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A tummy tuck involves correcting a sagging abdomen. Due to weight loss, pregnancy or aging, your abdominal wall can weaken so much that a ‘hanging belly’ occurs. This can be corrected by removing excess skin, removing excess fat and possibly contracting muscle. Our plastic surgeons will be happy to assist you in a personal consultation where they will answer all your questions and work with you to determine which treatment options suit you best.

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The treatment process

What is the treatment process for a tummy tuck?


General anesthesia

Operation duration

120 – 180 minutes

Recovery time

7 – 14 days

During the initial consultation, you will discuss your needs and expectations with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will tell you what options are available (such as a mini tummy tuck or large tummy tuck, or liposuction) and what results you can expect. The attending plastic surgeon will explain how a tummy tuck works. The entire treatment process will be discussed and you will be informed in detail about the different options, the pros and cons of the tummy tuck, aftercare, risks of and possible complications after the surgery. In addition, it will be discussed whether your personal wishes fit your initial situation.

In this conversation, you can also ask you all your questions about tummy tuck.

We believe it is important to inform you well during the consultation about the result to be achieved, the risks and possible complications, so that you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, your wishes and satisfaction with the results of the treatment are our top priority.

A consultation is subject to a €100 consultation fee. These will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.

A tummy tuck is always performed under general anesthesia. The entire operation takes 2 to 3 hours. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic area and just below the bikini line. From there, the skin and fat are loosened up to the rib arch. With a major abdominoplasty, the plastic surgeon also relocates the navel. When the abdominal muscles are stretched to the side (a diastasis), the plastic surgeon brings them back together in their original place and they are sutured (reefing). The excess skin and fat are removed. After surgery, fluid may drip from the wound. To drain the wound fluid properly, two thin tubes (drains) are inserted. When hardly any fluid drips from the wound, the tubes are removed.

To ensure that we can intervene immediately in case of any complications and to relieve you in the first important hours after the procedure, we recommend staying in the hospital overnight in most cases. The first day after the tummy tuck, it is important that you take bed rest and do not exert yourself. You should wear compression garments, a tight corset or pants for six weeks to support the abdominal wall during recovery. After two weeks, you will come for a check-up and the surgeon will remove all sutures. For six weeks after treatment, you should not do any heavy lifting or intense exercise. The total recovery period for a tummy tuck is 4 to 6 weeks. After that, you can resume all activities.

For the first six weeks, the scars are swollen and red. After that, this gradually decreases. The complete healing process of scars takes one to one and a half years. To promote this process, we recommend using a good scar cream and exposing your scars to UV radiation as little as possible. To promote the wound healing process, we advise you not to smoke for six weeks before and six weeks after surgery. This reduces the risk of bleeding and other complications. We also recommend that you do not drink alcohol one week before and one week after surgery.

The risks of a tummy tuck are minimal, but with any surgery, there is always a chance of complications. As with any surgery, there is a small chance of complications. Common risks are: The general risks are:

  • post-bleeding
  • infections
  • swelling
  • delayed wound healing
  • allergic reactions

Specific complications that exceptionally occur with abdominoplasty are:

  • numb spot in the abdomen
  • fat accumulation at the hips (“dog ears”)

Any numbness disappears after a while. Fat accumulation at the hips becomes visible at a later stage and, in most cases, recedes over time. Should this not happen, it can be removed under local anesthesia.

What does a tummy tuck cost?

At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we understand that cost is an essential factor when undergoing a tummy tuck. That’s why we strive to make our treatments affordable while consistently providing top quality and care to all of our patients, so you get the excellent results you deserve.

At Blooming Plastic Surgery, our prices for a tummy tuck start at €5,230. This price covers the transformation process from start to finish – consultations, anesthesia and aftercare are all included in this price. Depending on the complexity of your procedure and your personal specifications, the total cost may vary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery and is therefore generally not covered by the health insurance fund or private health insurance company. Thus, you usually have to pay for the operation yourself.

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery and is therefore generally not covered by the health insurance fund or private health insurance company. Thus, you usually have to pay for the operation yourself.

Basically, a tummy tuck is suitable for anyone who has a sagging or drooping abdominal wall. This may be due to significant weight loss, pregnancy or aging. Together with your doctor, we will determine whether you need an extensive or a minor tummy tuck. If you are overweight, a tummy tuck is not the solution. The risk of complications is many times greater, so we recommend that you lose weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.