A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, creates a flatter stomach by removing excess skin and fat in the abdomen and tightening the muscles in the area.
Tummy Tuck at CREO
A tummy tuck is complex and requires meticulous attention to detail and advanced surgical skills. Therefore, at the CREO clinic, our surgeons specialise solely in the areas they treat. As a result, they have spent years perfecting the surgical techniques needed to perform a tummy tuck.
Dr Omar Tillo, Clinical Director of the CREO clinic, exclusively specialises in cosmetic procedures from the neck down, including tummy tuck. Therefore, he has extensive experience performing the many variations of the tummy tuck, always prioritising the patient’s safety and creating results that look and feel natural.
A tummy tuck is a bespoke treatment that utilises different surgical techniques and levels of invasiveness according to the patient’s needs. For example, the surgeon will need to vary their approach depending on the extent and direction of skin laxity and the condition of the abdominal muscles. Furthermore, to produce a desirable contouring effect, the tummy tuck surgeon needs to pay attention to the patient’s shape and proportions.
AnesthesiaSedation or General Anaesthesia
Surgery time2-5 Hours
Hospital time12 Hours
Full recovery12 weeks
Benefits of Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck is one of the most popular surgeries in the UK as it provides significant aesthetic and medical benefits for the patient. Not only does it result in a dramatic aesthetic transformation, but it also improves the well-being of the patient.
Pregnancy, drastic weight loss, and ageing can lead to saggy skin, excess fat, and weakened muscles in the abdomen. As a result, such alterations can result in self-consciousness, limited clothing options, poor posture, back pain, and difficulty exercising.
An abdominoplasty can help patients regain a flatter stomach. As a result, tummy tuck patients are more confident with the appearance of their midriff and can fit into smaller and tighter clothes. Furthermore, a tummy tuck also repairs the abdominal muscle separation, also known as diastasis recti, which occurs after pregnancy and causes muscle weakness and protrusion.
As a result of the above, a tummy tuck gives patients a more toned look while improving their posture and core strength, thus enabling them to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.
Tummy Tuck Before and After
Browse the tummy tuck before and afters of patients who chose CREO Clinic for their procedure.
Tummy Tuck Cost in London
In general, the price of a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck in London at the CREO clinic starts from £7,500 and £9,900, respectively. Abdominoplasty is a bespoke procedure, the exact cost of which varies depending on the surgical needs of each patient. Therefore, you will receive the price of your tummy tuck upon consultation with Dr Tillo.
Types of Tummy Tucks
There are numerous types of tummy tucks, each utilising different surgical techniques and varying in their level of invasiveness. Our tummy tuck surgeons will determine the most appropriate course of treatment for you upon a consultation based on a range of factors, such as the extent of skin laxity.
Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck, also known as a traditional tummy tuck, requires an incision in the lower abdomen across the bikini line and the removal of all the loose skin of the lower abdomen and around the navel (belly button). This allows the surgeon to both tighten and remove the skin and repair the muscle separation as required. However, due to the placement of the amount of skin removed, it results in a repositioning of the navel.
Mini Tummy Tuck
In contrast to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck requires a shorter incision that is below the navel and across the bikini line, thus leaving a smaller scar. A mini tummy tuck allows the surgeon to remove excess skin in the lower abdomen. However, it does not enable tightening of the loose skin above the navel or muscle repair. Consequently, a mini tummy tuck is only suitable for those patients with lower abdomen skin laxity and minimal muscle separation.
The extended tummy tuck is carried out for the removal of excess skin on the lower abdomen and lower flanks (the love handles). It is similar to full abdominoplasty in terms of full abdomen skin tightening and muscle repair. However, the difference is that the scar is significantly longer and runs along the sides of the body to the flanks.
Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
A fleur-de-lis tummy tuck is sometimes performed on patients that have significant amounts of excess skin as a result of a bariatric procedure, such as a gastric bypass, where patients lose 30-40% of excess weight.
This requires an incision to be made along the entire length of the bikini line and an additional incision from the rib cage along the midline of the abdomen. This allows the surgeon to tighten the stomach muscles and remove any vertical skin excess.
It usually takes at least 12 weeks for patients to make a full recovery following an abdominoplasty, where they can resume all activities, including intense exercise. However, most tummy tuck patients feel able to resume most of their daily activities, including returning to work after 1-2 weeks and resuming light exercise after 3-4 weeks.
During the tummy tuck recovery period, you may notice swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the affected area, which will gradually dissipate. You will be given detailed instructions on managing your recovery and be scheduled for two follow-up visits with your surgeon one week and eight weeks after your tummy tuck to assess your recovery.
Tummy Tuck Results
The results of a tummy tuck are immediate as the removal of excess skin reveals a noticeably flatter stomach. However, it may take 6-12 months for the final results of your tummy tuck – a flatter, toned, and contoured abdomen – to become fully visible. By this time, the residual swelling will have entirely dissipated.
Furthermore, the speed at which swelling dissipates and results emerge depends on the type of tummy tuck you underwent. Therefore, the less invasive the procedure, the quicker you will see results.
Complementary Tummy Tuck Procedures
Abdominoplasty and Liposuction
While a tummy tuck can remove the excess skin around the abdomen, patients that also require the removal of excess fat may need to combine the abdominoplasty with a liposuction procedure. Liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy) is a cosmetic procedure that suctions out significant amounts of excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. When performing liposuction, a surgeon makes a small incision through which a suction tube is inserted into the area being treated.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
We perform a thorough assessment before determining your suitability for an abdominoplasty. In general, most adults that wish to flatten and contour their abdomen are good candidates for a tummy tuck. However, in order to maintain results, patients should wait until they reach their desired weight, and women should wait until after their last pregnancy.
How long do abdominoplasty results last?
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent in that patients won’t regain the skin laxity or excess fat that was surgically removed. However, patients must avoid further fluctuations in weight through a healthy diet and exercise routine in order to maintain results. Furthermore, it’s likely that patients will develop some skin laxity in the area as a result of the natural ageing process.
What is the difference between abdominoplasty and panniculectomy?
While both an abdominoplasty and a panniculectomy are surgical procedures that remove excess skin from the abdomen, the former is more comprehensive. A panniculectomy is solely concerned with removing the excess skin that hangs over the lower stomach, whereas a tummy tuck also tightens the full abdomen.
Furthermore, a panniculectomy is performed out of medical necessity, as patients can develop rashes and infections within the excess folds of skin. In contrast, a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the patient’s aesthetic appearance by restoring a flatter and contoured abdomen.
Is abdominoplasty an outpatient procedure?
A tummy tuck is usually outpatient and can take around 2-5 hours to perform, depending on the type of procedure. In some cases, patients may be advised, or wish, to stay overnight for one or more days.
Is tummy tuck worth it?
A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that many patients consider to be worthwhile for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Aesthetically, patients regain a flatter stomach and contoured abdomen. Functionally, patients notice an improvement in their physical abilities due to having a stronger core, as well as improvement in their posture and a reduction in other related ailments such as back pain.