Abdominoplasty 2018-11-05T11:59:43+00:00

Abdominoplasty Surgery

Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Introduction to Abdominoplasty Surgery

Abdominoplasty is one of the most common global cosmetic surgery procedures, and is extremely popular in the UK.

Manchester surgeon, Mr Andrea Marando, has performed hundreds of “tummy tuck” procedures in both Manchester and in London. Abdominoplasty can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But bear in mind, it does produce a permanent scar which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip.

Mr. Marando will be able to advise you and guide you as to whether this is the right procedure for your individual case.

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Patients seeking a “tummy tuck” commonly do so due to a recent pregnancy or significant weight loss, as these are common causes of abdominal deterioration. Cosmetic surgery is a big, life-changing decision that is not easy to make. Prior to your treatment you will undergo a consultation process with Mr Marando to determine the exact treatment that is suited to your needs. Mr Andrea Marando is a professional, reputable surgeon with many years’ experience, but it is always imperative that you disclose honest information about your health and lifestyle as this is vital to determine your treatment suitability.

Your consultation with Mr Marando will probably be at The Star Clinic in Manchester, although Mr Marando also regularly sees patients in Harley Street, London. During your consultation, you will be fully assessed (photos will be taken, you will be analysed and discussed, your expectations will be evaluated, and benefits and risks of the abdominoplasty will explained in full detail.

If you decide to go ahead and proceed with the procedure, you will always be invited to come back for a second consultation with Mr Marando, closer to the date of surgery.

Who is the best candidate for a Abdominoplasty procedure?

Normally the ideal candidate for a “tummy tuck” would be a man or woman who is in relatively good shape but are concerned by a large, stubborn fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery until they are closer to their target weight. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy. Reasons for considering surgery are prominent and excess of abdominal fat and skin that do not respond to exercise, laxity due to pregnancies, stretch marks, weight loss and ageing.

The Procedure

An Abdominoplasty is usually completed under general anesthesia, although there are some circumstances when surgery can be performed in spinal anesthesia. Mr Marando will make incisions along your abdomen and around your belly button in order to begin repairing abdominal muscles and emoting excess skin, leaving you with two scars post-procedure.

Different procedures fall under the “tummy tuck” category: Mini, Modified and Full. The aim is to flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall. The incisions are hidden in the bikini line, abdominal muscles are tightened, skin excess trimmed away and if appropriate fat excess aspirated.

Length of an Abdominoplasty Operation: 1.5 to 3 hours.

Hospital stay: In unusual circumstances there is no overnight stay involved and it is performed as day surgery, but you can likely expect to need a one or two-night stay in hospital.

Possible side effects: Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks. There is usually some temporary pain.

Risks: Every procedure carries some uncertainty and risks. The following are possible risks that could be incurred during an abdominoplasty: Blood clots; infection; bleeding under the skin flap; poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss (mainly in heavy smokers); excessive scarring.

In the hands of a competent and experienced surgeon such as Mr Andrea Marando, the risks can be minimised.


As with any cosmetic surgery, you will be asked to do things in preparation for your operation and as part of your aftercare to ensure you receive the best possible treatment. For example, you will be asked to fast for a few hours prior to the procedure and you may be asked to even sleep with your legs bent for a while afterwards so that you do not agitate the wounds.

Recovery time: 6 weeks is generally the average amount of time to fully recover from an abdominoplasty, however this varies depending on the type of surgery you receive and on the individual themselves. You may be advised to wear a form of support garment during this period. The recovery time breakdown is usually as follows:

Back to work – 2 to 4 weeks.

More strenuous activity – 4 to 8 weeks or more.

Fading and flattening of scars – 3 months to 2 years.

There are also various types of “tummy tuck” available, such as a “mini tummy tuck”, which is obviously a smaller procedure for less serious cases, and an extended or “full tummy tuck” for more serious cases. If you have any questions, be sure to ask Mr Marando during your consultation as you need to be 100% committed and sure of yourself if you are to undergo this treatment.

To book your consultation now in Manchester or London with Mr Marando, please call his team at The Star Clinic on 0371 705 4565. Mr Marando’s team are on-hand and happy to give advice at any time.

We make every effort to ensure that the information contained on this site is accurate however, all information is subject to alteration from time to time. The information on this website therefore serves as a guide only to help you and prepare you for your consultation in Manchester, Liverpool, Gisburn or London with Mr. Marando, your Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Why Choose Us

  • Mr. Andrea Marando qualified in Medicine from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome in 1991.
  • He then completed the accreditation process and became Specialist in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1997
  • Mr. Marando is one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in the North West, keenly aware of the importance of minimal or no scars and highly dedicated to a natural look.
  • GMC Specialist Register for Plastic Surgery, he is member of the Independent Doctors Forum, of the Italian Association of Plastic Surgeons (equivalent of the BAAPS), and a Diplomat of the European Board of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery.

What Clients Say

“Mr Marando is an absolute miracle maker! He has a fantastic manner as well and I never felt rushed during my consultation or post-operative appointments…”

About Mr Andrea Marando

Cosmetic surgery is a huge decision to make and one that isn’t easy. Mr Marando has many years experience.


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Our Philosophy

Different procedures fall under facial rejuvenation, such as the ‘MACS lift’, ‘Mini Facelift’, ‘Quick Lift’or ‘Full Facelift’.

Patient Care

Our goal is to understand the needs of every patient and and to meet or exceed expectations without exception.


Star Clinic is located in Manchester and Mr Marando performs surgery in locations all over the UK

Cosmetic treatments in the North of England