At A Glance

Price:

From £10500

Expected Results:

Reduction in loose skin

Length of Surgery:

2-5 hours

Anaesthesia:

General anaesthetic

Recovery:

4-6 weeks

Excess skin surgery/ Body Contouring surgery

Excess skin surgery, also known as body contouring surgery, involves removing excess skin, usually after significant weight loss or pregnancy. It may also be referred to as skin-reduction surgery.

Common procedures include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), brachioplasty (arm lift), thigh lift, and breast lift (mastopexy). These surgeries aim to eliminate redundant skin and reshape and contour underlying tissues, providing a more toned and proportionate appearance.

When you’ve been carrying extra weight, or following pregnancy, your skin and tissues expand to accommodate the body’s larger size. This stretching causes skin and tissue to lose elasticity. Following significant weight loss, the stretched skin doesn’t always conform to your new body shape and can therefore be saggy and hang loosely from your body.

Excess skin can cause discomfort, affect the functionality of your body, and have a negative impact on self-esteem.  The type of surgical procedure will vary depending on each individual patient.  It may be that certain areas are targeted either on their own or in combination, such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, or breasts.  A pre-operative consultation is essential to assess whether this type of surgery is appropriate for you and to devise an appropriate treatment and aftercare plan.

People seeking excess skin removal are often affected by:

  • Loose skin
  • Sore areas from rubbing skin
  • Irritation in between folds from trapped sweat / moisture
  • Ill-fitting clothing
  • Lack of self-confidence

It’s important to have reached a stable weight before considering excess skin surgery.  Weight fluctuation can affect the results of surgery so it’s ideal to maintain a stable weight for 6 months to a year before undergoing this type of procedure.

The Consultation

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Your Consultation

A pre-operative consultation before excess skin surgery is crucial as every patient will have different needs, goals, and expectations from surgery.

Mr Abood will assess the patient’s overall health, medical history, and desired results.  After having established the patient’s suitability for this type of surgery, Mr Abood will explain his recommended surgical procedure(s), including potential risks, and expected outcomes.   During the consultation, patients are encouraged to voice any concerns, ask questions, and address any anxieties they may have.

Mr Abood will discuss the details of the procedure and post-operative plan with the patient, considering factors such as recovery timelines, follow-up appointments and post-operative care. The pre-operative consultation is a pivotal step in ensuring patients are well-prepared, informed, and mentally equipped for the transformative journey ahead. In some cases, patients are not suitable for excess skin surgery or have unrealistic expectations as to what can be achieved.   This may mean surgery is postponed pending other lifestyle changes being taken, or that surgery is not recommended at all.

Following surgery, the post-operative care is as important as the surgery itself for achieving optimal long-term results for patients.  When patients enter the post-operative phase of their surgical journey they are very well supported by Mr Abood and his team.

The Procedure

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Procedure

Excess skin surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic so patients will be asleep and pain-free during the procedure.  Mr Abood will make strategic incisions in the skin, where possible these will be in concealed areas to minimise visible scarring. The size and location of the incisions will depend on the amount and location of the skin to be removed.  The excess skin and underlying tissue will carefully be removed, and the remaining skin will be sculpted and contoured to achieve a more toned and aesthetic appearance. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat deposits.

After removing the excess skin, Mr Abood will close the incisions with dissolvable sutures.  Drains may be used to remove any excess fluid accumulated during the healing process.  Depending upon the type of surgery it may take between 2 and 4 hours. At the end of your surgery you will be wearing a compression garment appropriate to the surgery you have had.  This is usually worn for approximately 6 weeks but can be removed when washing.

Following surgery, patients will be monitored in a recovery area for approximately an hour before returning to the ward.  Depending on the surgery you have had, it may be that you can go home the same day, or you may need to stay for a night in the hospital where you will monitored by a specialised medical team.

Before going home, patients will be given instructions on how to care for the incisions as they heal, how to manage any pain or discomfort and when to resume normal activities.

