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Tummy tucks, also known by their medical name ‘abdominoplasties’, are surgeries that aim to make the belly look slimmer and firmer. They usually involve removing loose or excess skin and fat that isn’t affected by exercise, as well as stretch-marked skin, and may involve repairing and tightening muscles and tendons in the stomach.

Most women seek abdominoplasty after having children or losing weight, as these life events can make them feel they have excess skin around their abdomen. The procedure can also be a way of removing areas of skin that feature multiple stretch marks or scarring from previous surgeries.

Tummy tucks are not a way to lose weight, so are only usually recommended if you have a healthy, stable body mass index (BMI). You should be close to your goal weight too, and have been around that weight for six to 12 months.

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Over 3,000 tummy tuck operations took place in the UK in 2019, according to Statista figures. Two types are usually performed. A partial (or mini) tummy tuck removes fat and skin around the bottom of the abdomen. A full tummy tuck involves removing a greater area of skin and fat, including the tissue around the belly button, which is then reattached. The abdominal muscles may also be tightened.

The right tummy tuck for you depends on several factors. You can discuss which would best suit your needs in your free surgical consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Book your consultation today.

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During your tummy tuck surgery, your stomach is completely reshaped and your overall silhouette is improved. The procedure can be used to remove loose and sagging skin as a result of significant weight loss. The pouch of fat that many women are left with after pregnancy can also be removed to re-tighten the area.  

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The surgery may involve repairing and retightening weak stomach muscles that have separated during pregnancy or weight gain. The results will be a flatter, tighter stomach overall, which allows you to wear fitted clothing more confidently. Many people say that having abdominoplasty surgery has increased their overall self-esteem.  

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If you’re thinking about having a tummy tuck, it’s important to have a full understanding of the risks and complications that may arise. While our expert surgeons have extensive expertise and years of experience in carrying out these procedures, all types of surgery carry a level of risk.  

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For a tummy tuck, you will be left with a scar running across your lower abdomen and, if you require a full abdominoplasty, a scar around your belly button. Scarring will be red and raised post-surgery but can be expected to start fading after around six weeks. After the procedure, you may have the sensation that your tummy is being pulled when you stand up, but this will improve after time. Pain and bruising are to be expected after the surgery, but there is also a risk of bleeding, numbness and infection. 

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An abdominoplasty can be the right option for some people, but it is not a substitute for diet and exercise.  

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The procedure is best to be performed on patients who are at a healthy, manageable weight, so that it is easier for them to maintain the results achieved after surgery.  

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As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the tummy tuck cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.  

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We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the surgery cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.  

And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Meyou’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us. 

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Nicola Gaffey

Having lost quite a lot of weight a few years earlier, she decided that if she managed to keep it off, she would have surgery to remove all the excess skin that the weight loss had left.

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Katie Ryder

After Katie lost an incredible 12 stone with the aid of a gastric band in 2013, she had an amazing new body weight. But having excess skin and a reduced breast size because of the weight she’d lost meant that she still didn’t quite have the shape she’d dreamed of.

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Tammie Atkin

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What happens in a tummy tuck procedure?
Your procedure will differ based on whether you have a full tummy tuck or a mini abdominoplasty.

During a full tummy tuck operation, your surgeon will make a curved incision along the base of your abdomen between your hips, just above your pubic area. Excess skin and fat will be separated from the abdominal muscles and removed, as well as your tummy button. The muscles will then be realigned and tightened. A second incision will also be made to re-position your belly button in the remaining skin, which will be moved downwards and attached to the base of your abdomen.

A mini tummy tuck surgery (or partial abdominoplasty) involves a shorter incision being made across the base of your stomach. Excess skin and fat are separated from the muscles and removed, before being stitched down to the base of your abdomen.
What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a significant procedure, but it can bring lasting benefits for women who have tried all the less invasive means of losing weight and skin open to them.

Firstly, mini and full abdominoplasties remove excess skin and stretch marks that can be detrimental to self-image and confidence. By creating a flatter, more toned look, the surgery can provide a clear boost in quality of life post-weight loss or after pregnancy.

Alongside this, an abdominoplasty may also help you keep on track with your weight loss goals and support a healthy and active lifestyle, thanks again to the improved appearance of your abdomen.

If the abdominal muscles are tightened, as is the case with a full tummy tuck, muscular flexibility and posture can be improved over the long term, helping exercise and back pain issues.

