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 cannot 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. It 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 and men each year through their tummy tuck surgery and you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands with our surgeons. Get in touch and find out how we can help.

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Tummy tuck frequently asked questions

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

Tummy tuck – FAQs

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 details and provide you with a detailed guide.

At Transform, each patient is treated like an individual and so treatment plans will be tailored specifically around you and your needs. This means that a tummy tuck cost can vary, but you will be given an idea of costs at your consultation.

Whether you decide to go for a standard tummy tuck or a modified tummy tuck , your surgeon will discuss with you the best method to help you achieve your desired goals.nDuring the surgery, 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.

The abdominoplasty takes around three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic.

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 will provide you with pain relief during your hospital stay and also advise on managing any discomfort when you return home.

It can take up to six weeks to make a full recovery from your tummy tuck, but this does vary between individuals. It may take a few more months for the final results to be seen.

Recovery time varies from person to person. We usually advise you to take between 2-3 weeks off work, depending on how physically demanding your job is.

There will be some visible scarring following surgery which is usually across the lower abdomen most people find that this can be hidden by underwear. Overtime, scarring will fade, however 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.

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 tummy tuck surgery, the likely costs 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 surgeons.

At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from the surgery. You can discuss every aspect of your tummy tuck from the surgical methods and recovery time to the benefits and risks with no obligation to go ahead. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have. Your surgeon will talk to you about the best tummy tuck method to achieve your goals. Abdominoplasty is a major procedure and you’ll want to feel fully informed about the process, the operation and the results you can realistically expect. 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 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 u2018standardu2019 or u2018modifiedu2019 tummy tuck method depending on your needs, which they will have discussed with you.nFor a u2018standardu2019 tummy tuck, a long incision is made into the abdomen running above the pubic area in a curved shape, then 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.nFor a u2018modifiedu2019 tummy tuck, excess fat and skin is removed from below your belly button and the muscles tightened, but the belly button remains in place.

Youu2019ll stay in one of our hospitals for at least two nights following your tummy tuck procedure. Our hospitals are purpose built for cosmetic surgery and all staff are specially trained in cosmetic surgery patient care. Weu2019ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly and safely.nYour tummy is likely to be sore and swollen after surgery and youu2019ll 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 the importance of wearing the compression garment, how to take care of your stitches and the practicalities of hygiene and bathing. Weu2019ll 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 surgery itself, so weu2019re here to support you. Youu2019ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and weu2019ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this.nYouu2019ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that youu2019re healing well and 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.nIf 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 youu2019ll have the option to extend cover to up to 10 years.

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