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Surgery Process Guide to Standard Abdominoplasty

“A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.” – American Society of Plastic Surgeons 

A standard tummy tuck procedure begins with a long incision made along the lower abdomen. In some cases, an incision is made removing the belly button from the skin surrounding it. Torn or stretched muscles are pulled together and surplus fat can be taken out using liposuction techniques. 


Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic which will put you to sleep for the operation. 


Firstly, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone. 


In some cases, the surgeon will make an incision around the belly button.


The contouring process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits.


Liposuction techniques may be administered to remove all fatty deposits. 


The skin is then stretched down and the incision closed.


An incision is made around the navel for the belly button to be repositioned.

Complications / Negligence Signs

Excessive scarring.


Loss of belly-button or off-centre repositioning.


Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation.

Surgical Risks

As this procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, there are multiple associated risks. However, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

These complications can include:

-Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)

Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic

In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to occur if:

you are undergoing emergency surgery

you have other illnesses 

you are a smoker

you are overweight 

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 


If you would like more information, or sound, impartial advice on the decisions you should consider before undergoing cosmetic surgery, read the S.A.F.E Choice Guide. 

Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty Surgery Claims

Please find a list of quick links to a number of key topics relating to Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty surgeries that Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can support when making a cosmetic surgery claim for negligence. These guides should provide you with information that will help you ascertain if you’ve been victim of cosmetic surgery negligence relating to abdominoplasty and gastic band surgery.

Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty Surgery Process Guides

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has surgery process guides for other frequent types of cosmetic surgery negligence relating to abdominoplasty like the following:

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