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What is a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

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Tummy tuck procedures are hugely popular in the UK and beyond, but what precisely is this form of cosmetic surgery and who might it be suitable for? In this post, we answer those questions. 

A tummy tuck might be said to tuck in excess tummy fat and skin. The excess fat and skin is removed and the muscle tightened. The end result is a tummy region that is slimmer, more aesthetically pleasing and altogether more toned.

Who is it suitable for?

Many of us could benefit from having a bit of excess tummy skin and fat removed, but the surgery is not suitable for all.


The best candidates are those who have a specific problem in the tummy region, rather than being notably overweight weight in general.

The body does not add or lose fat in a uniform way and so pockets can remain however hard we exercise and however carefully we manage a diet. Someone looking to tackle tummy fat might diet, perform sit ups, jog and more and yet find the fat remains, any weight that does come off coming from elsewhere. We don’t get to choose which bit of the body loses fat and the tummy tends to be one of the last areas where any impact is seen.

The treatment tackles fat and appearance in this one area. It can be suitable for us as we age, changes in metabolism increasing the chances of fat pockets appearing.

Popularity Post-Pregnancy

 Tummy Tucks are popular among women post pregnancy. After giving birth, it can be very hard to shift the baby weight and the tummy and abdomen region can remain stubborn to change. 

Following a suitable recovery period post birth, a tummy tuck can be used to help restore pre-birth figure – however if further children are planned it would be less advisable to have the surgery, pre pregnancy shape would be restored only to be lost once more.

This body refinement procedure can also be combined with breast implants or other alterations, such as fat transfer from the tummy to firm and reshape the breasts – this combined procedure is known as a mummy makeover.

As with all cosmetic surgery, an abdominoplasty would be less suitable for those with existing health concerns. However, a detailed consultation would address the suitability of the procedure – no respectable surgeon will perform a procedure when it is not in the patient’s best interests.

What are the benefits?

The most obvious benefit is the restoration of the figure in the tummy region, this a cosmetic, aesthetic benefit.

However, many people find this has other benefits too. It can provide a psychological boost, tackling an issue that might have led to low self-confidence, this potentially impacting on relationships, confidence and even work (it can be harder to perform in any job when we are suffering from lowered self-esteem).

An improved figure can also motivate us to exercise more – it is easy to get into a slump, starting to question the point of exercise when the body doesn’t improve how we’d like it to. However, with a firmer, tighter tummy there is something we are committed to maintain, the motivation to retain this new figure enhanced.

Many people find that a procedure that targets just one part of their body has a profound impact on their overall wellbeing.

How is the procedure performed?

A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthetic. Incisions are made along the bikini line from hip to hip and the skin separated from the abdominal muscles, this allowing for the muscles to be moved closer together and stitched into place. The separated skin is then stretched over the now-tight muscles and excess skin removed, whilst  the navel is reshaped and repositioned in a more aesthetically desirable  location. Tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks  to remove pockets of stubborn fat and reshape the waist. 

The incisions are then closed and a dressing applied over the treated area.

The procedure typically takes between two and five hours.

What is the recovery time? 

The recovery takes around two to three months for most patients, depending not only on the extent of surgery but also how well you are prepared for your tummy tuck.

As a rule, a smaller patient requiring less sculpting and removal of tissue will recover faster. Also, when the surgery mainly consists of removal of skin, the recovery is easier. However, Anca performs her tummy tucks with a lot of attention to tightening and sculpting using liposuction techniques on top of the expected muscle repair and skin removal. This is why some patients may take a bit longer to fully recover and straighten their back.

The more you follow Anca’s instructions the better and faster you will recover. Things like gentle movement from the day after your surgery, eating healthy foods, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes and keeping your garment on will make a huge difference!

Preparation for recovery is key! 

Following surgery the first three weeks or so your movement will be limited as you gradually straighten  and regain your range of movement.

Healthy eating, abstaining from alcohol and smoking are essential. Seeing a physiotherapist before and after your surgery. You should also think of a support person to help put your needs first and help you after your surgery. Make sure you have some extra pillows as you will need at least one under your knees and another behind your back. Avoid lying on your stomach and sides for a minimum of six weeks. Resting in a recliner will help ease the strain on the wounds and prevent you from rolling around.

Are the Results Long Term?

One great advantage of tummy tuck procedure is that results can be truly long term. The fat and excess skin have been removed, the new figure created. If the patient maintains this figure through eating well and performing regular exercise then there is no reason the new toned tummy region can’t be maintained.

However, long term results cannot be guaranteed. If a patient was to eat unhealthily and carry out little exercise then the stomach region could develop unwelcome fat pockets once more.

Next Steps

Cosmetic surgery is never entered into lightly and many prospective patients book a consultation but then decide that it is not the right option for them.

If you would like to book an obligation free consultation to discuss this surgery, please contact us by using our Contact Form.

Anca Breahna is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who has held multiple Fellowships and also trains other surgeons, abdominoplasty is one of her specialisms.

Further Reading about Body Procedures with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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