Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to make the abdomen firmer and appear slimmer. The surgery tightens up your abdominal muscles and removes excess loose skin that doesn’t go away through exercise.

“I can’t even begin to explain the change I have seen in myself over the past 3 weeks after having my tummy tuck. I feel and look like a completely new women!”*

Abbi, 25th April 2017

*Results and benefits vary from patient to patient

Tummy tuck surgery is not intended as a quick solution to lose weight, and so it can’t replace a healthy diet or a solid exercise plan. Instead, it can help if you have already lost weight and you want to get rid of the loose skin that gives your abdomen a ‘saggy’ appearance. Abdominoplasty can also be effective if you’ve had children, as the stretched skin may not have returned to its pre-pregnancy condition.

Here at Transform, our team guides many women each year through their tummy tuck surgery at our fantastic Care Quality Commission registered facilities. You can rest assured that you’re in expert hands with our surgeons, all of whom are General Medical Council (GMC) registered and have extensive experience and expertise. Get in touch today by calling 0330 053 9115, emailing [email protected] or booking a free consultation to find out how we can help.

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Tummy tuck frequently asked questions

If you’re considering abdominoplasty, you’re likely to have a lot of questions about the surgery itself, recovery time, aftercare and how much a tummy tuck costs. We’ve provided the answers to the most commonly asked questions below, but if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) FAQs

A tummy tuck is a form of cosmetic surgery which is designed to make the abdomen appear slimmer and firmer. The technical term for tummy tuck is abdominoplasty and it typically involves removing excess or loose skin that can’t be reduced through exercise. Most women seek abdominoplasty post-pregnancy or after weight loss if they feel they have excess loose skin. It’s important to note that tummy tucks are not a weight loss solution and they won’t replace a healthy diet and lifestyle.

If you’re considering undergoing the procedure, it’s important to understand the tummy tuck risks and side effects. While this surgery is commonly performed by our expert surgeons, all types of surgery carry a level of risk. For an abdominoplasty, these can include bruising, infection, bleeding after surgery and irregularities of the skin. Your patient advisor will go through all the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery, providing you with a detailed guide and answering any questions you may have.

We understand that there’ s a lot to consider when it comes to abdominoplasty surgery, including how to pay for your tummy tuck. The cost of your procedure will be fully explained to you during your consultation, and there is absolutely no obligation to proceed. As well as the option to pay for your procedure outright, we offer a number of tummy tuck financing options, including a 0% interest finance plan which requires a minimum £500 deposit, and then 12 monthly instalments. We also offer loan plans over 12, 24 or 36 months at 16.9% APR. All tummy tuck financing options are subject to individual status and applicants must meet the eligibility criteria – you can find out more on our finance page. Our finance options are provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What happens during your tummy tuck procedure will depend on the type of surgery you’re having. Whether you decide to go for a standard ‘full’ tummy tuck or a modified ‘mini’ tummy tuck, your surgeon will discuss the best method with you to help you achieve your desired goals. During the tummy tuck operation, a curved incision is made along the base of your abdomen, and excess skin and fat is removed. The remaining skin is pulled back into place and incisions are closed with stitches. During the procedure, your surgeon will also make a second incision to re-position your belly button.

At Transform, each patient is treated as an individual and so treatment plans will be tailored specifically around you and your needs. This means that the tummy tuck cost can vary, but you will be given a detailed overview of the price during your consultation. As well as answering your questions on how much a tummy tuck is, your advisor will talk you through the various payment options, including our flexible finance plans. Please read our finance page to find out more about tummy tuck financing.

Exactly how long your abdominoplasty surgery takes will depend on several factors, such as the type of tummy tuck you’re having. As a rough guide, the abdominoplasty surgery itself typically takes around three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. You’ll need to arrive at the hospital several hours in advance of the procedure to meet with your surgeon and get ready for theatre. Following your tummy tuck, you’ll be in recovery and need to stay in one of our Care Commission Quality registered hospitals for a minimum of two nights.

You’ll need to stay in one of our hospitals for at least two nights following your tummy tuck procedure.

