Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Feel great about yourself with a slimmer flatter tummy

The shape and proportion of your body play a unique role in every woman’s self-perception, sense of physical balance, femininity, and confidence. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure to give you a slimmer and flatter tummy.

Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery is one of the North of England’s leading clinics offering tummy tuck and other body-improving treatment. All our clinics are located at premium private hospitals across the region, from York to Darlington, Stockton to Middlesborough, so you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by highly experienced Consultant Plastic Surgeons with more than 20 years experience delivering high quality clinical solutions to women and men of all ages.

We will help you achieve the body you want

  • Procedure time – 2 hours
  • Anaesthetic – general (asleep)
  • Downtime – 1 – 2 weeks
  • Cost – from £5,350

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Improve the shape of your body with a mummy make-over?

Called the ‘mommy makeover’ in the USA, we are often asked if we can improve breasts and tummies at the same time. This involves breast enlargement or uplift (or both) at the same time as your tummy tuck – so it’s all done in one go – a single procedure and a singe recovery time

What could tummy tuck do for you?

  • Remove loose excess skin and fat to give you a slimmer flatter tummy  
  • Increase your body-confidence and self-esteem
  • Enable you to wear the clothes you want to wear

We will arrange a no-obligation consultation to assess your situation and make recommendations. When you are ready to go ahead, all your care is provided at one of the regions premier private hospitals, so you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none. Choose from clinics in York, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesborough.

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery

Feel good about your body and your appearance with Perfecta, the North’s Number 1 Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) from Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery.


What is tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck is a procedure to give you a slimmer and flatter tummy. It involves removing extra skin and fat from the area between your belly-button and knicker-line and tightening your tummy muscles. The trade off is a scar that usually hides in your knickers or bikini. If you have a bit of extra fat in your upper tummy or ‘love handles’ then some liposuction can help give you an even better result.

Can’t I just have liposuction?

We do a lot of liposuction at the same time as tummy tuck to give you the best result. However after babies (or major weight loss) the tummy skin and muscles have been stretched and they need to be tightened and the extra skin removed – i.e. tummy tuck. Liposuction on its own is great for reducing localised fatty deposits, like on the hips or ‘muffin tops’.

What is a mummy make-over?

We are often asked to improve breasts and tummies at the same time. This usually involves breast enlargement or uplift (or both) plus tummy tuck. The advantages are a single procedure to improve both your breasts and tummy and a single recovery time.

Do I need tummy tuck?

No one needs a tummy tuck. However if you have excess tummy skin and fat, particularly after babies, then tummy tuck can improve the size and shape of your tummy, enable you to wear clothes you want to wear and improves body confidence. Tummy tuck may also help if you have loose skin that hangs down over your knickers or shows through clothing, stretch marks, a poor Caesarian section scar, rounded shape of the lower tummy (pot belly) that won’t improve despite sit-ups and exercise.

Do I need to lose weight before my tummy tuck?

This is entirely up to you. Some patients have a target weight they wanted to reach before surgery. Others find it more difficult to lose weight and ask us to do some liposuction at the same time as their tummy tuck.

What does tummy tuck involve?

We do tummy tuck with you asleep. It takes around two hours and you can go home the same day. There are a number of different tummy tuck techniques the all involve removing excess skin and fat from your tummy.

What is a mini tummy tuck?

If you have a small area of excess in your lower tummy then a mini tummy tuck may be enough. The typical patient is a slim woman who has a little excess that folds or hangs over their Caesarian scar. We will discuss this with you in detail at your consultation.

Are there different types of tummy tuck?

There are a number of different types of abdominoplasty and we will help you choose which is the best for you.

Mini-tummy tuck

Mini-tummy tuck 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 tummy tuck.

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 tummy tuck.


Lipoabdominoplasty is a procedure that combines the benefits of liposuction and tummy tuck 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.

Fleur-de-lys tummy tuck 

Fleur-de-lys tummy tuck is a type of tummy tuck that benefits specific patients, typically after massive weight loss or previous surgery and scarring.

