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What is a Tummy Tuck? 

Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that improves the stretched skin and possible separated muscles created by the localized weight gain of pregnancy or from the gain and then subsequent loss of a good deal of weight. 

Tummy tuck surgery is also known as abdominoplasty. The procedure is based on removing the excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. 

Abdominoplasty is suitable for both men and women who are in good overall general health. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men and women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

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Tummy tucks are completely individualized treatments, it is impossible to provide a single total that applies across the board that's why it’s important to consider all the factors before you decide on which clinic to choose.  

If you’re planning to have a Tummy Tuck, you can save money by travelling abroad. Turkey is the best opportunity for Tummy Tuck surgery, if you are planning to get your tummy tuck abroad. Travelling to Turkey is easy, most airlines run direct flights from all over Europe and the flight prices are affordable. İstanbul is the most popular destination for Tummy Tuck surgery, but there are other alternatives such as Ankara, İzmir or Alanya. Tummy tuck cost

Abdominoplasty prices vary depending on the type of procedure you choose and depend on  several other factors. Average cost for tummy tucks can range in price from $2,000 to $5,000 in Turkey-İstanbul. Turkey offers more affordable prices and an all inclusive package for Tummy Tuck that includes; accommodation, 2 night stationary at the hospital, full board, all transfers between airport-hotel-hospital airport transport, all check-ups and medical tests related to the surgery.  This is the most affordable tummy tuck surgery opportunity among Europe and Asia. 

Types of Tummy Tucks

There are 2 types of Tummy Tuck. Tummy Tuck surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia within the hospital. Mini-abdominoplasties can be performed under sedation and local anesthesia.

Mini-abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck) procedure only tightens the lower abdominal wall skin (shortest scar). Mini Tummy Tuck is suitable for both men and women whose abdominal wall does not protrude significantly. 

The procedure can be performed using an endoscope under either local or general anesthetic.The aim is to excess fat remove, muscles and skin tightened. The surgeon makes a small incision above the pubic bone to remove excess fat. If needed your surgeon will use liposuction to help shape the area. The abdominal muscles are tightened and then loose skin is stretched down over the incision, with the excess cut away.

Mini Tummy Tuck lasts less than 2 hours. Tummy tuck recovery time is shorter than Extended abdominoplasty. It takes 1-3 weeks. Swelling, discomfort and numbness are common after effects of mini tummy tuck operation. 

Extended abdominoplasty (Extended Tummy Tuck) tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back.) Extended Tummy Tuck is also known as full tummy tuck. 

An extended tummy tuck is performed under general anesthetic. The aim is to treat muscle separation above and below the belly button and excessive or loose skin in the belly. 

Your surgeon will separate the navel from the rest of the tissue in order to abdominal wall and pull the muscles underneath into a tighter position. After that your surgeon will stretch down the flep and remove the tissue. If needed liposuction will be included. Incisions will be from one hipbone to the other hipbone.

Extended abdominoplasty takes between 90 minutes and five hours. After surgery patients often spend a night or two in hospital. You will be asked to wear a compression garment, to reduce swelling for at least the first week.  Tummy tuck recovery time is longer than mini-tummy tuck surgery; it lasts between 4 to 6 weeks. 

Pain and swelling, numbness, bruising and overall tiredness are common side effects after extended tummy tuck operation. 

How Much is a Tummy Tuck in Turkey?
 
Abdominoplasty prices vary depending on the type of procedure you choose and depend on  several other factors. Average cost for tummy tucks can range in price from $2,000 to $5,000 in Turkey-İstanbul. Turkey offers more affordable prices and an all inclusive package for Tummy Tuck that includes; accommodation, 2 night stationary at the hospital, full board, all transfers between airport-hotel-hospital airport transport, average cost of tummy tuck, all check-ups and medical tests related to the surgery.  This is the most affordable tummy tuck surgery opportunity among Europe and Asia. 
The plastic surgery tummy tuck time changes according to the type of surgery and procedures performed. Factors that will influence your tummy tuck recovery time include your body’s natural healing ability and how closely you follow pre and postoperative directions. Generally tummy tuck healing time after surgery takes time between 2-6 weeks before you’ll be healthy enough for daily life and exercise. Patients often spend a night or two in hospital afterwards.

