Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) 2020-03-22T22:43:41+00:00

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty is a procedure where excess tissue from the abdomen is removed.


  • Excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and love handles
  • Tightening of the rectus muscles of the abdomen


I often have patients presenting to our practice complaining of stubborn fat and skin to the lower abdomen that just won’t go away, no matter how much training and exercise is done.

There are a number of reasons for this.  Losing fat in the lower abdomen is rather difficult, and the rectus muscles (the 6-pack muscles) are usually stretched (especially after child bearing) and no matter how much exercise one does, it can only be corrected surgically.  This concept is known as rectus diastasis.

Intra-abdominal or visceral fat can also be a contributor to a large abdomen, and this cannot be dealt with surgically.

The incision is made as low as possible in the lower abdomen (usually at the level of a C-section scar).

The excess lower abdominal skin and fat is excised and the belly button is repositioned.  The rectus muscles are plicated (tightened in the mid-line).

Liposuction of the flanks and upper abdomen is done at the same procedure.

The wounds are closed with drains in situ.

An abdominal binder is applied at the time of discharge foe support.


3 hours
General anaesthesia
Overnight stay


Breast procedures
Mommy makeover procedure


  • 3-4 weeks
  • No driving for 3 weeks
  • Drains may be in situ for at least 5 days
  • No exercising for 4-6 weeks
  • No core training for at least 3 months
  • A compressive garment to be worn at least 6 weeks post-op

After your surgery an advanced scar management protocol will be prescribed.

Contact us to arrange a consultation for a full assessment by Dr Liakos.  We are happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

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Dr Dimitri Liakos is a member of the College of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa and a member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa (APRASSA).

He is a member of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons (WSRM) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).