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.


  • Initial Consultation
  • Cost of treatment
    FROM £5,350



Before treatment

First appointment

At Perfecta your care is led by your Consultant Plastic Surgeon and you will see them at least twice before your procedure. Your first appointment with your surgeon a lasts round half an hour and includes specialist assessment. Then we will discuss how we can help you achieve the result you want. We will go through your options for treatment and then discuss your abdominoplasty with you so you understand what is involved and answer any questions you may have. We will show you lots of photographs of our patients who have had abdominoplasty to show you the type of outcome we can achieve for you.

After your first appointment we will send you los of information about your treatment options and provide you with a fixed cost for your package of care. We will then give you time and space to decide what you would like to do. When you are ready our office team will help you book a date for your procedure and arrange a second appointment with your surgeon.

Second appointment

Your second appointment gives you the chance to meet your surgeon again and discuss your procedure in more detail. We will go through all the important information about your abdominoplasty, including the site of incisions and subsequent scars. We will discuss your hospital care, anaesthetic and recovery and your aftercare plan. We will also discuss the potential risks and complications of surgery, so you are fully informed.

Pre-assessment appointment

A few weeks before your procedure you will have an appointment with our nurses for a pre-operative medical. Our nurses will tell you everything you need to know for the day of your procedure, such as what time to stop eating and drinking, what time to come in to the hospital, and what to bring with you. If you have any questions about these details or anything else then please ask your nurse or feel free to email or call us.

Do your research

Read up on your treatment options before your appointment. Good sources of information are our website and the BAPRAS website (www.bapras.co.uk) and BAAPS website (www.baaps.co.uk). It can be helpful to read blogs written by people who have had your procedure. But bear in mind they only have experience of their own journey. Your expert Consultant Plastic Surgeon and our experienced nurses have looked after hundreds of patients and have an unrivalled level of knowledge and understanding to help you. Ask us anything you want to know.

Come with a friend

It is a good idea to come to your appointment with someone – your partner, your mum, your best friend – you choose. But don’t worry if you do come on your own, we always have a nurse chaperone to keep you company.

Write down a list of questions 

In the week before your appointment make a note of any questions you want to ask. We will give you lots of useful information during your appointment. Afterwards we will email you with written information to help you make the right decision and make sure you are fully informed. Don’t worry if you forget what you wanted to ask. We will be seeing you for a second appointment or you can email us at any time.

Can I see photos of your work?

Yes of course. We will show you lots of photographs of our patients who have had abdominoplasty and liposuction to show the type of improvement we can achieve.

Take some ‘before’ selfies

You might like to take some photos before your procedure to remind you how you used to look! We will also do this on the day of your procedure for your medical records. 

Can I get finance? 

The private hospitals we work with offer finance for your procedure. Please ask for further details at your consultation or click here for more information.

On the day of your procedure


Things to bring

Bring your phone and charger and a book or magazine. There is always a lot of waiting around in hospital so bring things to keep you amused. There is a TV in your private room and your partner, family member or friend can stay with you the whole time. Bring you dressing gown and slippers and you can stay comfortable in your favourite things whilst you wait.

Will I see my Consultant Plastic Surgeon on the day?

When you arrive at the hospital you will be shown to your private room and your nurse will get you ready for your procedure. At Perfecta your care is led by your Consultant Plastic Surgeon and you will see them again on the day of your procedure to go through some final paperwork, including the hospital consent form, take photographs for your medical records and do your pre-operative markings. Then you are ready to go.


Who will give my anaesthetic?

We only work with experienced Consultant Anaesthetists, all of whom are also NHS Consultant Anaesthetists. You will have the opportunity to meet your Consultant Anaesthetist on the day as well. They will complete your pre-operative assessment to make sure you are safe and ready to go ahead. They will talk you through the anaesthetic and your recovery. General anaesthetic (asleep) can make people feel sick and surgery can be painful. We take great care to make your procedure as smooth as possible and do lots of things to help you wake up without feeling sore or sick. 

