Tummy tuck London
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is surgical procedure which is specifically used to achieve a tighter, flatter smoother looking abdomen. The procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin along with the surgical repair of weakened and separate muscles.
There are two types of tummy tucks – the mini abdominoplasty and full abdominoplasty. The mini abdominoplasty makes a smaller incision and removes fat and excess skin. The naval will be pulled lower, and there is not as much abdominal tightening required. As this surgery is smaller, there will be a quicker recovery time.
At Centre for Surgery in London we also perform a modern variant of the traditional abdominoplasty called a Lipoabdominoplasty. In addition to skin removal and muscle tightening, this procedure also involves extensive liposuction to sculpt and contour the abdomen and flanks.
Centre for Surgery has pioneered the ClearField™ technique for abdominoplasty surgery.
We have gone a step further and taken the lipoabdominoplasty procedure and combined this with TIVA general anaesthesia to make us one of the few providers in the UK to offer day case lipoabdominoplasty.
We also perform tummy tucks for men.
***Please note there is no non-surgical alternative to a proper abdominoplasty which although invasive in nature, achieves dramatic results through skin tightening, muscle reconstruction and targeted fat removal – all in one procedure.
Whilst the surgeon will make every effort to make scars as concealed as possible, if you are not keen on the idea of large incisions, potentially long scars and a required period of downtime then we do also offer a new highly effective solution with BodyTite.
All our surgeons are on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery. The Royal College of Surgeons of England has an excellent information resource on cosmetic surgery.
Our clinic at 106 Crawford Street was recently inspected and rated as good across all 5 domains.
Why choose Centre for Surgery in London for your tummy tuck procedure?
- Over 15 years experience in all types of abdominoplasty in London including full, mini, extended and Brazilian abdominoplasty. So you can be sure our surgeons will select the right procedure for you. Abdominoplasty surgery techniques have vastly improved in the last 10 years. & we offer bespoke options rather than a ‘one size fits all approach’.
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed abdominoplasty surgery takes takes time so our surgeons perform a maximum of one tummy tuck per day and always schedule them for first thing in the morning. We take much longer to perform abdominoplasty than other providers and this is reflected in our 99.3% patient satisfaction rate. We do not cram 3-4 procedures into one day like other providers. You want your surgeon to be well-rested and mentally and physically sharp to perform abdominoplasty which is a very demanding procedure to get the very best results.
- Our surgeons live and work in London. We don’t work with ‘fly-in, fly-out’ surgeons from Italy. This is very important because whilst your surgeon takes all precautions to minimise tummy tuck complications, complications can and do occur and our surgeons are readily available to manage any issues if and when they arise. All our surgeons are supported by a first class nursing team who are on hand for you for any concern you may have, however minor.
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Tummy Tuck Expected Results
- Tighter abdominal musculature to reverse the looseness which develops after pregnancy
- Lipo contouring of the abdomen and flanks with liposuction
- Removal of excess skin and fat that cannot be addressed with diet and exercise
- Ability to revise unsightly c-section scars from previous pregnancies
- Removal of stretch marks
- Abdominal hernia repair
- An improvement in confidence
- Better fitting clothing
Before and after profile view lipoabdominoplasty. After photo taken 6 weeks later.
What is a mummy makeover?
Having children brings unquestionable happiness but the effects on the female body can be significant. Undesirable effects include loose flabby skin, droopy breasts with loss of volume, the development of stretch marks and weight gain. A mummy makeover is a comprehensive cosmetic surgery procedure which addresses a number of problem areas for a dramatic transformation. Usually a combination of abdominoplasty combined with breast lift is the norm. After pregnancy and childbirth, the loss of breast volume can be dramatic. Very often, a breast lift (with or without breast implants and / or fat grafting) is required to reverse the changes induced by pregnancy. In addition, our surgeons combine liposuction of the abdomen and flanks with an abdominoplasty to contour an hour-glass figure and much improved waistline. Surgeons at Centre for Surgery are renowned experts at performing the mummy makeover procedure to restore your self-confidence.
Full abdominoplasty with bilateral breast uplift – a classic mummy makeover procedure
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Abdominoplasty and liposuction
There are a number of differences between abdominoplasty and liposuction, what results they can achieve and the best candidates for each procedure.
It is best to discuss your wants, needs and ideal outcome in your consultation, so your surgeon can recommend the best procedure for you to have.
