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Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck, otherwise known as Abdominoplasty Surgery, is a procedure performed to completely remove both excess fat and skin that has lost permanent elasticity creating an abdominal profile that is both smoother and firmer.

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Abdominoplasty surgery has long been considered the most popular surgical procedure for patients that have lost complete elasticity in their abdominal skin and also where the inner walls of the abdomen have protruded outwards.

Intro

The surgical procedure is suitable for patients with :

  • Sagging or excessive skin on the abdomen caused by weightless, pregnancy and the natural process of ageing skin
  • An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

Some of the most personal reasons why you may elect this procedure are:

  • Sagging or excessive skin on the abdomen caused by weightless, pregnancy and the natural process of ageing skin
  • An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

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    At a Glance

    Tummy Tuck

    At a glance

    • Length of Procedure:

      2 hours

    • Hospital Stay

      Same Day and Overnight Options

    • Recovery Time

      2-4 weeks

    • Type of Anesthesia

      General

    • Time off work

      1 weeks

    • Medical Name

      Abdominoplasty

    Before

    and After

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    Tummy Tuck Cost

    FULL TUMMY TUCK COST

    £7950.00

    This is an All-Inclusive set price for this surgery and includes the full cost of your procedure including your £100.00 consultation which is credited against the cost of your surgery.


     
    Consultation Cost:

    £100.00
    Your Consultation Is Credited When Booking Your Procedure.

     
    All-Inclusive Care Included:

    Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Home After Your Surgery Anywhere In London.

    Consultation:

    Full Consultation With Your Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

    All Additional Items Included:

    All Medication And Garments Provided To Take Home.

    Pre-Operative Assessment Included:

    All Pre-Operative (MRSA) Medical Assessments.

    After Care Service Included:

    Online Messaging Service 24 Hours A Day For Aftercare.

    Hospital and Anaesthetic Fees Included:

    Full Procedure And Stay At Our State Of The Art Hospital Included with Private Room.

    Post-Operative Appointments Included:

    7-Day, 12-Week and 6-12 Month Post Operative Appointments.

    FINANCE PACKAGES / COSMETIC LOANS

    We do not provide Cosmetic Financing for this Surgery. When considering this surgery, we like to ensure the cost of your treatment is both transparent and clear to understand. The cost outlined above is fully inclusive of your completed procedure with no hidden costs.

    Different Types of Tummy Tuck

    There are three main types of tummy tuck procedures. The one you have will solely depend on how much skin and fat need to be removed to achieve your ideal goal. Our surgeon will fully explain which type is most suitable for you.

    Mini Tummy Tuck: Improvement to the Lower Belly with Less Invasive Surgery

    If you are mainly concerned with a “pouch” or a combination of loose skin and stretch marks just below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be a suitable option to consider. This technique involves a single incision made just above the pubic area (bikini line), through which our surgeon will tighten the abdominal wall muscles and remove excess skin to restore a smooth, firmer and flatter abdominal profile.

    The benefit of a mini tummy tuck is a shorter scar. The horizontal incision line is usually just a few inches along the bikini line. Benefits also include a shorter procedure which effectively means a swifter recovery.

    Full Tummy Tuck: Improves both the Upper & Lower Abdomen

    If the abdominal area is more round with excess skin that’s begun to fold above and below the belly button, a full tummy tuck will be more suitable to address. This procedure will complete the full abdominal wall tightening and the full length and height of the skin that has lost elasticity.  Performing either a horizontal or U-shape incision, made above the pubic area (bikini line), our surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the abdominal muscles and lift the skin. In certain cases, a second incision may be performed around the navel to remove excess skin above the belly button to achieve the most natural-looking result.

    Scars from a full tummy tuck look similar to those performed in a mini-tummy tuck but will be slightly longer, running the full width of the bikini line. With that being said, the resulting scar from a full tummy tuck will usually be hidden under a swimsuit bottom. The benefits of a full tummy tuck will include a much flatter and smoother abdomen with a reduction of any pre-existing stretch marks. Patients naturally find that fighter dresses and swimsuits have a smoother abdominal fit.