Your package of care


All of your after-care is provided as part of your package of care, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. When you are ready to go home, the nurses will give you an appointment for your first check up a week later. Our nurses will arrange to see you again for as long as you need. You will see your Consultant Plastic Surgeon 3 months after surgery. If you have any problems in between appointments then don’t worry, just give us a call, speak to the nurses and come back to see us.

When can I go home?

Most clients go home the same day, once you feel ready. Some choose to stay overnight and go home the next day – you choose.

Dressings, tapes and massage

We use showerproof tape dressings after your abdominoplasty. Continue with the tape for four weeks. After four weeks remove the tape and massage the scar every day with Bio-oil (which you can find at Superdrug and supermarkets).

Can I shower after my procedure?

Yes – you can shower from day one. We encourage you to shower and wash your hair every day after surgery. The dressings we use are showerproof and are designed to get wet. After showering simply dab your dressings dry with a towel before putting your lycra top and shorts/ leggings back on.

What sort of garments should I wear afterwards?

We encourage you to wear lycra-rich sportswear as much as you can for the first 3 months after abdominoplasty. Ideally two layers of lycra are best – top and shorts/leggings

When can I return to normal activities and work?

Please gently return to all your normal activities straight after your procedure. Most of our clients are back to most things (including work) two weeks after abdominoplasty and are back to everything (Including the gym and exercise classes) in 4-6 weeks. You can drive as soon as you feel safe and able to do so.

When can I go on holiday?

This is a common question in clinic, particularly leading up to the summer. You could travel the following day if you need to. However it would be sensible to wait a couple of weeks. Most patients settle well and without any problems after abdominoplasty. However if you do have any issues then it is nice to be able to pop in and see us.

Sun protection and skin conditioning

Your chest will be more sensitive in the sun for a while after abdominoplasty. Look after yourself in the sun, particularly in the first six months after your procedure. Factor 50 suncream and lots of moisturising cream (or Bio-oil) are helpful.

What our patients say about Perfecta Cosmetic Surgery

“Tummy Tuck – Great Result”

“It took me nearly 3 years of research and going on then off the idea before i decided (1) i’m worth spending the money on and (2) it was chris who i wanted to be my surgeon after a friend had the same surgeon and procedure and said she’s never looked back. I am lucky enough to have a high pain threshold so only required paracetamol post op and was back at work on the monday (surgery friday) and back to the gym within 10 days. The results of the op are as i’d hoped – i no longer have a belly i can pick up and my abs are amazing. I’m 5 month post op now and have had no adverse effects and working on reducing the scar using bio oil. I am really glad i had it done. The whole process was quick and seemless and all the staff pre and post op have been great”.

(Tummy tuck patient).

“First ever bikini after tummy tuck”

“I have booked my first holiday abroad for over ten years and bought my first ever bikini after my tummy tuck – thanks to Chris and his team life really can begin in your 50’s. I can’t thank you enough”

(Tummy tuck patient).

“My Life Really Has Changed for the Better”

“This was my first ever surgery and the whole experience was amazing, from my first consultation until i was signed off 6 months later I found everyone to be caring, honest and thorough. The whole experience was positive; the administration staff kept me well informed and updated, the nurses were all fantastic, they were very caring and easy to talk to making my stay at the Nuffield a ‘pleasant experience’ – they really couldn’t do enough for me. Chris Dunkin listened to me, advised and reassured me and was very honest, consequently, my operation was a massive success, i now have a new lease of life and my confidence has massively increased. I have booked my first holiday abroad for over 10 years and bought my first ever Bikini – Thanks to Chris and his team, life really can begin in your 50’s. I can’t thank them enough”.

(Tummy tuck patient).

“5 star care”

“I cannot recommend Dr Dunkin enough, from my first appointment he was very friendly and explained the procedure very clearly. I had a abdominoplasty 3 months ago and I am more than happy with the results and care I received. Dr Dunkin explained the risks and never hid anything from me about the operation he totally put me at ease. My new tummy has changed my life, thank you.”

(Tummy tuck patient).

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