Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical operation to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower area of the abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to reduce the appearance of a saggy or sticking out stomach.
The abdomen (stomach area) is one of the most difficult places on the body for both men and women to lose weight. Women whose skin and muscle has been stretched by pregnancy, or those who have experienced weight gain followed by a significant weight loss can be good candidates as the abdomen becomes rounded with loose and sometimes overhanging skin.
Tummy tucks are usually performed under a general anaesthetic. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recover from the surgery. It is unlikely that anyone considering a tummy tuck would be able to access this free of charge on the National Health Service (NHS). Private costs for an abdominoplasty can range from approximately £3,000 - £6,000.
This video describes what is involved with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty operation using animation to illustrate the details of the procedure.
This video demonstrates the procedure where underlying stomach muscles are restitched and the tummy button is moved higher up in the abdomen following removal of excess skin.
Video explaining the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck, and why surgeons may recommend them to patients
This video outlines the steps taken in a combined breast reduction and tummy tuck procedure in women who have excess breast and abdomen skin due to weight loss
This video demonstrates a mini tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) operation showing the removal of 10cm of excess skin and repositioning of the tummy button.