Surgery Explained

An abdominoplasty is carried out under general anaesthetic. Depending on the extent of the surgery the procedure can take between 1 and 5 hours.

During the procedure

An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. The resulting scar can be quite extensive depending on the surgical technique, e.g. lipo-abdominoplasty vs traditional tummy tuck. However it is usually made across the bikini line and therefore can be covered with underwear. In addition, scars will fade away as time goes by.

Another incision is made to free the belly button from the surrounding skin.

The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. Sutures (stitches) are used to tighten the muscle wall.

The remaining skin and fat are tightened by removing the excess and closing the defect.

The old belly button stalk is brought out through a new hole and sutured into place.

Liposuction may be undertaken at this stage to further refine and sculpt the area.

Finally a dressing and a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is


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