Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)
An operation where excess skin, and to a lesser extent fat, is removed from below the umbilicus (or tummy button).
The normal reasons for seeking a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, are after weight loss or following a pregnancy.It tightens the abdominal skin, and can improve the waistline. It is sometimes combined with liposuction for additional contour definition depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.
A popular procedure, it involves a short stay in hospital and you should be back to full activities by 6 weeks following surgery. To book a consultation for tummy tuck surgery in Bristol, London or Newport, click the button below.
Frequently asked questions
What can be achieved with a tummy tuck?
Usually patients requesting a tummy tuck have a specific goal they wish to achieve, and as mentioned earlier usually request the procedure following pregnancy or weight loss. The surgery will remove the excess skin in the lower abdomen and can be combined with other techniques to repair any bulges (hernias or divarications) in the abdominal wall.
The pre operative shape of your hips, waist and chest will dictate how much of a change in waist line you will see after the procedure – if you have a narrow gap between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your pelvis (less than the breadth of a hand) then you won’t notice a dramatic change in the shape of your waist. With larger distances between the two however a more hour glass figure can be achieved following surgery.
How is the surgery done?
A tummy tuck involves removal of an oval shaped piece of skin from beneath the umbilicus (or tummy button).The lower border of the incision runs from either hip to just above the pubic hair in the midline (where are Caesarian section scar normally sits) and from either hip to just above the umbilicus for the upper border.
The skin and underlying fat contained within the incision borders is removed, and then the skin from above the umbilicus is lifted and pulled down so that it meets the lower edge of the incision. At the same time the tummy muscles are tightened using sutures, improving the definition of the waist line.
Do I need to loose weight before a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for diet and exercise if you desire to lose weight!. You should have reached your ideal target weight (and be static at this weight) prior to having a tummy tuck as any further weight loss following surgery may result in more loose skin, compromising your aesthetic result.
How long does the surgery take?
The surgery takes between 2 to 3 hours and usually involves a 1 to 2 night stay in hospital. You will have drains in following the surgery (tubes to take away fluid that can accumulate beneath the skin), and these are normally taken out before discharge from hospital.
After the surgery you will be nursed with pillows beneath your knees to take any tension off the tummy skin and it is important to make sure that you stay slightly bent over for the first week following surgery. By the end of the first week you will be starting to feel more active and can return to light activities.
Over the following 4 weeks you will be able to increase your activity levels (though you need to be guided by your body as to how energetic you can be) and by 6 weeks you should be able to resume your normal daily routine.
Are there any possible complications with a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty surgery has reliable results and high patient satisfaction rates, however minor complications such as small areas of wound break down (often related to suture reactions) and seroma formation (small collections of fluid beneath the skin that may require drainage with a syringe) can be quite common.
More problematic complications such as haematoma formation (usually seen when you are still in hospital and may require a return trip to theatre to coagulate the bleeding vessel), wound breakdown (dehiscence) or problematic scarring are rarer.
During your consultation with Mr. MacQuillan he will discuss the relevant complications with you in detail and you will have as much time as you need to ask the questions you’d like to.
I was so anxious about everything to do with my operation and had many questions but Anthony MacQuillan answered all my questions and put me at ease, and saw me on a regular basis at my requests, nothing seemed like too much trouble for him, if I had a question or a worry he was there to help me.
The result I had from my tummy tuck is amazing and I have to keep looking at the before pictures to appreciate how fabulous my body now looks, and can now look at myself in a full length mirror for the first time in 26 years. I would definitely use Anthony again he is different from other Consultants, he is so human and like talking to a friend, whereas some can be so ‘high and mighty’, but Anthony has never been like that at all.
Everything Anthony told me about the healing process has been spot on and things have settled down at the timescales that I was advised.
Thank you Anthony I would trust you with my life.
Jude – Bristol
I cannot recommend Mr Macquillan enough or the procedure (tummy tuck) I had. From the first meeting he explained everything, answered questions (no matter how silly) and put me at ease.
Throughout the process he has been professional but not intimidating and always instilled confidence. Mr Macquillan even did the surgery the day his wife gave birth so as to not let me and my childcare plans down – that is dedication!
Post surgery care was great and I can not fault anything, I would recommend his skills to anyone. Mr Macquillan’s secretary Margaret is amazing also. Thank you it has changed my life.
Sally – Bristol