Plastic surgery

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Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

The slackening of the tummy is something that occurs naturally with every person. It also depends on age, sex, physique, body weight, and possible surgeries or pregnancies. The tummy will slacken less easily and quickly when someone has a good muscular system and body posture than with someone who has little exercise.

Due to slackening and stretching of the abdominal muscles combined with overweight, the spinal column can be burdened in the wrong way. In time, this can cause back problems. A less serious form of slackening, such as a somewhat protruding lower abdomen or wrinkled skin on the lower abdomen, may also be a reason to consider a tummy tuck.

  • Treatment plan based on your complaints
  • Our plastic surgeons are affiliated with the Dutch Societies for plastic surgery (NVPC and NVEPC)
  • Both male and female surgeons

Plastic surgeons

During the first consultation, you and the attending plastic surgeon will discuss the tummy tuck procedure. Our surgeons specialise in performing the tummy tuck procedure and we will guide you through the preparation, the treatment itself, and the aftercare.

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When there is a medical indication for doing the procedure, the tummy tuck may be covered by the health insurer.

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The first consultation

Whether you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, depends on your complaints and this will be established during the first consultation with the plastic surgeon. Surgical correction of a thick or slackened tummy must not be seen as a way of losing weight. Overweight or obesity can even be an argument for not performing such a surgery because of the increased risk of complications. If you are clearly too heavy, we advise you to lose weight first and adjust your diet. If you have reached your weight goal, the tummy tuck can be carried out with a good chance of a beautiful result.

The surgery

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The correction involves the removal of excess skin and fat tissue and, when necessary, the restoration of the firmness of the abdominal wall. The plastic surgeon will conduct the procedure in such a way that the scars will be minimally visible. Whenever it is feasible, there will only be a horizontal scar, as low as possible on the lower abdomen, so the scar can be covered by your underwear. Depending on the scope of the surgery, we will advise you to have a few days of bed rest afterwards. You will always spend the first night after the surgery at the Jan van Goyen Clinic.

After the surgery

During the first 3 weeks after the surgery, we advise you to wear a firm, elastic slip which reaches to above the belly button. You will bring this slip with you on the day of the surgery as you will start wearing it immediately afterwards. The slip supports the wound and prevents disruptions in the wound healing process. This special type of slip can be bought at a good lingerie shop.

The first few weeks, you will be able to do only very light physical work. If the surgery also involved a shortening or tightening of the abdominal wall muscles, we advise you to avoid heavy lifting during the first 4 weeks. Ultraviolet radiation is not good for scars, it may cause them to stay red for an unnecessarily long time. We advise you to keep the scars covered during the first months after the surgery or to apply sunblock.

The result

The result of a tummy tuck is that you will have a flatter tummy. Even though the plastic surgeon will always aim for perfection, this is not always achievable, as everybody is different and reacts differently. The surgery will leave scars that will always be slightly visible. The skin area beneath the belly button will feel numb for some time. In some cases, this remains numb, but this will hardly cause any complaints. Over time, the area that feels numb can become smaller.

Risks and complications

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, poses the same risks and any other surgery. The wound can become infected, although this is very rare. People who have too much subcutaneous fat tissue run the biggest risk of an infection. It is, therefore, important to have a weight that is as close to normal as possible before the operation. There can also be some amount of bleeding.

Overweight or obesity, smoking, the use of some types of medication, and diabetes can lead to a disturbed healing of the wound and can be reasons for the surgeon to decide that the surgery cannot be carried out.

When it concerns an abdominoplasty over a relatively large area, the surgeon will perform the surgery in a hospital as an admittance of several days is more preferable than outpatient surgery.

Make an appointment

For more information about the possibilities of tummy tucks with Aesthetic Centre Jan van Goyen or to make an appointment, please contact us via telephone number 020 – 3055 847 or send an e-mail to You can reach us during office hours between 08:30 – 16:30 hours. 

Aesthetic Centre Jan van Goyen
Concertgebouwplein 11
1071 LL Amsterdam
Tel: 020 305 5847

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