Established in 2019, ASET Hospital brings together some of the leading surgeons in the North West to create a centre of excellence in the field of Cosmetic Surgery and Non-Surgical Cosmetic solutions. With a friendly approach, we believe in providing clear advice to allow you to make an informed decision about your abdominoplasty surgery.
Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen area. Patients maychoose this procedure after childbirth or weight loss in order to regain their shape, a tighter, more aesthetic abdomen and boost their confidence and at Aset Hospital, our highly qualified surgeons have been performing this procedure for decades with fantastic results.
Patients might choose a abdominoplasty procedure after childbirth or weight loss, however, another abdominoplasty option is the mini tummy tuck suitable for patients wishing to remove a smaller amount of skin or fat. This procedure is perfect for those who are unhappy with loose hanging skin, lax muscles or hard to shift pockets of fat. In suitable patients, tummy tuck surgery may also be combined with liposuction to the abdomen (tummy) and flanks (love handles). The addition of liposuction can give further enhanced results and improved shape with a tighter, more aesthetic abdomen.
Patients are assesed on an individual basis in order to create a tailored care package personalised to the individual, this involves checking your medical and psychological health. Our dedicated team will ensure that prior to your decision, you meet with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon to talk through your specific needs, questions and queries.
To ensure no complications and a full recovery we ask patients to stop smoking before their tummy tuck surgery. This is because smoking introduces toxins into the blood and can increase the risk of healing problems, skin loss and complications. We ask that smokers stop at least 6 weeks before the surgery date and don’t start again until wounds have completely healed.
We also ask that patients stop taking oral contraceptive pills (alternative methods are fine), aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. This is because some of those pills can increase the risk of bleeding. And finally, we ask that patients do not take off-the-shelf herbal medicines or nutritional supplements as these can cause occasional unforeseen effects on bleeding and the healing of tissues.
To ensure that you are fully prepared for abdominplasty surgery, we will ask you to attend a medical examination at a pre-operative assessment clinic where certain tests may be carried out to ensure your safety during anaesthesia and surgery.
The abdominoplasty surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
An abdominoplasty involves making an incision from hip to hip in the lower part of the abdomen (usually hidden by underwear). Once this is done, the skin and fat on the abdomen are lifted from the lower abdomen, the belly button is left in place and the skin and fat are lifted until the surgeon reaches the rib cage. The skilled abdominoplasty surgeon can then repair any loose abdominal wall muscle, which can help create an enhanced shape to the abdominal area.
The raised layer of the skin and fat is then stretched down over the newly tightened muscles and the excess is removed. The wounds are then closed in layers using dissolvable stitches and after this, tubes are used to remove any fluids from the wound (they are taken out before you go home). The surgeon then brings the belly button out to the surface using a newly created hole in the skin.
The scar is placed low in the abdominal area where it is usually hidden under underwear and swimwear. A small scar will also exist around the bellybutton.
Patients are most commonly dissatisfied if their expectations did not meet what can be realistically and safely achieved. For this reason, we try and get to know you before the procedure and talk to you about the results you can expect and what we can work together to achieve.
After abdominoplasty surgery, many patients experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising. The potential risks of the surgery include haematoma, infection, loss of skin, wide or lumpy scars, loss of sensation in lower abdomen and upper thighs, persistent pain, DVT (deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the veins of the leg), PE (pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lungs) and dog-ears (folds of tissue at the end of a scar). The scars from this surgery can also be asymmetrical.
It is important to remember that an abdominoplasty mainly affects the front of the abdomen and whilst the waistline may improve, this isn’t guaranteed. The aim of the procedure is to remove the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and produce a flatter abdomen. This surgery has no effect on the flanks and hips, and in some cases, the hips may appear bigger afterwards as a result of excess fat removal from the front, as this can make the flanks and hips appear larger in comparison. It is important that you discuss your expectations with your abdominoplasty surgeon.
*Individual Results May Vary.
Your well being is our priority, Aset Hospital will provide a comprehensive and personalised aftercare packagewhich isl included in your treatment.
In the unlikely event of a complication directly related to your surgery, we would provide or arrange further surgery and/or treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year.