There are two types of Tummy Tuck, either a Full Tummy Tuck where the incision is made from hip to hip, or a Partial (or ‘mini’) Tummy Tuck where smaller incisions are made.

A Tummy Tuck, medically known as Abdominoplasty, is a surgical operation used to remove excess fat and loose skin from the Tummy area.

In some cases, the Surgeon can also restore weakened or separated stomach muscles at the same time

Why Tummy Tucks?

There are a few reasons why you might have excess skin and fat around your tummy – the most common being if you have lost a considerable amount of weight or after pregnancy.

Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is designed to give you some confidence back by improving the appearance of your stomach.

Who Is A Tummy Tuck Suitable For?

The Abdominoplasty procedure is suitable for anyone that is of a healthy weight, but unfortunately has excess skin and fat around their abdomen (tummy).

What Happens During The Tummy Tuck Operation?

Both types of Tummy Tuck (full or mini) are performed under a General Anaesthetic, meaning you will be put to sleep. The skin and fat of the lower tummy are then detached from the abdominal muscles and the skin is then stretched down and any excess removed.

Your belly button can also be moved to fit the new abdominal structure if required, and a small area of the tummy muscles can be tightened. Your Surgeon may then use Liposuction to give the stomach definition, again, if this is required. At the end of the main surgery, the tummy “flap” is then stitched back into place.

A mini tummy tuck:

  • Usually takes up to 2 hours.
  • Uses an incision that is usually a lot smaller.
  • Is more suitable for people that have less fat and skin to be removed.
  • Usually takes an hour, so you will be able to return home on the same day.
  • Is available at both our flagship Nottingham premises and our London Clinic.

A full tummy tuck:

  • Takes between two and three hours.
  • Uses an incision that runs from hip to hip, usually near your bikini line.

Abdominoplasty Side Effects and Risks

Any abdominal surgery, such as a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a substantial procedure and does involve an element of risk. You also need to make sure you set realistic expectations with your Surgeon to ensure you are more likely to be satisfied with the results, whether you’re having a Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck. In general terms, for healthy, non-smoking patients with few risk factors, this procedure has a low rate of serious complications in expert hands.

Tummy Tuck Results

Most people report a high satisfaction rate from both Full and Mini Tummy Tuck procedures, as it gives them a tighter, more defined abdomen area – something they may not ever have thought is possible.

Before Your Procedure

You will meet with your specific Surgeon and allocated Patient Coordinator numerous times before your surgery to assess your suitability for the procedure, and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The Surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will sign a patient consent form once you are happy and be taken through all the details of your procedure.

You will need to attend a Pre-Operative Assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery date. This is where you will come and meet either our Registered General Nurse or Senior Doctor and they will go through your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery!

It is also important that you stop smoking at least 4-weeks before your surgery, and continue without smoking for 4 weeks afterwards.

At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time to really think about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice – we want you to be happy and comfortable with your decision.

Tummy Tuck Aftercare

You will need between 2-3 weeks off work (depending on the type of work you do). We advise against any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 6-weeks afterwards, and you will need to wear a supporting garment during these  6-weeks too (daytime and night-time). This can be uncomfortable as it’s a fitted garment designed to give you support, as well as reduce the risk of other complications such as bruising and swelling.

Why Choose Zenith Cosmetic Clinics for Your Tummy Tuck?

Here at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, all procedures are performed on-site by our extremely experienced Surgeon. They will show you exactly what can be achieved in your particular situation. You will also be allocated a Patient Care Coordinator who will be by your side every step of the way! We also have an Operating Theatre, Recovery Room and Aftercare Suite within in our Nottingham Clinic so you can find comfort in the fact everything is done under one roof.


Yes, providing you maintain a stable weight and follow all the aftercare advice from your Surgeon, your results should be permanent.

This procedure is not ideal for people who are currently overweight and is definitely not a “quick fix”. You would get better, longer-lasting results if you lose the weight first and consider a Tummy Tuck to remove excess skin and fat afterwards. We are the weight loss and fat reduction specialists at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics so have lots of other options that might help you! You can visit our page on Excess Belly Fat for more information.

You will need to have full-time help with small children for the first few weeks after your procedure. Lifting a child, or any significant weight, after your surgery puts you at risk of developing complications and needing further procedures. You should be able to do most of your other day-to-day tasks such as driving, cooking, and shopping after the first 2 or 3 weeks.

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Patients are often concerned about affordability of a treatment. To help alleviate this concern we provide flexible payment plans to suit your budget.

We can offer six months 0% interest option for any procedure over the value of £2500. Interest bearing options are also available if you wish to spread your payments over a longer period of up to 5 years. Please contact our team on 0115 959 6999 for further details or click the link below.

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