Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Newport

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure performed to reshape the abdomen / stomach area. There are a variety of methods available to perform tummy tuck surgery and the operation will be tailored specifically to suit a person’s individual wishes and body. Tummy tuck surgery is most commonly carried out to remove excess fat and skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks, and to tighten the stomach muscles.

Is tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery right for me?

Typically, patients who are suitable for abdominoplasty have at least one of the following:

  • Loose, excess skin that developed with age and/ or following pregnancy
  • Surplus skin and fat on the abdomen after rapid weight loss
  • Loose, ‘overhang’ skin that will not reduce despite increased exercise and positive changes to diet

The ideal patient for this tummy tuck surgery is someone whose weight is stable, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost any excess weight. This operation is not intended to reduce weight or reduce dress size. If you are looking to loose a lot of fat, you may want to consider researching liposuction. Patients who do undertake tummy tuck surgery are generally very pleased with the results. You can read some of Mr Wilson’s tummy tuck surgery reviews here.

Tummy Tuck Before and After

Mr Wilson has performed many tummy tuck procedures for patients in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Newport.   Please see this gallery for before and after tummy tuck pictures. Mr Wilson will always be happy to talk to you about your desired outcome and what results you should expect for your individual body.

Please see the testimonials page to read Mr Wilson’s 5* tummy tuck reviews.

What does tummy tuck surgery involve?

There are several types of tummy tuck surgery and during your consultation(s), Mr Wilson will advise which is best for you. This will be based on your specific body shape and the results you are trying to achieve.

Mini abdominoplasty

A mini abdominoplasty is suitable if there is only a small amount of excess skin. Excess skin below the umbilicus (belly button) is removed, leaving a low abdominal scar at the level of the pubic hair.

Standard abdominoplasty

A standard abdominoplasty is most suitable for patients who have lots of excess skin and fat. Performed under general anaesthetic, this operation can require patients to be in hospital for two to three days. During the operation, an incision is made from hip to hip. The excess skin and fat is taken from the umbilicus (belly button) to just above the pubic hair. Although this operation leaves a larger scar, it does provide the greatest improvement in abdominal shape. It is also important to advise that if you have prominent flanks (love handles) this surgery will not solve this problem. In this case, it may be recommended that you have a combination procedure of abdominoplasty with liposuction to the flanks (love handles).

Fleur-De-Lys abdominoplasty

For patients with lots of excess skin on the lower and upper tummy, and with muscle separation, a Fleur-De-Lys tummy tuck might be appropriate. The excess skin and fat is excised from the umbilicus (belly button) to just above the pubic hair. The muscles above and below the umbilicus (belly button) are tightened. Here, as well as the long horizontal cut of the standard tummy tuck, there is also a vertical cut, which makes the scar look like an anchor. Performed under general anaesthetic, a Fleur-De-Lys tummy tuck operation can require patients to be in hospital for two to three days.


Liposuction can sometimes be done at the same time as the abdominoplasty. However, liposuction can be recommended instead of an abdominoplasty for younger patients who have good quality, elastic skin and whose main problem is a localized excess of fat. A general anaesthetic is most commonly used, and treatment patients can sometimes go home the same day. During the liposuction procedure, small incisions are made, excess fat is removed and the wounds are then closed. Some degree of skin tightening or shrinkage can be expected as well, but the results of liposuction can sometimes be unpredictable. Liposuction alone will have less effect than abdominoplasty.

Assessment for this surgery

Before you go ahead with the surgery, it’s important you understand how the procedure works and what will work best for you. Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will be more than happy to meet with you as many times as you need to ensure you are comfortable and happy before the surgery takes place.

Can you still perform an abdominoplasty if I have divarication of recti?

Yes. If there is divarication of the recti, this procedure will include surgically bringing the separated muscles back together, as well as removing excess skin and fat. It is important to remember that an abdominoplasty is not intended to reduce weight or reduce dress size.

Going home after surgery

Patients will be admitted on the day of surgery, and the length of stay depends on which procedure is carried out. With a full abdominoplasty you will have some dressings on your tummy and usually some drains (plastic tubes attached to suction bottles). The drains will be removed before you go home.

Patients are required to wear a pressure garment for at least 6 weeks post-surgery. You will be reviewed at 6 weeks and then be advised whether you can stop wearing it, or if it would be recommended to wear it for an extra week or two depending on the healing process.

Patients will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise after six weeks. Patients are recommended to take two weeks off work immediately after the operation in order to ensure they recuperate fully.

How much does this surgery cost?

Depending on the type of procedure you require, the cost of surgery can vary.

These are guide prices (based on a standard abdominoplasty) and are subject to change following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, where a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.

At Nuffield Bristol Hospital
From £8,300

At BMI Bath Clinic
From £6,900

At Winfield Hospital (Gloucester)
From £9,600

At St Josephs Newport
From £7,300

At Spire Bristol Hospital
From £8,300


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Please visit the Testimonials page for the very latest, or click on the links directly below this contact form.

