Dr Veerle Rotsaert Female Plastic Surgeon London

Tummy Tuck

If you are looking for the best tummy tuck plastic surgeon we are here to help.

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What Is Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure aimed at addressing issues caused by weight fluctuations, genetics, or post-pregnancy, which can result in loosening of abdominal tissues and the appearance of a bulge or “pooching” in the abdomen. This procedure not only involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the belly but also includes a muscle repair to fix the separation of the abdominal muscles, often referred to as the “six-pack” muscles. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert, an experienced and detail-oriented plastic surgeon based in London, focuses on tightening the muscular substructure of the abdomen, creating a narrower and more feminine waistline. The incision for the procedure is carefully placed below the panty line, ensuring it remains concealed and, when applicable, can be planned to align with any existing C-section scars.

Both men and women can benefit from abdominoplasty surgery, as it not only addresses aesthetic concerns but can also alleviate physical discomfort caused by loose abdominal skin. However, it is important to note that abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss. Patients should aim to achieve a stable and sustainable weight before considering this procedure.

Stages Of Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck typically involves three key stages:

  1. Tightening Loose Muscles: Dr. Rotsaert begins the procedure by tightening the loose abdominal muscles, which can result in a reduction of up to 10cm in stomach size, leading to a tighter and more youthful appearance.

  2. Removal of Excess Skin and Belly Button Repositioning: Excess skin is carefully removed, and the belly button is repositioned to achieve a more natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome.

  3. Additional Liposuction: To further enhance the results, Dr. Rotsaert may incorporate some targeted liposuction on the stomach to address stubborn areas of fat, ensuring optimal results.

Things You Should Know Before Your Tummy Tuck Procedure In London

  1. Pre-procedure Preparation: If you’re considering a tummy tuck with Dr Veerle Rotsaert, it’s important to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and goals. During this consultation, Dr V will evaluate your abdominal area, assess the extent of excess skin and fat, and understand your desired outcome. She will explain the tummy tuck procedure in detail, including the techniques involved and the expected results. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide guidance on pre-procedure preparations, which may include certain medical tests and adjustments to medications, to ensure a safe and successful surgery.

  2. Risks and Potential Complications: Tummy tuck, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. Dr Veerle Rotsaert believes in providing her patients with transparent and accurate information. During your consultation, she will explain the potential risks and complications associated with tummy tuck, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, or changes in sensation. However, with her expertise and meticulous surgical techniques, Dr V aims to minimise these risks and ensure a safe and successful procedure.

  3. Pre-procedure Instructions: Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions to follow before your tummy tuck. These instructions may include guidelines on medication management, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle modifications to optimise your safety and surgical outcome. It’s crucial to follow these instructions carefully and address any questions or concerns you may have with Dr V’s team to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.

  4. Preparing for Recovery: Proper preparation for the recovery period is essential for a successful tummy tuck. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with personalised guidance on how to prepare for your recovery, including arranging for assistance with daily activities, ensuring you have comfortable post-operative garments, and understanding the healing process. Dr V will provide you with detailed instructions on post-operative care, including guidelines for managing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Throughout your recovery, Dr Veerle Rotsaert and her team will be there to support you and monitor your progress.

  5. Questions to Ask: When considering a tummy tuck, it’s important to have all your questions addressed. Here are some key questions to ask Dr Veerle Rotsaert during your consultation:

  • What type of tummy tuck procedure is suitable for my specific needs and goals?
  • Can you show me before and after photos of previous patients who underwent tummy tuck?
  • What is the expected recovery timeline, and when can I resume my normal activities?
  • What are the potential long-term effects or complications associated with tummy tuck?
  • Will a tummy tuck address both excess skin and muscle separation in my abdominal area?

What Kind of Anaesthesia is Used?

Abdominoplasty surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. This ensures that you remain comfortable and completely asleep throughout the procedure. 

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Takes?

The duration of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure can vary depending on the individual case and the extent of the surgery required. On average, the procedure can take anywhere from two to five hours. Dr. Rotsaert prioritises attention to detail and devotes the necessary time to achieve the best possible results for each patient.

Tummy Tuck Results & Aftercare

Following your abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery, you can expect a flatter and more toned abdominal appearance. However, it is important to note that the final results may take time to fully manifest as your body heals and adjusts. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert provides comprehensive aftercare, ensuring that you receive the support and guidance necessary throughout your recovery journey. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have.

Tummy Tuck Treatment Summary

Time Of Work

2-3 weeks

Surgical Garments

Worn for 6-8 weeks

Hospital Stay

1 day

Full Recovery

8 weeks


After 2-3 days


3-4 weeks

Sleeping Position

On back 6 weeks

Physical Activity

8 weeks

How Long Before I Can Return to Normal Activities?

The recovery period following an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure varies for each patient. Generally, it is recommended to take at least two to four weeks off work to allow for proper healing and rest. During this time, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and follow Dr. Rotsaert’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Engaging in light activities and gradually increasing your level of physical exertion as advised by Dr. Rotsaert will help you return to your normal routine safely.

Will I Have Scars After Tummy Tuck

It is important to understand that some scarring is inevitable after an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. However, Dr. Veerle Rotsaert takes great care to minimize scarring and places the incisions strategically, often concealing them below the panty line. When applicable, she may incorporate existing C-section scars into the incision plan. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable, and Dr. Rotsaert provides guidance on scar care to optimise the healing process.

