Our plastic surgeon is a member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He is a Professor with 25 years of surgical experience.
Our hospital is rated A+ by the Turkish Ministry of Health and accredited by JCI representing gold standards in hygiene and quality. We use FDA approved Mentor implants.
We provide dedicated aftercare while in Turkey and after return to home country. We review your pictures every 1-3-6-9-12 months and make recommendations for best results possible.
|PROCEDURE:||Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall|
|LENGTH:||2 to 5 hours|
|ANESTHESIA:||General, or local with sedation|
|IN/OUTPATIENT:||Depends on individual circumstances. Usually inpatient|
|TUMMY TUCK SIDE EFFECTS:||Pain which is not permanent, inflammation, numbness of abdominal skin, feeling of fatigue, bruising|
|RISK:||Blood clots, bleeding under the skin flap, infection|
|TUMMY TUCK RECOVERY TIME:||Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks Fading of scars: 3 months to 2 years|
|RESULT LASTS:||Usually permanent.|
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is the plastic surgery procedure of straightening the tummy area by removing surplus fat and skin as well as tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. Tummy tuck can be applied both for men and women who are in good health condition.
Many people undergo tummy tuck surgery because of their excess fat and skin which may occur due to pregnancy, ageing, significant weight loss, heredity or prior surgery. Full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck may be suggested by the plastic surgeon depending on the condition of a patient.
Tummy tuck does not treat obesity. Fat people should lose certain amount of weight before the surgery. Tummy tuck surgery improves the appearance of a fat belly and abdomen dramatically, but scarring due to surgery is permanent. There are different techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck procedure, can also be performed with body contour correction surgery.
How Tummy Tuck is Performed
Full abdominoplasty surgery takes about 2-5 hours while partial abdominoplasty may take 1-2 hours. An incision is usually made from one hip to another which is usually hidden under the swimsuit. Second incision is needed around the navel. Incision lines in partial abdominoplasty are shorter than the full abdominoplasty. During surgery, the abdominal skin is separated from the groin to the ribs under the muscles. If there is weakness in the abdominal muscles or hernia, excess skin is removed from the body. After the treatment, the wound is closed with metal clamps and either single or hidden stitches covered with bandages. One or two tubes are placed under the skin in order to absorb excess liquid collected in the surgery area.
Results of Tummy Tuck
Patient’s abdomen will naturally be swollen for the first few days, but medication controls the pain. Patient may have a couple of pillows placed behind her knees in order to keep them bent and reduce the tension in her abdominal muscles. Patient may not be able to stand up straight away, but she should start walking about as soon as possible. All stitches are usually the dissolving type; however, any clips will be taken out after five days.
A comfortable support garment should be worn for six weeks. Tummy tuck recovery varies by individual. Some return to work after only two weeks while others take three or four weeks to recuperate. Patients can usually expect to be back to full activity after six weeks. Heavy lifting or strenuous activity are not advised in the first six weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming is recommended during this time.
Limitations of Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery will not eliminate stretch marks of the patient’s mid or upper abdomen yet it will shift them lower on her abdomen. There will be a scar extending across the lowest part of patient’s abdomen, just below the bikini line. Unless the belly button requires transposition, there will not be a second scar around the patient’s belly button. These tummy tuck scars are usually hidden by underwear or a swimming suit. The scars will fade gradually. It takes approximately nine months to a year before scars flatten out and lighten in colour. Regardless, patients will most likely look and feel better with a flat abdomen and scars than they would with a bulging belly.
Risks of Tummy Tuck
Every surgical procedure has certain amount of risk, so has tummy tuck. Complications related with tummy tuck surgery such as infection and bleeding are rare when performed in appropriate hospital conditions by experienced plastic surgeons.
Contraindications for Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck procedure can not be performed on every patient. Contraindications to abdominoplasty include right, left, or bilateral upper quadrant scars (relative), severe comorbid conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, morbid obesity), excessive cigarette smoking, future plans for pregnancy, a history of thromboembolic disease (relative).
You arrive at the hospital in the morning to meet your doctor in person. The plastic surgeon will explain you the procedure in detail and examine you before he advises on the abdominal area on where your tummy tuck procedure take place. You will have an opportunity to discuss the details of tummy tuck procedure and expectations from your surgery. If you would like to proceed, you will be asked to pay your remaining balance and sign consent forms. You will then have your tests and checks to confirm your suitability for surgery. The procedure usually lasts for two to five hours. Within an hour after surgery, anaesthesia will ease and you will regain consciousness. Most of abdominoplasty patients require drainage after the procedure in order to make the blood and other fluids flow, so the patient must be careful about his/her bed position after the procedure. The doctor performs initial check-up and you stay at the hospital on the first night of surgery.
This will be the healing and rehabilitation day for you. Your doctor will perform the second check up in the morning before your discharge from the hospital. He will remove your drainages you have. You will be advised on your medication and provided instructions on the dressing routine and using the compression garment. You will stay in your hotel room and rest as much as possible for the remaining of the day.
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your third day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner. City sightseeing tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping. For further information, please contact Longevita.
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your fourth day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for touring. Bosphorus ferry tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping.
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your fifth day. You should avoid heavy activities but may visit nearby attraction points. City sightseeing tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping.
You visit the plastic surgeon’s private clinic for final check-up, removal of stitches and change of dressing. Your doctor advises you further on medication and the types of activities you can get involved in over the course of your recovery period. You will be ready to go back home after your sixth day.
What is the difference between tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck?
In mini tummy tuck, minimum amount of abdominal area is affected by skin removal or muscle tightening below the belly button. However, in traditional tummy tuck, the amount of fat and skin removal process spreads on a wider zone including lower abdominal area.
What if I become pregnant after my tummy tuck procedure?
If you become pregnant after the procedure, the effects of the operation become useless. Since this procedure is related to the abdominal muscles and fat areas, you may consider the result unsatisfactory after you give birth to your child. The muscles that you decide to reshape loosen after you give birth to your child.