Tummy tuck (abdominal reduction or abdominoplasty).


Welcome to Tees Plastic Surgery, one of the regions leading plastic surgery clinics providing

Cosmetic surgery to improve the shape of your tummy, including abdominoplasty, tummy tuck, full body lift, circumferential body lift, belt lipectomy, miniabdominoplasty, rectus plication (tightening tummy muscles), lipoabdominoplasty (combined liposuction and abdominoplasty).

All our cosmetic procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be 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 abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is our most popular procedure to improve your body. Most of our patients are women who don't like the size and shape of their tummy after children – ‘mummy tummy’:

Excess fat.
Rounded shape of the lower tummy that wont improve despite sit-ups and exercise.
Loose skin that hangs down or shows through clothing.
Stretch marks.
Caesarian section scars

Older women tend to struggle with excess fat and men often see us after weight loss.

Abdominoplasty is a procedure to improve the size and shape of your tummy by removing excess skin and fat and tightening your abdominal muscles (rectus plication). This can be combined with liposuction (lipoabdominoplasty) to achieve the best outcome.

Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty?

You may benefit from this procedure if you have if you have some of the features listed above and want a flatter slimmer tummy. 

What are the benefits of abdominoplasty?

The goal of abdominoplasty is to give you a flatter slimmer tummy. We remove excess skin and fat, tighten your tummy muscles and can improve the shape and position of your tummy button (umbilicus).

What happens before my abdominoplasty?

Your first appointment will be with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This initial assessment includes a full medical history and examination with one of our nurses to keep you company. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. We can look at before and after photographs of our patients to demonstrate what can be achieved with different procedures. Following your first consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again to get you ready for your procedure. During your second appointment we will discuss the procedure you would like and go through this in detail, including any potential problems.

Are there different types of abdominoplasty?

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 for people with a small amount of excess skin just above the hairline. This can be a problem for women after caesarian section when excess skin folds or hangs over the scar and can be visible in clothes. We can also tighten the tummy muscles (rectus plication) at the same time. The tummy button is not moved in this type of abdominoplasty.

Rectus Plication.

During pregnancy or large weight gain the rectus muscles are stretched apart. These can be restored to their normal position by rectus plication. This can be done with mini or full abdominoplasty.


Lipoabdominoplasty is a procedure that combines the benefits of liposuction and abdominoplasty to improve your body shape to get you the best result. We can remove more fat with liposuction that with and also target fat in areas such as the hip and flank ('love handles') or upper abdomen. It can be helpful for those people who find it difficult to lose weight before surgery.

Body contouring.

Body contouring involves a combination of procedures that include liposuction and skin/fat

reduction. These are ideal for patients 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 procedure takes a couple of hours and is performed with you asleep. We use dissolving stitches and showerproof dressings so you can get up and about and shower straight away. Thin silicone tubes (drains) are used to stop fluid collecting for the first few days. Most patients stay in for 1-2 nights and we see you back a week later for review. We would expect you to heal in about 1-2 weeks although you can expect some swelling, tenderness and numbness over your tummy for a few months. Scars take 6-12 months to settle down. You can gently return to your normal activities from day one and most people take about two weeks off work. We advise you to avoid vigorous activities like the gym for about four weeks.

What are the downsides to abdominoplasty?

The most common problem we see after abdominoplasty is slow healing, particularly at the centre of your wound. We will go through this with you in clinic. There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and it is important that you balance the benefits and risks for you. Abdominoplasty leaves a scar across your lower abdomen and around your tummy button. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus, bleeding, wound infection, slow wound healing, fluid collection (seroma), asymmetry, 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 and we would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your abdominoplasty. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. Likewise any medicines that increase your risk of bleeding such as Aspirin and other NSAIDs. 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 also 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 medium or long term.

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant-delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees and BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

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