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Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic procedure which aims to improve the appearance and/or shape of your tummy.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 16th May 2024

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Our surgeons offer tailored treatments to suit individual needs including a tummy tuck, liposuction or liposuction with tummy tuck.

If you are considering a tummy tuck you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to gain a full understanding of a tummy tuck and a chance to ask any concerns you may have with the procedure.

Generally speaking, tummy tucks are commonly carried out to remove excess skin, fat, unwanted scars, stretch marks, and to tighten the stomach muscles.

If you would like to find out more, you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to discuss possible surgery.

The most suitable type of surgery for you will be discussed at your appointment with your surgeon. It is important to be aware that for the desired result you may also require liposuction as well as a tummy tuck.

Before considering surgery it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with tummy tuck specifically.


Q. Why may I require Tummy Tuck surgery?

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck surgery are individuals who have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. This can be due to weakened abdominal muscles following pregnancy or significant weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery can have a great impact on an individual’s self-esteem, and improve their overall quality of life. 

Q. How long is the recovery time for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Recovery time varies from patient to patient, and depends on the extent of the surgery and the individual’s overall health. Generally, patients can expect to take a few weeks off from work or normal activities, and may need to wear a compression garment for several weeks. Pain medication and antibiotics may be prescribed to manage discomfort and prevent infection. Following the procedure, your surgeon consultant will assess your condition and conclude the appropriate steps for a successful recovery. 

Q. What are the risks associated with Tummy Tuck Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications associated with a Tummy Tuck Surgery. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring, numbness, skin discolouration, and fluid accumulation. It’s important that you discuss these risks with your surgeon consultant during your initial consultation. 

Q. What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

A tummy tuck is often more of an invasive procedure, in comparison to liposuction, as it involves reconstructing the abdomen muscles and removal of any excess skin. Liposuction, on the other hand, only involves removing the excess fat in the spot area, which does not remove any stretch marks on the surface of the skin or tighten the muscles underneath. It is possible to receive both liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, in order to achieve the most desired outcome.

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