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Tummy Tuck

The lock & glue tummy tuck uses internal locking stitches and tissue glue, without drains, to reduce the risk of complications and improve definition.
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The 'lock and glue' tummy tuck / lipoabdominoplasty

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Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a common plastic surgery operation. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons(BAAPS) reported 3,147 patients operated by BAAPS members in 2010. It is very effective for correction of skin overhang and muscle laxity after weight loss or pregnancies. These conditions are not addressed well by liposuction alone or any of the popular skin tightening devices in the market.

From June 2010 to the present, I started an innovative approach combining internal locking stitches, tissue glue and local anaesthetic infusion pumps without the use of drains ( tubes left within the abdominal wound to drain excess blood and body fluids) on all my lipoabdominoplasty patients. The result was greater comfort for the patients, earlier mobilisation, earlier discharge and less risk of complications. The quilting and liposuction was effective in creating a more athletic looking abdomen with greater definitions. I call this the 'lock and glue' or 'super glue' tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty.

This was presented as a poster at our 2011 BAAPS Annual Meeting at the International Convention Center in Birmingham and we won the top prize!

'Lock and glue' or super glue tummy tuck

This is a presentation modified for general public viewing of my 'lock and glue' or superglue tummy tuck / lipoabdominoplasty.

The original presentation was an analysis of my first 100 patients. This was presented as a poster at the 2011 British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons(BAAPS) meeting and it won the first prize.

I was then invited to present this as a talk with additional video footages of the procedure at the Internatinal BODY Conference in 2012. Hope you find the video useful.

Lock & glue tummy tuck procedure

Procedure Time

2 - 2.5 hours


Twilight Anaesthesia or TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia)

Nights in Hospital

Daycase or 1 Night Stay

Pain and Discomfort

7-14 days

Risks - Common

Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, temporary skin irregularity, fluid collection, delayed wound healing of umbilicus

Risks - Uncommon

Infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, delayed wound healing, skin tags at end of scar, fat necrosis, skin necrosis

Follow-up Appointments

1 week, 2 weeks, 3 months (after surgery)

Time Off Work

2 - 3 weeks

Sports and Exercise

2 weeks - walking 6 weeks - everything except sit-ups and swimming 12 weeks - everything


12 weeks until final result. Scars continue to improve over 18 months

Lock & glue tummy tuck before and afters

How much does a lock and glue tummy tuck cost?

The lock & glue tummy tuck starts from £9,240. Please get in touch to confirm your fee. All patients will require a consultation prior to surgery to assess your individual requirements and desires.

Lock & glue tummy tuck

From £9,240


Instructions on discharge
  • Compression garment to go over the dressings and to be worn day and night for 2 weeks and just during the daytime for next 3 months.
  • TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
  • All dressings to be kept dry until further instructed.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.
Dressings Clinic
  • Usually about a week after surgery when the pressure garment will be removed.
  • All sutures are dissolvable unless otherwise informed.
  • The first 2 weeks – minimal activities eg walking to the toilet, having meals and washing up.
  • 3-6 weeks normal daily activities including driving, etc.
  • 6 weeks onwards – can start sporting activities but no abdominal exercises for 6 months.
General scar care for First 3 Months
  • Micropore tape to the scars - once well healed – for at least 3 months. The micropore tape is to stay on for showering and baths and simply patted dry and not to be changed until it is very loose and almost falling off by itself. Frequent removal of the micropore tape can irritate the scar.
  • Moisturise scar after first 3 months.
  • Moisturising the rest of the abdominal skin and umbilical scar with active stretching of the umbilical scar to prevent shrinkage of the scar.
Special Instructions
  • Compression garment during the day for 3 months. Bikini and other panties are OK for holidays and the odd special occasion.

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