Turkey is a treasure trove of traditions, spices, street food delights and destinations for any intrepid tourist. It’s a mix between the familiar and the exotic, ranging from the bustling streets of Istanbul to the serene and relaxed Roman ruins spread around Turkey’s Western and Southern coast. Turkey is a fairly large country with 75 million inhabitants. The country spreads between Europe and Asia, with 97% of the country on the Asian side – Asian Turkey. Turkey is encircled and enjoys access to three different seas: The Black Sea, The Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the largest city in Europe, regarding population – It has over 14 million people.
Turkey’s medical infrastructure has improved greatly beginning with the early 2000s and now is one of the biggest medical tourism hubs in Europe and Asia. Turkey has the largest number of JCI-accredited hospitals, second only to the USA and hospitals are more often than not part of international healthcare groups, following strict European protocols and regulations. Turkey has 28.000 medical institutions spread across the European and Asian side but some of the biggest private hospitals and medical centres are in Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and Bodrum – these also happen to be some of the best tourist destinations in Turkey.
Sights to See
Bodrum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey, with its sandy beaches and small streets littered with traditional shops and elegant restaurants. The town used to be called Halicarnassus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one of the World’s Seven Ancient Wonders. Bodrum also features a castle built by the crusaders in the 15th century.
Istanbul is the home of several architectural treasures, including the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built on the orders of Sultan Ahmed between 1609 and 1616 and the Sultan’s body still resides within the mosque. The high ceiling is lined with more than 20000 handmade ceramic tiles, hence the name – The Blue Mosque.
Pamukkale, meaning “The Cotton Castle” in Turkish is a surreal destination in the country’s western region of Denizli, world renowned for its white terraces with warm spring water. The ancient Greek city of Hierapolis was built over the springs and Pamukkale was a renowned destination in antiquity as well. Tourists can visit the ancient Roman and Greek ruins of the baths, temples and theatres dating to the second century BC.
Things to Know
● If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can get a VISA for Turkey online. The VISA usually costs around $20 for US travellers.
● Turkey’s population is predominantly Islamic so it’s a good idea to wear a headscarf while visiting mosques. Shorts or any other garments that fit under the knee are not prohibited by law but it’s considered good etiquette not to wear shorts for men or short skirts for women.
● You can change any sort of currency into the Turkish Lira – the Turkish currency just about everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops also accept credit cards.
● Roaming fees in Turkey can be somewhat expensive, so it’s a good idea to simply buy a new Turkish SIM card and use it while staying in Turkey.
● Turkey’s international calling code is +90.
● Electrical installations usually operate on 220 volts, 50 Hz and use European style plugs and European style sockets. Four and Five star hotels usually provide North American - 120 volts, 60 Hz sockets as well.
● Driving in Turkey can be a hassle sometimes, but very pleasurable at other times. Roads are usually in good shape and some roads actually lack traffic, so it can be a relaxing experience. In Turkey, people drive on the right, so that’s a detail you will need to keep in mind. In some areas, villagers made cardboard and marker pen signs in order to help lost tourist on their way.
● Renting a car in Turkey is quite simple and cheap. If you have the budget for a full insurance, you should definitely take it – if anything happens, at least you won’t have to worry about money.
● The Turkish Airlines Company, THY offers destinations to just about anywhere in the world with a total of 261 destinations. The company was founded in 1933 and features 285 passenger and cargo planes.
● Turkey uses the metric system which is easy enough to understand – 1 Km = 1000 meters, 1 Kg = 1000 grams, and so on. One mile equals 1.60 Km.
● Turkish people are warm and very hospitable - It is customary for people to hug and kiss both cheeks regardless of their gender.
● Turkish street food is very diverse, from the simple bagel-type snack Simit to the familiar pizza-type Lahmacun, there are tons of variants to just about anything.
● Turkish coffee is world renowned, but it’s also a bit different than say, its American counterpart - It is usually a strong coffee with a rich aroma, served very hot from a small traditional cup. Be careful not to drink any of the coffee grounds still in the cup.
● Turkish delight, as the name suggests, can be a really sweet delight for tourists. It is made from sugar, starch and just about any fruit or aroma imaginable, including walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, dates, lemon, orange, rosewater and many others. Turkish delight is usually served with coffee and it became popular all around the world, including in the Balkans region and as far as Brazil and North America.
A tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery technique used to firm up and tighten the abdomen region. Tummy tuck surgery has gained a lot of popularity in recent years as it’s one of the simplest and safest ways to remove excess fat and skin from the lower and middle abdomen. Apart from the surgical option, one tummy tuck alternative would be the tummy tuck belt but the results of this non-surgical option are questionable. If the patient has excess or loose skin and no amount of exercise or diet can remove it, the only option is an abdominoplasty and in some cases, a mini tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Individuals that suffered from severe obesity, significant fluctuations in weight or weight gain in the abdomen area can benefit from an abdominoplasty. After significant weight loss, many individuals are left with excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdominal area – which makes them ideal candidates for an abdominoplasty.
Am I Suitable for Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty should only be taken into consideration by patients that have already reached a stable weight but are looking to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdominal area. Pregnant women or women planning to have children should postpone the surgery for a while. Tummy tuck scars should also be taken into consideration before choosing to undergo this procedure.
Preparing for Tummy Tuck
Once reaching a stable weight, an abdominoplasty becomes an option. The patient should stop the intake of any vitamins, herbal teas and aspirin at least 10 days before surgery. The patient should also quit smoking at least 14 days before the procedure.
How is Tummy Tuck Performed?
The patient is first put under general anaesthesia and the surgeon proceeds to outline the incision, which usually runs from one hip to the other. Next, the doctor will separate the loose skin from the abdominal wall and tighten the abdominal muscles through stitches. This will create a narrower waistline and a firmer abdomen. Once the extra skin is removed, the incision is stitched up and bandages are applied on the area to prevent infection.
Tummy Tuck Summary
Patient may spend one night in hospital
Duration of Operation
Between 2 to 3 hours
Back to Work
1 to 2 weeks
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck results are noticeable in 2-3 weeks after surgery, when the swelling subsides. The tummy tuck recovery period lasts between 2 and 4 weeks with patients usually being able to return to work in 1-2 weeks. The patient will be provided with a special compression garment that needs to be worn as instructed by the doctor. This garment will speed up recovery and also reduce scarring in the surgery region.
Tummy Tuck Risks and Complications
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery carries some risks and the possibility of complications, just like any other plastic surgery procedures. Tummy tuck complications can include:
● Scarring which can lead to tummy tuck scar revision
● Complications from anaesthesia
● Nerve damage in the surgery area
● Suture ruptures
Tummy Tuck Side Effects
Patients may feel nausea from anaesthesia, numbness in the surgery area, swelling, bruising and pain which can be soothed with painkillers.
Tummy Tuck Success Rates
A survey based on tummy tuck reviews set the patient satisfaction rate at 86%, with 86% of patients recommending this procedure to family or friends.
Before and After Tummy Tuck
Before and after tummy tuck pictures may look appealing but the doctor’s guidelines are crucial to a successful abdominoplasty procedure. The patient can lose a considerable amount of fat and excess skin but these results need to be maintained through a strict diet and exercise plan.