A tummy tuck is more suitable for those who have excess skin or significant stretch marks. Liposuction can be performed alongside a tummy tuck. This is suitable for those people who have excess skin, such as from a large weight loss, and may also have excess weight.
Liposuction only removes fat, rather than excess skin. Liposuction will not alter the appearance of any stretch marks, and can even make them worse, as the skin will be looser. Liposuction is more suitable for patients who have excess fat but still have firm abdominal skin, as the skin will shrink after the liposuction.
If you are not keen on the idea of having scars from abdominoplasty surgery, Centre for Surgery also offer a ‘scarless tummy tuck’ utilising the innovative BodyTite platform. A BodyTite tummy tuck utilises minimally invasive bipolar radiofrequency to tighten the skin along with Morpheus8 RF microneedling. By using both BodyTite and Morpheus8, your surgeon is able to address mild to moderate skin laxity in a minimally invasive manner and without the downtime of a traditional abdominoplasty. A BodyTite abdominoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic (with or without oral sedation) in properly selected candidates.
Your surgeon may also wish to combine the BodyTite/Morpheus8 combination with a mini abdominoplasty to extend the benefits of a partial skin excision. In this case the procedure would be performed with ClearSleep anaesthesia.
Tummy tucks using Crisalix 3D imaging
Unique to Centre for Surgery, we are proud to offer the amazing Crisalix 3D imaging experience to all our patients. Visualise in incredible detail how your could look after your tummy tuck procedure.
Crisalix 3D imaging is offered as standard at your tummy tuck consultation.
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery
Good candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who:
- Are physically and mentally healthy
- Are close to their ideal body weight
- Have good skin elasticity
- Have large fat deposits
- Have excess skin
- Have lost elasticity in the muscles and/or skin, particularly due to pregnancy or ageing
- Are a non-smoker
- Are at a stable weight
If you are planning to lose a large amount of weight, it is best to postpone this surgery until you have achieved your weight loss goals. This surgery is also not recommended for women who are planning future pregnancies, as the tightened muscles can separate during pregnancy.
If you have abdominal scarring, the surgeon may advise against undergoing an abdominoplasty, as this may increase the noticeability of the scars.
If you are interested in having this procedure, you may wish to look at our finance options.
Will a tummy tuck get rid of my stretch marks?
Stretch marks that are located on the region of abdominal skin that is marked for removal will of course also be removed along with the skin flap. The overall presence of stretch marks should become markedly reduced as a result. Stretch marks that are outside the area of skin excision will remain. Centre for Surgery offer a number of highly effective treatments for stretch mark removal including Morpheus8 microneedling and fractional laser resurfacing.
What are the different types of Tummy Tuck techniques?
Centre for Surgery perform the full range of tummy tucks:
A full abdominoplasty addresses the removal of redundant extra tissue involving skin and fat. The muscle layer is also reconstructed which help to create a more narrow torso. Repairing the muscle layer is also referred to as rectus diastasis repair. A full abdominoplasty is ideal for patients after pregnancy or have undergone weight loss.
A mini abdominoplasty is a smaller procedure than a full abdominoplasty. The procedure involves the removal of the loose skin from below the umbilicus. The procedure also involves the surgical tightening of the lower abdominal muscles. A mini abdominoplasty is ideally suited for patients on the lower end of BMI (BMI<23) who have skin laxity below the umbilicus only and not above the umbilicus. The scar from a mini tummy tuck is shorter with a shorter recovery and downtime. With skin laxity above the umbilicus, a full abdominoplasty may be more suitable.
Extended abdominoplasty involves the removal of extra skin and tissue from the flanks in addition to the abdomen. This often involves liposuction in addition to skin excision. The incision is longer than for a full abdominoplasty to ensure full correction to the sides. If you have extra muscle looseness in the hips and flank area in addition to abdominal laxity, an extended abdominoplasty may be an appropriate option. Liposuction is always a key component of an extended abdominoplasty.
A circumferential abdominoplasty or 360 tummy tuck is a major procedure compared with a standard full abdominoplasty. It is an ideal procedure for the massive weight loss patient who often have extensive hanging skin all the way round their torso. The incision encircles the torso is performed in 2 stages – first the front is addressed followed by the back and sides.A circumferential abdominoplasty is often combined with a thigh and buttock lift. This is known as a lower body lift or belt lipectomy – A major body contouring procedure.
Our surgeons see a growing number of patients who have had tummy tuck surgery with another surgeon elsewhere and are disappointed with their results. Our surgeons have sub-specialist expertise in abdominal wall reconstruction in the NHS and have years of experience performing revision tummy tuck surgery for patients who had their first procedure elsewhere – often overseas in places like Turkey.