Your tummy will feel sore after surgery, and you should expect to see some bruising and swelling for a few weeks following your procedure. We’ll provide you with pain relief during your hospital stay and also advise on managing any discomfort and how to reduce swelling after your tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck recovery times can vary between individuals, but it can take up to six weeks to make a full recovery after your surgery. It may take a few more months for the final results to be seen. Rest assured that our team is here to support you throughout your recovery, and you’ll have access to our comprehensive three-year tummy tuck aftercare programme, too. Before you leave the hospital, we’ll give you a range of recovery tips, including managing discomfort and reducing swelling after your tummy tuck.


Tummy tuck recovery times vary from person to person. We usually advise you to take between two to three weeks off work, depending on how physically demanding your job is. Your surgeon will discuss this with you and advise on when returning to your job after your tummy tuck is appropriate in line with your occupation.

You’ll need to refrain from exercising after tummy tuck surgery for at least six weeks to allow your body to heal. We recommend resting as much as you can to aid your tummy tuck recovery and get help around the house to reduce the likelihood of over-exertion.

There will be some visible tummy tuck scars following surgery which are usually across the lower abdomen. Most people find that this scarring can be hidden by underwear and over time, it will fade. How long tummy tuck scars take to fade varies, but it can take up to a year after surgery before you can see the final appearance of your scar.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

When you come to Transform, the entire experience is designed around you and your needs. We’ll listen carefully to your aspirations for being the best you, and you’ll receive all the advice and support you need throughout your journey with us. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what you can expect from your abdominoplasty.

Tummy tuck step by step

The first step is to meet your patient advisor. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering abdominoplasty surgery, the likely tummy tuck price and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our expert GMC-registered surgeons.

At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from your tummy tuck operation. You can discuss every aspect of the abdominoplasty, from the surgical methods and recovery time to the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. There are a few different types of surgery, including standard or “full” tummy tucks and modified or “mini” tummy tucks – so your surgeon will talk to you about the best method to achieve your goals. Abdominoplasty is a major procedure and it’s important to be fully informed about the process, the operation and the results you can realistically expect, so please don’t hesitate to as any questions you have. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and happy to provide any information you need. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and you’ll need to stay in one of our Care Quality Commission regulated Transform hospitals for at least two nights after surgery. On the day of your surgery, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. You’ll then be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre. During the three-hour procedure, your surgeon will use either a standard or modified tummy tuck method depending on your needs, which they will have discussed with you in advance.

For a standard or “full” tummy tuck, a long incision is made into the abdomen running above the pubic area in a curved shape, and a second incision is made 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 before any excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is pulled into place, with the incisions closed with stitches. For a modified or “mini” abdominoplasty, excess fat and skin is removed from below your belly button and the muscles tightened, but the belly button remains in place.

You’ll stay in one of our specialist UK hospitals for at least two nights following your tummy tuck procedure. Rest assured that our hospitals are all CQC-registered and purpose-built for cosmetic surgery, with the highest quality facilities. All our staff members are specially trained in cosmetic surgery patient care and are friendly and approachable, striving to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

We’ll be here throughout the tummy tuck recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Your tummy is likely to 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. Before you go home, your nurse will talk to you about essential tummy tuck aftercare, including the importance of wearing the compression garment, how to take care of your stitches and the practicalities of hygiene and bathing. We’ll also make an appointment for you to see your surgeon again within two weeks to remove your stitches and check on your progress.

We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the abdominoplasty surgery itself, so we’re here to support you. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. You’ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you’re healing well and are happy with the results. When your compression garment is removed, you should see an immediate improvement, though it may take a few more months for your tummy to settle completely into its new toned state. If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. All patients have access to our three-year aftercare programme as standard and you’ll have the option to extend cover to up to 10 years.

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Here at Transform, we’re proud to have helped change Nicola Gaffey’s life through a tummy tuck.

“I would 100% recommend Transform to anybody. If I was to ever want or need surgery again, I would hands-down go back to Transform.

The surgery has completely changed my life, in every aspect. I can be a better parent, I’m more active, I’ve got a world of confidence that I didn’t know before.”

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