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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 Nuffield Health surgeon will carry out a detailed assessment before deciding if tummy tuck surgery is suitable for you. So that you know exactly what to expect from the results of this surgery, we encourage you to share your expectations with your consultant as early as possible. This should help you to establish a clear indication of what is realistically achievable with this procedure.

To give yourself time to reach the right decision, you should make sure you leave at least two weeks between your consultation and surgery.

Your surgeon may use one of several surgical techniques:

This operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes between 2 - 5 hours.

  • 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.

Expert surgeons at Nuffield Health

Choosing the right consultant is an important part of the process; you can see Nuffield Health’s registered cosmetic surgeons here.

Preparing for surgery

Follow these tips to help prepare for an abdominoplasty:

  • For smokers, the risk of complications can be reduced if smoking is stopped several weeks before the operation is due to take place
  •  Regular exercise should help to prepare you for the operation, but ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice first
  • The area around where you will be cut should not be shaved or waxed for seven days prior to the operation.

Going home after abdominoplasty surgery

  • The length of your hospital stay depends on which procedure is performed
  • With a full abdominoplasty you should be able to go home after 2 - 3 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 6 weeks
  • You may be able to return to work in 2 weeks, providing your work isn’t too physically strenuous. 
  • You should wait at least 6 weeks before lifting anything heavy 
  • You should not have sex until 3 weeks after surgery (and then it should be gentle)
  • Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon
  • The results of an abdominoplasty improve gradually over the first 6 months post surgery
  • For the most successful outcomes you should 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.

How long will results last?

The need for a repeat abdominoplasty can be avoided if you manage to maintain a healthy weight. Should you put on, and then lose, a lot of weight you may find yourself with excess abdomen skin, which could need a repeat abdominoplasty.

Pain from surgery

Post surgery pain is usually mild and easily controlled with simple painkillers (such as paracetamol). You may experience more pain if your surgeon had to tighten your abdominal muscles.

General complications of any operation may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • 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 cost

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 below and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our 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 abdominoplasty treatment at Nuffield Health will be competitive and we are proud to deliver outstanding clinical care at a fair price.

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Switchboard 01926 679571
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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