Reasons to seek revision tummy tuck:
- Excess fat not removed at the original procedure
- A poorly shaped umbilicus
- Insufficient muscle repair
- An unsightly scar
- A poorly placed scar (often too high)
The Centre for Surgery method for Tummy Tuck abdominoplasty
- TIVA anaesthesia combined with specialist medicines to dramatically reduce intraoperative bleeding. Less bleeding leads to less inflammation and a smoother recovery
- Tumescent anaesthesia – The use use of tumescent local anaesthesia (TLA) has revolutionised the safety of abdominoplasty. Tumescent anaesthesia involves the injection of diluted local anaesthetic to the abdomen before the procedure starts. The benefits are numerous, including reduced pain, shorter recovery, less bruising and swelling and enhanced results.
- Liposuction of the flanks – Tummy Tucks done elsewhere often omit this step to save time. One of the main reasons for the unsightly ‘muffin top’ after surgery is the lack of flank liposuction. Our surgeons routinely combine liposuction with abdominoplasty to shape and contour the waist area.
- SAFElipo technique – SAFElipo helps to contour the abdomen and helps to create defined surgical planes for accurate tissue dissection.
- Advanced belly button reshaping techniques – a natural looking belly button is the aim
- Barbed suture technology (QUILL sutures) for improved scar cosmesis
- Utilising the shortest scar possible
Before and after lipoabdominoplasty with 360 liposuction. The after photo is from the next morning. The patient is not bent over in any way. The lower abdominal flap looks healthy. A mons pubis uplift was also performed.
Infection prevention best practice from start to finish
The impact of a wound infection after a tummy tuck, also known as surgical site infection (SSI) can be considerable. Centre for Surgery have taken our infection prevention protocols to the next level through partnership with a leading UK initiative to prevent and/or minimise the risk of surgical site infection.
Centre for Surgery is a proud supporter of OneTogether.
OneTogether is a collaborative partnership between leading UK professional organisations with an interest in the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI). The mission of OneTogether is to promote and support the spread and adoption of international best practice guidelines contained in 7 key recommendations to prevent SSIs across the entire surgical patient pathway. Our surgeons actively put into action their 7 key recommendations at all stages of your care from start to finish.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed at one of our outpatient surgicentres using general anaesthesia. All our tummy tucks are outpatient procedures which means you will be admitted and discharged on the same day. Centre for Surgery are only one of a handful of providers in the UK to specialise in day case abdominoplasties.
A full abdominoplasty takes 3-4 hours to perform on average. In the case of combined procedures such as with breast augmentation or breast lift, the procedure duration could take 5-6 hours.
Step by step tummy tuck
- STEP 1: You will be placed under general anaesthesia
- STEP 2: If required – the surgeon will perform liposuction to the flanks – you will lie on your front for this step
- STEP 3 – Liposuction using the SAFElipo technique is done to the abdomen
- STEP 4 – The belly button is freed from the surrounding skin with a circular incision
- STEP 5: An incision is made along the lower abdomen just above the public hairline – the length will vary on the amount of skin to be removed
- STEP 6: The abdominal skin flap is created all the way to the lower part of the sternum and the redundant skin is then removed
- STEP 7: The abdominal muscles are repaired
- STEP 8: The belly button is brought out to a suitable position and sutured in position
- STEP 9: The abdominal incisions are closed
- STEP 10: Two drains are inserted and dressings are applied and a postoperative compression garment is applied
An abdominoplasty is performed as an outpatient surgery. This means you will be able to return home the same day as your tummy tuck and recover in the comfort of your own home. You will need someone to drive you home, and you may wish to have someone stay with you for the first few days following the procedure.
Before deciding to undergo the procedure, make sure you know about the risks of choosing to undergo a tummy tuck abroad.
How will my belly button look after tummy tuck surgery?
In full and extended abdominoplasty surgery, a new belly button will need to be created after the skin is pulled down. The original belly button will be released from its original location and will be secured in the new location once the surgeon has removed all the excess skin and fat. Our surgeons are well known for their specialist expertise in umbilicoplasty surgery using advanced methods customised to each patient to ensure naturalness.
In mini tummy tucks, your original belly button will be preserved.
Tummy tuck recovery
The first few days following the procedure will be the most uncomfortable, and you may experience some pain. You can take medication to help manage your pain.
