Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty offers several different tummy tuck techniques. Both women and men are appropriate candidates for tummy tucks.

The most common is called a full tummy tuck.  Firstly, it involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen.  Secondly, abdominal wall muscles can be tightened depending on the patient's needs and half-moon incisions are made. 

A traditional tummy tuck is best suited for healthy individuals who are fairly physically fit, but are unable to achieve their desired abdominal appearance through diet and exercise. In addition, women whose abdominal skin and muscles have stretched from pregnancy or damaged by caesarean sections.  Therefore tummy tuck procedures are excellent for individuals who have experienced dramatic weight loss, but are unhappy with a sagging belly left behind.

An extended tummy tuck is usually for obese patients that have a great deal of excess fat and have overhanging skin that extends to the back.

A circumferential tummy tuck is more extensive than a full tummy tuck. Therefore, it is usually performed on patients who have lost a great deal of weight (usually after gastric bypass surgery/bariatric surgery) and now have loose, overhanging skin.

A tummy tuck procedure will tighten your midsection for a more flattering profile, the start of a new and improved you.

Preparation for a Tummy Tuck

Discuss any medical condition you have with your surgeon and advise them of any medication that you take.  In addition, discuss your procedure thoroughly and ask as many questions as you can before making your decision.

Not smoking for any procedure is very important. Above all smoking can cause circulation problems and make complications more likely, including post-operative chest procedures.


Depending on which procedure you have this will take between two to four hours.


This procedure uses general anesthesia however this can be performed with a regional block using local anesthetic agents.


Both are options however it will depend on your health and the surgeons preference.

Possible side effects

Possible side effects include temporary discomfort, low back pain and swelling, tenderness, soreness, tenderness, and numbness in the abdominal skin.

There are risks

As with any surgical procedure there is some risk. Potential risks range from; infection, bleeding under the skin flap, at the incision site, and pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that can travel through the lungs),  scarring (keloids), delayed healing or the need to have a second reversionary surgery are all possible.

Selecting patients carefully and with help from the most skilled surgeons and nurses will help to minimize risk and complications.  However, despite the highest standards, complications can still occur. If you have concerns, please discuss them with your doctor. 


Within two to four weeks you can return to work. After this, following a re-evaluation, you may be able to return to more strenuous activity within four to six weeks.  In addition, a body wrap will need to be worn for a minimum of four weeks.  Subsequently scars should flatten and fade in three months to one year. 


The results will last for many years however will impacted for reasons such as pregnancy or weight loss/gain.  

Cost of Tummy Tuck

Cost can vary based on your size, surgeon fees, anesthesia used, inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (day surgery), and package inclusions.  Please ask your consultant for verification on what is/is not included.

Related Body Procedures

Other common body procedures include;

Next Steps

We are here to assist you with your journey. We recommend you make an inquiry and request a firmquote . This will ensure you receive a detailed cost breakdown of your procedure, with surgeon feedback.  We do not charge you for this service. Our consultants are very experienced with all our partners and can answer any questions you may have.