Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery in Bristol
At Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, our specialist team of cosmetic surgeons have performed many successful 'tummy tuck' procedures in our state-of-the-art hospital. Read more…
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Why choose Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital for my tummy tuck?
We've been providing exceptional private healthcare to people in and around Bristol for over 50 years. Modernised in 2013, our cutting-edge medical facilities allow us to offer the very best treatment possible.
Care at our Nuffield Health Hospital in Bristol is personal to every patient. You'll see the same specialist cosmetic surgery consultant throughout your treatment. Your tummy tuck procedure will include any aftercare you need for a faster recovery. You'll have your own private bedroom with en-suite and a menu of freshly cooked meals tailored to your requirements. We pride ourselves on putting our patients at the heart of everything we do.
If you're considering a tummy tuck, why not attend one of our free open events? You'll meet a consultant and find out if the procedure is right for you.
Is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) right for me?
Sometimes the skin of the abdomen does not shrink back after pregnancy or after losing a lot of weight. You are most likely to benefit from an abdominoplasty if you are self-conscious about what your abdomen looks like. Abdominoplasty is not appropriate for people who are over weight or as an attempt to lose weight.
Your surgeon will carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if surgery is suitable for you.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
This operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes between two and five hours.
Your surgeon may use one of several techniques:
Full abdominoplasty - is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin. Your surgeon will make a curved cut from one hip to the other. They will remove any excess skin and fat. Your surgeon will then cut under the skin above your umbilicus (belly button), pulling it downwards and tightening it. Sometimes they will need to reconstruct your umbilicus and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Mini abdominoplasty - is suitable if you only have a little excess skin. Your surgeon will only need to make a small cut just above the pubic area to remove the excess skin.
Endoscopic abdominoplasty - is suitable if you only need to have the muscles of your abdominal wall tightened. Your surgeon will make small cuts and use special surgical instruments to tighten the muscles.
Going home after having surgery
The length of your hospital stay depends on which procedure is performed. With full abdominoplasty you should be able to go home after two to three days. You may have dressings and drains (plastic tubes) coming out of both sides of your abdomen. The drains area usually removed before you leave hospital. You will be given post operative pain killers.
Most patients are mobile from day one and return to normal activities within six weeks. However everyone heals differently. Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon.
The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first six months. The best results for you will happen if you keep to a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
What complications can happen?
Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.
General complications of any operation may include:
- Infection in a surgical wound
- Blood clots
- Unsightly scarring
Specific complications of tummy tuck may include:
- Developing a swelling
- Numbness or persistent pain
- Cosmetic problems
Tummy tuck surgery costs
The cost of tummy tuck surgery may be more affordable than you think. To find out more about the cost of treatment, complete the form on the right and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our surgery prices are inclusive of all costs and have no hidden surprises. You have the option to pay for your procedure as a one off payment or if preferred, you may be eligible for a loan. We are confident that the price for your treatment at Nuffield Health will be competitive and we are proud to deliver outstanding clinical care at a fair price.