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What is a full or traditional abdominoplasty?

The full abdominoplasty is the traditional Tummy Tuck or Abdominal Reduction. At the Cadogan Clinic, we consider it to be obsolete. It is, however, the common procedure carried out countrywide to remove excess skin and fat. All the skin and underlying fat of the abdominal wall from the umbilicus (tummy button) is removed allowing the muscles beneath to be tightened. The skin of the upper abdomen is freed up as far as the ribs and pulled down and stitched leaving a long scar across the lower part of the abdomen to be hidden beneath panties or bikini. The freed-up tummy button is brought through at the appropriate level.

This is a big procedure requiring several nights in a hospital and, because of the undermining (freeing up) of all the skin and soft tissues of the abdominal wall, carries risks of blood and serum collecting under the wound. This issue is solved to some degree by using multiple drains, which remain in place for some days. These drains are uncomfortable, inconvenient and only partially reduce these risks.  This is the traditional Abdominoplasty.

At the Cadogan Clinic, we can produce a tight, slim contoured abdomen without using drains and allowing patients to walk out of the clinic the same day. The risk of blood and serum collecting under the wound is small. The key is liposuction used both to thin and contour the abdomen, but also to mobilize the skin without cutting its blood supply.

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Recovery & Aftercare

What scars can I expect from abdominoplasty surgery?

During the abdominoplasty surgery an incision needs to be made across the hip bone along with below the belly button, these incisions lead to a small amount of scarring within these areas which gradually becomes less noticeable and will fade over time.

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What is a mini abdominoplasty?

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What is a mini abdominoplasty?

A mini abdominoplasty (or mini tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure designed to smooth the region below the belly button by removing excess skin.

What is the difference between a C section and Tummy Tuck?

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What is the difference between a C section and Tummy Tuck?

A C section is the process of delivering a baby through an abdominal incision which involves transecting the abdominal muscles.

What are love handles?

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What are love handles?

Love handles are the excess areas of skin seen on the hips that indicate an accumulation of fat around the hips and abdominal area.

In The Press This Week

This month Cadogan Clinic consultants feature in Glamour Magazine and The Strategist discussing facial oils and skin issues related to face masks, whilst Clinic Founder Mr Bryan Mayou discusses post-lockdown trends in the plastic surgery market and a faster than expected rebound for the sector

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