If you have excess loose skin and stubborn fat around your middle and lower abdomen, contact the Elena Prousskaia clinic about a tummy tuck in London.
Whether caused by age, extreme weight loss or pregnancy an undefined abdominal area with slack abdominal muscles can be distressing. It can be difficult to fit into clothes and can affect your attitude to exercise and intimate relationships.
Elena Prousskaia is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeons and she can restore your flat, smooth body profile with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure.
Elena is renowned for the artistry she employs during her surgical procedures and during your tummy tuck she will create a flatter, firmer, more defined body shape for you.
You will be able to wear the clothes that you want to wear and feel comfortable and confident in them.
Patients report higher levels of self-esteem and a new zest for life after a tummy tuck procedure.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
Elena will make an incision and will remove excess skin and fat.
She will smooth out any bumps from your middle and lower torso and pubic area by tightening the underlying muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall.
It may be necessary to move your belly button to a different position during the tummy tuck procedure.
For many patients, it is possible to remove up to 50% of the excess skin so you will lose most of the unsightly stretch marks that develop with weight gain and loss.
Every patient is different and Elena has a few cosmetic surgery techniques at her disposal to produce the best results for you from your tummy tuck.
After Elena has assessed you and listened to your hopes and expectations at your initial consultation, she will be able to suggest which approach will suit you best.
Your tummy tuck surgery will take place under general anaesthetic.
Your recovery from tummy tuck surgery
A tummy tuck involves major surgery and you will need to be patient during the recovery and healing process.
Elena advises all patients to book between four and six weeks off work.
You will need to wear a supportive garment after surgery.
One week after your tummy tuck you should be medication free, able to stand upright in two to four weeks, be ready to resume driving in four to six weeks, start exercising again after eight to twelve weeks, and then return to normal activities after two months.
All this will depend on your body’s healing process and Elena will advise you on when you are ready to take up different levels of activity. You will need her advice before returning to strenuous exercise.
The amount of post-operative scarring after a tummy tuck will depend on the techniques used but your abdominoplasty scar should have faded considerably after a year.
Will I lose weight after my excess skin and fat are removed?
A tummy tuck should not be principally regarded as weight loss surgery.
You will be lighter after your tummy tuck as so much excess skin and fat tissue will have been removed from your body.
However, it is best to consider tummy tuck surgery as a post-weight loss procedure.
Which patients benefit most from a tummy tuck?
The patients who see the best results are those who have worked hard to achieve a significant weight loss and are left with the stretched excess skin that developed when they were at a larger size.
Women who have excess loose skin after pregnancy are also ideal candidates.
Do I need to lose weight before tummy tuck surgery?
Patients with a high BMI may be disappointed with the results of surgery.
Losing weight is always a good idea and Elena suggests that patients should have maintained a stable ideal body weight for at least six months before booking a tummy tuck.
Is a ‘mini’ tummy tuck an alternative to abdominoplasty?
A mini tummy tuck or mini abdominoplasty is a less invasive procedure that is suitable for people with less excess skin than those who require the full tummy tuck described above.
Are there any other ways to lose excess fat?
Liposuction is a method of removing fat tissue without removing loose abdominal skin. Elena also offers this procedure.
Why is the initial consultation so important?
If Elena is to perform cosmetic surgery on you then she needs to be sure that you understand the surgical procedure and that you have realistic expectations of what can be achieved with abdominoplasty surgery.
Elena will discuss all the different surgical options with you at your tummy tuck consultation if she thinks that they are appropriate for you.
Is a tummy tuck permanent?
The excess skin that is removed cannot grow back and the sutures used to tighten the underlying tissues and sutures are permanent.
If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not gain weight after your tummy tuck you should retain your new shape.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The initial consultation with Elena about your tummy tuck surgery is an essential part of your journey.
The pre-operative consultation costs between £200 and £250 depending on your location and will be invoiced separately to your surgery.
The cost of a tummy tuck starts at £9 350 but will vary according to the surgical techniques used.
The London clinic is located in the centre of the capital’s medical area just a short distance from Harley Street which has been an international centre for medical excellence since the nineteenth century
Elena’s practice is based in the prestigious London Welbeck Hospital.
How to find us
The London Welbeck Hospital
27 Welbeck St,
London W1G 8EN
Travelling to the clinic
The clinic is in the borough of Westminster and is easily accessed by train, tube or car.
The nearest mainline stations are Marylebone, Charing Cross, and Euston.
The closest tube stations are Bond Street (0.4km) Oxford Circus (0,6km) Regents Park (0.8km).
The hospital has on-site parking which should be reserved in advance and metered parking is available on the roads around the hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does Abdominoplasty Surgery Entail?
Elena will restore the shape of your tummy by removing the excess skin and fat, then tightening the deep tissue or fascia overlying the muscles. For most patients, between 30-50% of the abdominal skin can be removed, eradicating any stretch marks that had been present on that skin. She will also reshape your belly button. Your scar will be well hidden by your underwear. There are several cosmetic surgery techniques she can offer and making the correct choice for you is very important. It is a decision which you will make together after a long conversation and examination in the clinic.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Typically, abdominoplasty patients are able to stop medication in about a week, stand straight in 2-4 weeks, begin driving in 4-6 weeks, begin exercises in 8-12 weeks, be back to most all activities 2 months. Elena will talk you through all the intricacies of the surgery, offering advice on how best to prepare and how to look after yourself during the recovery period.The visibility of your scars will depend on the technique used and on the biological response of your body to surgery and healing. Generally, the scars after this type of surgery are almost invisible by the end of the year. Patients can benefit from taking four-six weeks off work, and after you have seen Ms Prousskaia for your four weeks follow up you can discuss beginning other activities.
Will Abdominoplasty Be A Good Weight Loss Procedure For Me?
Abdominoplasty procedure helps to remove skin and fat excess from abdominal areas and does help to reduce certain excess of skin & weight. However if you are in a process of losing weight it is highly recommendable to lose all the weight you are planning to loose in order to achieve best possible result with your tummy tuck. In patients with high body mass index tummy tuck may not provide desired result and complications rate is higher. Therefore Ms Prousskaia would normally recommend to the patient to complete weight loose journey prior to surgery and to be in a stable weight for at least 6-12 months prior to tummy tuck surgery.
How Long Can I Have An Abdominoplasty After Pregnancy?
It is recommendable to fully recover after pregnancy prior to having abdominoplasty at least a year post pregnancy. Also its important to consider that you may not be able to lift heavy weight including baby up to 9 months after abdominoplasty surgery.
Can I Have Surgery with A Smaller Scar, such as A “Mini” Tummy Tuck Or Just Liposuction?
That is something that your surgeon will advise you after examination as it depends on several factors, including amount of tissue that needs removal and if muscle repair is required.
Will The Results Last?
Tightening of the Fascia is done with permanent sutures. The removed skin and fat excess will not come back unless you gain significant amount of weight.
What Does This Procedure Cost?
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The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.
The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.
Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.
SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.
EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants
I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!
JB – Breast Reduction
Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.
LMS – implant Removal & Replacement
Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!