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Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to create a firmer, smoother abdominal profile by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or ageing, which have led to loose skin or a protruding abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a skilled plastic surgeon in the UK, specialises in tummy tuck surgery, offering customised treatment plans to meet the unique needs and goals of her patients. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to achieving natural-looking results, Anca ensures that each patient receives the highest level of care and attention throughout their surgical journey.


At a glance

Length of surgery
2-3 hours
General anaesthetic
In-patient stay
1-2 nights
1-2 weeks
6 weeks

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Who Needs a Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good general health but are concerned about loose abdominal skin, a protruding belly, or weakened abdominal muscles that do not improve with diet and exercise. Candidates for this procedure often include:

  • Post-pregnancy Women: Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, leaving lasting changes that are difficult to reverse with exercise alone.
  • Individuals Who Have Experienced Significant Weight Loss: After losing a large amount of weight, skin may not fully retract, leading to excess folds of skin around the abdomen.
  • Ageing Individuals: Natural ageing can lead to a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone in the abdominal area.

Anca emphasises that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Rather, it is a contouring procedure that enhances the shape and tone of the abdomen by addressing issues that cannot be corrected through lifestyle changes alone.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck

The benefits of a tummy tuck go beyond just cosmetic improvements, offering a range of physical and psychological advantages:

  • Improved Body Contour: By removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck creates a more sculpted and visually appealing abdominal profile.
  • Enhanced Comfort and Mobility: Excess abdominal skin can cause discomfort and hinder physical activity. Post-surgery, many patients find it easier to move, exercise, and engage in activities they enjoy.
  • Increased Clothing Options and Confidence: A flatter, firmer abdomen broadens clothing options and boosts self-confidence, allowing you to wear form-fitting outfits and swimwear with confidence.
  • Reduced Skin Irritation: Removing overlapping skin reduces the risk of skin irritations and infections that can occur in skin folds.
  • Improved Posture: Tightening weak abdominal muscles can also improve posture and alleviate some types of back pain associated with muscle laxity.


Before & After

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Types of Abdominoplasty Techniques

Full Tummy Tuck

Ideal for patients with significant excess skin and fat, this technique involves an incision across the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic area, and around the navel. Anca then tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat to sculpt a more toned and contoured midsection.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A less invasive option, the mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdomen below the navel. It involves a smaller incision and is suited for those with mild to moderate skin laxity and muscle weakness. This option has a shorter recovery time compared to a full tummy tuck.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Designed for patients with excess skin extending around the hips and lower back, the extended tummy tuck involves a longer incision. It is often recommended for patients who have undergone significant weight loss and require more comprehensive contouring.

How Is Tummy Tuck Performed

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring that you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Anca utilises advanced surgical techniques to minimise scarring and recovery time while maximising results. The procedure can vary in scope and complexity, depending on your specific concerns and goals.

Tummy tuck types includes Full Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck, and Extended Tummy Tuck.

Anca will discuss these options with you during your consultation, considering your body type, the extent of correction needed, and your personal preferences to determine the most appropriate approach for your tummy tuck surgery.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from a tummy tuck varies among individuals, but Anca provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth and efficient healing process. Here’s what to expect:

  • Immediate Post-Operative Care: Following surgery, drainage tubes may be placed to remove excess fluid, and a compression garment will be worn to reduce swelling and support the healing abdomen.
  • Rest and Downtime: It’s essential to rest and avoid strenuous activities for the first few weeks. Most patients can return to work and light activities within 2-4 weeks, with full recovery taking up to 6 weeks or more.
  • Pain Management: Anca will prescribe medication to manage any discomfort during the initial recovery phase.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular follow -up appointments with Anca are crucial to monitor your healing and ensure that you are recovering as expected. During these visits, she will assess the progress of your healing, answer any questions you may have, and advise when you can resume normal activities, including exercise.
  • Long-Term Care: The results of a tummy tuck are long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and follow a healthy lifestyle. Anca will provide guidance on diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors to help preserve your new figure.


Patient satisfaction is the top priority for Anca. You can find how patients feel about her work below.

How Much Is a Tummy Tuck Surgery in the UK

The cost of a tummy tuck in the UK can vary significantly based on several factors, including the extent of the surgery, the surgeon’s expertise, and the location of the practice. On average, the price for a tummy tuck can range from £5,000 to £11,000. This cost typically includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia, hospital or facility fees, pre-operative tests, and follow-up care.

Anca is dedicated to providing transparent pricing and will discuss all aspects of the cost during your initial consultation. She understands that a tummy tuck is a significant investment in your health and well-being and strives to ensure that her patients are fully informed about the financial aspects of their surgery.

While cosmetic surgery is not usually covered by the NHS or private health insurance, some exceptions may apply if there is a medical need for the procedure. Anca’s team can provide assistance with insurance queries and discuss available payment plans or financing options to make your surgery more affordable.

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Frequently asked questions

A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women seeking a flatter, firmer abdomen. Good candidates for tummy tuck are at or close to their ideal weight. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, this treatment is not recommended for you. A full and thorough assessment will determine your suitability, taking into account your medical history and personal goals.

Tummy tuck is a complex procedure. Anca will prescribe pain medication to help minimise any discomfort you might feel during recovery.

Frequent risks such as swelling, bruising temporary numbness and restricted movements are to be expected for some time following the abdominoplasty surgery. Less common complications include: infection, delayed wound healing, bleeding (haematoma), asymmetry, fluid accumulation (seroma) under the skin flaps, loss of belly button and poor scarring. Please note that smoking and obesity (BMI >30) significantly increases the risks of post-operative complications.

Surgical garments (abdominal binder) are required to be worn day and night for 6 weeks, and a tummy tuck may require a period of 2 – 4 weeks recovery time to allow for successful healing, with time off work required. Driving will be possible after 2 – 3 weeks.

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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