Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

A tummy tuck removes all the skin and fat from the belly button to the level of the pubic bone. This can include the mons pubis in the surgery if this is also prominent. The benefits, thus are:

  • Removing excess abdominal skin
  • Eliminating stretch marks (if they are below the belly button)
  • Creating a flatter, tighter, and more contoured abdomen
  • Increasing your self-confidence
  • Lasting results

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Duration 2 hours
Anaesthesia General anaesthetic
Hospital Stay 1 night
Recovery 1-2 weeks
Addresses Excess fat and skin in the abdominal area

Is this right for me?

Cosmetic Surgery is not just about the operation, it’s all about you. At our plastic surgery clinic we understand that your physical appearance can affect you emotionally as well as physically.

If you have skin and fat that is resistant to your diet or exercise regimen then this surgery may be the solution for you.

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, can significantly improve your self esteem while effectively regaining your abdominal tone and shape.

What does this involve?

Tummy Tuck Surgery usually requires carefully positioned incisions to allow the removal of excess skin and fat deposits, in order to minimise scarring and provide you with as tight and flat a stomach as possible. We will place the scar as low as possible. Usually, this is below your hip line. There will also be a fine scar around the rim of the belly button. Although the scar is visible within the first few weeks, it fades quickly so that it’s hardly visible.

Tummy tuck surgery can also be part of a weight loss and body contouring surgery as well as a Mummy Makeover where the breasts are also augmented, uplifted or both, to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

For most patients tummy tuck surgery takes about 2 hours under general anaesthetic and takes around 1-2 weeks to recover fully.

Alternatively, a mini tummy tuck can be performed under local anaesthetic and takes about an hour. With the mini tummy tuck the overhang of skin and fat are removed. Absorbable sutures are used to minimize scarring. We have a vast array of Tummy Tuck surgery before and after pictures that can reassure you of the benefits of tummy tuck surgeries.

Our experienced team of Cosmetic Surgeons have performed countless Tummy Tuck procedures and are here to help guide you every step of the way.

Ideally, you should wait until you have completed your family before you have a tummy tuck. This is because following the tummy tuck, your abdomen will expand again, and you could be left with excess skin/fat again.

Also, if you have tightening of the muscles to fix a divarication (where the 6 pack muscles are spread away from the midline), then this extra tension can result in the baby not going to term and might need to be delivered early.

The best advice we can give, is to avoid the tummy tuck procedure if you are still wanting to have a family as you will more than likely require a repeat procedure. However, if you do not know whether a family is in your future and feel you would like to enjoy your body now, then having a tummy tuck will not necessarily stop you having a baby but the baby may not reach term and would need to be delivered earlier in the pregnancy.

You will be provided with a compression garment after your surgery and it’s advisable for you to wear this for 4 to 6 weeks to reduce the swelling and speed up recovery.

The swelling can last 3 to 6 months before you are able to see the final result of your surgery.

We advise waiting at least 3 weeks. The reason for this is to minimise the swelling and risk of developing a haematoma or seroma post-operatively. Wounds generally are healed by two weeks but the overall strength of a wound does not reach its maximum until 4 - 6 weeks. After this time it will be less of a risk and probably more comfortable for you.

We also advise that consider your position during intercourse as it will be less traumatic on the wounds and therefore avoid the missionary position. With the female on top is probably the least uncomfortable with respect to the wounds (regardless of whether the male or female have had the Tummy Tuck).

After a Tummy Tuck procedure one of the standard 'rules' that most of us relay to our patients is the time to wait before intercourse. We're not telling you these things to punish you, make you uncomfortable or to ruin your love-life! The guidelines are here to protect you and your health.

A Tummy Tuck is considered to be fairly major surgery and is probably one of the toughest recoveries due to it's location. It's important to keep your heart rate and blood pressure down for 3-weeks post-op; not to stretch the incision site; and not to lift anything that would cause stress on the incision. The complications that can arise can be anywhere from stretched scars, to breakdown of the wounds and collections developing under the skin.

You can shower the next morning and daily after that without disturbing the dressings until you see your surgeon for your follow up.

Almost straight away you will be able to see an improved skin and muscle tone.

This is a very common question and variable to an individual. Once your pain has subsided and you feel that you can do an emergency stop without losing control of your car you should be able to drive again.

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At Bella Vou we provide various payment options meaning you can spread the cost and enjoy a confident outlook at a price you can afford.

Prices start from £7,100 (inclusive of two compression garments).

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