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Abdominoplasty or "tummy tuck" is used to reshape and firm the abdomen. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle of the abdominal wall.

This type of surgery is usually sought by women (who are not considering having any more children) and individuals who have abdominal fat deposits which do not respond well to diet and exercise.

It is also used after massive weight loss to remove the resulting hanging 'apron' or folds of fat.


Abdominoplasty operations vary in scope and are frequently subdivided into categories.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, a complete abdominoplasty can take 2 to 5 hours.A partial abdminoplasty can be completed between 1 to 2 hours.

Combination Procedures

An abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction treatment.

Partial Abdominoplasty

A partial (or mini) abdominoplasty involves three steps:

  1. A smaller incision is made.
  2. The skin in removed between the incision and the navel. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
  3. The flap is stitched back into place.




Complete Abdominoplasty

A complete (or full) abdominoplasty involves five 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 to be tightened. These muscles are tightened with sutures.
  4. The skin flap is reattached with any extra skin being removed. A new hole for the navel is made and stitched into place.
  5. All stitches are dressed and any excess fluid from the site is drained.


You will normaly be kept in the clinic for 2 nights after surgery, under medical supervision. You will then need to attend the clinic again approximately 7 days after surgery for a follow up consultation.

Recovery from a complete abdominoplasty can take 2 to 4 weeks and patients are advised to take at least a portion of this recovery time off from work.

Heavy activity especially must be avoided during this time. For the first ten days, a patient may experience bruising and discomfort. A supportive abdominal binder is normally worn to contain swelling and support the muscular repair.



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