The cost of a tummy tuck will depend on a number of factors including the clinic performing the treatment, the expertise of the surgeon and how much work needs to be done in order to see significant results.
Depending on these factors and whether or not aftercare if included in the overall price, the cost of a tummy tuck operation can range from £4,960 up to around £5,350.
In some very rare cases, a tummy tuck operation can be carried out on the NHS. However the patient would have to demonstrate to the GP that the excess fat and skin on the stomach is a big problem either physically or mentally for their case to be referred to a aesthetic surgeon.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) involves removing excess skin and fat from the stomach area through surgical procedure. A tummy tuck operation is intended to leave the patient with a flatter tummy by removing any excess skin from the abdominal area. A tummy tuck operation will usually focus on the lower part of the stomach, below the belly button and may require the belly button to be repositioned in some cases. The procedure is often carried out on women who have suffered from stretched skin in the stomach area after pregnancy and giving birth.
During a tummy tuck procedure the surgeon will remove any fat and excess skin. To do this he will make in incision on the lowest part of the stomach, where a fold will be visible above the pubic bone. He will remove the excess fat surrounding the area and will then trim away the excess skin to create a smooth and flat stomach. It is important to have realistic expectations of a tummy tuck so it is recommended that you speak to your GP beforehand who will refer you to a specialist.
Tummy tucks are recommended for either men or women who have an excess of fat and skin around their abdomen which cannot be removed by weight loss, exercise or liposuction. Tummy tuck operations in women are usually reserved for those who are not likely to have children as it is inadvisable to get pregnant again after having skin removed, this can cause the wound to stretch and scar.