You Don’t Need a Complete Tummy Tuck to Achieve Great Results

You Don't Need a Complete Tummy Tuck to Achieve Great Results

When we talk about tummy tucks, many people often shudder at the thought of getting their belly button sliced open and long periods of downtime for recovery.

However, with advances in science, technology and medicine, tummy tucks are not only becoming more popular and sophisticated, but people can return to regular daily activities much sooner too.

This is because of how surgery has evolved and the more readily available techniques used during the procedure.

In 2018/19, it is now possible to undergo surgery on your stomach with as little as one incision and downtime as little as 7 days.

The procedure is known as a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty.

Types Of Tummy Tuck

There are a number of different types of tummy tuck available.

These are often discussed with a consultant and tailored to your individual needs.

In many cases, tummy tucks are combined with other procedures to achieve the desired look.

This may include surgery on the flanks, thighs and buttock.

Below is a list of different tummy tuck types:

  • Mini
  • Full
  • Extended
  • High lateral
  • Floating
  • Circumferential

The type of abdomonoplasty we are focusing on here is the 'mini.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck, also known as partial abdominoplasty is a type of common cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin / fat tissue and tighten the abdominal muscles.

One of the advantages of this procedure is that it has a reduced downtime compared with 'full' procedures and is less invasive.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck, also known as partial abdominoplasty is a type of common cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin / fat tissue and tighten the abdominal muscles.

One of the advantages of this procedure is that it has a reduced downtime compared with 'full' procedures and is less invasive.

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The procedure is performed by making an incision, which is often much smaller than a full procedure, and detaching loose fat and skin from the muscles. The skin is then stretched and any excess is cut away.

During surgery, it is also possible to tighten the muscles depending on the patients requirements and goals.

Due to the less invasive surgery technique used in a mini tummy tuck, liposuction is often commonly used to sculpt the area and create more definition by removing stubborn fat.

Once the necessary actions have been taken during surgery, the flap is then put back in to place and stitched.

With a mini tummy tuck, there is often no need to touch the belly button and results can be achieved without affecting the naval at all.

The belly button is often a crucial factor in whether or not a patient opts for surgery and is known to put many people off from having surgery due to the sensitivity and thoughts regarding the belly button.

The Main Differences Between Mini and Full

There are some clear differences between a mini and full tummy tuck. This includes, the technique, recovery and results.


  • During a full tuck, patients would expect to have hip to hip scar on the lower abdomen and a small scar around the belly button.
  • The skin is removed from the lower abdomen and tightened. The fascia, which is located in the centre and runs from the upper to the lower abdomen, is tightened on the inside.
  • This allows for maximum flattening, skin removal and maximum tightening.


  • During a mini tuck, a single scar will only be present, which runs from hip to hip on the lower abdomen. Sometimes the incision is smaller and therefore leaves a smaller scar.
  • No scar around the belly button.
  • Removes skin between the belly button and the pubic region.
  • The fascia can be tightened, but only in the lower region.
  • Mini tuck means shorter recovery time and is less expensive than a full.
  • Ideal for patients with issues primarily in the lower part of the abdomen, such as a hanging pouch of loose skin and some fat tissue.

Deciding whether you want a mini or a full tummy tuck can be a difficult task.

Speaking with a professional stomach cosmetic surgeon will allow you to gain a deeper insight in to which procedure would be right for you.

Often patients have an idea of the kind of results they want to achieve from their surgery, but it's only when they speak with a cosmetic surgeon do they realise the extent of the surgery they require, as different procedures achieve different results.

For patients with a hanging pouch whose stomach does not require much tightening, a mini tummy tuck is often the perfect solution.

This is a procedure that is commonly performed on post pregnant women who have managed to get 'back in shape' using diet / exercise, but struggle to shift their 'belly pouch' because it is made up mostly of loose excess skin that will not retract and has often lost its elasticity. To know more about Tummy Tuck, please visit:

5 Things To Know About Abdominoplasty

5 Things To Know About Abdominoplasty

In the UK, thousands of people lose weight each year, some of which achieve dramatic weight loss. Especially at certain times of the year, such as after Christmas / New Year.

Losing weight can be healthy, especially if you do regular exercise and healthy eating.

However, the way in which it is achieved can sometimes change the body considerably, such as stretch marks, excess skin and stubborn fat.

This leaves people feeling a bit disappointed, especially after the efforts to lose weight.

Here are five points about abdominoplasty than you may not know:

1. It can remove excess skin and stubborn fat from the abdomen.

Whether a person loses weight through diet, exercise or surgery (such as liposuction), the results tend to be similar.

And the effects on the body can be dramatic.

When a person gains weight, the skin stretches to accommodate the excess fat.

During gradual weight loss, skin can shrink in line with the body.

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But when weight loss occurs at a faster rate, the elasticity of the skin cannot keep up the pace.

This can affect people in different ways, especially because genes can play a part, along with other factors, such as how much weight is being lost, age and how healthy you are.

However, during dramatic or rapid weight loss, the side effects tend to be similar; saggy skin and remaining stubborn belly fat.

Due to the nature in which the human body stores fat, the most common problem area is the mid section, including upper / lower abdomen and flanks.

Abdomoniplasty can remove the excess skin and fat tissue left behind after weight loss.

2. There are different types of tummy tuck available.

Depending on your personal circumstances, body shape, goals and age there are a number of different tummy tucks that patients can undergo.

The first is a mini tummy tuck, whereby the problem area is limited to under the belly button. Excess skin and fat can be removed with just one incision across the pubic area. Incisions can vary in size from 3-4 inches or from one hip to another.

