Reasons to consider a tummy tuck
Losing a significant amount of weight is a fantastic achievement. But often there is a downside. Once you’ve lost the fat from your tummy, you can be left with folds of loose skin and a lack of muscle tone that gives your abdomen a ‘saggy’ appearance.
Pregnancy is another cause of loose, sagging skin on the tummy for many women. Again, the stretched skin won’t return to its pre-pregnancy state and your muscles may be weakened too.
Yet having a slim, toned tummy is important to lots of us when it comes to feeling good about ourselves. It can really make a difference to what we wear and how confident we feel. So if you’re unhappy with how your tummy looks, a tummy tuck could be the answer.
The benefits of abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – is a surgical procedure that takes away excess loose skin and tightens the muscles up. It can even remove stretch marks. The result is a slimmer, firmer tummy that you’ll be happy to show off with confidence.
Before and after images
At your consultation with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators, you'll be able to view a selection of before and after photographs of our previous patients surgery.
Tummy tuck - what the procedure involves
Abdominoplasty takes around three hours under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in one of our Transform hospitals for at least two nights after surgery. Our hospitals are purpose built for cosmetic surgery and all staff are specially trained in cosmetic surgery patient care.
Your surgeon will talk to you about the best tummy tuck method to achieve your goals. Generally a tummy tuck is performed using one of these methods, or a variation of them depending on your individual circumstances:
Standard tummy tuck
Your surgeon will make a long incision into your abdomen running above your pubic area in a curved shape. There will also be a second incision to remove your belly button. Your surgeon will then pull your tummy muscles back together and stitch them in place. Excess fat is removed and your belly button repositioned. Excess skin is then removed, the remaining skin is pulled into place and the incisions closed with stitches.
Modified tummy tuck
In this case excess fat and skin is removed from below your belly button and the muscles tightened, but the belly button itself remains in place.
Your tummy will be sore and swollen after surgery and you’ll be fitted with a tight-fitting support garment. This will help with the healing process, though you will have bruising and swelling for a few weeks. When the garment is removed you’ll see an immediate improvement, though it may take a few more months for your tummy to settle completely into its new toned, taut state.
For more information about recovering from tummy tuck surgery, read our tummy tuck recovery page.
Side effects, risks and complications
Abdominoplasty is a major operation and we’ll talk to you about any risks before you decide to go ahead. Rest assured that you’ll be in expert hands at all times, but if you have any worries at all please talk to us. We’re here to ensure you’re confident and happy with your decision.
Discuss abdominoplasty with Transform
When you book a consultation with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators we’ll talk to you about the results you wish to achieve with tummy tuck surgery and what to expect from the process. You can then have a free, no obligation consultation with one of our tummy tuck surgeons to discover what the procedure would involve for you.
At Transform we’re committed to your health and wellbeing at every stage, and will be open and honest with you from start to finish. Our step-by-step guide shows how we’ll advise and support you throughout the tummy tuck process.
Tummy tuck costs
Tummy tuck costs start at £5,350 and includes all your pre-operative care and our three year aftercare programme. Find more details on our prices page.
To help you manage the cost of tummy tuck surgery we work in partnership with a specialist finance provider to offer loans and credit options. You’ll find the details on our cosmetic surgery finance page.
To discover how tummy tuck surgery could be the right body shaping solution for you, come and talk to us in complete confidence and with no obligation.