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Tummy Tuck Negligence Claims

If you have had a tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, and something has gone wrong because of negligence on the part of the cosmetic surgeon, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

If this claim is successful, it can mean significant damages being awarded to help you deal with the physical and psychological distress caused by the botched surgery. In addition, it can help you pay for any additional corrective surgery you require, without affecting your own finances.

The specialists at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors are confident they can help you get the result you deserve. Leaders in the field and the first dedicated legal practice established in England and Wales focusing on this specific area of the law, we have recovered more than £3 million for victims of cosmetic surgery negligence so far. We also have a win rate of over 95% on cases we’ve pursued after obtaining medical evidence.


If you think your tummy tuck surgery has gone wrong, speak to our legal experts today on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from one of our dedicated tummy tuck negligence solicitors to start your claim for tummy tuck compensation.

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About tummy tuck surgery

This procedure is undertaken to remove surplus skin and fat around the abdomen area to attain a flatter, more taut stomach. Most people who choose to have this surgery are looking to remove sagging, loose skin, sometimes caused by significant weight loss.

There are three main methods of tummy tuck surgery.

Surgery Process Guide to Standard Abdominoplasty

A standard abdominoplasty is one of the most common techniques used to create a slimmer, tighter stomach, and is performed under general anaesthetic.

Step by step process guide

  1. Your surgeon will give you a general anaesthetic which will put you to sleep for the operation.
  2. Firstly, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone.
  3. In some cases, the surgeon will make an incision around the belly button.
  4. The contouring process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits.
  5. Liposuction techniques may be administered to remove all fatty deposits.
  6. The skin is then stretched down and the incision closed.
  7. 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

Surgery process guide to partial or ‘mini’ abdominoplasty

This is not as invasive as other tummy tuck techniques, as the belly button is not moved. It is recommended for people who have surplus skin and fat located in the mid to lower abdomen, and is either performed under general or local anaesthetic.

Step by step process guide

  1. You will be given either a general or local anaesthetic.
  2. The surgeon will make one small incision slightly above the pubic area.
  3. The surgeon will then begin to tighten the muscles and remove any excess fat.
  4. Liposuction techniques can sometimes used to remove excess fatty tissue.
  5. After this, the surgeon will stretch the skin downwards towards the incision, removing any excess tissue.
  6. The incision is then stitched.
  7. A temporary drainage tube may be placed in the incision area.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • Excessive scarring along the lower abdomen
  • Persistent pain in the abdominal area – if symptoms worsen, seek medical advice.

Extended abdominoplasty

The procedure for an extended tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen under general anaesthetic, while also removing tissue from the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area.

Then, as with all tummy procedures, the muscular wall is readjusted, the upper skin is pulled taut downwards to cover the incision, and a new opening is made for the navel.

Step by step process guide

  1. You will be given a general anaesthetic by your surgeon.
  2. The surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, extending the opening around the sides and lower back. The incision will remove the naval.
  3. If the surgeon is contouring your thighs, they will make an incision and remove any surplus fatty tissue and skin.
  4. The reconstruction process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits in the stomach, sides and upper thighs.
  5. The abdomen skin is then pulled down taut and stitched closed, giving you a more toned looking stomach, and the same process is repeated with the upper thighs.
  6. Next, the surgeon will create a new opening for the navel.
  7. Fluid drains are inserted and a firm dressing is wrapped around the stomach.

Complications / Negligence Signs

  • Swelling, which may not subside for many months.
  • Off-centre repositioning of the navel.
  • Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound.

What can go wrong?

Having undergone a tummy tuck procedure, you should allow a recovery period of three weeks or so before moving forward with making a claim as some pain is common following surgery.

However, patients can experience a variety of symptoms that might indicate negligence by the surgeon. Some of the more common issues are listed below:

  • The umbilicus or belly button being incorrectly positioned
  • Inappropriate scarring
  • Skin contour deformity in the treatment area due to insufficient removal of excess tissue
  • Puckering of the skin around the abdominal scar line
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to a loss of sensation
  • Persistent pain in the abdominal area
  • Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound

If you have experienced any of these complications – or even an issue that’s not listed above – following your surgery, get in touch with us today to discuss the details of your case.

How can we help?

The cosmetic surgery industry in the UK is inadequately regulated. Not only does that mean you are at risk of being unnecessarily harmed by unqualified professionals or those with low standards, but it may also mean it is difficult to know where to turn if something does go wrong.

But that’s where we can help.

We can guide you through the entire compensation claims process and put you in a great position to receive the financial award you deserve for your suffering.

This is because of our combination of experience and expertise. We were the first legal firm established in England and Wales specifically focusing on this area of the law. As a result, over the years, we have developed an unrivalled knowledge of cases of this kind.

Led by Michael Saul, one of the UK’s leading experts in this field, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has a win rate of over 95% for the claims we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence, successfully recovering over £3 million for our clients in the process.

We are here to establish both who was responsible for the complications of your surgery, as well as how they have affected your life. With us on your side, you have a fantastic chance of recovering the compensation you are entitled to.


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