The cost of a tummy tuck will vary according to the clinic and surgeon chosen and the extent of the work that is needed to achieve your desired results. Typical procedures start from around £5,000. It is still currently possible to receive tummy tuck procedures for free via the NHS under certain extreme conditions, for example when there is excess skin left over following a dramatic weight loss that is seriously affecting your mental or physical health. The first step in seeking a tummy tuck on the NHS, like any cosmetic procedure, is to speak to your GP who will assess your eligibility and refer you to a plastic surgeon.
The cost of a tummy tuck can vary dramatically, depending on numerous factors, including:
There are two types of tummy tuck procedure available; partial and full. Both procedures are carried out under a general anaesthetic. During a partial tummy tuck, the cosmetic surgeon will make a large incision across your lower abdomen, through which he will separate your skin from your abdominal muscles. The surgeon will then remove your excess fat and skin before pulling the remaining skin together and stitching into place. A full tummy tuck procedure is quite similar, however, a second incision is made above your belly button, and your abdominal muscles may also be reshaped, along with your fat and excess skin removed. They will normally have to cut a new hole for your belly button before stitching the remaining skin into place.
You will normally need to remain in hospital overnight after having a tummy tuck procedure and will likely feel sore and swollen. You will need to wear a supporting corset for the first 1-4 weeks to ensure proper healing, and your stitches will normally be removed after 1-2 weeks.
In addition to improving the physical look of your body, tummy tuck procedures come with numerous other benefits, including: