Treatment

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty (frequently called a tummy tuck) is a very popular surgical procedure performed by Maisam Fazel to create a flat, tight well defined abdomen.

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Treatment

At A Glance

Duration

2.5 hours

Daycase / Overnight

1 night

Type of Anaesthetic

GA

Bra / Garment to be worn for

6 weeks

Return to Work (depending on job)

2 weeks

Return to Gym

6 weeks

Cost (from)

£7500

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What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a great body contouring solution for removing loose skin or a ‘muffin top’ in the lower abdomen commonly seen after pregnancy or weight loss. The procedure usually also involves tightening the abdominal muscles to fix the gap between them.

Maisam Fazel frequently combines this procedure with liposuction which helps to sculpt the body and creates a more aesthetically pleasing waist. Overall, a tummy tuck helps to address:

  • Sagging overhanging skin
  • A protruding pouch
  • Lax or divided abdominal muscles
  • Excess fatty tissue
  • Poor body confidence after pregnancy or weight loss
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What to expect when having a tummy tuck with Maisam Fazel?

Maisam Fazel is very well known for his tummy tucks. Typically, he places a scar across the lower abdomen below the bikini line to remove excess skin. Liposuction is also performed to help achieve better contouring.

Depending on the patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals, Maisam Fazel performs multiple types of tummy tucks and will advise on  the most appropriate type during the consultation:

  • Brazilian tummy tuck
  • T-scar tummy tuck
  • Extended tummy tuck
  • Fleur-de-Lys tummy tuck
  • Mini tummy tuck

Maisam Fazel frequently combines a tummy tuck with a variety of cosmetic breast procedures producing a ‘mummy makeover’.

Maisam Fazel’s tummy tuck technique ensures that his patients are mobile quickly and are discharged the next day without a drain.

Before / After

FAQs

Is a tummy tuck painful?

Although the closure and tightening of the abdominal muscles can be uncomfortable, Maisam Fazel uses a long acting local anaesthetic solution which significantly helps with the discomfort. As a result the procedure is frequently less painful than most people imagine. Most commonly, patients voluntarily stop taking their painkillers 5- 7 days after surgery and are back at work 10-14 days postop.

What is the scarring like after a tummy tuck?

The length of the scar varies but Maisam Fazel usually places a scar below the bikini line so that it remains concealed with normal underwear. The scar will fade and flatten over time and in most cases will eventually form a faint silver line. If a vertical or T-scar is needed, this may be visible above the underwear but again fades with time.

Will having liposuction alone give the same result?

Liposuction removes fat but still leaves the skin behind. Unless the skin is youthful, having liposuction alone can result in loose dimpled skin which is why patients often need skin excision (and hence the scar) especially after pregnancy or weight loss.

What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck?

In a full tummy tuck, the scar tends to be longer, the muscles are tightened and the belly button is repositioned. This usually gives a more dramatic result. In a mini-tummy tuck, only skin from the lower abdomen is excised and thus the scar tends to be smaller, and a more modest improvement is achieved. In addition, with a mini tummy tuck, virtually no change is seen in the upper half of the abdomen, while in a full tummy tuck, here is considerable improvement of the upper half due to the muscle tightening.

Can a tummy tuck help lose weight?

A tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery and it is important that a potential patient is close to their ideal body weight. Importantly they should be able to maintain a steady weight post-surgery to ensure long-lasting results.

How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

The recovery process varies for each individual patient, but patients will feel some discomfort and tightness in the abdomen area for about a week. Maisam Fazel is very keen for his patients to start walking on the same day to aid their recovery .  Patients usually have a drain overnight only and are discharged the next day. They can drive after 7- 10 days, return to work after ten days to two weeks and need to continue to wear their surgical garment for 6 weeks. Vigorous exercise should be limited for 6 weeks.

Does one have to give up smoking before a tummy tuck?

Patients should stop smoking completely 6 weeks before a tummy tuck. This also includes not using an e-cigarette with nicotine.

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