Abdominal surgery or Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of the abdomen, also called abdominoplasty. Tummy Tuck flattens and shapes your belly beautifully by removing extra fat and skin and tightening muscles. Contrary to popular belief, Tummy Tuck is not like liposuction, although some patients prefer to do Tummy Tuck with liposuction. Tummy Tuck surgery is not an easy operation, so we recommend you to read a bit about it before having a quick surgery.
Abdominoplasty contours the abdomen, including muscle tightening, liposuction of the waist and removal of skin excess. There is a large range of procedures that constitute an abdominoplasty to meet the needs of a diverse population, including women who are post-pregnancy and men and women who have sustained significant weight loss or who have abdominal scarring and weakness from prior surgery. The incision is thin and may be hidden under bathing suits and underwear. The objective is a smoother, more fit torso and the confidence that goes along with it.
One of your options for abdominoplasty surgery is a mini tummy tuck. Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure, but if you are, it can give you a wonderfully flat and beautiful abdomen.
According to many doctors, Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) works better for healthy people than for people with any of the underlying diseases. It is also a good choice for people who are obese and have excessively loose skin around their abdomen.
Smoking is dangerous during the recovery period and even after the wounds have healed, so if you are a smoker, quit smoking at least 15 days before having a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.
Also, Tummy Tuck can be performed along with other body contouring cosmetic procedures, such as, breast surgery or Face Lift. If you have removed fat from your abdomen (liposuction), you may decide to have a Tummy Tuck operation. Because liposuction removes subcutaneous tissue and fat but does not remove the excess skin.
Tummy Tuck is not for everyone. If you are one of the following, do not perform Tummy Tuck:
Some of the reasons for excess fat, weak skin elasticity or weak connective tissue of your abdomen are the following:
Tummy Tuck can remove excess loose skin and fat around your tummy and tighten your big loose abdomen. Also, Tummy Tuck can relieve stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the abdomen button. Abdominal stretching, however, does not remove stretch marks outside the area.
If you have had a cesarean section before, your plastic surgeon may be able to squeeze and hide your C-section scar on your abdominal scar.
There are several different methods for shrinking and shaping the abdomen with Tummy-Tuck or abdominoplasty, depending on the number of changes you want to see. In Tummy Tuck surgery, the plastic surgeon usually makes incisions in your abdomen to remove most of the skin and fat in your abdomen in an oval shape or horizontally.
The incision made for surgery on your abdominal tissue is sutured, but the scar that finally forms is placed inside the bikini line along the natural wrinkles. Therefore, the appearance of your abdomen will not show any trace of abdominoplasty surgery.
During the operation of Tummy Tuck, the patient may be given antibiotics to prevent further infections. This procedure usually takes around two to three hours.
In general, Tummy Tuck is performed on two complete Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) or mini-Tummy Tuck (mini abdominoplasty), in both of which the extra skin is removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened. However, there are some differences between these two methods.
In full Tummy Tuck surgery, the skin and muscles throughout the abdomen, in the upper and lower abdomen, tighten. In this method, the fat in the middle and upper abdomen is separated from the muscles that you strengthen with leg lift, stretching or sitting.
In abdominoplasty, a small incision is made in the abdomen and the skin of the abdomen is pulled down to tighten the entire abdomen. Liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat in the entire abdomen during a complete abdominoplasty.
In a Mini-Tummy Tuck operation, the skin under the abdomen becomes firm and flat, and the skin or muscles relaxed in the middle or upper abdomen are not affected. Typically, the incision made in the Mini-Tummy Tuck is 6 to 12 inches shorter than the incision made in the full Tummy Tuck operation.
Mini-Tummy Tuck, also called partial abdominoplasty surgery is a method for men or women whose physical condition is not so sever to have a full abdominal surgery. This method can remove excess fat under the abdomen and improve the appearance of the loose skin in this area.
Mini-tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a less invasive procedure than full Tummy Tuck surgery. This procedure is much more common for patients whose condition does not so sever to require a complete abdominoplasty surgery than those who plan to use abdominoplasty with liposuction to reduce their abdominal fat.
The first step, before performing Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty), is to choose a skilled plastic surgeon and consult him or her for advice. In the counseling session, you will talk about your goals and your choices and priorities.
Then, the plastic surgeon will probably review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking or have recently taken, as well as any surgeries you have had.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications. If your reason for doing Tummy Tuck is related to weight loss, your doctor will probably ask you detailed questions about your history of weight gain and loss.
Then, regarding the type of surgery that is considered for you, you will be given recommendations that it is better to follow all, so that your abdominoplasty operation will be performed in the best way for you.
After the Tummy Tuck operation, the incised area on your abdomen is bandaged. Small tubes may be placed along the incision to drain excess blood or fluid.
Members of the medical care team help you walk on the first day after a Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) to prevent forming blood clots.
You will most likely experience a moderate pain that can be controlled with painkillers. Swelling in the surgical area is normal.
You may have to rest for several days after abdominoplasty surgery. The doctor or another member of the medical care team will show you how to drain and care for the drainage tubes. You may need to continue taking the antibiotic until all the extra fluid is drained.
Your surgeon may also prescribe a blood thinner shortly after the Tummy Tuck operation.
After the Tummy Tuck operation, you will wear a tummy belt for about six weeks. This helps you prevent fluid retention and supports the shape of the abdomen as it heals. Your doctor will explain you how to care your wounds.
For the first six weeks after Tummy Tuck surgery, you need to be careful when moving. Also, to prevent the wounds from reopening, you should avoid being in a position that puts load on the incision line of your abdomen – such as, a quick bending at the waist.
You should plan regular visits to your doctor. It is best to ask your doctor how often you should be visited. The minimum length of your stay in Iran for abdominoplasty surgery is around 5 days.
Through removing excess skin and fat and strengthening the abdominal wall, Tummy Tuck operation can give your abdomen a slimmer and more sleek appearance. If you have a stable weight, the results of Tummy Tuck operation are long lasting.
The cost of Tummy Tuck surgery in countries like the United States is about $ 8,000. Although the cost of this operation is significantly reduced in Asian countries and is estimated at an average of $ 2,500 to $ 4,500, but this cost depends on factors, such as, the experience of the surgeon, hospital and so on.
In Iran, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is performed in the best hospitals by the most skilled doctors for about $ 1,300 which seems to be very affordable, compared to other European and Asian countries. This price includes almost everything you may need when traveling to Iran, such as accommodation, transfer and treatment.