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A common issue after losing weight, especially large amounts, is loose skin which will not go away -  regardless of how much exercise you do. An abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’ will help achieve a flat stomach and a more youthful appearance, helping boost your self-esteem in the process.

Why you might need an abdominoplasty

After dramatic weight loss, skin can become loose from where pockets of fat used to be. Despite regular exercise, the skin will remain which can cause disheartenment for an individual who has put in the effort to lose weight. In these instances, abdominoplasty is the best solution to achieve a flatter stomach and regain self confidence.

What are the benefits of abdominoplasty?

Patients undergoing abdominoplasty commonly do so after dramatic weight loss. Some of the benefits include:

  • The removal of loose skin.
  • Flatter stomach.
  • Youthful appearance.

What does abdominoplasty involve?

The surgeon will make an incision in your groin area under the stomach in a natural crease of skin where any scarring will be hidden. The skin is then lifted, freeing the tissue and fat from muscle, allowing the surgeon to manipulate and remove the required amount, and to tighten muscles if needed.

The incision will be closed with stitching and bandages applied - these will need to be worn for about three weeks. Sometimes liposuction may be recommended in conjunction with abdominoplasty to achieve the best results.

Surgery will result in an unavoidable scar which will be hidden and significantly fade over time.

Recovery time

Abdominoplasty takes place under general anaesthetic, which means you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. When it's time for you to leave the hospital, you will be given a follow-up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed.

Following surgery, you will need to plan up to two weeks off work to allow the wounds to heal, with any strenuous activity avoided for several weeks afterwards. For the first few days post-surgery, you will experience some discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising – painkillers can be prescribed to help manage pain.

You can expect to see the results of your surgery after three weeks.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. 

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before making a decision.

The guide price is correct as of 2nd June 2017

Treatment Stage Consultant Fees Hospital Fees
Abdominoplasty (Mini) Abdominoplasty Abdominoplasty (Fleur de Lys)
Initial Consultation £110.00
Main treatment £4,665.00 £6,090.00 £7,945.00
Post-discharge care Included Included Included
Subtotals £110.00 £4,665.00 £6,090.00 £7,945.00
Total £4,775.00 £6,200.00 £8,055.00

Last updated: 29/03/2019

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