What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure to improve the shape of the stomach or abdomen. Mr A El-Gawad, Consultant Plastic Surgeon; explains the key information and what patients should expect from this cosmetic procedure.

The tummy tuck procedure

Under general anaesthetic, an incision is made in the lower abdominal area. The excess skin and fat is then removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The belly button is then repositioned. The whole procedure can take up to 3 hours. The length of stay in hospital varies from a day case to a few nights, according to the patient.

Mini Abdominoplasty, from its name, is a smaller procedure involving the removal of excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen only and does not involve tightening the muscle or repositioning the belly button.

Will I lose weight following a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is not meant to be a weight loss procedure, but your weight will decrease by the amount of tissue removed.

Am I suitable?

Mr El-Gawad or your chosen plastic surgeon will discuss this with you in detail. Generally, the procedure is for people who wish to remove excess skin that cannot be reduced through exercise. Also after considerable weight loss or multiple pregnancies.


After the tummy tuck your abdomen will be somewhat swollen, bruised and with numbness to the skin around the area. In the following days, this should begin to subside and ease. Around 10-12 weeks after the operation, the abdominal area will begin to feel less numb and more like your own again. Any fluid collection ought to begin to subside by this point. There should be no heavy lifting or strenuous activity in the recovery period.


Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you on exactly how long to wait prior to exercising, which should start with light cardio exercise and slowly build up the intensity. During the first few days, it advised to simply get used to sitting up, and then standing up several times a day. Also, it would also be advisable to begin taking short walks within the house, which will also help combat the onset of blood clots. You should be back to your normal exercise routine a few months after the procedure, with your surgeon’s approval.


As with all medical procedures, there are risks that are both specific and non-specific to the procedure, being aware of those that are specific to an abdominoplasty is of particular importance. Even though it’s rare with abdominoplasty, there is the risk of blood clots, thrombosis and/or infection. If an infection does occur then it can usually be treated by antibiotics. It should be highlighted that complications can impede recovery time in some cases. Naturally, scarring is something that also has to be considered. The scar length will depend on the amount of skin that was been cut away; it can take anywhere between 9 months to a year for the scarring to fade.

Abdominoplasty with Pall Mall Medical

Our clinics offer a tummy tuck in Liverpool and Manchester, as well as the option to have a tummy tuck on finance. Thanks to AffordIt Now, we’re able to offer this life-changing procedure in a way that allows our patients to use their budget effectively. Find out more details and the conditions regarding our medical finance.

Book a free initial consultation with our highly experience surgeons to see how this procedure can work for you.