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Can I get a tummy tuck on the NHS?

Due to the nature of a tummy tuck it is deemed as cosmetic surgery, therefore most individuals are not permitted to get the tummy tuck procedure on the NHS.

Tagged: Body & Breast

Date: 11th December 2020

Medically Reviewed by:  Mr. Bryan Mayou (GMC: 1414396)

Last reviewed: 11th December 2023

Due to the nature of a tummy tuck, it is deemed as cosmetic surgery, therefore most individuals are not permitted to get the tummy tuck procedure on the NHS.

However this procedure can be performed privately, at the Cadogan Clinic we seek to help individuals achieve their appearance goals through cosmetic surgery, for more information reach out to us through the contact form on our website where we’ll advise you of the various treatments on offer and the processes involved. Throughout this article, we’ll address the common questions with regards to a tummy tuck and what type of person is best suited for one.

Do I need a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is well suited for individuals with excess fat or skin which is leftover after a period of weight loss or following pregnancy. A tummy tuck surgery can do great things for an individual's confidence in a safe and reliable manner, as long as an individual has a healthy BMI there is a high likelihood the procedure is for you.

Individuals who are severely overweight may not be suitable candidates for a tummy tuck and may require a period of weight loss before the surgery is safe to perform.

For more information on the tummy tuck procedure, be sure to get in touch with our specialist clinic via the contact form on our website, where a trained consultant will be happy to help answer any queries or concerns you may have.

What does my BMI need to be to have a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck procedure often requires an individual to have a BMI of less than 30, although exceptions can be made for people depending on your body type. Any BMI above 40-45 is usually deemed too high and for safety reasons, the surgery may not be able to go ahead.

Prior to surgery, individuals are often screened for other risks, depending on the type of tummy tuck to ensure the procedure is safe to continue with. For example, the thickness of the body fat is important to consider as the procedure becomes more difficult and often not as effective with thicker levels of body fat.

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Can you get loose skin removed on the NHS?

Similar to a tummy tuck, the removal of loose skin is often deemed as cosmetic surgery and not available on the NHS. There are many private options available for tummy tucks which can often be performed faster and more effectively than through the NHS.

How much does a tummy tuck cost privately?

The price of a tummy tuck procedure will differ depending on the location and type of clinic you visit. You should expect to pay anywhere between £7,000 and £12,000 dependent on the skill of your surgeon and the quality of aftercare on offer.

For an accurate quote, contact our specialist clinic based in London via the contact form on our website, where a qualified consultant will assist in answering any questions you may have.


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