    Extended Tummy Tuck: Improvement to the Upper & Lower Abdomen and Flanks

    If you have lost a lot of weight and now have excessive, sagging skin on the front half of your body or, you have a significant protrusion in your abdominal muscles after multiple pregnancies, then an extended tummy tuck may be the most suitable option for you. Much like a Full Tummy Tuck, an extended procedure will also remove excess, hanging skin from the flanks.

    Though the incision line becomes slightly longer, patients will certainly want to consider a longer scar against the benefit or a significant improvement to their abdominal profile.

    Tummy Tuck Consultation

    Welcome to Your Tummy Tuck Consultation with Mr Taimur Shoaib

    At Berkeley Square Medical, we understand that considering a tummy tuck is a significant decision. We’re here to ensure that your journey is smooth, informative, and tailored to your unique needs. Here’s what you can expect during your personalised consultation with Mr Taimur Shoaib.

    Step 1: Initial Meeting and Discussion

    Warm Welcome: Upon your arrival at our clinic, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff. We want you to feel comfortable and at ease. You’ll be guided to a private consultation room where you’ll meet Mr Shoaib and the Clinical Team.

    Personal Health History: Mr Shoaib will start by discussing your medical history. This includes any previous surgeries, current medications, allergies, and overall health. It’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of your health to ensure the best possible outcome.

    Your Goals and Expectations: This is your time to share your reasons for wanting a tummy tuck. Whether it’s to remove excess skin after significant weight loss or to restore your abdominal area after pregnancy, Mr Shoaib will listen attentively to your goals and expectations.

    Step 2: Physical Examination

    Assessment of Abdominal Area: Mr Shoaib will perform a detailed examination of your abdominal area. This includes evaluating the amount of excess skin, fat deposits, and the condition of your abdominal muscles. This step is essential for planning the most effective surgical approach.

    Skin Elasticity and Muscle Tone: We will also assess the elasticity of your skin and the tone of your abdominal muscles. These factors help determine the extent of the procedure and whether additional treatments might be beneficial.

    Step 3: Customized Surgical Plan

    Tailored Recommendations: Based on your goals and the physical examination, Mr Shoaib will develop a customised surgical plan for you. This plan will include the specific type of tummy tuck that will best suit your needs, whether it’s a full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, or extended tummy tuck.

    Detailed Explanation: Mr Shoaib will explain the recommended procedure in detail. You’ll learn about the surgical steps, the location of incisions, the expected recovery process, and the potential risks and benefits. Visual aids and before-and-after photos of previous patients may be used to help illustrate what you can expect.

    Step 4: Questions and Answers

    Open Dialogue: We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. No question is too small or too trivial. Your surgeon is here to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.

    Step 5: Next Steps

    Scheduling and Preparation: If you decide to proceed with the surgery, our team will help you schedule your procedure at a time that works best for you. We’ll provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions to ensure you’re fully prepared.

    Support and Follow-Up: Your journey doesn’t end after the consultation. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, from the initial consultation through to your post-operative care and beyond. We’re committed to your safety, comfort, and satisfaction.

    Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

    Pre-Operative Preparations

    When you arrive on the day of your surgery, our team will welcome you warmly and guide you through the final preparations.

    • Marking the Surgical Site: Your surgeon will meet with you to make precise markings on your abdomen. These lines will guide the surgical incisions and ensure symmetry and accuracy.
    • Anaesthesia: To ensure your comfort, we’ll administer general anaesthesia, meaning you’ll be completely asleep and won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

    Making the Incisions

    Your surgeon will begin the surgery by making careful incisions.

    • Primary Incision: A horizontal incision will be made just above your pubic area, stretching between your hip bones. The length of this incision will depend on the amount of excess skin we need to remove.
    • Second Incision (if needed): If you have a significant amount of excess skin in your upper abdomen, a second incision around your navel may be necessary to achieve the best results.

    Lifting and Tightening

    Next, your surgeon will work to create a firmer, more toned abdominal area.

    • Lifting the Skin: The skin and underlying fat are gently lifted off the abdominal wall.
    • Muscle Repair: Your surgeon will then stitch together any separated or weakened abdominal muscles. This step tightens the abdominal wall and narrows your waistline.

    Removing Excess Skin and Fat

    Now, it’s time to sculpt your new shape.

