Losing a significant amount of weight is an incredible achievement, but might leave you with excess skin and fatty tissue around your abdomen. An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a popular procedure for men who would like to remedy this situation.

During a full abdominoplasty, your expert surgeon will remove the excess skin and sculpt the tummy to its natural contours, resulting in a flatter, firmer tummy and a more toned appearance that you’ll be confident to show off. This procedure will require a one- to two-day stay at the clinic.

A mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) is a similar procedure, although the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen is removed in a more limited fashion. Your surgeon may also perform liposuction, in order to achieve the best possible results.

Whatever your personal reasons, Abdominoplasty at the Cadogan Clinic will provide some of the top surgeons in the country, using the most advanced techniques and facilities. Our expert team is acutely aware that the appearance of your body can affect your confidence and everyday happiness, and as such we handle each case with sensitivity and discretion. You can rest assured your abdominoplasty, performed at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London clinic, will deliver the results you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  

Recovery

After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be 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 in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.

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Mr. Garrick Georgeu

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Mr. Olivier Amar
Mr. Olivier Amar

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A French plastic surgeon specialising in fat transfer, facial rejuvenation, liposuction, body contouring as well as breast and buttock enhancement

Mr. R James Colville
Mr. R James Colville

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A consultant plastic surgeon specialising in all areas of cosmetic surgery and hand surgery, with over 20 years of surgical experience.