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Abdominoplasty, widely known as a tummy tuck, stands as a transformative surgical procedure for individuals aiming to achieve a more defined and aesthetically pleasing abdominal silhouette. This procedure is particularly suited for individuals who, despite a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, find themselves contending with surplus skin or stubborn fat deposits around the abdominal area. It is also an excellent option for those looking to reclaim their pre-pregnancy body contours or after substantial weight loss.

Also known as: tummy tuck, abdominal contouring

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Everything You Need to Know

Abdominoplasty is a comprehensive surgical approach designed to refine and enhance the abdominal region. It meticulously addresses the removal of excess skin and fat while simultaneously tightening the abdominal muscles, thereby offering a solution that extends beyond mere fat reduction. This procedure is customised to align with each patient’s unique physical characteristics and aesthetic desires, ensuring results that are not only visually pleasing but also contribute to an improved sense of body confidence.

The essence of Abdominoplasty lies in its ability to offer a holistic transformation. It not only flattens and shapes the abdominal area but also addresses muscle separation (diastasis recti), often resulting from pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. This corrective aspect of the procedure further distinguishes it from other cosmetic surgeries by offering a structural enhancement that contributes to a firmer and more youthful abdominal profile.

Before Surgery


Embarking on your Abdominoplasty journey at St John & Elizabeth Hospital begins with an in-depth consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons. This initial meeting is a cornerstone of the treatment process, providing a platform to discuss your aesthetic aspirations, evaluate your abdominal area, and outline the most effective surgical strategy to achieve your goals. It also serves as an opportunity to address any questions or concerns, ensuring you are fully informed and comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.

Health Assessment

The safety and well-being of our patients are paramount. Prior to your abdominoplasty, a comprehensive health assessment is conducted to ascertain your suitability for the surgery. This evaluation may encompass a series of tests, including but not limited to blood work, to ensure that you are in optimal health and to customise the procedure to your specific needs, thereby upholding the highest standards of safety and care.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

In preparation for your surgery, you will receive detailed instructions designed to facilitate a smooth procedure and recovery. These guidelines may cover a range of topics, including adjustments to your medication regimen, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and preparations for post-surgery recovery at home. Adhering to these instructions is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcomes and a smooth healing process.

During Surgery

The Abdominoplasty procedure at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is characterised by meticulous care and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure your comfort and safety. Here is an overview of what to expect during the surgery:


Your comfort during the procedure is a top priority. Before the surgery, you will be administered general anaesthesia. Our team of anaesthesiologists will monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure a pain-free experience.

Incision and Correction

The surgical technique for abdominoplasty involves a horizontal incision made between the pubic hairline and the navel. Through this incision, excess skin and fat are removed and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. The precise length and shape of the incision will be tailored to the amount of correction needed and the agreed-upon goals during your consultation.

Closing the Incisions

Once the desired reshaping is achieved, the skin is sutured together, and the navel is repositioned if necessary to conform to the newly shaped abdomen. The sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips used to close the incision are applied with utmost care to ensure minimal scarring and optimal healing.

Recovery and Monitoring

Immediately following the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where our dedicated nursing staff will monitor your initial recovery. Pain management and care instructions will be provided to ensure a comfortable recovery phase.

After Surgery

The post-operative care and recovery period are critical to the success of your abdominoplasty. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, our commitment to your care extends beyond the procedure itself. Here is what you can expect during your recovery:

Post-surgery, it is common to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. These symptoms are normal and will gradually diminish over the first few weeks. Our medical team will equip you with pain management strategies and detailed care instructions to facilitate a smooth and effective healing process.

Follow-up appointments are an integral part of your recovery journey. These sessions allow our surgeons to monitor your healing progress, assess the results of your Abdominoplasty, and provide any necessary support or guidance. These appointments also offer you the chance to discuss your recovery experience and address any concerns.

Appointment and Treatment Plan


Initial Consultation

Your Abdominoplasty journey starts with a detailed consultation to explore your objectives and assess your suitability for the procedure. This step is crucial to ensure you are well-informed about the surgical process.


Personalised Treatment Plan

Following your consultation, a bespoke treatment plan will be developed, detailing the procedure specifics, including the extent of the surgery and the areas to be addressed.


Pre-Op Assessment

A thorough pre-operative assessment will confirm your fitness for surgery. This may include a variety of tests to ensure you receive the highest level of care and safety.


The Procedure

Your Abdominoplasty will be performed by our experienced surgical team, focusing on achieving your desired outcomes with the utmost precision and care.


Aftercare and Recovery

Comprehensive aftercare instructions and follow-up care are provided to support your recovery, ensuring a smooth process and the most favourable results.

Top Tips

Recovery from Abdominoplasty is pivotal. Here are some key recommendations to ensure a successful healing process: