Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty Surgery (tummy tuck) London, Kent, Essex & Sussex

Abdominoplasty procedure has been carried out at the Belvedere Clinic for over 25 years, with hundreds of men and women leaving our hospital much happier and free from the their anxiety and of course a much firmer flatter tummy.

tummy-tuck SurgeryMost commonly asked for following substantial weight loss or pregnancy where people find their abdominal muscles are weak and the skin has become loose. Sometimes exercise and diet alone is not enough to reverse this and can cause anxiety and self-consciousness in the individual, with a tummy tuck the skin can be removed and the muscles tightened to leave a flatter and firmer tummy. A number of our patients will combine their tummy tuck with liposuction to give a slimmer waistline over just one procedure alone.

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kerry-katona-dr-maurino-joffilyKerry Katona recently underwent cosmetic surgery at the Belvedere Clinic for a tummy tuck and liposuction. Carried out by our own UK Plastic Surgeon Dr Maurino Joffily.  Read More …….

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About Your Tummy Tuck Procedure & Options

Complete Abdominoplasty ( Full Tummy Tuck )

In general, a complete (or full) abdominoplasty follows these steps:

  1. An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
  2. Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
  3. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia to be tightened. The muscle fascia wall is tightened with sutures.
  4. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones of the abdominal sculpture.
  5. A dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and any excess fluid from the site is drained.

Partial Abdominoplasty ( Mini Tummy Tuck )

A partial (or mini) abdominoplasty proceeds as follows:

  1. A smaller incision is made.
  2. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
  3. Sometimes the belly button stalk is divided from the muscle below and the belly button slid down lower on the abdominal wall.
  4. Sometimes a portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is tightened.
  5. Liposuction is often used to contour the transition zone.
  6. The flap is stitched back into place.

Complimentary Procedures for the Tummy Tuck surgery

Additional procedures that may enhance the result of a tummy tuck are

Liposuction – A number of our patients will combine their tummy tuck with liposuction to give a slimmer waistline over just one procedure alone.

Usually performed under general anaesthetic, the loose skin and fatty tissue are removed through an incision across the abdomen and the damaged abdominal muscles are repaired and tightened.
*Please note individual results may vary.

Procedure Time: 3 hours
No of Procedures Needed: 1
Recovery Time: 10-12 weeks


You should not engage in driving or heavy work for at least 2 weeks following your abdominoplasty procedure and should limit mobility altogether for the first week. Dressing and pressure garment must be kept in place for 4 weeks and you should shower (not bath) until skin is healed. After your first wound check up you should continue to wear the pressure garment for a further 6 weeks. You will be able to start routine work after 4 weeks but this should be gradual and subject to how well the wound is healing. Your surgeon will discuss this in detail with you however if you have any queries feel free to call us on the number below.

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