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Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty  – Tummy Tuck – surgery aims to remove the excess skin and fat from the mid and lower abdominal areas, as well as tightening the muscles to create a flatter, tighter stomach.

After pregnancy or significant weight loss, it is quite common to be left with excess skin in the lower abdomen and muscle separation, also called Rectus Divarication or Diastasis of Recti Muscles, which may be accompanied by lower back pain and lack of core strength.

Abdominoplasty focuses on contouring the front of the abdomen and it can be performed in combination with liposuction around the hips, flanks and pubic area to help sculpt these areas, as well as breast operations (augmentation, uplift or reduction) or arm lift surgery to address loose skin elsewhere on the body.

There are several abdominoplasty techniques that can be used:

Traditional Tummy Tuck

The traditional tummy tuck – abdominoplasty –  is the most common type of tummy tuck surgery. It is ideal for women and men in good physical health who have a considerable amount of loose skin around their midsection. Since it addresses the entire abdominal area, this procedure often involves moving the belly button to ensure it will achieve natural looking results.

Partial or Mini Tummy Tuck

Partial tummy tucks – abdominoplasty  – is less invasive than the traditional one with less scarring. The procedure is ideal for people with small amounts of excess skin, within 10% of their ideal body weight and those who are concerned with changing only the part of the abdomen that is below the navel.

Extended Abdominoplasty

The extended tummy tuck – abdominoplasty is designed to remove even more excess skin and fat than a traditional tummy tuck, whilst tightening the tummy muscles. This surgery is ideal for people have significant amounts of excess skin and fat around their midsection area, including hips and lower back and wish to redefine their figures following substantial weight loss.

Tummy Tuck Results

Full results from tummy tucks will take around 12 weeks to develop. During this time, you will need to take things very easy and surgical garments will need to be worn. Driving will be prohibited for a time, and a follow-up appointment will be required. These will be arranged at 1, 2 and 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year post surgery to closely monitor your physical well-being.


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Frequently asked questions

A tummy tuck is suitable for someone in the UK seeking a flatter, firmer abdomen and has a healthy weight. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, this treatment is not recommended for you. A full and thorough assessment will determine your suitability, taking into account your medical history and personal goals.

Tmmy tuck is a painful procedure, due to the nature of the surgery. You will be supplied with a course of suitable pain relief in order for your recovery to be as comfortable as possible.

Frequent risks such as swelling, bruising temporary numbness and restricted movements are to be expected for some time following the abdominoplasty surgery. Less common complications include: infection, delayed wound healing, bleeding (haematoma), asymmetry, fluid accumulation (seroma) under the skin flaps, loss of belly button and poor scarring. Please note that smoking and obesity (BMI >30) significantly increases the risks of post-operative complications. Subsequent alterations in body contour may occur due to the results of ageing, weight loss or weight gain, pregnancy, gravity or other circumstances not related to abdominoplasty. Chronic pain may rarely occur due to nerves becoming trapped in scar tissue.

Surgical garments (abdominal binder) are required to be worn day and night for 6 weeks, and a tummy tuck may incur a period of 2 – 4 weeks recovery time to allow for successful healing, with time off work required. Driving will be possible after 2 – 3 weeks. It may need up to 4 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 6 weeks before returning to the gym.


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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £130 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

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Call Clare on 07538 012918 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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