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Tummy Tuck


An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a very common cosmetic surgical procedure and forms one of the cornerstones of so-called ‘mummy makeovers’ (mommy makeover) which is one of Mr Banwell’s specialty operations. It is a contouring procedure which removes excess skin from the lower abdomen and makes the tummy flatter and tighter.

There are variations in this procedure including full tummy tuck, modified tummy tuck, weightloss tummy tuck, pannectomy and fleur de lys tummy tucks. Liposuction can also be performed in combination with this operation as well as breast procedures (augmentation, reduction, uplift or fat transfer) or eyelid (blepharoplasty) procedures.

Interestingly, full tummy tuck surgery can have immense benefits functionally following pregnancy by correcting weaknesses in the underlying abdominal muscles and therefore improve their function.This creates a more normal, flatter and natural appearance of the abdomen. It also allows the repair any abdominal hernia or rectus divarication of the tummy muscles that may be present (very common following childbirth – especially after twins – which causes a gap in the muscles).

In some patients it removes large aprons of fat (also called a pannus) that may cause dermatitis, skin infection, back pain, difficulty in walking and difficulty with hygiene.

The operation involves a long, low incision (from hip to hip) being made to excise the lower half of the abdominal skin and fat. Mr Banwell will mark this incision in your underwear line to try and hide the scar as much as possible. Occasionally if the skin is very tight, a small vertical scar is also required. Some patients will also have their belly button piercing removed so this will need to be re-done if required.

There is also an incision made around the naval (tummy button, umbilicus) as it needs to be relocated to a normal position after the lower abdominal skin and fat has been pulled down and removed. As the underlying stretched abdominal muscles are surgically tightened with stitches, this is the main limitation to post-operative recovery. The skin is sutured together with dissolving sutures under the skin. Drains will then be placed and these remain for a period of usually one to two days. Mr Banwell will explain the risks and complications in some detail at consultation but please also download the information sheet below for your records.

N.B. Please note that tummy tuck surgery should not be considered a weight loss procedure – it aims to contour

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1-2 nights


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4-5 days


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2 weeks


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6 weeks contact sport 8 weeks


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6 weeks


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4-6 weeks


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2-3 weeks


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Binder day and night one month, then night for further month


Mr Banwell recommends the surgery be performed under a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist for the best results.

There are both general and specific risks to this operation and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these possible complications. General risks include bruising and swelling, pain, scarring, bleeding, wound infection, deep infection, delayed healing, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring. Specific risks include asymmetry of scars and umbilicus (belly button), uneven skin contours, the build up of fat necrosis (dead fat), skin loss/necrosis at the umbilicus (belly button/naval), wound breakdown, severe infection (necrotizing fasciitis), intra-abdominal organ injury, fluid accumulation (seroma) under skin flaps, as well as experiencing a possible permanent numbness of lower abdominal skin and/ or lateral thighs and ‘dog-ears’. Please note that smoking and obesity (and BMI >30) significantly increase the risks of post-operative complications.

Subsequent alterations in body contour may occur as the result of ageing, weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, gravity or other circumstances not related to abdominoplasty. Chronic pain may also rarely occur due to nerves becoming trapped in scar tissue.

It will be necessary for you to stay at least one night in hospital and be watched over by the doctors and nursing staff. You will have two drains fitted. The drains are usually removed when the drainage is minimal and you will have dressings over your abdomen for at least one week. You will need to possibly wear a compression support garment (abdominal binder) around your abdomen for six weeks. Further postoperative visits will be scheduled. Mr Banwell recommends post-operative massage to aid outcome.

  • Surgical fees
  • Abdominal binders
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee
  • Post-operative massage therapy

I decided to have treatment with Mr Banwell as I had been seeing him on several occasions regarding stomach irregularities due to a disastrous lipo operation abroad a few years ago. We discussed various options together and I always felt comfortable talking with Mr Banwell and trust him completely to give me the correct advice when considering surgery. I felt my expectations were realistic as Mr Banwell had advised me of the possible downside of the procedure. However, all my expectations were exceeded tenfold! My stomach is looking so much better aesthetically and my breasts look amazing! Mr Banwell and his team excelled at making me feel comfortable and relaxed. I felt I was able to discuss matters with friendly people who cared. I feel Mr Banwell takes time to cover all aspects of the procedure in a friendly, caring and informative manner. I feel happy to say one couldn’t be in safer hands. My overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team has been very positive in all aspects culminating in amazing results. I couldn’t be happier.

Karen D.

I consider myself blessed when I came across you Mr Banwell. You performed my operation almost a year ago which I am pleased to say was a GREAT success. I am more than pleased with the results, my whole shape is so much more defined and I love it. From the first time I met you at my initial consultation, you put me at ease immediately and never pressured me at any point to undertake the operation, you also never tired of my questions and you offered me only professional sound guidance and advice. You as a surgeon I have found to be completely transparent, knowledgeable, educated beyond most surgeons (that I came across) and totally professional, your skills and attention to detail are second to none.

Susan C.

Just to say a BIG thank you to you and your team for all the wonderful help and support you have given me over the last 1 ½ years. You have given me back my confidence thank you.

Jan G.

My whole experience was made comfortable by warm, friendly and welcoming nursing staff. Mr Banwell has a lovely bedside manner and was more than happy to discuss my worried however strange. At 37 years of age and after 4 children I never thought I would have the tummy of an 18 year old again, Mr Banwell is a very clever man.

Sara A.

I was made to feel at ease with everything. Nothing was too much, lots of care and thought. Pain was very minimal. Lots of follow up care which was first class. I got exactly what I wanted, I have a lovely new look which I could not achieve on my own. If something is bothering you and you can not get to your goal there is help. I had an excellent experience.

Margaret S.


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