Tummy tuck / abdominal reduction (abdominoplasty)


Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire's leading clinics providing cosmetic, plastic surgery for abdominal reduction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), belt lipectomy, liposuction (liposculpture), body contouring, arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift, labia correction (labiaplasty) and surgery for scars & keloids and for the removal of moles and skin lesions.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to women and men of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an operation that removes excess skin and fat from your lower abdomen and tightens your abdominal muscles (rectus plication), giving your abdomen a flatter look. This can be combined with liposuction to reduce excess fat.

Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty?

You would benefit from an abdominoplasty if you have loose skin or fat in your lower abdomen, if your abdominal muscles have stretched (common in pregnancy) or if you have extensive stretch marks.

What are the benefits of abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty removes loose skin and fat from the lower abdomen. Stretched abdominal muscles are tightened, giving a flatter look. Stretch marks in the lower half of the abdomen are removed. The position and shape of the tummy button (umbilicus) can be improved.

What happens before my abdominoplasty?

During your first appointment you will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and examining you in the company of one of our nurses. Next we will discuss the result you are hoping to achieve. We will go through what abdominoplasty involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and plan a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.

Are there different types of abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. There are a number of different types of abdominoplasty and we will help you choose which is the best for you.


Mini-abdominoplasty is a type of tummy-tuck that helps women with a small amount of excess skin just above the hairline. This is a common problem after caesarian section where the excess hangs over the scar and can be visible in clothes. The tummy muscles can be tightened (rectus plication) at the same time. In this type of tummy tuck the tummy button is not moved.

Rectus plication

Is the tightening of your abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis or ‘abs’) and is particularly useful in women who have had children. This can be done in either mini- or full abdominoplasty


Combines the benefits of liposuction and abdominoplasty to sculpt and improve the result and again can be done with either mini- or full abdominoplasty. Lipoabdominoplasty enables us to remove more fat and is particularly useful in people with excess fat in the hip/flank area ('love handles') or in those who find it difficult to lose weight before surgery.

Body contouring

Involves a combination of liposuction and skin/fat reduction for people with more excess, such as after massive weight loss. This is often combined with improvement in other areas, such as breast, arm or thigh reduction.

What happens after my abdominoplasty?

The operation takes about 2-3 hours and is performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic). When you wake after surgery, you will have a drip and pain relief. The wounds will be closed with dissolving stitches and covered with shower-proof dressings. Drains are used to stop fluid building up (like a safety valve). You can go home when you are ready – most people go home on the second or third day after surgery.

We will see you a week later to check your wounds and monitor your progress. Wounds usually heal in 1-3 weeks. You can expect some swelling and tenderness for the first few months. Scars take 6-12 months to settle down. Numbness is common and usually improves. You will be encouraged to mobilise as soon as possible after surgery. You can usually return to work and other activities 1-4 weeks later, depending on you and your work the activities. You should rest from the gym for about 6 weeks.

What are the downsides to abdominoplasty?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and abdominoplasty is no different. It is important to balance the risks and benefits for you. Abdominoplasty leaves a scar across your lower abdomen (the bikini line) and around tummy button. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these) and blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, wound infection, slow wound healing, fluid collection (seroma), off-centre tummy button, poor scars, excess skin at the ends of the scar and the need for revision surgery. Swelling can continue for longer after liposuction.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your abdominoplasty. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. If you are overweight, a weight loss and exercise programme may be helpful before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to abdominoplasty?

Weight loss and exercise can improve abdominal shape and contour instead of or as well as abdominoplasty. Liposuction can be done at the same time as abdominoplasty to improve the final result. Beauticians offer a number of treatments to reduce tummy size, such as Vaser, Smartlipo and these may help some people. However there is little good evidence that these are effective in the long term.

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