The second is a full tummy tuck. This is a traditional tummy tuck and often involves two incisions across the bottom of the belly and around the belly button. In most cases the belly button is repositioned.

In addition, muscles can be tightened in the abdomen during both a mini and a full procedure.

The third tummy tuck is sometimes known as 'extended', whereby a larger incision is made across the abdomen so that work can be done on the flanks, also known as the "love handles".

3. Abdominoplasty can be combined with other surgical procedures.

When a person undergoes a tummy tuck, it is not uncommon for them to also undergo other procedures at the same time.

In fact, many surgeons recommend combining liposuction with abdominoplasty to achieve the goals set out by the patient.

Combining liposuction on stubborn belly fat and flanks with a mini or full tummy tuck enhances the body's shape and provides a better overall contour.

It is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure on its own and should only be performed at certain periods in your life. For example, future weight gain and pregnancy after surgery can undo any results previously achieved.

4. Things can go wrong, so always choose the right surgeon.

As with all cosmetic procedures, there is a list of side effects that all patients will be made aware of before undergoing surgery.

However, aside from the risks and side effects associated with surgery, it is important to choose a cosmetic surgeon that is skilled, experienced and recommended by others.

Failing to take time and researching your surgeon can result in complications, such as sealing up the belly button, incorrect repositioning of the navel.

5. A tummy tuck can help post-childbearing ailments.

Pregnancy and childbirth can have a huge impact on a woman's body.

The body adapts and accommodates a baby in the mid-region and grows in size / expands as the baby grows.

After giving birth, the body tries to shrink down and re-adjust back to a size similar to that before becoming pregnant.

The two contributing factors that can change the body's shape and size are; weight gain and the expansion of the belly as the baby grows in the womb.

Aside from this, pregnancy is known for causing ailments that can last long after giving birth and may even be symptomatic for life. These ailments include; back pain and urinary incontinence.

There have been significant worldwide studies on women who have given birth and have undergone abdominoplasty with the focus on these two particular symptoms. A majority reported improvements on both, concluding that a tummy tuck procedure can have not only cosmetic benefits, but functional benefits too.

For more information about tummy tucks, speak with our friendly staff here at the Manchester Private Hospital.

Our team of highly skilled and experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and expand your knowledge by providing you with everything you need to know to make an informed decision on whether you are the right candidate for abdominoplasty. For more details about abdominoplasty, please visit:

Tummy Tucks Aren’t Just For Women

Tummy Tucks Aren't Just For Women

The infamous tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is widely associated with women.

However, in today's modern day, men are getting them too.

The reason why tummy tucks are associated with women is because women often have more body changing life events that affect how the stomach looks and feels.

The biggest one of which is pregnancy and the child bearing process.

Pregnancy can cause the skin in the midriff to over stretch as the baby grows.

Additionally, if pregnancy alone does not cause the stomach to stretch to extreme levels, then weight gain can, either during or after motherhood.

It is also not just about the amount of fat on the stomach, but the skin too.

A tummy tuck procedure can involve removing both the excess fat and excess skin in the stomach region.

It's 2018 and Men Are Getting Tummy Tucks

Whilst men are not faced with the challenge of recovering from pregnancy, there are other factors that can make them consider a tummy tuck.

One of which is weight loss.

Losing weight, be it quickly or slowly, can have an effect on the stomach whereby the skin stretches, sags and appears loose.

Some men think that they can correct this with diet and exercise.

However, in some cases no amount of healthy eating and exercise can re-elasticate skin.

Therefore, one of the only options to completely 'fix' the way the stomach looks is abdominoplasty.

Granted the procedure may not be as extensive, and a lot of men opt only for a mini, or light tummy tuck, where no relocation of their belly button is required.

But a light tummy tuck, is still a tummy tuck.

The procedure usually involves cutting away some excess skin and tissue underneath.

In addition, it is not uncommon for men to undergo liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck so that their surgeon can re-sculpt how their mid-region looks.

Once the skin and tissue has been removed, liposuction can help fine tune / sculpt the stomach.

A male tummy tuck is one of the most common cosmetic procedures for men. Below is a list of some other most popular surgeries:

1. Tummy Tuck
2. Eyelid Surgery
3. Nose Correction
4. Breast Reduction
5. Liposuction

In 2018, cosmetic surgery is not only more palatable and socially acceptable for women, but also for men too.

  • A more youthful, toned and sculpted body shape
  • Boost self confidence and self esteem
  • Wear tight fitted clothing such as vests, t-shirts and under layers
  • No longer feel the need to hide under large items of clothing

Whilst there are many benefits, it is important to remember that a tummy tuck is not designed as a method to lose weight.

Most tummy tucks will remove excess skin and some excess tissue after an exercise programme / weight loss.

Additionally, liposuction is a common procedure performed alongside male abdominoplasty.

What should men expect for male tummy tuck surgery?

Men should expect to stay in hospital for up to 2 nights following a tummy tuck. Although this depends on how extensive the surgery is and the required recovery time.

Most procedures take up to two hours to perform and are done so under general anaesthetic.

Incisions are made so that the tissue can be removed from the stomach region and excess skin can be cut away.

The abdominal muscles and surrounding tissue can also be tightened during the procedure and patients should expect a flatter stomach that feels more firm post recovery.

Pick up the phone and talk to us about tummy tucks to get all your questions answered and see why men, as well as women, are opting for abdominoplasty. For more details about tummy tuck, please visit :