During the recovery period, you will have to avoid any strenuous activity, particularly if your abdominal muscles were tightened. You will have to avoid physical activity for four to six weeks.
After the abdominoplasty, you will notice bruising and swelling in the abdominal area. This will take between one and two weeks to reduce. You may be given a garment to wear which will help to reduce the swelling. This swelling will reduce the results of the procedure, but you will be able to notice this once the swelling has gone down. However, it may take several months to see the final results.
After surgery, you will retain some water, which can cause temporary weight gain. This is a completely normal side effect, and will quickly dissipate. You should stay mobile to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism occurring.
To help speed up recovery, you will need to avoid smoking. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen, which can result in infections and problems with the wounds.
Your surgeon and medical team will be in contact with you during your recovery period to monitor your progress and to help avoid any complications.
Tummy tuck scar
Our surgeons are trained to create low transverse incisions which sit directly above the pubic area. The length of the scar will depend on the type of tummy tuck that is chosen. The appearance of the tummy tuck scar will be influenced by proper care of the area and following the post-procedure instructions to optimise the appearance of the tummy tuck scar.
Top Tips to Help with Tummy Tuck Scar Healing
- It is important to keep the postoperative dressings for the recommended duration
- Avoid stretching the area too much. An example would be bending backwards which may stretch the scar.
- Avoid sun exposure. Sun exposure leads to excess scarring and delays wound healing.
- Use recommended scar gels and medical grade brown tape.
- Have patience – any scar takes time to mature and fade. Scars which are still overly prominent can be treated with a number of modalities including laser or Morpheus. Centre for Surgery have a specialist department for scar revision of all types of scars.
Female tummy tuck before and after
Full abdominoplasty with muscle repair. Home the same day. Full activities after 6 weeks.
Lipoabdominoplasty and muscle repair. Day case procedure – admitted and discharged the same day.
Full tummy tuck and rectus muscle repair (TIVA anaesthesia).
Full abdominoplasty and muscle repair.
Liposuction of abdomen and flanks and full abdominoplasty with muscle repair.
Full lipoabdominoplasty with rectus muscle plication.
Full lipoabdominoplasty with rectus muscle repair.
Full lipoabdominoplasty (no muscle repair).
Full lipoabdominoplasty with muscle repair.
360 lipoabdominoplasty with rectus muscle plication.
Full abdominoplasty with repair of large umbilical hernia and muscle repair.
Profile view of full abdominoplasty with rectus muscle repair.
Male abdominoplasty before and after
This patient had 360 liposuction of the abdomen and flanks, extended abdominoplasty with muscle repair and gynaecomastia removal with liposuction and gland excision. Admission and discharge on the same day. The patient made an excellent recovery. Scar redness will fade over 3-6 months.
Complex male Fleur-De-Lis abdominoplasty. The gentleman above previously lost 24kg through diet and exercise and also had major abdominal surgery for a ruptured spleen resulting in a lot of internal scar tissue. He developed an umbilical and epigastric hernia after his previous surgery. After carefully freeing up all scar tissue and repairing two hernias, a muscle repair was done with soft tissue reconstruction.
Drains after tummy tuck
What are surgical drains used for in abdominoplasty?
Surgical drains are placed by the surgeon at the end of the abdominoplasty procedure to facilitate the removal of any blood or body fluids. The drains are under negative pressure and this will allow any fluid inside the abdomen to drain efficiently outwards. Without drains, the risk of seroma and haematoma development is much increased, with a resulting adverse impact on wound healing. Our patients are sent home with two drains in situ and your surgeon will give detailed postoperative advice on all aspects of drain care including emptying the contents. The drains are removed by one of our expert nursing team between 3-5 days following your tummy tuck procedure. Drain removal is a very simple and straightforward procedure and takes less than 30 seconds per drain removal.
How do I look after my surgical drain?
You will be discharged with two drains in situ. It is important to keep the drains in a bag to minimise the risk of them coming out prematurely on their own. The drains should be handled only with clean hands and avoid any water from bathing from getting into the drain sites. The character of the drain output is also very important. A straw coloured or pink colour is to be expected. If the output looks like bright red blood or cloudy thick fluid resembling pus then this should be urgently reported to your surgeon. Any unusual drainage should always be reported to the surgeon. We may need to call you in for a face to face assessment.