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Jen MooreJen Moore
10:12 01 Jun 23
I recently underwent a surgical procedure at Spire Clinic on 21st March 2023, under the expert care of Mr Wilson, and I am delighted to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. From the moment I walked through the doors of the clinic until my complete recovery, the service I received was nothing short of exceptional.First and foremost, I must express my sincere gratitude to Mr Wilson. His professionalism, expertise, and compassionate approach were evident from our very first meeting. He took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all my concerns and ensuring I had a complete understanding of what to expect. His calm and reassuring demeanor put me at ease, instilling confidence in his abilities as a surgeon.The facilities at Spire Clinic were outstanding. The clinic's clean and welcoming environment helped alleviate any pre-operative anxieties I had. The staff members were friendly, approachable, and always ready to assist me with any questions or requests. From the receptionists to the nurses and support staff, everyone demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism.Throughout my stay, the nursing team provided attentive care, ensuring my comfort and well-being at all times. They were highly knowledgeable, offering post-operative support and guidance that played a crucial role in my smooth recovery process. Their commitment to patient care was evident in their prompt response to any concerns or discomforts I experienced, making me feel valued and reassured.The post-operative follow-up care I received was exceptional. Mr Wilson regularly checked in on my progress and provided detailed explanations about the healing process. His willingness to address any post-surgery concerns, no matter how minor, further underscored his dedication to ensuring my complete recovery and satisfaction.The administrative staff at Spire Clinic also deserve commendation. They efficiently handled all aspects of my stay, including scheduling appointments, coordinating with my insurance provider, and addressing any billing inquiries. Their professionalism and attention to detail contributed to a seamless and hassle-free experience.In summary, my experience at Spire Clinic, under the care of Mr. Wilson, was exemplary. The clinic's commitment to excellence, paired with Mr. Wilson's expertise and compassionate care, made a significant impact on my overall satisfaction with the service I received. I would highly recommend Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson to anyone in need of surgical care, confident that they will provide the same exceptional level of service that I was fortunate enough to experience.Thank you, Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson, for your unwavering commitment to patient well-being and for exceeding my expectations at every step of my journey!!
Millie TaylorMillie Taylor
09:06 17 May 23
There are so many options when considering surgery, it can be a bit overwhelming as it's such a huge decision. Sherif was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, who talked very highly of him and his work. My first consultation with Sherif was informative and relaxed, there was no pressure to progress with the surgery and I felt I was in good hands. I was given time and space to make my decision, and felt comfortable asking any further questions. The surgery itself went smoothly, I felt safe and well looked after. My recovery went better than I'd imagined and I was comfortably back at work within 2 weeks. I'm now 11 weeks post op and I'm loving the results - it really is life changing, and I'm so glad I did it, and chose Sherif to do it. Huge thanks to him and his team.
lauren priestleylauren priestley
21:56 01 Aug 22
At my first consultation with Mr Wilson he made me feel comfortable and after explaining how specific I wanted my surgery to look, he took so much time explaining the procedure and answered all my questions and advised me on what my best option was.I am so pleased with the results.Him and all his lovely team were highly professional, helpful and very supportive during my surgery and during my post surgery follow up appointments.I cannot express enough how talented Mr Wilson is and I would highly recommend him.
Charmaine GriffinCharmaine Griffin
11:16 28 Jul 22
The service received from Mr Wilson and his secretary has been amazing. Kim has always been prompt and professional with all of our contact. At the initial consultation with Mr Wilson, he made me comfortable and at ease. Mr Wilson has always been so kind and considerate and made sure that he explained the options available to me and what each option would include. Mr Wilson was clear about what the results of each option would likely provide and the risks involved. On the day of my surgery Mr Wilson came to see me prior to the surgery to check that I was happy. The results of the surgery were better than I could ever have imagined. I got a small infection a couple of weeks after surgery and Mr Wilson got me in to see him the same day, provided me with antibiotics and it cleared up right away. I'm now 7 weeks post surgery and feeling right back to normal.
Ashleigh GoodwinAshleigh Goodwin
22:12 04 May 22
Wow, I honestly don’t even know where to start. I guess a MASSIVE thank you to Mr Wilson, he has quite frankly changed my life. From the moment I met him I knew that he was the surgeon for me, he listened to what I wanted, was very understanding and caring, he was honest with the outcome and explained everything perfectly. I knew that I had to have him as my surgeon for my Breast Reduction, the minute I left the consultation I booked my surgery, I only had 7 weeks to wait, I was beyond excited. About a week before the surgery I came to see Mr Wilson again just to settle my nerves, and he did just that. My surgery went incredibly well, I felt amazing and just so excited to see the results, I had no complications whatsoever and pain was minimal, the heeling process was so so smooth too. One year on and I am still on cloud nine, the scars are basically non existent and my new breasts are PERFECT. I’m not over exaggerating when I say Mr Wilson has changed my life, he really has done just that, and I will be forever grateful. Will recommend Mr Wilson over and over again to anyone wanting ANY surgery with him. He is incredible!