Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy tucks are a very common cosmetic procedure, designed to flatten and tone the abdominal area. Carried out for decades, this surgical procedure remains one of the most popular treatments today. However, before you rush in and have a tummy tuck, it’s worth doing your research to learn more about the procedure.

Here, you’ll discover some of the most common tummy tuck FAQs to help you decide whether or not it’s the right option for you.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What happens during a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck procedure can vary between surgeons. However, generally, excess fat and skin are removed before the abdominal muscles are tightened. Sometimes liposuction may be used alongside the tummy tuck procedure for best results.

Sutures are used to tighten up the muscles, while excess skin can be repositioned. The procedure itself takes around two to three hours.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What kind of results can you expect?

Initially, you might not see the results due to swelling and bruising. However, after a couple of weeks, you should notice your tummy looks much flatter and firmer.

If you’ve had previous abdominal surgery, it may impact the results of the procedure. Other factors will also determine the results, such as the amount of fat and excess skin needing to be removed. Your surgeon will advise you of the results you can expect during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What are the risks and complications?

Like any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks and complications of a tummy tuck you need to be aware of. Infection and bleeding are two of the most common risks. However, the techniques used by the surgeon are designed to minimise these risks.

Other common risks include a fluid build-up under the skin, unexpected scarring, poor healing of the wound and a change in skin sensation. There is also a chance you could develop blood clots in the legs. Your surgeon should talk you through the full list of risks and complications during your consultation.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

You will need to take at least a week off work after the surgery. However, you may be advised to walk around up to three times each day. This helps with blood circulation, avoiding the risk of blood clots developing in the legs. If you run or lift weights, you’ll want to take around six weeks off before returning to exercise.

You’ll find any bruising is usually present for around two weeks after the procedure. Swelling, however, could last for up to three months, improving gradually over time. Any scarring will begin to disappear slowly, reducing in appearance within 12-18 months.

These are just some of the common questions you may have when considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. During your consultation, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the tummy tuck and what you can expect. Don’t forget to have a list of questions to take with you to the consultation too. All good surgeons will be happy to answer any query you may have.

If you have more tummy tuck questions, call 02380 764969 to arrange your consultation with Southampton cosmetic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock.


Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

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Spire Southampton Hospital
Chalybeate Close,
Southampton,
Hampshire
S016 6UY
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