Risks and potential complications of tummy tuck surgery
Our surgeons have many years of experience in abdominoplasty surgery of all types. Advanced techniques are used to provide patients with the ideal result for them. When you choose a reputable provider such as Centre for Surgery for your tummy tuck, the abdominoplasty procedure is performed to the very highest standards.
Potential risks of tummy tuck:
- Anaesthetic risks
- Venous thromboembolism
- Hypertrophic scars
- Delayed wound healing
- Excessive bleeding
- Seroma or haematoma
- Nerve injury or changes in skin sensation
- Asymmetric results
- Surgical site infection
- Requirement for revision procedure
Tummy tuck cost
There are a number of factors which will determine the overall cost of your tummy tuck procedure and the final quotation will be given after a face to face consultation with your specialist plastic surgeon.
- Type of tummy tuck – full, mini, extended or revision
- Tummy tuck combined with another procedure such as breast surgery
- Number of areas of liposuction in combination with tummy tuck
- Primary or revision tummy tuck
Why not call 0207 993 4849 and speak to one of our expert patient coordinators who may be able to give you a rough costing prior to a consultation for tummy tuck.
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck procedure. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instilling in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
Further reading on abdominoplasty
Schedule a tummy tuck consultation
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of an abdominoplasty, schedule a consultation with one of our top cosmetic surgeons at Centre for Surgery. Our patient coordinators are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the procedure and they have been directly trained by our team of consultant plastic surgeons.
What is a tummy tuck?A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes excess skin from the abdomen. This generally occurs as a result of pregnancy or a large weight loss.
What anaesthetic is used ?Abdominoplasty is performed under ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep throughout the whole procedure.
Is a tummy tuck painful ?Following a tummy tuck, patients describe a major feeling of tightness around the abdomen. The discomfort is described as an intense muscle ache similar to the feeling after an aggressive abdominal workout. It is generally the case that the most expertly performed tummy tucks will cause a certain amount of postoperative discomfort. This is related to the extent of tightening that the surgeon has achieved. If a tummy tuck doesn’t hurt at all, the abdomen was likely not tightened adequately.
Bruising and swelling are always seen after a tummy tuck or liposuction. Additional liposuction to the upper abdominal area and love handles and bruising will also be performed.
Can I go home the same day after a tummy tuck ?Patients are able to leave the hospital on the evening of their procedure. Although straining, heavy lifting and bending should be avoided, tummy tuck patients must start minimal walking and leg exercises the day of the surgery. Lying in bed for hours at a time is dangerous and must be avoided to minimise the risk of blood clots. When going to sleep, a couple of pillows under the knees and behind the head will act to ease the tension on the surgical incision and will help relieve discomfort.
When can I return to work?Patients with jobs that require significant physical activity including bending, lifting, or quick movement will need about four weeks off before being able to return to full duties comfortably.
Those patients with jobs not demanding physical activity can return to work after two weeks.
When can I restart gym activities?Light workouts involving exercises that do not strain the surgical incision or the abdominal muscles can begin at two or three weeks post-op. This includes brisk walking or stationary bike riding.
Heavier workouts including abdominal crunches, sit-ups and running should not be attempted for about one month.
Do I need to wear a compression garment?Yes, tummy tuck patients should wear a special compression garment for four weeks after a tummy tuck.
When will I be able to see the final result?You will have bruising and swelling for the first few weeks. This may hinder you from being able to see the results.
Your final results may be viewable after two months.
Is a tummy tuck permanent?The results are generally seen as permanent but there are a number of factors which can affect the results including significant weight gain or weight loss or subsequent pregnancy. If you anticipate to get pregnant in future then it may be sensible to postpone a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is not a treatment for weight loss or prevent weight gain in the future.
The ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are in good health and have a stable weight.
What To Expect
Find the right time
Our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators will speak with you to learn about your requirements, it’s all confidential and your information will be used to assess whether tummy tuck is right for you. If the procedure is right for you, we’ll organise a convenient date and time for you to visit to come and visit our patient relationship manager at our bespoke central London clinic at 106 Crawford Street.
Crisalix 3D imaging
We will take time to listen to your needs and requirements and you you will receive a complementary 3D Crisalix scan to enhance your experience. You will be given a rough idea of guide prices at this stage. You can then be booked in to to see a surgeon of your choice based on their individual field of expertise.
At the surgical consultation, you will meet directly with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will thoroughly assess you to determine your suitability and advise of the best options for you. Your surgeon will then explain how the procedure will work including our innovative ClearSleep™ anaesthesia technique. You will receive your personalised quote the next working day from your patient coordinator.