An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to contour the abdomen. This is not a weight-loss procedure, but is suitable for removing excess skin, tightening up the stomach muscles and eradicating any stubborn pockets of fat. Also known as a tummy tuck, it is a popular option for two distinct groups: people whose significant weight loss has left them with saggy skin, and women whose post-pregnancy ‘paunch’ will not shift, regardless of diet and exercise.

The first step to a flatter, more toned tummy is the abdominoplasty consultation. Here, Mr Sudip Ghosh will take your medical history, ask you to share your objectives and then conduct a physical examination before tailoring a surgical plan to your individual needs. During your consultation, Mr Ghosh will explain the potential risks of the procedure and talk frankly about limitations; Buckinghamshire-based Mr Ghosh believes that having realistic expectations is key to a positive outcome.

How is an abdominoplasty performed?

An abdominoplasty is performed using general anaesthesia, can take up to three hours, depending on the extent of the re-contouring required, and requires an overnight stay in hospital. Mr Ghosh will make two incisions: one along your lower abdomen from hip to hip, the other around the belly button, enabling him to lift the skin in order to access the structures beneath.

Next, Mr Ghosh will tighten and reposition the muscles of the abdominal wall; this is particularly important for women whose muscles separated during pregnancy and have not since re-joined. He will then remove any excess fat and skin. The skin will be pulled back down, cutting a new hole for the belly button, and stitched back into place. In some cases, concomitant liposuction will be appropriate and can add further tone to your abdomen.

What scarring can I expect after an abdominoplasty?

Unlike many other cosmetic surgery procedures whose scars can be discreetly located in a natural crease, abdominoplasty requires two visible scars. The transverse incision is sited as low as possible so it can usually be concealed by underwear, and there are many clever umbilicoplasty techniques that can produce a scar that is barely discernable. A surgeon with Mr Ghosh’s experience and skill produces scars that are very fine indeed, and, at your consultation at his Milton Keynes clinic, he will be pleased to discuss the degree of scarring you can expect.

For more information, call 0845 304 7083 or 07518 914475 or email enquiries@sjgonline.co.uk.

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