Tummy tuck surgery is considered a type of cosmetic surgery as it is not carried out for the treatment of disease or injury but for the improvement of appearance. The NHS does not fund procedures that are considered cosmetic in nature and this includes a number of procedures such as tummy tuck, breast reduction and aesthetic rhinoplasty.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty surgery is one of our most commonly performed procedures at Centre for Surgery in London. The tummy tuck procedure can be a life-changing surgery with a significant boost in confidence and self-esteem. Along with breast reduction surgery, tummy tuck surgery has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic surgery. For further information on tummy tuck and how it could benefit you, we would recommend speaking to one of our friendly and experienced patient coordinators to book a face-to-face consultation with an expert tummy tuck surgeon in London.
Am I an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is designed for the removal of excess loose skin and fat in patients after both pregnancy and those who have lost a dramatic amount of weight. The benefits of tummy tuck surgery can be truly transformational for patients who choose to have the procedure. Patients who choose to have their tummy tuck at Centre for Surgery benefit from our deep experience in all types of tummy tucks including the Brazilian tummy tuck carried out as a day case procedure.
Having a body mass index below 30 is beneficial to minimise the risk of complications occurring. For selected patients, we are able to treat patients up to a body mass index of 35. However, patients who are significantly obese with a large amount of generalised body fat may not be the best candidates for a tummy tuck and we would recommend undergoing healthy lifestyle changes to optimise body mass index before proceeding with tummy tuck surgery in London.
What is the ideal BMI for tummy tuck surgery?
Although not considered major surgery, tummy tucks are still considered to be invasive cosmetic surgery procedures with certain risks involved. To minimise the risk of complications occurring and to get the best possible outcomes, we would advise patients to have a body mass index of less than 30. In selected patients especially those who are considered ‘bottom heavy’, we can safely treat patients up to a body mass index of 35.
At Centre for Surgery, all patients having cosmetic surgery under general anaesthetic undergo a face-to-face nurse lead preoperative assessment. The risk profile of the procedure is optimised when patients have thinner skin flaps as is found in those with a lower BMI. Generally, patients who have thicker skin folds mean that the fat layer is thicker and this can increase the potential complications with the procedure. This is because there may be an increased risk of blood loss as the surgeon dissects the thicker skin flaps to separate the skin and fat from the underlying abdominal musculature. Larger patients generally have larger blood vessels and these require precision cautery.
Can my loose skin be removed on the NHS?
Excess skin removal or loose skin is also considered a type of cosmetic surgery and is therefore not routinely performed in the NHS. Many patients who have undergone significant weight loss and developed excess skin will need to have this removed at a private cosmetic surgery clinic in London. There are a number of different types of excess skin removal surgery including tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift and body lift (belt lipectomy).
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The price of a tummy tuck procedure depends on a number of factors. Choosing where you have your procedure as well as the experience and skills of your surgeon will have an impact on pricing as well as the exact type of tummy tuck procedure with mini tummy tucks costing much less than full or Brazilian tummy tucks. Mini tummy tuck surgery starts from £4500. Tummy tucks carried out for massive weight loss patients can cost over £15,000 due to the complexity of this type of surgery.
You will receive accurate costs for tummy tuck surgery after your face-to-face consultation with an expert tummy tuck surgeon in London. Your dedicated patient coordinator will see you after your consultation to give you the tummy tuck cost.