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Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery with Mr Hassan Shaaban
Mr. Shaaban worked in the NHS in the field of reconstruction following trauma and cancer surgery. His interest lies in the field of facial, breast and body contouring cosmetic surgery.
Mr Shaaban is a consultant plastic surgeon and is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that cuts away excess, loose skin from around the stomach area.
The most common cause of loose skin in the lower abdomen is weight loss, and the skin forms an apron where fatty deposits once were.
Women who have just given birth may also seek treatment to reduce the amount of skin in the area, as it can cause discomfort and make people feel self-conscious. Tummy tuck procedures are a very common form of plastic surgery, with almost 3,000 being performed on women in 2019, and a further 179 cases performed on men.
A tummy tuck can also be part of a more extensive Mummy Makerover procedure combining other procedures such as abdominoplasty with breast augumentation / Breast Uplift surgery and liposuction. Mr Shaaban is hugely experienced in Mummy Makerover surgery
Who is suitable for adominoplasty?
The ideal candidate for abdominoplasty is someone who has excess skin around their lower abdomen. It is also important to manage expectations, and seek improved results rather than perfection.
Mr Shaaban and his team carry out detailed consultations prior to surgery to ensure you are equipped with all the information you need to make this important decision. The consultation also allows us to go through your motivation for surgery, and your physical and psychological health.
Sometimes, surgery isn’t the best option, or the procedure you have in mind isn’t suitable for you. We ask patients to have an open mind and Mr Shaaban will suggest the best procedure (if any) for your indications.
What happens during a tummy tuck procedure?
This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital.
The incision itself runs from hip to hip in the lower abdomen area - usually below the underwear line to allow for discretion. Lifting the loose skin and tissue up towards the rib cage. Once the skin reaches this point, the surgeon will then repair the abdomen wall muscle. This process requires a lot of skill and can also help contour the stomach area and enhance the overall appearance.
Once the muscle wall is in good shape, the surgeon will stretch the skin to the new position, before trimming any excess skin and tissue. The wound is then closed with dissolvable stitches and any fluid is drained before you leave the hospital.
The belly button usually remains in place, but sometimes it is moved to a new position once the skin has been tightened in the area, and a new hole is created for it.
Mr Shaaban will always discuss with you the different options and go through what to expect on a case-by-case basis.
What type of incisions are made?
In most cases, there’s just the one incision made along the bottom of the abdomen, underneath the underwear line. From time to time, an extra incision needs to be made around the belly button..
Is there any downtime after abdominoplasty?
As with any surgery, there is downtime associated with a tummy tuck procedure.
It usually takes between 2-3 weeks to fully recover from surgery, and special garments must be worn for at least 6 weeks post-surgery to ensure your body heals and you get the best result possible.
All patients of Mr Shaaban's at ASET Hospital will have 24-hour access to our team of trained clinicians, who will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Patients can usually return to work after 2-3 weeks, but it’s advisable to avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
Follow-up appointments are very important, as they allow Mr Shaaban to check the wounds and make sure you are healing.
Will I have scars?
While the incision is made below the underwear line to allow for discretion, you will scar after an abdominoplasty procedure. You may also have a small scar around the belly button.
Over time, the scar tissue will mature and begin to fade, but in some cases it will remain visible. Individual results may vary.
What are the risks and possible side effects?
Following abdominoplasty surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort in the area, as well as bruising and swelling. Other potential risks include haematoma, infection, loss of skin, wide or lumpy scars, loss of sensation in lower abdomen and upper thighs, persistent pain, DVT (deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot in the veins of the leg), PE (pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lungs) and dog-ears (folds of tissue at the end of a scar).
Common Q & A on tummy tuck surgery
After your surgery most swelling should subside within the first 4 to 6 weeks, although your final result may not be fully realized until up to 1 to 2 years. Your body contours should be permanently improved provided you do not lose or gain a significant amount of weight. *Individual results may vary.
Mr Shaaban will strive to place the scar as inconspicuously as possible so that it will be hidden when wearing your chosen style of bathing suit. Scars will improve over time, continuing to flatten and fade for up to two years.*Individual results may vary.
Body lift surgery is often done in conjunction with other surgeries to enhance the patient’s results. Often, other body lifting procedures may be desirable, such as a breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift.
Extreme weight loss may also affect the elasticity of the facial skin as well, so sometimes a facial procedure maybe desired.
most surgeries for breast asymmetry will require a one night stay in hospital.
Depending on the lower body lift surgery Most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 3 to 4 weeks. *Individual results may vary.
Your consultation with Mr Shaaban at ASET Hospital
While tummy tuck adominoplasty surgery is a popular procedure, it is also major surgery, so the decision to undergo the transformation should not be rushed or taken lightly.
The consultation process with Mr Shaaban is thorough, including a full risk assessment of every patient’s physical and mental health.
You will receive extensive information about the procedure itself and the possible outcomes from surgery, as well as the risks associated with breast reduction procedures.
Book your consultation today to learn more about the procedure.