The formation of hernias can be reduced too, as well as problems with bladder and bowel function, such as stress urinary incontinence. And due to the removal of fat and skin during a tummy tuck, the potential for conditions such as heart disease, gallbladder disease, gallstones, sleep apnoea, and diabetes can be reduced.
What are the risks of a tummy tuck?
While tummy tuck surgery is routinely performed by our experienced surgeons, all types of surgery come with a level of risk. And to ensure complete understanding, anyone considering an abdominoplasty should know the risks and possible side effects.

Abdominoplasty side effects typically include pain, stomach cramps, bruising, swelling, post-surgery bleeding, numbness around the scar, and skin irregularities. As with any major operation, there is also the risk of complications related to the use of general anaesthesia and infections, though these are rare.

Thankfully, the decades of experience our specialist surgeons possess ensures that all these risks are minimised as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, your surgeon assistant will talk you through all the possible risks associated with tummy tuck surgery in detail, providing you with in-depth guidance and answers to any and every question you may have.
Is tummy tuck surgery right for me?
Tummy tucks are not considered safe for everyone. They are only typically performed on post-pregnancy or weight-loss patients who have a large amount of excess skin that is troubling them. Patients must also be over 18 and be fit and well.

Patients should ideally have achieved a stable goal weight and have a healthy lifestyle and diet. That means if you are prone to gaining and losing large amounts of weight quickly, or intend to have more children, abdominoplasty surgery might not be the best option. This is because putting on excess weight can reverse the appearance achieved by the procedure.

To make sure that a tummy tuck is right for you, your surgeon will consult with you thoroughly before you decide on whether to go ahead with the procedure. They will look at your abdominal fat, skin, and muscle, and will talk you through all available options.
Can you have a baby after a tummy tuck?
While having a baby is a safe thing to do after a tummy tuck, the stretching of the abdominal skin and muscles can sometimes reverse the effects of the procedure and require surgical revision. Every patient is different, but it is usually advised that women complete their families before having the procedure.
Why choose Transform for your tummy tuck?
Transform has provided expert tummy tuck surgeries for countless women. We understand how the procedure may differ depending on the patient, the risks involved, and the ways in which recovery can be helped. We provide a leading standard of care that eases you through your journey and provides clear, positive results, every step of the way.

By consulting with you thoroughly before, during, and after your abdominoplasty, we make sure that your care is personalised. This is made possible by our specialised approach:

• Our abdominoplasty surgeons are expertly trained, have decades of experience, and therefore have an in-depth knowledge of the procedure. They are fully registered by the General Medical Council (GMC), and many have produced scientific papers on cosmetic surgery topics.

• Our costings are simple to understand, and if you require finance, we offer several flexible and totally transparent options to suit all budgets.

• Our clinics feature friendly, professional staff and have quality facilities that are designed to put you at ease and provide an excellent standard of care. And once you are discharged, our free aftercare services ensure your smooth recovery.

• Every Transform clinic works in line with all guidance from the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Infection Society, and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, giving you total peace of mind.
What are Transform’s tummy tuck cost and finance options ?
Everyone’s abdominoplasty is different, so our treatment plans and pricing differ depending on your specific needs. Mini or partial tummy tucks cost less than full abdominoplasties, but because we are a responsible cosmetic surgery provider, you will be able to discuss the costs clearly and early on during your free consultation with our surgeon assistant. You can also check the price of the procedure via our price checker form.

