All about tummy tuck and non-surgical alternatives

Written by: Mr Aftab Siddiqui
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In this article below, Mr Aftab Siddiqui, a highly experienced and skilled consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon, describes what a tummy tuck is, outlines the main non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck, and reveals the main reasons why someone might decide to undergo a tummy tuck.

What is a tummy tuck, and why might someone consider non-surgical alternatives?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, often combined with muscle repair. Non-surgical alternatives are sought by those looking to avoid surgery, minimise downtime, or address specific concerns like skin tightening or fat reduction without invasive methods.


What are the main non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck?

Non-surgical alternatives include CoolSculpting for fat reduction, radiofrequency treatments for skin tightening, ultrasound therapies such as Ultherapy, laser therapy options such as SculpSure and Vanquish, body contouring devices like Emsculpt and truSculpt, topical solutions, as well as lifestyle changes.


Do non-surgical alternatives provide the same results as a tummy tuck?

Non-surgical alternatives can offer more subtle results compared to a tummy tuck. They may be effective for reducing fat, improving skin texture, and tightening to a certain degree, but they might not address excessive loose skin or muscle separation as comprehensively as surgery.


Who is a suitable candidate for non-surgical alternatives?

Candidates for non-surgical options typically have mild to moderate concerns regarding excess fat or skin laxity. Consultation with a medical professional is essential to determine eligibility and the most appropriate treatment plan.


Are non-surgical alternatives painful?

Non-surgical treatments vary in discomfort levels, with most causing minimal to moderate discomfort during the procedure. However, this varies among individuals and specific treatments.


How long do the results of non-surgical alternatives last?

Results vary depending on the treatment. Some options offer long-lasting results with proper maintenance, while others may require periodic sessions to maintain the desired outcome.


Are there any risks or side effects associated with non-surgical alternatives?

While non-surgical alternatives generally have fewer risks than surgical procedures, potential side effects can include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or discomfort at the treatment site. Serious complications are rare but can occur.


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By Mr Aftab Siddiqui
Plastic surgery

Mr Aftab Siddiqui, who practises at the Breast and Body Clinic, is a highly experienced consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Manchester, Chester and Preston, who posseses a special interest in mummy makeover, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction, breast uplift, liposuction, fat transfers, skin cancer surgery, hand surgery and labiaplasty.

Mr Siddiqui qualified in 2000 and has more than 20 years of experience in medicine. He undertook both a clinical fellowship at St Andrew's Centre for Plastic Surgery specialising in plastic and hand surgery and a further research fellowship in hand surgery at Anglia Ruskin University in 2015. He became a specialist in plastic surgery in 2006 and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery). He is a full member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (BAPRAS), British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) American Association of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

He is a recognised expert on perfect breasts and has extensive experience of a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He holds a key position within the NHS with plastic surgery in reconstruction and trauma cases, which includes breast cancer, skin cancer, lower limb trauma and hand trauma. Mr Siddiqui is regularly invited to present and speak at conferences across the world. He is also a respected educator, leading lectures for colleagues and medical students at a national level.

Mr Siddiqui has an extensive list of publications that he has contributed to, demonstrating his excellent knowledge in the field of cosmetics and plastic surgery. He is renowned amongst fellow colleagues and his patients for his surgical expertise and excellent patient care. For more information, visit Mr Siddiqui's website:

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