Surgical Removal of Abdominal Fatty Tissue


An abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy-tuck”, is a major operation that removes excess skin and fat around the front of the tummy. Anyone who has excess abdominal skin and fat may benefit from such an operation. Additionally, women who develop stretch marks in pregnancy may wish for these to be excised in a reduction abdominoplasty, to tighten the appearance of the skin and make the stretch marks less obvious.

A number of techniques can be used to improve the appearance of the tummy, including the standard abdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty, extended abdominoplasty and endoscopic abdominoplasty. The belly button (umbilicus) is left in place following these operations. Liposuction can be carried out at the same time to reduce excess fat tissue within the abdominal wall. In a standard abdominoplasty, you will be left with a long, curved scar at the level of the pubic hair, as well as around the belly button. Your surgeon will discuss with you the most suitable operation for your individual requirements.

As with any operation, there are risks to the surgery. An abdominoplasty is a major operation which will require you to stay in hospital for 2-4 days. Drainage tubes are inserted following the procedure to ensure excess fluid is removed from the abdominal wall. The major consequence of the operation is the development of a scar along the lower part of the abdomen. A scar may also be present around the belly button. Some individuals experience numbness in the lower part of the tummy following the surgery, which in a small number, can be permanent. Occasionally, scars may need to be revised in the future due to changes in tissues over time. General risks include bleeding, infection and formation of blood clots after surgery.

Mr Anton Fries, Consultant in reconstructive plastic surgery, would be delighted to discuss options for blepharoplasty surgery with you during a private consultation.