Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

You may have been left with folds of skin after losing weight or following pregnancy. Your saggy tummy may simply be a result of the ageing process or it could be a stubborn area that you have been unable to shift with diet or exercise. Whatever the reason, a tummy tuck could give you back a slimmer, more shapely figure.

A tummy tuck (known as abdominoplasty) aims to flatten your stomach by removing excess skin.

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What to expect

Before abdominoplasty surgery

When you meet with your consultant you can discuss the changes you are hoping. The consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.

Your tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. The surgery takes between two and four hours.

During a tummy tuck, incisions are made across the lower abdomen and around the tummy button. Excess skin and fat may be removed and stretched or torn muscles are pulled together and stitched in place. The remaining skin is then pulled down and a new hole is made for your tummy button.  

After your abdominoplasty surgery

You will stay in hospital for a night or two. You may feel sore and uncomfortable initially and it will take about a week to walk fully upright. You will be fitted with special dressings which are effective in reducing scaring and supportive underwear. You will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home. Recover times depend on the individual but you can typically return to exercise after six weeks.

Your final check-up with your consultant is usually two months after surgery, although further after-care appointments are available, at no extra charge, if required.

You will be left with a scar around your tummy button and along the top of your bikini line, which is usually hidden by underwear and swimwear. Scars often stay numb.

If you maintain a healthy weight, your skin shouldn’t stretch again and your new shape will last.

How can I find out more about tummy tuck surgery?
  • Coming along to a free Spire Cosmetic Surgery open event or mini-consultation is a great way to find out more about Tummy Tucks and other cosmetic procedure
  • Call to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser on 02392 456172
  • Alternatively you can send us an email at info@spireportsmouth.com and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have

Who will do my surgery?

At the Portsmouth Cosmetic Clinic you can choose the consultant you wish to be treated by. They will be the one that you see at your consultation appointments, they will carry out your surgery and they will provide your after-care with the support of a cosmetic nurse.

What are the risks?

A full abdominoplasty is a major operation and you must be prepared for the process and recovery period. Most patients are delighted with the physical and cosmetic improvements that abdominoplasty brings. However, as with all surgery there are some risks. Your consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and discuss the associated risks before going ahead.