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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

abdominoplasty with Mr Shaaban






A well-toned and flat stomach is something that so many of us commonly try to achieve by keeping to a regular exercise routine, dieting and general weight control. Unfortunately, these methods do not always result in our desired goals, and this is when plastic surgery procedures, such as an abdominoplasty, can help.

Abdominoplasty, also referred to as a ‘Tummy Tuck’, is a well suited procedure for patients that are conscious of loose and droopy skin around the midsection of their body. Some may have weakened or compromised abdominal muscles due to significant weight-loss, pregnancy, general effects of ageing, prior surgery or hereditary reasons.

Abdominoplasty is a very common procedure both globally and in the UK and is a solution to achieving a youthful, firmer figure, even though a ‘Tummy Tuck’ is not considered a weight-loss procedure. A ‘Tummy Tuck’ refines the patient’s contours when regular exercise or dieting is unable to remove those stubborn pockets of fat and excess tissue.

Different types of Abdominoplasty

There are several variations of the abdominoplasty; each variation is designed to target specific issues and certain areas of the body.

Mr Hassan Shaaban offers two types of abdominoplasty both in London and Liverpool; Complete Abdominoplasty (a ‘Full TummyTuck’) and Partial Abdominoplasty (a ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’). Mr Shaaban also regularly performs abdominoplasty procedures combined with liposuction of the flanks, and Fleur de Lys. 

The Fleur-de-Lys abdominoplasty has it’s name because the pattern of excision resembles the stylised lily flower that is found in heraldry. It is especially for severe cases of excess fat and skin (the kind that you might see in an extreme weight-loss case). The surgery is identical to a full, regular abdominoplasty, but has an additional vertical component of excision above the umbilicus to remove the excess tissue.



After researching abdominoplasty, if you feel that it might be the right procedure for you, the next step is to book an initial consultation with an experienced and well qualified surgeon, such as London and Liverpool Plastic Surgeon, Mr Hassan Shaaban. Mr Shaaban is highly experienced in performing both ‘Complete Abdominoplasty’ and ‘Mini Abdominoplasty’.

Your initial consultation with Mr Hassan Shaaban will be either at Phi Clinic in Harley Street (right at the heart of London’s private medical district), or in Liverpool. The consultation lasts for approximately one hour, during which time you will be fully assessed, your expectations will be discussed, and Mr Shaaban will determine which type of abdominoplasty would be best suited to your personal and individual needs. It is imperative that you are open and honest with your plastic surgeon, and that you get answers to any questions or concerns you may have when considering surgery.

Should you wish to go ahead with the abdominoplasty, Mr Shaaban will invite you back for a second consultation, which will take place nearer to the date of your surgery.


How long does an abdominoplasty take?

In the hands of a competent and board certified surgeon such as Mr Hassan Shaaban, a ‘Full Tummy Tuck’ should take between 1.5 and 3 hours, and it usually performed under general anesthetic.

A ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’ usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes, but it depends if you are combining it with another procedure such as liposuction which will obviously extend the procedure time.

What are the main differences between a ‘Full’ and ‘Mini’ tummy tuck procedure?

Complete Abdominoplasty  A ‘Full Tummy Tuck’ is a procedure that involves incisions both above the public hair line and around the belly button (umbilicus), as well as tightening the pair of muscles that run vertically each side of the front wall of the patient’s stomach. Muscles are tightened and skin is removed, thus improving the contour of the stomach. As mentioned before, Mr Hassan Shaaban often combines liposuction with a complete abdominoplasty.

Mini Abdominoplasty  A ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’ is better suited to candidates who have mild to moderate contour changes and little weakness of the abdominal wall. During a mini abdominoplasty, navel incision is avoided, but liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with the procedure. The patient should ideally have relatively small skin excess to be an appropriate candidate for a partial abdominoplasty.

What are the possible risks when choosing Abdominoplasty?

As with all types of plastic surgery, there are some potential risks, but these are greatly minimised in the hands of a well qualified, board certified surgeon such as Mr Hassan Shaaban.

The possible risks that could be incurred are infection, blood clots or thrombosis, but these are rare occurrences in general, and very unlikely if you strictly follow all aftercare advice that your surgeon gives to you post procedure.


surgery recovery Mr Shaaban

How long does it take to recover from Abdominoplasty?

Mr Hassan Shaaban advises that it usually takes around 6 weeks to recover from abdominoplasty, but this is subject to various factors such as your lifestyle, routine, and obviously which type of abdominoplasty procedure that you have undertaken. During this period, Mr Shaaban may suggest that you should wear a support garment.

The fading of scars is the longest part of the recovery process, which has been known to take any amount of time between 3 months up to 2 years; Mr Shaaban will talk with you pre and post surgery about the best ways to minimise the time it takes your scars to fade.

You can expect to be back to work within 2 to 4 weeks, but Mr Shaaban would advise that you refrain from undergoing any strenuous activity for 4 to 8 weeks.

If you choose to have your abdominoplasty with Mr Hassan Shaaban, you can be assured that you will treated with the highest levels of professionalism and care throughout your entire experience. To book your consultation in Harley Street, London, or in Liverpool, please contact Mr Shaaban’s team on 020 7887 2226.