients should be non-smokers or be willing to stop smoking at least four weeks before the procedure. Smoking is associated with an increased risk of wound complications.
What happens at your tummy tuck with liposuction consultation?
Your in-person consultation for a Brazilian tummy tuck Will take place at our Baker Street clinic in Marylebone. Your surgeon will listen carefully to your goals for the surgery and will take a medical history to ensure you are fit for surgery. The procedure will be described, including the potential risks and complications. A physical examination will be conducted to assess the extent of excess fat and skin quality. The strength of your abdominal muscles will be assessed to determine whether you require abdominal muscle repair. A Brazilian tummy tuck involves a combination of liposuction to remove excess fat and contour the abdomen and a tummy tuck procedure. The extent of the tummy tuck surgery will be determined by the amount of excess skin you have. Your surgeon may recommend a mini tummy tuck for those with loose skin affecting the lower part of the abdomen. Patients with generalised skin laxity affecting the whole abdomen would be recommended to have a full tummy tuck. In some cases, an extended tummy tuck may be recommended if loose skin extends to the sides. The ideal technique to smooth and flatten your abdomen will be recommended after a physical examination.
Brazilian Tummy Tuck Procedure
Brazilian tummy tuck surgery or a lipoabdominoplasty is routinely performed with general anaesthesia at our Baker Street clinic in London. The procedure is carried out as an outpatient, and patients will be able to go home later the same day. The procedure takes between 3 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of surgical correction required. Brazilian abdominoplasty techniques have evolved significantly over the last few years, making it an incredibly safe procedure with quicker and more smooth recovery than traditional tummy tuck surgery. The precise method of Brazilian tummy tuck surgery will depend on your individual anatomy and your goals for treatment. All types of Brazilian tummy tuck involve carrying out a Liposuction as the first part of the procedure. The amount of liposuction performed to contour the torso may determine the overall length of the tummy tuck incisions. More extensive liposuction may result in smaller incisions being made. 360 liposuction and tummy tuck is a popular type of Brazilian abdominoplasty regularly performed at Centre for Surgery.
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What are the different types of Brazilian tummy tucks?
Liposuction with a mini tummy tuck
This procedure involves performing liposuction to contour the abdomen, followed by a mini tummy tuck to eliminate loose skin affecting the lower abdomen below the belly button. This procedure is ideal for patients with mild to moderate sagging skin but overall good skin quality for most of the abdomen. Patients may also have stubborn abdominal fat affecting the lower part of the abdomen, forming a pouch. Mini tummy tuck scars are only slightly longer than a Caesarean section scar and are positioned below the bikini line. Performing liposuction allows a significant improvement in the whole abdomen. Sometimes, the same procedure can be used to repair weakened lower abdominal muscles. In most cases, a mini tummy tuck is a skin-only procedure as patients often already have very good abdominal muscle tone.
Liposuction with a full tummy tuck – including muscle repair
This is the most common type of Brazilian tummy tuck and involves abdominal liposuction or 360 liposuction followed by a full abdominoplasty to remove loose skin affecting both the upper and lower abdomen. Once liposuction is carried out to remove excess fat, the incision is made in the lower abdomen, followed by the removal of excess abdominal skin with tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles. This procedure can remove a significant amount of abdominal skin and will therefore require repositioning the belly button or umbilicus into a new position. The surgeon will use refined techniques to make the belly button look natural. The scar of a full Brazilian tummy tuck is longer than a Brazilian mini tuck. The incision will still be positioned low down on the abdomen so that it appears concealed in most types of clothing.
Liposuction with an extended tummy tuck
Many patients who have lost significant amounts of weight may require 360 liposuction combined with extended tummy tuck. Patients may complain of significant fatty tissue affecting the side of the abdomen. Liposuction can contour and sculpt the torso, and the surgeon will most commonly perform 360 liposuction to remove fat from the lower back, flanks and abdomen. 360 liposuction is also known as circumferential liposuction. Patients can achieve a slimmer and defined look to the abdomen and midsection that a traditional tummy tuck cannot achieve thanks to 360 liposuction combined with tummy tuck surgery.
