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An attractive stomach is considered narrow, firm, and flat. Pregnancy, ageing, and weight fluctuations can destroy a slender, toned abdomen and leave the midsection with sagging skin, localised fat, and flaccid stomach muscles. Tummy tuck (Mummy Tuck) surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty,” addresses these issues by tightening and flattening the abdomen to improve the contour of the waist.

Enhancing Your Waistline

Three primary abdominal concerns that individuals may face are sagging skin, stubborn fat, and separated abdominal muscles. These conditions are typically caused by pregnancy, weight gain, and ageing, and they cannot often be resolved with rigorous exercise or strict dieting. The tummy tuck procedure surgically tightens the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin, and eliminates fat bulges to restore a tighter and smoother abdomen.
Diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) can occur due to pregnancy or weight gain. Even after the weight is lost, the abdomen may have a perpetual pooch due to the weakened and separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery tightens these muscles and pulls together the stomach wall to improve abdominal tone, definition, and core strength.
Sagging abdominal skin, weak core muscles, and bulging fat can make you look and feel older and less attractive. Tummy tuck surgery recreates a more youthful body shape with a flat and narrow waistline. Many patients feel more youthfully attractive and have increased confidence after tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy Tuck Techniques

Traditional Tummy Tuck

  • Ideal candidate has sagging skin, excess fat, and lax abdominal muscles both above and below the navel
  • A horizontal incision is placed between the hip bones
  • A secondary incision is placed around the navel
  • The abdominal skin and fat are separated from the muscle wall
  • Diastasis recti is corrected as the muscles are tightened
  • Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat and improve abdominal contour
  • Excess skin is trimmed away from the mid and lower abdomen
  • The navel is repositioned, and the skin is re-draped over the abdomen
  • Significantly improves the contour of the entire waistline

Mini Tummy Tuck

  • Ideal candidate has tissue laxity isolated below the navel
  • Typical candidate is in good physical shape but is unable to tone the troublesome lower belly area through diet and exercise
  • A single horizontal incision is placed along the bikini line
  • The lower abdominal skin and fat are separated from the underlying musculature
  • Slack lower abdominal muscles are tightened
  • Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat and improve abdominal contour
  • Excess skin is trimmed away from the lower abdomen
  • Significantly improves the contour of the lower waist

Tummy Tuck Surgery Concerns

Age: 30 to 35 year old lady

Description: Photos taken at 6 weeks post op

Procedure: Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

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Age: 30 to 35 year old female

Description: Photos taken at 18 months post op

Procedure: Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and bilateral breast augmentation

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Age: 45 to 50 year old lady

Description: Photos taken at 18 months post op

Procedure: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck

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*Results may vary from patient to patient. There is no guarantee of outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are in good health, don’t smoke, and have realistic expectations about their results. They also have excess abdominal skin, loose stomach muscles, and stubborn belly fat that will not go away with exercise and a healthy diet. Candidates should be at or near their desired body weight and should be maintaining a stable body weight. Ideally, patients will have no subsequent pregnancies.
Patients who need removal of only minimal amounts of abdominal fat will benefit from liposuction alone. Patients who have diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation), sagging skin, and stubborn belly fat will benefit more from tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery can be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast surgery, to enhance your overall body shape.
The tummy tuck procedure can eliminate some (if not all) stretch marks on the abdomen by removing excess, sagging skin.
Tummy tuck surgery has no negative effects on a future pregnancy. However, any future pregnancies may reverse the results of your tummy tuck surgery. It is best to wait to undergo abdominoplasty until you have finished having children.
The results of your tummy tuck procedure will be long lasting to permanent if you maintain a stable, healthy body weight and do not become pregnant.
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Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.