Body Contouring - Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) and Liposuction in London, Birmingham and Hereford

The Institute of Aesthetics performs liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at our Birmingham, London and Hereford locations. Both of these body contouring procedures can help sculpt the body when diet and exercise have not been effective.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) - DiagramAs with any plastic surgery procedure, the choice to have an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a very personal one. As individuals age, they acquire excess skin. Similarly, women may have loose skin and stretch marks following a pregnancy. In both situations, a tummy tuck can be beneficial. Abdominoplasty may also be used as part of a weight loss program. However, it is not meant to be a quick fix for a protruding abdomen or a cure for obesity. Rather, abdominoplasty is designed for fit and motivated individuals. View photos of abdominoplasty in our Gallery.

Types of Abdominoplasty

Mr. Vik Vijh performs three different types of tummy tucks: full abdominoplasty, mini- abdominoplasty, and sliding abdominoplasty. A general anaesthetic is normally used for each of these procedures. If you have any questions regarding tummy tuck surgery, consultations are available at our London, Birmingham and Hereford offices. View answers to frequently asked abdominoplasty questions.

Full Abdominoplasty

In a full abdominoplasty, as performed at our Birmingham or other offices, skin and fat from the lower abdomen, between the pubic area and the navel (belly button), is removed. Following a tummy tuck surgery, a scar will remain slightly above the pubic area, but can easily be covered by underwear or a bikini. An additional scar will be visible around the navel, which will be in its original position on the new abdominal wall.


A mini-abdominoplasty may be performed in cases where the abdominal muscles are separated. This condition is normally the result of a large pregnancy and is referred to as either a ventral or paraumbilical hernia. During the mini-abdominoplasty procedure, a small excess of lower abdominal skin is removed. The belly button is normally left unchanged; however, it may move down an inch or two.

Sliding Abdominoplasty

A sliding abdominoplasty is similar to a mini-abdominoplasty, but is used where the excess of skin is in the upper half of the abdomen and does not involve repositioning the naval.

Following Abdominoplasty Surgery

It is common for patients to remain in the hospital for a day or two after tummy tuck surgery at our Birmingham, or other locations. This will give you some time to recover with the hospital staff available in case any abdominoplasty complications arise. When you are ready to go home, you should have someone to drive and stay with you for a couple of days. This is because, initially, mobilization may be slow and painful. In cases where a lot of skin has been removed, it may take at least a week before you can stand up fully. It is important, however, to walk as soon as you can after surgery. Painkillers, and occasionally antibiotics, will be supplied to you, as well as an abdominal corset, which you must wear during your recovery period. You should be fully mobile again within two weeks, but should wait six weeks after your abdominoplasty before returning to strenuous activity.

Abdominoplasty Risks

Abdominoplasty is designed to tighten the muscles and remove excess skin, fat, and stretch marks. However, there are risks involved in obtaining these results. Serious tummy tuck complications, though rare, include a reaction to the general anaesthetic, deep vein thrombosis, chest infections, and serous fluid collections, which may require draining. Other effects of abdominoplasty include numbness between the lower scar and the belly button. While this is usually only temporary, feeling may never be completely restored. In obese patients, some of the fat or skin near the incision may die, which may necessitate further treatment.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, or would like more information about the abdominoplasty procedure, contact The Institute of Aesthetics in Birmingham , London or Hereford today.

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Liposuction - DiagramLiposuction is a procedure that can help to define one’s figure by removing excess fat from the body. It is not meant as a weight loss procedure, but is an effective method of eliminating excess fat that remains unaffected by diet and exercise. Liposuction may be performed on many areas of the body including the hips, thighs, chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, knees, buttocks and abdomen. During your liposuction consultation at our Birmingham, London, or other offices, Dr. Vik Vijh will listen to your concerns in order to assess your personal needs regarding the surgery.

Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is best performed on normal-weight individuals with firm, elastic skin who have various pockets of excess fat on their body. During the liposuction procedure, small incisions are made in the fat pockets and a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision to vacuum the fat out of the body. Answers to your liposuction questions can be found here.

Liposuction Risks and Recovery

As with any surgery, there are possible side effects that are associated with liposuction. The temporary side effects that may occur soon after liposuction surgery include swelling, bruising, and numbness. More serious complications such as blood clots, infections, heavy bleeding, irregularities in body contour, and a reaction to the anaesthesia are also possible, but very rare. The Institute of Aesthetics takes precautions and provides the utmost in care to prevent complications during the liposuction procedures in our Birmingham, London and Hereford locations.

To find out if you are a candidate for liposuction at our London, Birmingham, or other offices, contact Mr. Vik Vijh at The Institute of Aesthetics.

If you have questions regarding body contouring with abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck) and/or liposuction, contact our London, Birmingham or Hereford office to schedule a personal consultation.

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