Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
An abdominoplasty, also known as a 'tummy tuck', removes the excess skin and fatty tissue from above the waistline, resulting in a tighter, flatter-looking stomach
Women and men who have undergone drastic weight loss are often left with sagging skin in the abdominal area. The same is true for women after pregnancy. An abdominoplasty, known colloquially as ‘tummy tuck’ surgery, removes the excess skin and fatty tissue from above the waistline, tightening the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall, resulting in a tighter, flatter-looking stomach.
During a full tummy tuck, an incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. This is followed by another incision to free the navel from the surrounding skin. The skin is then detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia that need to be tightened. In some instances, liposuction may be necessary to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture. A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.
A partial tummy tuck involves a smaller incision, and the skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and the excess skin is removed. Sometimes the belly button stalk is divided from the muscle below and the belly button slid down lower on the abdominal wall. The surgeon may also perform liposuction in order to contour the transition zone, and the flap is stitched back into place.
Whatever your personal requirements, the Cadogan Clinic can provide the leading experts and techniques for your treatment at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London facility.
Why Choose Us?
Variable prices can result from the fact that many of our consultants operate with different fee structures. In all cases, prices will be confirmed to you by your consultant before any treatment takes place.
Abdmonoplasty: from £6000. Find out more about our Prices and Finance.
Recovery time after an abdominoplasty can vary from patient to patient. Whether you’re having a partial or complete tummy tuck, the area that’s operated on will have stitches and bandages, so it’s very important to follow all your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the bandage in the days following surgery.
Your Cadogan Cosmetics surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself whilst sitting or lying down in the weeks following your abdominoplasty surgery to help ease any pain. For at least six weeks you should seriously limit any strenuous activity and you may need up to one month off work for a proper recovery following a tummy tuck, but your surgeon will advise you on what is best for you. It may be advisable to arrange for a friend or relative to stay with you during the first day or two of your tummy tuck recovery time at home.
We use a variant of the general anaesthesia technique called TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) that is delivered by our team of top anaesthetists. Intravenous delivery enables our anaesthetist team to monitor anaesthetic depth more closely via specialized computers to maintain an optimal level of anaesthesia. This means you will wake up feeling much better than with traditional alternatives and ready to go home shortly after.
The abdominal reduction or “tummy tuck” is a surgical procedure to tighten the skin of the abdominal wall, frequently performed following childbirth and weight loss.
Plumper patients will require liposuction to reduce the fat following the procedure and, where the muscles are stretched, some tightening of the fascia that holds them together will be required.
There are four different abdominoplasty procedures:
- Full Abdominoplasty or traditional tummy tuck.
- Mini or partial abdominoplasty.
- The Brazilian tummy tuck.
- The post C-section scar revision, the Cadogan Caesar Correction (CCS).
The primary difference between a mini abdominoplasty and a full abdominoplasty is that in the first the tummy button is not moved and therefore skin tightening is only carried out in the lower half of the abdominal wall, below the tummy button. Liposuction is used for the whole of the abdominal wall and the muscles can still be tightened.
A full or traditional abdominoplasty is a larger surgical procedure involving several drains and multiple days in hospital. An incision is made from hip to hip, just above the pubic area and the skin detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia. The muscle fascia is tightened with sutures and the surplus skin removed. Skin is then pulled downwards to the low abdominal scar, making a new opening for the original umbilicus.
A Brazilian abdominoplasty – or Brazilian tummy tuck – is similar to the traditional abdominoplasty technique, in that the same amount of surplus skin is removed and the tummy button or umbilicus is repositioned; however, all the undermining is achieved by very careful liposuction, avoiding cutting blood vessels and nerves. This procedure therefore avoids multiple drains and can very often be carried out as a day case.
What to Expect
Step 1. Optional Free Consultation
We offer a free no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our specialist patient advisors to help you decide whether surgery is the right choice for you. The consultation will take the form of a discussion with an expert with over 15 years industry experience in which we begin to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve.
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, our advisers can give you all the information you require to choose the right procedure and the right surgeon for you. This is also an excellent opportunity to see our facilities and get a feel for the Cadogan experience.
Step 2. Surgical Consultation
The next step is to come in and meet your chosen surgeon at the Clinic. We have assembled some of the best surgeons in the world who will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you and your condition before proceeding with treatment.
In practice this involves a 30-60 minute consultation in which a detailed assessment of the outcomes you can achieve is made and any questions you may have about the procedure are answered.
Step 3. The Procedure
On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Clinic by your patient advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.
After the procedure you will recover in the capable hands of your nursing after care team. As we are a day case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours and able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure.
Step 4. After Care & Support
Our care and support continues in the days and weeks after your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. A series of free appointments will be made with your surgeon and nursing team in order to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke creams to aid your progress.
Access to our aftercare nursing team is free of charge for a full 12 months after your surgery.