Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Cosmetic surgery is highly popular among women and men. Everyone wants to have firmer body. Tummy tuck surgery will help individuals to have the body in their dream. Both men and women can have this operation. In abdominoplasty, belly region is corrected.

Generally, both men and women experience fat accumulation around their belly. In most cases, it is impossible to remove this fat with exercise and diet. Also, belly might have saggy look or lack the firmness that is desired. This might happen due to fast weight losing, after pregnancy or gaining too much weight.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) operation enables correcting saggy look around belly area. In this operation, excessive fat and skin are removed from the body. In some cases, abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction. At first stage, liposuction will remove the accumulated fat. Then, doctor will remove excess skin. In this procedure, belly button will be shaped as well. This operation will correct all undesired look around belly area.

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Abdominoplasty is considered as one of the most effective body shaping operations. It is possible to use the fat collected with liposuction in body contouring.  Abdominoplasty and body contouring can be combined. This way, patients can have two operations at the same time.

Is Abdominoplasty Surgery and Tummy Tuck Same?

In fact, abdominoplasty surgery is often known as tummy tuck. This is the common name among non-medical individuals. Abdominoplasty is the medical term for this operation. It does not matter which term is used. When patients visit a doctor and say they want to have tummy tuck, doctor will understand that they want to have abdominoplasty. For this reason, it is okay to use either one of these term.

How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Operated?

Tummy Tuck is operated under general anaesthesia. For this reason, patients who want to have this operation must be suitable to take general anaesthesia. If you are not suitable for general anaesthesia, it is not possible to have this operation. Instead, you might consider alternative operations and procedures for firmer body.

After general anaesthesia, doctor will make a cut under the belly. This cut is necessary for this operation. However, this scar will fade and almost disappear. Also, doctors make the cut so that it is hidden under the underwear. This way, operation scar is not a problem for many people.

When doctor makes the cut, belly region is opened. At this stage, excess fat might be removed. Also, it is possible to remove the excess fat with liposuction before abdominoplasty as well. After removing the excess fat, doctor removes the excess skin. To do that, skin is carefully dissected. It is important to remove the correct amount of skin. During this process, doctor’s skill and expertise plays an important role.

Then, doctor will reshape the belly button before stretching the skin. After this step, skin is stretched to achieve firmer look. Later, operation cut is sutured and abdominoplasty operation is completed.

Is There Any Limitations for This Surgery?

Since Tummy tuck surgery is a surgical operation, there are some things to be considered before the operation. First, patients must have blood tests. These blood tests will show whether the patient is suitable for this operation.

Second, patients must be suitable to have general anaesthesia. Abdominoplasty is operated under general anaesthesia and there is no alternative anaesthesia. It is not possible to do this operation under local anaesthesia. For this reason, patients that cannot have general anaesthesia cannot have this operation. There is no age limit for abdominoplasty. But this operation is not recommended to individuals over 65 years old. This is because complication risks increase as the age increases. Also, wound healing at this age is relatively slower than younger ages. Doctors will examine the patients who want to have abdominoplasty operation to assess their health. Any healthy individual can have this operation to have firmer looking belly.

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How Long Is Recovery Take After Surgery?

Tummy tuck recovery time might change among individuals. Also, pain associated with this operation can change among individuals. In general, full recovery can take up to 1 month. In recovery process, patients must take care of their body. Since there will be suturing, it is important to refrain from excessive physical activity for at least one month. Intense physical activity might cause discomfort or problems in operation area.

For the first couple of days, patients are hospitalised. Generally, one day hospitalisation is enough for most patients. However, 1-2 days of hospitalisation is common for this surgery. In hospital, patients rest for couple of hours. Then, patients need to stand up with the help of the medical staff and nurses. This stage is important. When patients stand up, doctors can see if everything is well.

For the first week, wound is dressed. This will prevent any case of infection. Patients should rest at home for at least one week. If patients are having abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) abroad, they might spend the first week in that city. It is not recommended to fly immediately after the surgery.

After 1 or 2 weeks, patients can go back to their daily life. Intense sports such as weightlifting, swimming and running are prohibited for 1 month. Also, patients must use prescribed medication according to prescription. These medical include antibiotics and pain killers. While antibiotics will prevent any case of infection, pain killers will reduce the pain associated with the operation.   

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Operation

Tummy Tuck operation will give strong and firm belly. After the operation and full recovery, belly area will look better than it is before. It is impossible to understand if someone had that surgery. There is no visible scarring after this operation. Operation scar is hidden under the underwear and scar fades over time.

Also, it is possible to have the flay belly that is almost impossible to achieve with exercise. This operation especially provides amazing results for people with excessive skin. This excessive skin around belly can only be removed with abdominoplasty operation.

Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey

There are different clinics that offers Tummy Tuck surgery in Turkey. Turkey has become one of the leading countries in cosmetic surgery field. Doctors in Turkey are skilled and experienced surgeons. For this reason, more and more people are choosing this country and having Tummy Tuck surgery in İstanbul.

Clinics in İstanbul are offering high-quality services from patients all over the world. With increasing demand to cosmetic operations, clinics are providing extensive service for foreign patients. Now, it is possible to have a translator and interpreter to help the patients during their operations. All these factors that ease the process makes Turkey and especially İstanbul one of the popular destinations for abdominoplasty operation.

Other things that makes İstanbul popular are affordable Tummy Tuck prices and amazing entertainment opportunities. Price is an important factor to decide on a surgery. Since cosmetic surgeries are not included and paid under health insurance, patients need to pay for their own expenses. At this point, Tummy Tuck operation cost plays an important role.

Also, patients need to stay in that city for about 1 week. During this week, patients can discover amazing historical places in İstanbul. There are lots of places to visit in İstanbul that does not require any physical effort. So, patients can discover this beautiful city while recovering from abdominoplasty surgery.

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November 15, 2019

Dr. Emre GÖNENÇ BAYGÖL

He was born in 1983 in Bandirma. He completed her primary education in Setbaşı Primary School and her secondary and high school education in Bursa Anatolian High School. In 2007, he graduated from Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine. In 2014,...
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