Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck London

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that focuses on improving the appearance of the abdomen. Its goal is to address various concerns such as excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles, which may be the result of factors such as pregnancy, weight loss, or ageing.

At Refresh by Fazel, under the expert care of Dr Maisam Fazel, we understand the desire for a flatter midsection and improved self-confidence. Our comprehensive approach to abdominoplasty combines the artistry of body sculpting with the precision of cosmetic surgery techniques, resulting in smoothly contoured abdomens and defined waistlines.

A tummy tuck can be a life-altering procedure, offering not only physical transformation but also a boost in self-esteem and confidence. If you are ready to embark on your post-pregnancy body transformation or if you simply want to regain a more youthful abdominal contour, schedule an appointment with Dr Fazel at his Harley Street, London office, or in Windsor, Enfield, or Stoke Poges, Slough. Contact us today at 0330 660 0979 or complete a short inquiry form to learn more about how we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Before and After Photos

About the Tummy Tuck

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The abdominal area is a prominent feature of our bodies. Its appearance can greatly impact our self-confidence. Factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and the natural ageing process can lead to changes in the abdominal region that may be difficult to address through diet and exercise alone. Thankfully, advancements in cosmetic surgery have provided us with effective solutions to restore the contours of the abdomen and achieve a more toned and rejuvenated appearance.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, is a postpartum condition that affects the abdominal muscles and connective tissue. During pregnancy, the abdominal wall stretches to accommodate the growing baby, which can cause the two large parallel muscles, called the rectus abdominis, to separate. This separation results in a weakening of these muscles and can lead to an abdominal bulge or protrusion. (1)

Diastasis recti is a common occurrence during and after pregnancy, with studies showing that it affects up to one-third of women 12 months postpartum. (2) While it is most commonly associated with pregnancy, diastasis recti can also be caused by factors such as obesity, multiple pregnancies, and excessive abdominal exercises.

How Can a Tummy Tuck Help Me?

Getting rid of stubborn belly bulges can be a challenging feat, especially after the birth of a child. Tummy tucks can be an excellent solution for women who desire postpartum restoration. It can address the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, such as stretched abdominal muscles and excess skin, allowing mothers to regain their pre-pregnancy shape and confidence. However, tummy tucks are not only for post-pregnancy bodies. They are also for men and women who simply want a sleeker silhouette.

During a tummy tuck, Dr Fazel removes excess skin and tightens the underlying musculature. This helps to eliminate loose or sagging skin, creating a smoother and firmer abdominal contour. The procedure may also involve liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat to further enhance body contouring.

What is a Reverse Tummy Tuck?

The standard tummy tuck is a popular procedure. However, Dr Fazel is sometimes asked to perform the lesser-known reverse tummy tuck. It is generally indicated for patients who have more fat and excess skin above their belly button, as opposed to below it and involves a different incision point. Rather than placing the incision from hip to hip, as in a standard tummy tuck procedure, the reverse tummy tuck technique involves placing a “w”-shaped horizontal incision under the breasts, hidden in the inframammary fold.

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

  • Improved body contour and appearance
  • Reduction of excess skin and fat
  • Tightening of abdominal muscles
  • Enhanced ability to fit into clothes comfortably
  • Improved posture and relief from back pain
  • Long-lasting results
  • Increased self-confidence and positive body image

Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

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Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are patients who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations as to what can be achieved with tummy tuck surgery. Whether you are considering abdominoplasty for cosmetic reasons or as part of your journey towards body rejuvenation after pregnancy, Dr Fazel will guide you through the process and determine if a tummy tuck is the right solution for you.

If you have any questions about the tummy tuck procedure and want to find out how it can benefit you, we encourage you to call 0330 660 0979 to speak with us. Arrange a personal consultation in Harley Street, Windsor, Enfield, or Stoke Poges, Bucks, and begin your journey towards experiencing the transformative results of abdominoplasty.

Personal Consultation

At Refresh by Fazel, we provide a comprehensive and personalised approach to tummy tuck procedures. Dr Fazel, our esteemed plastic surgeon, understands that each patient’s needs and goals are unique. That is why he offers a personal consultation to ensure that you receive the individualised care and attention you deserve.

During your one-on-one meeting, he will explain the different tummy tuck procedures available, such as traditional abdominoplasty, mini tummy tuck, extended tummy tuck, or reverse tummy tuck, and discuss which option would best address your concerns. Moreover, he will explore the possibility of combining a tummy tuck with other procedures, such as liposuction, or the highly customizable Mummy Makeover.


Medication Management

It is essential to discontinue the use of blood thinners, supplements, and any other medications that Dr. Fazel specifically advises against. This precaution helps minimise the risk of excessive bleeding during and after the tummy tuck procedure.