A mini tummy tuck comes with a recovery time of 1-3 weeks. Patients should expect to decrease their activity in that time. An extended tummy tuck comes with a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. Patients should expect to take 4 weeks off work and limit their physical exercise for at least 6 weeks. 

After tummy tuck surgery there will be drains left in for a few days.  And your doctor will ask you to take an antibiotic while your drains are in place.

In order to help to avoid fluid buildup you have to wear an abdominal binder which will help to support your abdomen for about six weeks.

During the first three days after tummy tuck surgery; you can experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the incision sites. These are the expectable signs of tummy tuck healing time. You may also experience pain which can be significant but your doctor will prescribe pain medication to take the pain under control. 

During recovery time after tummy tuck, you'll need someone's support. So, it’s important to have someone with you for at least the first five days. 

Your surgeon will tell you how to find an optimal resting position that will be most comfortable after tummy tuck surgery. It's recommended to rest as much as possible since you may feel tired for weeks or even months. But also the first two weeks it's important to get up and move around a few times in a day to increase circulation and to prevent blood clots during recovery time after abdominoplasty. 

You won’t be able to drive for a few weeks. You’ll also have to limit strenuous exercise and demanding physical activity for four to six weeks. Having sex after tummy tuck is also forbidden for 4-6 weeks time. 

Gaining weight after tummy tuck is also a big case that has to be paid attention. Your doctor will give you a diet list where you will find the tips on eating healthy food. Eat less after tummy tuck surgery. 

In tummy tuck recovery time you’ll see much of your outcome within a few weeks, but it may take three months or more to see your final results.

Keep in mind! Don't lift anything heavy (like a small child) for the first four to six weeks afterward. 

Is Tummy Tuck Painful?

Yes it is but can be under control by painkillers. The very first reason why tummy tuck is painful is not because of the incision, it's just because of the muscle tightening. The core muscles will sore after being sewn together from the breast bone to the pubic bone. After abdominoplasty surgery most of the people find normal activities such as standing up straight, walking up stairs, and getting out of a seated position or bed uncomfortable. The reason is simple: the stubborn muscles loved the roominess of your loose abdomen. 

For about a week after the abdominoplasty surgery, the muscles will get used to the new system and you will feel less pain. 
Tummy Tuck incisions generally run from hip bone to hip bone. It takes place typically very low on your abdomen, just above the pubic area. So, it’s easily concealed by underwear or a bikini. 

Abdominalplasty surgery scars will be permanent. But in 3-6 months time the  pink-purple color of the scar will fade over and become less noticeable. 

Does Fat Come Back After A Tummy Tuck? (Are Tummy Tuck Results Permanent?)

The answer is both yes and no. Fat may come back after a Tummy Tuck, if your caloric intake is too high or your caloric expenditure is too low and if you gain weight. tummy tuck results

The fat cells which are removed in Tummy Tuck surgery are gone for good but the remaining fat cells may respond as fat cells do if you don't pay attention to gaining weight.  

So, try to get to your goal weight and maintain it, pay attention on your diet and exercise to keep the results permanent. 

Can I get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?
 
If you are planning to get pregnant then it's the best decision to delay your Tummy Tuck after you have your baby. But what if you get pregnant after your Tummy Tuck surgery, don't worry you can expect a normal pregnancy after a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat and tightens the abdominal muscles. With that said, pregnancy may cause your abdominal muscles to loosen or skin to stretch after surgery. Every patient is unique, and it is not possible to predict how pregnancy will affect your surgery results.   
If you are in good health and at a stable weight, 
If you are in 10–15 pounds of your goal weight, 
If your body mass index (BMI) lower than 30, 
If you are in the knowledge of that the procedure is not a weight-loss surgery, 
If you are a non smoker or can quit at least six weeks before the tummy tuck surgery
If you are over 18 then you are the right candidate for abdominoplasty surgery. 
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Who Should Not Consider A Tummy Tuck?
 
