Your body can change a great deal following large weight loss or pregnancy, leaving you with excess skin or fat that impacts your self-confidence.
A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) aims to improve the appearance of your abdomen, usually involving the removal of skin and fat and the tightening of muscles.
The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our specialists. Book your appointment here, or call us on 01622 914 420.
What to expect from a tummy tuck
Should I have a tummy tuck?A tummy tuck aims to restore a more youthful, toned tummy which has been affected by ageing, pregnancy, or weight loss. If you’re happy with your weight, but have extra skin and fat around your lower abdomen area, that isn’t affected by diet and exercise, a tummy tuck could be right for you. It is important to recognise that tummy tuck surgery is not an operation which helps you to lose weight, it is intended for people who have already dieted to a healthy weight but retain some folds which they cannot lose through exercise and control of diet. During an initial consultation, your consultant will examine your abdomen and give you all the advice and guidance you need to make a decision.
What will the end result look like?The end result will vary between patients, but the overall outcome is a flatter, more toned looking tummy with no excess or loose skin. Most patients feel more confident and are able to wear clothes they wouldn’t have felt comfortable in before. Many or all of the stretch marks on the lower part of the tummy are removed.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?The guide price for the most common type of tummy tuck is £5350. This is a fixed price package that includes the consultant’s fee for performing the procedure, anaesthetic fees, follow up consultations and all hospital costs including, theatre time, nursing care and length of stay.
The guide price is based on the most common type of abdominoplasty. Therefore, the price may change following your consultation with your surgeon as it will depend on your individual needs. We understand that every patient is different and that costs can vary, so we will be able to give an accurate quote following your consultation with your surgeon.
Once you have made the decision to go ahead with surgery, payment will be taken upfront. Our fixed price guarantee means there are no hidden costs and you can have peace of mind this is taken care of ahead of your surgery so you can concentrate on your treatment and recovery. Not everyone will have the funds to be able to pay for their surgery upfront. We offer 0% finance options which can help you spread the cost of your surgery over time.
It is important to note that your initial consultation with your surgeon is not included within the package price. Your surgeon will invoice you separately for this. However, if you require a further consultation to answer any outstanding questions you may have, this will be free of charge.
How long will I stay in hospital?Most patients having a tummy tuck will usually stay in hospital for one or two nights. Once you have seen your consultant, you will be able to get a much better idea.
How long is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?The exact recovery time will vary greatly among individuals. Depending on your own procedure and your general physical condition, you will experience some moderate pain in the first 3-5 days. You will be given pain medication during your stay and when you go home.It is recommended that you avoid stretching in the first few weeks to make sure you don’t disrupt the wound area. You can usually go back to your normal daily activities after 2 to 3 weeks, but you should avoid strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
You will need to wear support garments for the first 6 weeks both day and night, and during the day only for the following 6 weeks. Most of the swelling will reduce in the first 4-6 weeks, returning to normal by 3 months.
Are there any scars?
For a standard tummy tuck, there will be a surgical scar which runs along the lower border of the abdomen between the hips and this is usually hidden by underwear. There will be another small scar around your belly button. The length and visibility of the scars will vary from person to person. However, the scars are usually very subtle once they have fully healed and matured. It will take at least 6 months for the scars to fade.
Are there any risks with tummy tuck surgery?As with all surgery, there are some risks associated. However, tummy tuck surgery is a very safe procedure when performed by a fully qualified and trained surgeon. Some of the risks might include bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, fluid collection under the skin and poor scarring.
Please remember though that at KIMS Hospital your care is our number one priority and we will look after you for as long as necessary. If there is a problem which is directly linked to your procedure we would ask for you to come back to see your consultant for a review. We will then ensure you are treated free of charge for any clinical complications related to the procedure.
Payment to suit you with 0% and fixed rate interest options
Following an appointment with your Consultant, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your treatment. With interest free finance at Representative 0% APR (fixed) along with longer term fixed rate loans, there is an option for everyone.
Mr Simon Mackey
BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCS (Plas)
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