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Tummy Tuck Before And After: What To Expect

Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure used to smooth, flatten and re-contour your abdomen. A tummy tuck removes loose and saggy skin to create a leaner, sculpted silhouette.

Tummy tuck: before and after

Age, pregnancy, abdominal surgery and weight changes can leave their mark on your tummy. Before tummy tuck surgery, you may have loose, crepey or overhanging skin on your abdomen. You may also have stretch marks, surgical scars and weakness or separation of your abdominal muscles. 

Exercise and diet can help you achieve a healthy weight and improve your appearance. However, they may not be enough to give you a taut and toned tummy. This is where abdominoplasty surgery can make a difference. 

After a tummy tuck, the skin on your abdomen will be smoother, and your tummy flatter. However, with some traditional abdominoplasty techniques, your tummy can look unnaturally flat and boxy with a misshapen belly button. The surgeons at Bella Vou have developed the innovative contoured tummy tuck called the KORSET™ Tummy Tuck, a procedure that sculpts and contours the abdomen. After surgery, women will have a smooth, hourglass shape with a vertical belly button. Men will have a lean, toned, and natural-looking tummy.

What does a tummy tuck do?

Tummy tuck surgery removes saggy, excess skin from your abdomen. A tummy tuck can smooth and re-contour your body and restore self-confidence. However, research suggests that tummy tuck surgery has wide-ranging effects that go beyond the aesthetic:

  • People who have had contouring surgery like a tummy tuck are more likely to keep their weight off after surgery. In a survey, they regained an average of only 1 lb a year compared with 4 lbs in patients who didn’t have contouring surgery.
  • Flatter, smoother abdomen
  • More toned tummy
  • Improved posture
  • Repair of weak and separated abdominal muscles
  • More confidence and improved self-esteem
  • Excision of stretch marks
  • Correction of unattractive abdominal scars
  • Improved mental health and wellbeing
  • Hernia correction
  • Reduced urinary stress incontinence

How a tummy tuck is done

The surgeons at Bella Vou perform tummy tuck surgery under general anaesthetic. You will need to stay in hospital overnight so that the team can monitor your health and recovery. 

The surgeon will tailor the surgery to your individual needs. Typically, in a KORSET™ Tummy procedure, the surgeon will make a long cut in your skin from hip to hip. They then re-contour your abdomen from the pubic area up to your ribcage. 

They will repair,  strengthen and reinforce the six-pack muscles to create an attractive sculpted abdominal profile, excise excess skin and fatty tissue and create definition in the groove above and below your belly button. They will also sculpt vertical abdominal dips running towards the hips. 

Finally, they will reposition and reshape the belly button to give a vertical profile. The result is smooth, sculpted and toned. 

Tummy tuck recovery

It takes between four and six weeks to recover from tummy tuck surgery. However, it can be up to six months before the swelling settles, and you can see the final cosmetic result. 

Many patients who have had a KORSET™ Tummy tuck at Bella Vou feel ready to return to work within two weeks of surgery. Four to six weeks after your operation, you can gradually reintroduce exercise, increasing activity as you become stronger, fitter and more confident. 

Bella Vou has developed a range of innovations to improve healing and accelerate recovery. These include:

  • No drains: The surgeons avoid using drains, which minimises pain, reduces infection risk and improves healing times.
  • Scar Clinic: After a tummy tuck, you will have three appointments at the Scar Clinic. 
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): MLD is a type of massage that stimulates lymphatic drainage, decreases swelling and supports healing. You will have three MLD sessions with the first one at your 1-week checkup. The therapist will also show you techniques to do yourself while at home to further improve your recovery.

For more advice and information about the recovery process, we recommend reading our article on the top tips for tummy tuck recovery. 

Before & After comparison of Tummy Tuck and Weight Loss surgery at Bella Vou

Tummy tuck scar

A tummy tuck scar is a linear incision that runs from hip to hip, together with a scar on the rim of the tummy button. The surgeons at Bella Vou work to ensure scars heal well and are barely noticeable on the beach or in a changing room.

  • Careful scar placement: The surgeons place the scar low on the abdomen, in the bikini line, so it is hidden by underwear or swimwear. Their innovative suturing technique ensures that the scars are fine, resistant to stretching and fade into a thin line. 
  • Belly button scar: Loose skin and excess fat can make your belly button look flat and horizontal. Bella Vou’s cosmetic surgeons reshape and reposition the belly button to create a vertically sculpted shape. This shape emulates the abdomens of slim and athletic bodies. Scars are hidden in the inner rim of the belly button, so they are discreet and difficult to spot.
  • Scar taping: After surgery, you will have micropore tape over your scar. This supports the scar, aids healing and prevents unsightly stretching. You can shower with the tape; just gently blow dry it afterwards. You should change the tape weekly and keep it in place for at least three months, or as advised by your team.
  • Wound clinic: Wound and scar specialists will review your healing process and scar formation after one week, six weeks and six months to ensure optimum results.

Tummy tuck results

After tummy tuck surgery, you should expect a smoother, flatter and more toned tummy. At Bella Vou, the surgeons repair, reinforce and strengthen the six-pack muscles so that the results should be long-lasting.

Tummy Tuck UK reviews

Tummy tuck reviews from patients in the UK can help you research your surgeon and observe photos of their results. Reviews from past patients are Bella Vou’s best advertisement. Many patients have reported their tummy tuck experience on RealSelf, an independent cosmetic surgery site. Recent tummy tuck reviews include: 

‘Amir is an incredible surgeon and so knowledgeable. He makes you feel very welcome and listens exactly to what you want. I would definitely recommend going to him for total peace of mind and amazing results!’

‘When you have a life-changing procedure, you need to know that you can completely trust those who will be looking after you. Not only does Bella Vou excel at every aspect of care, but the pure artistry of Amir, has made my dreams very much a reality. When you go to Bella Vou, you may start as a patient, but you very much leave as a member of the family.’

‘Having now had four procedures with Amir and his team, I can honestly say that I am extremely pleased with all results. Amir puts you at ease and you feel very comfortable and confident in his hands. The facilities are excellent and nothing is too much trouble. You do not feel rushed or pressured at any time from consultation to the actual procedure.’

Book a tummy tuck consultation

Tummy tuck surgery can sculpt and smooth your abdomen and boost your esteem. If you want advice and guidance about surgery to flatten and smooth your tummy, book a free consultation at Bella Vou

The cosmetic surgeons at Bella Vou are skilled, experienced and highly trained. The experienced aesthetic surgeons will provide professional and objective advice on whether surgery will achieve your goals. The surgeons will talk you through the procedure, the risks, and the results you can expect. 

Bella Vou exclusively offers the KORSET™ Tummy Tuck, a new abdominoplasty in which they sculpt a new tummy, shaping the contour and emphasising curves. The innovative procedure creates a contoured profile, which looks more natural and attractive than the boxy results from traditional tummy tuck operations.


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Last Updated: April 8, 2022

Published On: April 8, 2022

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