Aftercare & Results

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Aftercare

Recovery from surgery is expected to take between 4 to 6 weeks.  You will be given tailored aftercare guidance depending on your individual circumstances and its very important that this guidance is followed to minimise the risk of complications and to achieve optimum results from surgery.

In the early stages of recovery, physical activity is reduced to a gentle level and with no heavy lifting.  Incision sites should be kept clean and dry until the first follow-up appointment which will be at one week following your surgery.  At this first follow-up appointment, the dressings will be removed and the incisions will be gently cleaned. At that point you will be advised about showering and managing the operated area as well as returning to your usual day to day activities.

During the early phase of recovery, the swelling and bruising will subside, but it can take many months before the scars will start to fade. The scars are encouraged to fade and optimised through undertaking a scar management program which Mr Abood and the team will advise you upon. Following surgery, there is an immediate transformation, but it can take up to 12 months for the final results to be seen.  You may find it helpful to look at our scar management page for further information.

After your surgery there will continue to be regular follow-up appointments with Mr Abood and his team.  These are an opportunity for you to ask any questions and for the team to assess your progress.  Outside of these appointments, the team is always on hand should you have any anxieties or concerns about your surgery at any point during your treatment and recovery.

What our patients think

Lisa Buchan
Lisa Buchan
17 April 2023
Dr Abood and his team are amazing, having gone through a breast reduction recently I could not recommend him enough. Not only am I very happy with the results but the aftercare has been amazing. The team are always available to answer questions, help and provide advice. I have already recommended him to several people, if you are considering this surgery I would see him for a consultation.
RC Keay
RC Keay
11 March 2023
I visited Dr Ahid Abood and his team to have a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my nose which was followed by a skin graft. I was quite anxious about this procedure, especially as it involved a prominent part of my face. Dr Abood explained the process, possible side effects and outcome in a calm and informative way. After the procedure l felt relieved, relaxed and very glad to have met Dr Abood and his lovely team. Thank you!
Helen Roberts
Helen Roberts
7 March 2023
The care I had was excellent. All the staff were very good, Claire the nurse was so reassuring. His secretary Justine was so friendly and helpful when I had a query. Mr Abood was superb. He explained what was happening and the work he did was brilliant. I have a really neat scar which has healed well. Thank you one and all.
Deborah Chamberlain-King
Deborah Chamberlain-King
18 February 2023
From the moment I met Mr Abood I was certain that he was the Surgeon I wanted to perform my upper and lower Blepharoplasty operation due to his kind, calm and informative approach. Mr Abood explained the whole process thoroughly and I was always able to ask any questions that I had. I was 100% sure that I wanted this operation but after my initial consultation with Mr Abood I was 200% sure! Correspondence with Mr Abood's Secretary Justine was always a pleasure as she is efficient and understanding. I was so pleased that I was able to meet Justine in person. I chose the Weymouth Street Hospital for my surgery and it was a great choice. I was made to feel totally at ease. ALL of the staff there were so kind and caring but a special shout out to Arden and Suzanna (night nurse). Arden is so kind, caring and an absolute delight. I must also praise the food! Wished I could have stayed longer :) My recovery from surgery has been much faster than I thought it would be but exactly as Mr Abood predicted. After 4 weeks my scars have healed so well and in fact I can see improvement every day. I can now look in the mirror and like what I see already and am excited to see the end result. Thank you Mr Abood and Justine. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Abood, Justine and The Weymouth Street Hospital. If you are looking for an excellent Surgeon look no further.
Amanda Plimley
Amanda Plimley
9 February 2023
Awesome support from beginning to end. I was nervous about breast reduction surgery and conscious of everything this is entailed. Super pleased to share that Dr Abood and Justine his secretary have made it is easy a process for me as possible. Lots of information and reassurance from the first consult to today, currently four weeks post surgery. I’ve been able to reach out directly with any questions or queries I’ve had along the way and have had answers really quickly! And most importantly I’m happy with my new look, feeling more confident already. Cannot wait for the final results ???? Thank you team Abood!
Lynette Hodge
Lynette Hodge
8 February 2023
I am so grateful to have been referred to Mr Abood for surgery, by my consultant dermatologist who diagnosed a rapidly growing tumour on my leg as a Keratoacanthoma. With the need to have this removed as a matter of urgency, Mr Abood’s wonderful secretary, Justine, clearly went to a great deal of trouble to arrange for me to have surgery within 24 hours. I arrived at The Weymouth hospital where I met Mr Abood for the first time. His warm, gentle manner was so reassuring while he explained the procedure clearly, including the need for a skin graft and put me at ease before I was prepared for surgery. I cannot speak more highly of the whole experience, from Mr Abood and his delightful, caring team of nurses, to the theatre staff, they were all friendly but respectful, filling me with confidence. The care I was given was exceptional and the facilities at this hospital were outstanding. When it was time to have the dressing and stitches removed, Mr Abood did it himself and was so gentle that I didn’t feel a thing. There is no question that Mr Abood is an extremely skilful surgeon who goes ‘above and beyond’ to provide the best possible outcome for his patients. I feel blessed to have been referred to him.
Teodora Nikolova
Teodora Nikolova
24 January 2023
If I can give 10 stars to Mr ABOOD, Justine and the whole team at the Weymouth Hospital I would. I’ve searched for months and had a few consultations before I’ve met Dr. Ahid Abood. He listened all my concerns and answered all of my questions. Very experienced, professional and respectful. I had a mommy makeover surgery ( tummy tuck with 360 liposuction, muscle repair and breast lift with implants) with him and what can I say, this surgeon is magician. Recovery was much easier than I expected. I am extremely happy with my results and I have so much confidence now. Huge shout out to Justine, this woman is a sunshine, so kind and supportive.
Eva Dhliwayo
Eva Dhliwayo
3 October 2022
Dr Abood is a wonderful Surgeon i have ever met. From the start to finish my experience was amazing. He explained everything to me in a very clear manner. He properly informed me about the procedure. His secretary Justine is incredible, very friendly and professional. I am 3 weeks Post Surgery and I have been following Dr Abood's recovery instructions. I feel so good and very happy with the results. I can't thank him enough on how he has changed my life.I am so glad I choose Dr-Abood and would highly recommend to anyone.