Dr. V's view on Tummy Tuck

“I believe that abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, can be a life-changing procedure for individuals struggling with the appearance of their abdomen. I’m passionate about helping my patients achieve their desired results and restoring their confidence. I approache each case with a warm and personal touch, taking the time to understand my patients’ needs and tailor the procedure to their unique circumstances.”


The recovery period after an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can vary depending on individual factors. Generally, it takes several weeks to fully recover and return to normal activities. However, it is important to follow Dr. Veerle Rotsaert's post-operative instructions and attend scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery process.

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Lucie Waldron
Lucie Waldron
One year post surgery - The best decision going to Dr V! Having lost a significant amount of weight (50kg) at the age of 21 my breasts were very low from the loose skin. After my initial consultation where she helped me and talked through all the options I had and guided me with her expertise on what would look best from her professional opinion from feeling my skin and her experience. Especially as my skin was very difficult. Had a breast lift with implants put it, surgery went so smoothly and 1 year post op they are looking incredible. So thankful to Dr V and her team, as well as the nurses at the Welbeck Hospital. After the operation was getting constant check ups both in person and over the phone. Would recommend she made feel so comfortable and the has made me so confident in my body! Thank you for everything 🙂
jane Blackall
jane Blackall
I took a long time looking for the perfect surgeon- and I found her. Every single step of the process has been kind, considerate, professional and consultative. The corrective surgery is even better than I hoped. The post operative care amazing.
Germana Bal
Germana Bal
I trust Dr V entirely , she does my profhilo and I refer her all my friends and clients for breasts enhancement, she is so professional kind and talented . The best!
Charlotte Cooke
Charlotte Cooke
Undergoing elective surgery was not something I rushed into. After extensive research I met with Dr Rotsaert, and knew I had met the right surgeon to carry out my procedure. Finally a surgeon who is professional, compassionate, and demonstrates expertise!!! My initial enquiry was well received by a friendly knowledgeable team who made the booking process easy. Dr Rotsaert created a relaxed environment for me at consultation, and listened to my concerns - I left feeling reassured and well informed with my personal treatment plan. The lovely nurses Amina and Alice helped prepare me for surgery and were extremely attentive (they were also at hand for my post operative care which was nice for continuity) When I arrived at hospital the experience and trust was confirmed as soon as I walked through the door to the moment I left. I was made to feel VIP and relaxed in the knowledge I was in safe hands. Post operatively went as smoothly as I could have hoped for. The only fault being my personal lack of patience to being fully recovered. 6 weeks after surgery I can honestly say I’m delighted with my results and as cliche as it sounds wish I had done it sooner. Dr Rotsaert and her team listened and guided me throughout. With their support and expertise they turned a nerve wracking decision of mine into one of best decisions I’ve made. Gold star service!
From the very first email I sent and my initial consultation with Dr V, all the way through to my surgery day and 6 week post operation appointment, I have been so happy with how I have been treated. Dr V always made me feel comfortable and at ease, and I trusted she understood exactly what I wanted. The results are even better than I could've imagined. I have a newfound love for my body and my confidence has increased tenfold, all thanks to her wonderful work. Definitely the best decision I have every made. I can't thank Dr V and her team enough. Highly recommend!
Marie Lewis
Marie Lewis
I’d highly recommend Dr V to anyone looking for a natural breast enhancement. She put me at ease straight away, no getting topless on Zoom, no 3D simulation, but a face to face initial consultation telling me exactly what was possible and making me touch and try several implants on. I also felt like she would take her time during the surgery instead of rushing it in 20-30 minutes which was important to me. The recovery was way easier than I expected and my results 2.5 months in are amazing, I got my breasts back which had “deflated” after having and breastfeeding my daughter and I really wanted that natural effect which I got with Motiva Joy implants and demi projection. The fact the post-op appointments are included is also a great touch.
Kate Gill-Carter
Kate Gill-Carter
A true professional. Dr V was thorough, informative and managed expectations at all stages. The results I have had have changed my life and how I feel about my body.
Hollie Johnson
Hollie Johnson
I went to see Dr Veerle and I knew straight away that I wanted to go with her. She knew exactly what I wanted and made me feel very comfortable. I am so happy with my results and had made feel so much more confident. Thank you so much can’t recommend her enough.
Jordan Perrin
Jordan Perrin
The most amazing surgeon, very skilled and genuinely cares for her patients. She has changed my life and boosted my confidence. Would recommend to anyone.
Zoe Bourn
Zoe Bourn
Dr Veerle was everything I had hoped I would find in a surgeon. Having done a lot of my own research and prep over the course of a few years, she was able to answer all my questions in a way that reassured me she was extremely professional, fully knowledgable and skilled/experienced enough to offer the best result. She was also generous with her time where it mattered whilst being efficient in the process. There was absolutely no hint of an upsell or any encouragement to consider additional procedures from her side which I had encountered elsewhere and had put me off. Post-procedure she has also proven a dedicated surgeon and is happy to be involved in the evolving result and post-operative journey. Dr Veerle is the best!

About Dr. Veerle Rotsaert

Dr. Veerle is known for her meticulous approach and personalised treatment plans. She understands that each patient is unique, and takes the time to listen to their concerns and goals. With a deep understanding of the latest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Veerle utilises innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.

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