Abdominoplasty, or 'tummy tuck', aims to tighten the skin around the stomach, removing scars or stretch marks. Abdominal wall hernias can also be corrected and associated with liposuction for a better defined figure.


  • Loose and excess skin
  • Presence of scars or sub-navel stretch marks

Before the operation

The doctor carries out a pre-operative exam. An abdominal CT scan is done to assess the abdominal wall and exclude any weaknesses or underlying hernia requiring correction.
If patients are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatories, they must stop taking this treatment at least 10 days before surgery.

During the operation

Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours

  • A strip of skin is removed between the navel and the pubis.
  • The skin is redraped by pulling the skin downwards.
  • An incision is made in the tightened skin to reposition the navel.

Patients sometimes experience significant paint after abdominoplasty if the muscles have been tightened or in case of liposuction. Absorbable sutures are used and patients must wear a compression garment day and night for 4 weeks.


To fully appreciate the results of the surgery, it is necessary to wait 3 to 6 months. During this time, the scar will be absorbed although it won’t disappear entirely.

Dr Nader Chahidi

Centre Médical du Parc
9 avenue de Nerviens
B-1040 Brussels

T. +32 476 31 25 66