You can pay outright for your procedure or spread the cost of abdominoplasty over a period of up to several years with our flexible finance plans. All are fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Our plans include a 0% interest finance option which requires a minimum £500 deposit, and then 12 monthly instalments. We also offer payment 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.
How long does a tummy tuck take?
The abdominoplasty procedure will take between one and five hours . Mini tummy tucks take between an hour to two hours, while full tummy tucks are longer – two to five hours. These timings depend on the patient and procedure, but you’ll be told the specific details of yours during your surgical consultation.
How long will I have to stay in hospital after my abdominoplasty?
After your abdominoplasty procedure, you will have to stay in our hospital for at least two nights. During this time, our surgeons and nurses will take good care of you, ensuring you are feeling well enough before you return home.
How long will it take me to recover after a tummy tuck?
The recovery time after a tummy tuck is initially six weeks, so we advise that you take up to six weeks off work. After your surgery you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours. We advise that you don’t drive for two weeks and check with your insurance provider that you’re covered after surgery. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for up to 12 weeks to make sure there is no strain on the scar.
How long after the tummy tuck will I start to see results?
You should expect to see the results of the abdominoplasty around six weeks after your surgery. You’ll initially have swelling and bruising from the tummy tuck and will need to wear a compression garment for the six-week period following your procedure to help your newly toned stomach recover.
When can I return to work after my abdominoplasty?
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.
What is a tummy tuck?
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.
Do you offer tummy tuck financing options?
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.
How will I feel after my tummy tuck surgery?
Your tummy will feel sore after abdominoplasty surgery, and you should expect to see some bruising and swelling for a few months following your procedure. Pain relief will be provided during your hospital stay, and we will give you advice on how to manage discomfort and reduce swelling.
When can I do exercise after a tummy tuck?
You’ll need to avoid exercise after your tummy tuck surgery for at least six weeks. This is because you must give your body time to heal. We usually recommend resting as much as possible so that you can help your abdominoplasty recovery. It can also be a good idea to get help around the house to reduce the chance of injury.
Will I have any tummy tuck scars following surgery?
Tummy tuck operations almost always leave scars, usually across the lower abdomen. Most people find that this scarring can be hidden by underwear, and it will fade over time. For full tummy tuck patients, a scar around the belly button is also common.
The length of time it takes for tummy tuck scars to fade varies, but it can take up to a year after surgery before you can see the final appearance of your scar.

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Your first appointment


The first step is talking to your surgeon assistant via the telephone. During this call, you can talk about why you’re thinking of having abdominoplasty, the likely tummy tuck price and finance options, how much time to take off work, and a possible date of your surgery.

Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we can arrange your free consultation with one of our GMC-registered surgeons.

Your surgical consultation


At your free tummy tuck consultation, your surgeon will ask you about what you want from your tummy tuck operation. You can discuss every aspect of the abdominoplasty: surgical methods, recovery time, benefits, risks, and more.

This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Both standard (‘full’) tummy tucks and modified (‘mini’) tummy tucks are available, so your surgeon will discuss which method will best help.

As it’s a major procedure, it’s important to be fully informed about the abdominoplasty process, including the surgery and realistic results. That’s why we recommend you ask us any questions you might have – our surgeons will be able and happy to give you as much information as you need.

There is no obligation to go ahead, but if you feel ready to book your surgery, your surgeon will refer you to a clinic nurse who will run through an in-depth pre-operative assessment to ensure your fitness to proceed.

The surgery


On the day of your tummy tuck surgery, our surgeon will meet with you, help you through the consent form, and answer any final questions. The rest of your surgical team will introduce themselves too, before you are moved into the theatre.

During the procedure you will be under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will follow a mini or full tummy tuck method, depending on what you both agreed was the best course of action.

Full tummy tucks see a long, curved incision made across your lower abdomen, and your belly button is removed. Your surgeon will pull your tummy muscles and stitch them together. Excess fat is removed, and your belly button repositioned. Any excess skin is then separated and the remaining skin tissue pulled into place and stitched. In a mini abdominoplasty, fat and skin is removed from below your belly button. Your muscles are tightened, and your belly button stays in place.

Recovery


After the abdominoplasty, we will keep you in hospital for at least two nights. During this time, you’ll receive expert cosmetic surgery patient care from our trained staff, helping ensure a comfortable and safe recovery.

We’ll be here through every step of the tummy tuck recovery process. It’s likely your abdomen will be sore and swollen after surgery, and you’ll be fitted with a tight support garment that helps healing, though bruising and swelling will continue for a few weeks.

When you are about to be discharged, your nurse will talk to you about vital tummy tuck aftercare, such as the need to wear the compression garment, how to care for your stitches, and how to safely stay hygienic. We’ll make an appointment between you and your surgeon within two weeks to remove your stitches and discuss your progress.

Aftercare


To ensure you have all the support you need after your tummy tuck, we provide the highest quality, two-year aftercare programme for all our cosmetic surgery patients. This includes detailed guidance on how to help your body heal, post-op appointments to check progress and discuss any problems, and further appointments to make sure you are happy with the results.

Once your compression garment is removed, you should see an immediate improvement to your tummy, though it may take a few more months for it to settle completely.

At any point, you can call our 24/7 helpline phone number with any questions you have to maintain your peace of mind.

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