A tummy tuck is suitable surgery for both men and women who have loose skin and excess fat on their stomach and waist, and separated abdominal muscles. But in some cases tummy tuck surgery should not consider; 
 
* If you're still planning to have children (During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened. Future pregnancies can separate these muscles.) 
* If you keep losing weight, 
* If fat is the only reason, with minimal skin excess, then tummy tuck surgery is not the right option to consider.  
Pors...

A tummy tuck surgery flatters tummy, slimming waistline and promises a more attractive body shape. 

A tummy tuck can also come with some emotional benefits. Losing weight will provide self confidence.  Also you can enhance the results of your weight loss program and boost your morale to continue leading a healthy lifestyle. benefits of tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty surgery will remove or reduce pregnancy stretch marks.

Turkey is the best opportunity for Tummy Tuck surgery, you can save money and get the best treatment. 

Cons…

Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, with a long recovery.

The results of a tummy tuck are not reversible, which means that if a patient is not satisfied with their newly acquired shape and appearance, they will have to live with the results. 

A tummy tuck can also pose risks such as bleeding, blood clots, permanent scarring, and infection.

It's not cheap, and insurance will not cover it. 

What Is A Mini Tummy Tuck?
 
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a procedure that only tightens the lower abdominal wall skin. Mini Tummy Tuck is suitable for both men and women whose abdominal wall does not protrude significantly. 
 
 
What Is The Difference Between Liposuction And Tummy Tuck?
 
The main difference between liposuction and tummy tuck can be summaries as; 
 
Tummy Tuck surgery contains 3 main anatomic components to consider: loose skin and excess fat on their stomach and waist, and separated abdominal muscles. On the other hand, if fat is the main component with minimal skin excess, then liposuction can be considered. 
Choosing the right doctor is very important. First of all Turkey offers affordable and safe tummy tuck procedures, with high quality services. All of the plastic surgery procedures in Turkey, performed by exceptionally qualified surgeons using the most advanced technologies, resulting in the highest quality outcomes. 

Besides the appropriate costs are effective there are many reasons for considering to take your tummy tuck surgery in Turkey. Turkey/ İstanbul attracts patients from all over the world with its strategic location, international standards clinics and hospitals, affordable prices, skilled expert teams and experienced patient consultants. 

Before you consider whom to choose; 
  • Read the reviews, 
  • Ask for reference,  
  • Ask your doctor to show you the tummy tuck before and after photos he/she performed. 
  • In Turkey all the doctors will give you a free consultation before you arrive. 
 The results of the Tummy Tuck surgery depends on you living a healthy life. If you pay attention to your lifestyle, diet and exercise then you can enjoy your results for many, many years!
There are numerous benefits of getting your tummy tuck in Turkey. First of all in Turkey you will find international standards clinics and hospitals, affordable prices, skilled expert teams and experienced patient consultants. With years of experience and positive results in plastic surgery, Turkey offers confidence. 
 
Besides the appropriate costs are effective there are many reasons for considering to take your tummy tuck surgery in Turkey. Turkey/ İstanbul attracts patients from all over the world with its strategic location, international standards clinics and hospitals, affordable prices, skilled expert teams and experienced patient consultants.
İstanbul is one of the most popular destinations where you can get your Tummy Tuck surgery. There are lots of well-experienced plastic surgeons to perform tummy tuck surgery in high qualified and latest techniques hospitals in İstanbul. Most surgeons can speak English language fluently. 
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Written on 01/01/2018

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Last Update: 03/08/2021

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