Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty or apronectomy) are surgical procedures performed to remove excess fat and skin from the mid and lower tummy (abdomen). Many patients develop loose abdominal skin after pregnancy or substantial weight loss, whether it be due to surgical or dietary weight loss.

Not normally funded treatment or procedure:

Tummy tucks (abdominoplasty or apronectomy) are not normally funded by the NHS. This is because the removal of surplus skin or fat on the body is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.

The clinician in charge of the care of the patient’s specific condition, usually a hospital doctor, can assist the application, if there is exceptional clinical need for the treatment to be funded. The patient’s clinician must evidence clinical exceptionality and must be supported by the patient’s local NHS commissioning organisation.

See separate leaflet for more information on Individual Funding Requests (IFRs).

Advice and further guidance:

  • For more information search for ‘tummy tuck’ at www.nhs.uk
  • Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses.

Treatment policy for patients covered by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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