As anyone knows, undesired fats and excess skins accumulate in the abdominal area, and we cannot get rid of them easily. This is also a particular area that resists to a good diet or daily training. Even if other parts of your body fit, this area remains the same. A tummy tuck surgery, customized to your needs, can help you improve your abdominal shape as you desired.
While tummy tuck surgery can be chosen as a standalone procedure, you can also consider a combined procedure such as the mommy makeover, which consists of several procedures such as breast lift and liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck. If you want to have this combined procedure abroad, you may take a look at the prices offered by many reputable and certified clinics in Turkey.
Most Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck
It basically appears similar to the liposuction procedure. Just like in the liposuction, the surgeon removes fat and the fat cells of the abdomen. During the tummy tuck procedure, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess, sagging skin is removed. The purpose of this procedure is to correct a protruding belly and make the midsection flatter and better toned. This is an effective operation to transform the abdomen into the desired appearance.
With this article, we are going to give you the answers to the most asked questions about the tummy tuck operation.
What Is Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a mixed version of liposuction and body lift that only applies in one area of the body. Starting the procedure (after the general anesthesia is applied) the surgeon makes an incision is across the lower abdomen. For a full tummy tuck, the incision will stretch from one hipbone to others. Then the vertical abdominal muscles may be tightened if necessary, by stitching them closer together. The surgeon stretches the skin back over the abdomen and removes the excess skin and fat. A temporary drain may be used to remove excess fluid from under the incision. Finally, all incisions are stitched closed and covered with dressings. Depending on your need, your surgeon will choose your tummy tuck operation type. There are mainly 2 types of the tummy tuck, partial/mini tummy tuck or complete/full tummy tuck.
Is Tummy Tuck Painful?
The tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts 1 to 5 hours. During the surgery, the patient does not feel any pain. You may feel a moderate pain during your post-operative recovery, due to the procedure itself and the movements you make while your incision is healing. However, your doctor will give you appropriate painkillers to stop this temporary and sometimes bothering pain.
How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Take?
Although it varies depending on each patient and procedure, it usually takes several weeks you are fully back to normal. Driving is not allowed for a few weeks. You will also need to limit strenuous exercises and heavy physical activities for 4 to 6 weeks. Your surgeon can help you choose what activities you can do and how long you’ll need to take off work.
You need to wear your garment for about 1-1,5 months and to avoid heavy activities. To stop smoking and to make light walks decrease your recovery time. Your tummy tuck scars, which are not as visible as it disturbs much, will be completely gone in 6 months-1 years.
Is Tummy Tuck Safe?
As soon as it was first applied, today’s tummy tuck became increasingly safer. Thanks to the improved equipment and the increasing expertise of the surgeons, the riskiness of this surgery have gradually decreased. Let’s remember briefly; the common complications reported after tummy tuck surgery are seroma, necrosis, hematoma, infection, and wound healing problems.
How Much Would It Cost for Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?
Tummy tuck, which makes a great change in your overall appearance, is, of course, a little costly. But it is a fact that this cost is certainly bearable considering the successful results.
To give an idea about the effects both tummy tuck and liposuction surgeries of on finance, the cost of tummy tuck surgery in Turkey ranges from € 2,100 to € 4000. In addition, for liposuction surgery, you may need to consider a cost of between € 1,300 and € 2,500.
Does Tummy Tuck Remove Fat?
Yes, one of the main purposes of this operation is removed the stubborn fat accumulated in the abdomen (belly). This part of this operation is alike with the liposuction procedure. Although you will see the effect of this on your weight after the surgery, if your first aim is to lose weight instead of having a flatter and tighter midsection, this procedure should not be considered as an alternative to weight loss.
Does Tummy Tuck Leave Scars?
As the surgeon stretches your skin from the top down, there will be a scar in the horizontal direction in the abdomen area. However, these scars will gradually fade within a certain period of time.
Does Tummy Tuck Remove Stretch Marks?
Especially in the post pregnancy, the stretch marks can be annoying for the women. Tummy tuck’s skin removal procedure is one of the essential solutions to this common problem. However, we need to say that the tummy tuck alone is not a process to repair the stretch marks. Only the stretch marks located on the removed skin which is usually below the belly button can be removed through a tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck vs. Body Lift
In the tummy tuck procedure, the saggy belly skin is tightening like in body lift operation. But differently, in the tummy tuck, you can also get rid of your fat tissue. Therefore, the tummy tuck can be considered as a bit more effective for whom to desire a flatter and tightened abdomen. But the last decision is made by you and your doctor depending on your exact need and your expectations.
Tummy Tuck Excess Skin Removal
In addition to removing excess fat from the abdominal area, a tummy tuck also removes excess skin which does not involve in a liposuction procedure.
Pre-Tummy Tuck Advice
If you decided to have tummy tuck, there are ways you need to follow to get around this process comfortably.
• First, you need to plan your time and arrange your aftercare requirements in advance. You need time about 2-4 weeks to turn back to your job. Give yourself time to prepare and recover.
• Secondly, you should definitely stop smoking, at least for a specific period, during the whole process.
• Thirdly, you need to follow a healthy diet to prepare it, to speed up the recovery period and also to maintain your new look.
• And lastly, you have to be patient to see your final result. It can take 1 year to reach final appearance, so be patient and try to enjoy each stage of your tummy tuck recovery.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in April 2019.