Potential Risks

Mr Abood is a highly experienced plastic surgeon and fortunately complications are uncommon in his practice, however, all types of surgery, no matter how minor, carry an element of risk.   If Mr Abood considers there are any areas of particular concern in your case, he will discuss these with you prior to surgery and he may advise against surgery altogether.

Please see our page on Potential Risks of Surgery page for more information.

Related FAQs

Am I suitable for excess skin surgery?

If you have loose and sagging skin as a result of weight loss or following pregnancy, you may be a suitable candidate for excess skin or body contouring surgery.  It’s important to have reached a stable weight before considering excess skin surgery.  Weight fluctuation can affect the cosmetic results of surgery and also compromise recovery so it’s ideal to maintain a stable weight for 6 months to a year before undergoing this type of procedure.

Is this safe?

All surgery carries potential risks and complications (please see our Potential Risks of Surgery page). Mr Abood is a highly qualified and experienced consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has undergone extensive training in the UK and overseas and has been a leading consultant in the NHS for many years before establishing his own very successful private practice.  If Mr Abood considers there to be an unacceptable risk in your case, he will make you aware of this and where possible devise a plan to reduce the risk, or decline surgery.

Will it hurt?

As this procedure is undertaken under general anaesthetic, the procedure itself is painless.  When you wake from surgery you will be wearing a specialist post-surgery compression garment which helps  keep you feeling supported and comfortable. After surgery, patients will generally only require simple painkillers such as paracetamol for a few days. The vast majority of patients are pleasantly surprised about how comfortable they feel after surgery and during their recovery.

How much recovery time can I expect?

Recovery time after excess skin surgery varies depending on your individual circumstances and the type of procedure you’ve had. The majority of patients will be back to most of their usual day to day activities within two weeks but full recovery may take several months. Adhering to post-operative guidelines, including diet and exercise recommendations, is crucial for a successful recovery.

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