Tummy tuck

Medical name
Abdominoplasty

Indications
Excess tummy skin following pregnancy or weight loss, unsightly appearance following abdominal surgery.

General description
Performed under general anaesthetic, this procedure involves redraping the skin of the tummy, removal of lower abdominal skin and resiting of the belly button. This procedure is sometimes combined with liposuction to the sides of the tummy (love handles). The muscles of the tummy can be tightened during this procedure.

This is one of Mr. Chester’s most commonly performed procedures and is one of his specialist interests. The exact procedure is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and there are other variants of the procedure that can be performed e.g. miniabdominoplasty, modified abdominoplasty, apronectomy, fleur-de-lys abdominoplasty, reverse abdominoplasty. This procedure can also be performed as part of a body lift.

Drains are used at the end of the procedure (tubes about the same diameter as a drinking straw) to drain away any excess blood or fluid.

Scars
For a conventional abdominoplasty there is a long bikini line scar from hip to hip and one around the belly button. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and/or have a midline tummy scar already may be suitable for a fleur-de-lys abdominoplasty, which results in an anchor-shaped scar and allows more tightening of the abdominal skin.

Length of stay

Patients are usually kept in for two nights following surgery.