Procedure: Removal of excess abdominal tissue overhang +/- tightening of abdominal wall
Anaesthesia: General
Surgical Time: 3 hours
Hospital Stay: 1-2 nights in hospital
Time off Work: 2 weeks
Back to Light Sports: 6 weeks
Full Recovery: 3 months
Follow-up: 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months

Abdominoplasty, or as it’s probably better known, a tummy tuck, can help to resolve a range of aesthetic issues resulting from changes to the abdomen. These changes include:

 Excess loose skin
 Excessive amounts of external abdominal fat

Natural aging changes and fluctuations in weight can cause these problems, or they may arise as a result of pregnancy, where the muscles of the abdominal wall can stretch adding to a lax appearance.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

Abdominoplasty can successfully remove excess skin and fat, and tightening of the loose abdominal wall musculature can also be performed during the surgery.

However, it’s important to note that if you have stretchmarks on the abdominal skin, this will remain unchanged in the areas which are not going to be removed by the surgery.

There are many types of abdominoplasty procedures such as:

 Mini abdominoplasty
 Full abdominoplasty where the scar is placed in the bikini line
 Fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty where an additional scar is placed in the midline of the abdomen, to allow for more central excess skin to be removed
Your consultation will cover a full assessment of your suitability for surgery, with plenty of time to chat about your expectations. Mr Akhavani will also ensure that you understand what will be a realistic outcome, and any potential complications.

Tummy Tuck Recovery and Potential Risks

The abdominoplasty itself is carried out under general anaesthesia and the duration of the surgery is typically 2 hours, with many patients requiring an overnight stay. Your tummy tuck recovery will be supported with a follow-up in one of Mr Akhavani’s outpatient clinics.

It’s advised that you take 2 weeks off work and plan to resume light exercise 6 weeks after the operation. It typically takes 9 to 12 months before the full benefit of the surgery is realised.

Tummy tuck surgery presents a few potential complications, although rare. These include:

 Sensory changes around the scar
 Delayed wound healing
 Unfavorable asymmetric scarring

To arrange a consultation for abdominoplasty, please call 0203 733 3224.


For further information on tummy tuck surgery, please visit the following links:

BAAPS Patient Information on Abdominoplasty
BAPRAS Patient Information on Abdominoplasty
ASPS Patient Information on Abdominoplasty