    • Trimming Excess: Your surgeon will pull the skin down and trim away any excess. We may also use liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits and enhance your abdominal contours.
    • Repositioning the Navel: To ensure a natural look, your surgeon will create a new opening for your navel and carefully reposition it. Your navel itself remains intact but is brought through a new opening in the skin.

    Closing the Incisions

    To finish the surgery, your surgeon will close the incisions with care.

    • Layered Sutures: Multiple layers of sutures are used to close the incisions securely and promote optimal healing.
    • Dressings and Bandages: We’ll apply dressings to protect the surgical area. You may also have small tubes placed to drain any excess fluid and prevent swelling.

    Post-Operative Care

    After surgery, we’ll ensure you’re comfortable and well-informed for your recovery.

    • Immediate Recovery: You’ll be moved to a recovery area where we’ll monitor your vital signs. It’s normal to feel groggy and sore as the anaesthesia wears off.
    • Pain Management: Our team will provide pain medication to manage any discomfort. We’ll also give you detailed instructions on caring for your surgical site and any drains.
    • Compression Garments: You’ll wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals.

    Follow-Up and Recovery

    We’re here to support you throughout your recovery.

    • Initial Follow-Up: Your first follow-up visit will be scheduled a few days after surgery to check on your healing progress and remove any drains if they were placed.
    • Activity Restrictions: It’s important to take it easy for several weeks. Light walking is encouraged to help circulation, but avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise.
    • Long-Term Care: Over the next few months, swelling will decrease, and your final results will gradually become visible. We’ll schedule regular follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery is on track.

    Results and Outcome

    We’re excited for you to see your new shape!

    • Final Results: Your full results will be visible after several months once the swelling has completely subsided and the tissues have settled.
    • Scarring: While there will be scars, we place incisions in areas that can be easily hidden by clothing and swimwear. Over time, with proper care, these scars will fade.

    Tips for Optimal Recovery

    To ensure the best possible outcome, follow these tips:

    • Follow Instructions: Adhering to all post-operative instructions from your surgeon is crucial for a smooth recovery.
    • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle will help you preserve your tummy tuck results for years to come.

    We’re committed to providing you with the best care and helping you achieve the results you desire. If you have any questions or concerns at any point, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here for you every step of the way.

    Tummy Tuck Aftercare & Recovery Times

    At Berkeley Square Medical, we understand that recovering from a tummy tuck is a crucial part of your journey towards achieving your desired results. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions and support to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Here’s what you can expect:

    Immediate Post-Operative Care

    Recovery Room: After your tummy tuck surgery, you’ll be taken back to your private recovery room where our medical team will monitor you as you wake up from anaesthesia. It’s normal to feel groggy and experience some mild discomfort initially.

    Initial Assessment: Your Surgeon, Mr Taimur Shoaib and members of the surgical team will check your incisions, dressings, and overall condition before you’re cleared to go home. Pain management and antibiotics will be administered as needed to prevent infection and manage discomfort.

    First Few Days at Home

    Transportation: Ensure you have someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery, as you’ll need assistance and will be restricted in your movements.

    Rest and Positioning: It’s important to rest and avoid any strenuous activities. You’ll need to keep your upper body slightly elevated and your knees bent while lying down to minimize tension in your abdominal area. Using pillows to support your back and legs can help.

    Medication: Take prescribed pain medications and antibiotics as directed by Mr Shoaib and our Anaesthetist. These medications are essential for pain control and infection prevention.

    Dressings and Drain Care: You may have dressings and surgical drains in place to remove excess fluid. Follow the instructions provided by our team on how to care for these drains and keep the surgical site clean. Typically, drains are removed within 1-2 days (if applicable).

    Walking: Light walking is encouraged as soon as you feel able. This helps promote circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots. Avoid standing fully upright for the first week to reduce strain on your incisions.

    First Week Post-Op

    Follow-Up Appointment: You’ll have a follow-up appointment with Mr Shoaib’s nursing team within the first week after surgery. During this visit, your incisions and drains (if still in place) will be removed, and any necessary adjustments to your aftercare plan will be made.

    Wound Care: Continue to follow wound care instructions, which may include changing dressings and keeping the area dry and clean. Look out for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or unusual discharge, and report these to our office immediately.

