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Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

 

A Tummy tuck, officially called an abdominoplasty, is an operation performed to either improve the shape of the tummy by removing excess skin and fat or the function of the abdomen by repairing the abdominal wall.

Patients present for abdominoplasties for several reasons at different stages of life and related to multiple reasons. Women tend to present after multiple pregnancies that lead to excess skin or weakness of the abdominal wall. Men present after losing weight and having redundant skin that does not shrink after the weight loss. 

The procedure can be combined with other procedures such as liposuction, breast surgery or arm and thigh lifts. It is performed under general anaesthetic. It can also be a full tummy tuck or a mini one. 

 

 Duration – 2 – 3 Hours

 Hospital stay – Overnight

 Costs – from £6000

 Return to work – 2 weeks

 Location – London, Manchester, Beirut, Doha

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the difference between a full and a mini of tummy tuck?

The main difference between the two is whether the belly button is released when the skin is pulled down or not.  The full tummy tuck involves more dissection of tissue as well. Only after a consultation with Dr Souéid can we decide which is best. For example if the abdominal muscle needs repairing as well then a full tummy tuck is needed. 

Mini-Abdominoplasty is useful in patients where there is only a slight excess of skin and fat in the lower abdomen with no muscle weakness. 

Abdominoplasty involves removal of a larger amount of skin and fat from the lower abdomen and plicating the rectus muscle to strengthen it. The belly button, or the umbilicus, is also repositioned during this procedure resulting in scars around the belly button.

Will I have a drain after the procedure?

Yes you will have 2 drains to make sure that the fluid does not collect inside the abdomen. This helps the fluid come out and the abdomen to heal quicker. The drains are normally removed the next day.

How much pain will I have after the tummy tuck?

Tummy tucks can be painful afterwards for a few days, especially if the muscle is repaired. It is important to keep taking your painkillers afterwards to ensure you are comfortable. Pain killers can cause constipation though, so make sure you take laxatives as well. Wearing the binder provided also helps in the discomfort. 

How long will I have to wear the binder for?

The binder is essential to wear afterwards for at least 6 weeks. It keeps the abdomen protected from stretching and closes the space created by dissection. 

Will the stretch marks go with a tummy tuck?

That depends on the where they are. If the stretch marks are low on the abdomen they will be removed as part of the procedure. Higher stretch marks will be helped.  

What are the potential complications following an abdominoplasty?

Unfavrouble Scaring- the scar will be in the lower abdomen. The length depends on the abdomen shape and the type of abdominoplasty. Some scars can be short, others longer

 Seroma- this is a collection of fluids in the abdomen that might take time to resolve. Occasionally it needs aspirating.

Numbness or Change in Sensation- this occurs while the nerves are still trying to find each other after the procedure. This usually improves with time. 

Asymmetry- occasionally both sides might not be exactly the same. This can be normal. 

Dog ears- this is excess tissue on the sides. Occasionally the excess needs to be removed after things have settled down. 

Bleeding or Haematoma- if this significant then return to theatre is necessary. 

Infection- if this occurs antibiotics are necessary. 

Wound breakdown

Fat necrosis- fat does not have a great supply and so occasionally he fat will not survive forming lumps. 

Irregularities, unevenness

Changes with time and weight gain

Residual redundant skin or muscle weakness