Recovery after tummy tuck with liposuction
Once the lipoabdominoplasty procedure is complete, the surgeon will insert two suction drains beneath the skin, followed by applying sterile dressings to protect your incision lines. A compression garment will be applied to protect the abdomen. Patients can go home later the same day after they have recovered from the anaesthetic effects. You will need to return between three and five days after the procedure to have your surgical drains removed. This is a straightforward procedure and takes no more than five minutes to carry out. During the recovery period, it is important to maintain a slight degree of flexion at the hips and knees. This will help to minimise tension forces on your incision lines and maintain your comfort levels. The abdomen will feel tight for up to 4 weeks after the procedure. It is normal to experience temporary numbness in the area of the incisions and around the belly button. In some cases, this numbness could be permanent. Scarring will begin to fade after three months and could take up to 18 months to reach full maturation. Bruising and swelling after a Brazilian tummy tuck can persist for several months, depending on the type of procedure performed.
Your surgeon will give you a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers. It is important to collect this prescription before your procedure. You will need an adult caregiver to collect you from the clinic and drive you home. They will also need to look after you for the first few days after surgery as your mobility will be limited during this time. You can remove your compression garment for short periods of up to 30 minutes, allowing you to shower. It is recommended to have two garments so that one can be cleaned whilst you are wearing the other one. It’s important not to do too much too soon, and you can slowly return to normal activities over the course of six weeks. The recovery after Brazilian abdominoplasty will vary between patients, although we would recommend taking two weeks off work. You should avoid driving a car for at least two weeks. You should also avoid strenuous physical exercise, including going to the gym for six weeks after surgery. Abdominal crunch exercises and sit-ups can be safely restarted three months after surgery. If you have young children, we would recommend organising help for at least two weeks after surgery as he will be unable to lift small children during this time.
You will be reviewed by your postoperative nurse one week after surgery, where you are dressings will be removed, and the incision lines will be inspected. If not removed already, surgical drains will be removed at this appointment. Your surgeon will review you six weeks after surgery to monitor your healing and progress and offer customised recommendations on minimising scarring after a Brazilian tummy tuck. You should follow your surgeon’s after-care instructions info to help you achieve the best results after surgery.
How much does Brazilian tummy tuck cost in London?
A Brazilian tummy tuck is customised to the needs of the individual patient. You will receive an all-inclusive price for your procedure depending on the type of Brazilian tummy tuck you need to achieve optimal results. The price of Brazilian abdominoplasty will include all post-operative after-care appointments. Once you have had your in-person consultation, you will receive a detailed quotation from your dedicated patient coordinator, which includes the surgeon’s, anaesthetist’s, and facility fees. If you want a price estimate for a Brazilian tummy tuck, call us today on 020 7993 4849 and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators.
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Is a Brazilian abdominoplasty worth it?
The combination of liposuction with a tummy tuck can help patients significantly improve the appearance of their midsection with a more contoured and defined abdomen. The vast majority of patients tell us they have experienced significant improvements in self-confidence and emotional well-being. They feel much better about their appearance and subsequently feel so much better with improved general health. Most patients actually say they wish they had the procedure much earlier.
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Why choose Centre for Surgery for Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
For most patients who choose to have cosmetic surgery, it can be a truly life-changing experience. Although there are many experienced surgeons in London, it is important to conduct extensive and detailed research to find the best Brazilian tummy tuck Surgeon in London. Centre for Surgery is the leading cosmetic surgery clinic in London and is home to some of the best body contouring surgeons in the UK. Our surgeons are experienced in the full range of tummy tuck techniques, including the Brazilian tummy tuck, which involves a combination of liposuction or 360 liposuction with an abdominoplasty.
If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation to learn more about a Brazilian abdominoplasty, please call us today on 02079934849 or complete the contact form below to start your patient journey with Centre for Surgery.