    Weeks 2 to 4

    Activity Restrictions: Gradually increase your activity level, but avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and intense exercise. Most patients can return to light work duties after 2-4 weeks, depending on their job requirements and how they feel.

    Compression Garment: You’ll be advised to wear a compression garment around your abdomen to reduce swelling and support your healing tissues. Wear it as directed, typically for several weeks.

    Months 1 to 3

    Gradual Resumption of Activities: By 6-8 weeks post-op, you may begin to slowly resume more normal activities and light exercise, but still avoid any activities that strain your abdominal muscles.

    Scar Management: Mr Shoaib may recommend treatments to minimize scarring, such as silicone sheets, gels, or certain creams. Protect your scars from sun exposure to avoid darkening at your 6-12 weeks post surgery appointment arranged.

    Long-Term Recovery

    Full Recovery: Full recovery from a tummy tuck can take several months. Swelling and changes in sensation in the abdominal area can persist for several months but will gradually improve.

    Final Results: Your final results will become more apparent as swelling continues to subside and your tissues settle. Maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve your results.

    Ongoing Support

    Regular Check-Ups: Schedule regular follow-up appointments with Mr Shoaib to monitor your progress and address any concerns.

    Stay in Touch: Our team is always available to answer your questions and provide support. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns during your recovery.

    Risks Associated With Tummy Tuck Surgery

    At Berkeley Square Medical, your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We believe in providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your tummy tuck surgery. While a tummy tuck is generally safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, like Mr Taimur Shoaib, it does carry certain risks. Here’s a detailed look at the potential complications:

    General Surgical Risks

    1. Anaesthesia Risks:

    • Adverse Reactions: Although rare, some patients may experience adverse reactions to anaesthesia, including allergic reactions, respiratory issues, or cardiovascular complications.
    • Nausea and Vomiting: Common side effects post-surgery which usually resolve within a days.

    Specific Risks of Tummy Tuck

    2. Infection:

    • Wound Infections: Despite sterile techniques, there is a risk of infection at the incision site. Symptoms include redness, warmth, swelling, and discharge. Severe infections may require antibiotic treatment or additional surgery.
    • Internal Infections: In rare cases, infections can occur deeper within the tissues.

    3. Bleeding and Hematoma:

    • Excessive Bleeding: Some bleeding is expected, but excessive bleeding may require medical intervention.
    • Hematoma: A collection of blood outside of blood vessels, causing swelling and pain. It may require drainage.

    4. Poor Wound Healing:

    • Delayed Healing: Factors such as poor circulation, smoking, or infection can delay wound healing.
    • Wound Dehiscence: Separation of the wound edges can occur, necessitating additional treatment.

    5. Scarring:

    • Visible Scars: Tummy tuck scars are permanent, though they usually fade over time. In some cases, scars may be more noticeable, thickened, or wider than expected.
    • Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars: Abnormal scar tissue formation can occur, leading to raised, red scars.

    6. Seroma:

    • Fluid Accumulation: A seroma is a buildup of fluid under the skin. Drains are often placed during surgery to help prevent this, but seromas can still occur and may need to be drained post-operatively.

    7. Changes in Skin Sensation:

    • Numbness: Temporary or permanent changes in skin sensation, including numbness or tingling, particularly around the incision site and lower abdominal area.

    8. Fat Necrosis:

    • Tissue Death: Fat cells in the abdominal area may die, leading to firm lumps. This may require further treatment or removal.

    9. Blood Clots:

    • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Blood clots can form in the legs and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. This is a serious condition requiring immediate medical attention.

    10. Asymmetry:

    • Uneven Contour: Despite the surgeon’s best efforts, perfect symmetry is not always achievable, and slight differences in the abdominal contour can occur.

    11. Skin Discoloration and Swelling:

    • Temporary Changes: Swelling and bruising are common post-surgery and typically resolve over time.
    • Permanent Discoloration: In rare cases, permanent skin discolouration can occur.

    12. Unsatisfactory Results:

    • Aesthetic Dissatisfaction: Some patients may be disappointed with the aesthetic results of the surgery. Further surgery may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

    Risk Reduction and Management

    Mr Taimur Shoaiband the team at Berkeley Square Medical take several steps to minimise these risks:

    Pre-Surgical Assessment: Comprehensive evaluation of your health, medical history, and suitability for surgery by both our surgeon and consultant anaesthetist.