Nicotine-Free Lifestyle

If you smoke, vape, or use any nicotine products, it is crucial to stop their use in the weeks leading up to your surgery. Nicotine can impede the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Maintaining a nicotine-free lifestyle throughout your recovery period is equally important for optimal healing and results.

Prescription Planning

We recommend picking up any prescribed pain medication and antibiotics well in advance of your procedure. Having these medications readily available ensures that you have everything you need for a comfortable and hassle-free recovery.

Transportation Arrangements

The vast majority of tummy tuck procedures are performed while the patient is under general anaesthesia. Therefore, you will require someone to drive you home and provide post-operative support. It is important to coordinate a lift home and an escort if necessary, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.

Time Off and Rest

Adequate rest is crucial for a successful recovery. We advise our patients to arrange time off from work and social commitments to allow themselves ample time to rest and heal. Following this recommendation will contribute to a smooth recovery process and help you achieve the best possible results.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

At A Glance

  • Procedure Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Day Case/Overnight: 1 night
  • Anaesthetic: General
  • Compression Garment: 6 weeks
  • Return to Work (job-dependent): 2 weeks
  • Return to Gym: 6 weeks

Abdominal Wall Repair

One of the key components of a tummy tuck is the repair of the abdominal wall. Dr. Fazel will carefully access and tighten the weakened or separated muscles in order to restore a firmer and more toned appearance. This process not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the abdomen but also provides functional benefits, such as improved core strength and stability.

Excess Skin Removal

If you have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy, you may be left with loose, sagging skin around your midsection. Our tummy tuck procedure involves the removal of this excess skin, allowing for a smoother and more contoured abdomen. Dr. Fazel will strategically place incisions to ensure minimal scarring and optimal results.

Fat Removal

In addition to addressing excess skin, a tummy tuck can also target stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Through techniques such as liposuction, Dr. Fazel can precisely remove these fat deposits, further enhancing the overall contour of your abdomen.


During a tummy tuck, Dr Fazel can also perform an umbilicoplasty, which involves reshaping and repositioning the belly button to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. This procedure ensures that the belly button blends seamlessly with the newly contoured abdomen.


During the initial stages of recovery, your abdomen will be bandaged and supported with dressings. It is essential to keep these dressings intact until your follow-up appointment, during which Dr Fazel will assess your progress. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, balanced diet, limiting alcohol intake, and continued smoking cessation will aid in your recovery. (3)

Your body’s healing process is unique, and the timeline varies from person to person. However, on average, it takes several weeks for the initial swelling and bruising to subside. Over time, you will notice ongoing improvements in the appearance of your abdomen as the tissues settle into their new position.

During your recovery, it is common to experience some discomfort. Dr Fazel will provide you with appropriate pain management options. Following your personalised instructions regarding medication intake and resting positions will greatly contribute to a smooth recovery.


The long-term results of a tummy tuck are generally long-lasting. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, you can extend and optimise the outcomes of your procedure. It is important to note that significant weight fluctuations or future pregnancies may impact the results.

Cost of a Tummy Tuck in London

The cost of a tummy tuck is influenced by several components, including surgical fees, anaesthetic fees, facility fees, and post-operative care. Please see our Price List for more details. Dr Fazel is committed to transparency, and will provide you with a detailed breakdown of these expenses during your consultation. 

Achieve a firmer, more contoured abdomen. Get in touch with Refresh by Fazel by calling 0330 660 0979 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Maisam Fazel at his Harley Street, London location, or in Windsor, Enfield, or Stoke Poges near Slough.

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What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is a less extensive version of a traditional tummy tuck. It is best suited for patients who have minimal excess skin and muscle laxity below the belly button. The incision is smaller, and the procedure focuses on addressing the lower abdomen only. Recovery time is generally shorter compared to a full tummy tuck.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

While both procedures aim to improve the appearance of the abdomen, they address different concerns. A tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles, while liposuction targets stubborn pockets of fat. In some cases, these procedures may be performed together to achieve optimal results.

Will there be noticeable scarring after a tummy tuck?

Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, including tummy tuck surgery. However, a skilled plastic surgeon will carefully place the incisions in discrete locations, such as along the bikini line, to minimise the visibility of scars. Over time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable.

Can a tummy tuck help me lose weight?

It is important for all patients interested in the tummy tuck to know that it is not weight loss surgery. It is important that candidates are at, or close to, their ideal body weight. Patients should also be able to maintain a steady weight after their procedure, for effective, long-lasting results.


  1. Hall H, Sanjaghsaz H. Diastasis Recti Rehabilitation. PubMed. Published 2022. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK573063/ 
  2. Cavalli M, Aiolfi A, Bruni PG, et al. Prevalence and risk factors for diastasis recti abdominis: a review and proposal of a new anatomical variation. Hernia. 2021;25(4):883-890. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10029-021-02468-8 
  3. Regan JP, Casaubon JT. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). PubMed. Published 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431058/