    Surgical Expertise: Mr Taimur Shoaib uses advanced techniques and meticulous care to reduce the risk of complications.

    Post-Surgical Care: Detailed aftercare instructions and regular follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.

    Patient Education: Providing thorough information on how to care for yourself before and after surgery to promote healing and reduce risks.

    Your Role in Risk Management

    Follow Instructions: Adhere to all pre and post-operative instructions provided by Mr Shoaib.

    Report Concerns: Contact our office immediately if you notice signs of infection, excessive bleeding, or any other unusual symptoms.

    Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and staying hydrated to support optimal healing.


    At Berkeley Sqaure Medical, we are committed to your safety and satisfaction. Mr Shoaib and our entire team are here to support you through every step of your tummy tuck journey, ensuring you are well-informed and well-cared for.

    Sanjay Rai

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    Berkeley Square Medical
    • World Renowned Medical District

      Located on Harley Street, London. Considered one of the top medical districts worldwide.

    • Regulated By the Care Quality Commission

      Fully accredited hospital regulated by the UK Care Quality Commission UK (CQC).

    • Award-Winning Hospital

      Winners of "Best Private Hospital London" at the Medical Aesthetic Awards.

    • Consultant Led Practitioners

      All practitioners are GMC Consultants in their respective specialisations of practice.

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    FAQ

    FAQ

    • Is a Tummy Tuck a solution to weight loss?

      Not quite, Tummy tucks are not ideal for weight loss. Though after full recovery from your surgery it may well appear that you have lost weight on your abdomen. Tummy Tucks are an ideal solution to eliminating excess skin on your abdomen that is resistant to regular exercise and non-surgical treatments.
    • How can I take care of my children?

      Tummy tuck surgery is especially popular with mothers after pregnancy, and childcare is considered the most common concern. Because of the limits on lifting and movement, you will need to have full-time help with small children for the first 10 days after a tummy tuck surgery. Trying to lift a 1-2-year-old child soon after having a tummy tuck can affect both your recovery and your results. This is due to the risk of stretching the incision sites and possibly leading to prolonged swelling. You should be capable to resume a number of your parenting duties, such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after the first week. Ensure you have plenty of assistance carrying shopping bags and other more active jobs.
    • Is there Scarring after my tummy tuck surgery?

      As with most surgical procedures, scarring will be visible. In Tummy Tuck surgery an incision is usually placed on the lower abdomen and can be across hip to hip. Our surgeon will assist you in medical Silicone gel products to speed up the fading and softening process of scars. However, the incision is made low on the stomach and is easily covered by undergarments and bikini bottoms. Also, the scar will fade over time.
    • What care will I be provided after surgery?

      You will be required to wear a post-surgical compression garment which will aid the healing. The garment will also aid in the final result and stops swelling while preventing fluid build. On departure, you will be chauffeur driven home by our clinic if you live within in London. Tummy tuck aftercare with Berkeley Square Medical is significantly more than all other surgeries. For this reason, we may see you the day after the procedure at the hospital or at your home, again after 7 days and 14 days. Thereafter our surgeon will wish to see you within 3 months and after 12 months. All patients will be given a dedicated line to contact the clinic if there are any questions or advice for care needed. As apart of the aftercare you will be invited back to Berkeley Square Medical have a follow up appointment with our surgeon or nursing staff at regular intervals after your surgery. Please look at our pre-care and aftercare commitments to all our patients.
    • How long will the results last?

      Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter permanently. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll in your older age.
    • How long is tummy tuck recovery?

      Light activities may be resumed a few weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Full results may not be experienced for up to several weeks; recovery period may vary by patient. You can certainly expect to return to non manual work after 7-10 days and full mobility returns within 4 weeks after surgery, improving every day.
    • When Can I Go Back to Work?

      You should be able to go back to work once your pain is at a level that can be managed with just over-the-counter pain medication after around 3 weeks. After that point, most patients will resume mild exercise in the gym.
    • Is pregnancy after a tummy tuck safe?

      Pregnancy following tummy tuck surgery isn't dangerous, but it is likely to undo the repairs that the Tummy Tuck made. The stomach muscles can once again stretch out, resulting in a similar state that the patient was in prior to surgery.

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