Tummy tuck surgery abroad is a popular surgery amongst our International patients. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, is a surgical procedure used to correct excess skin in the abdomen, which often is a result of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss. Abdominal wall weakens due to the stretched abdominal muscles – protruding abdomen cannot be corrected with diet or exercise, and in such cases, tummy tuck surgery is the only option.
Depending on the condition of the abdominal wall deformity, operating surgeon may recommend a full abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in conjunction with liposuction on abdominal and waist areas. However, in some cases the surgeon may recommend to first perform tummy tuck surgery and then re-evaluate the need to liposuction, 6-8 months later.
At Surgery Experts, plastic surgeons have 20+ years of experience of operating daily, and perform tummy tuck surgery on a regular basis.
There are no waiting times for abdominoplasty at Surgery Experts - most of the time, we will be able to accommodate you within 1 week after enquiry. It is recommended to stay in the hospital for 2 days after the surgery.
Price for tummy tuck differs from patient to patient, and surgery scope may vary greatly for different patients.
Tummy Tuck Surgery / Abdominoplasty
At the time of consultation, which is usually taking place on the day before the surgery, or the day of the surgery, the operating surgeon evaluates the condition of the patient’s abdomen area and decides on the scope and the techniques of the surgery. Patient’s expectations and concerns are discussed and patient’s questions are answered by the surgeon.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and usually takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the scope of the surgery.
An incision is placed in the lower abdomen, above the pubic hairline. In a complete abdominoplasty, or a full tummy tuck, the incision extends from one hipbone to the other. The skin and subcutaneous tissue as a unit are separated from the muscles up to the lower part of the sternum. The excess skin and subcutaneous tissue below the belly button are removed, the separated muscles are tightened with special stitches, and a new opening is cut on the abdominal wall for the repositioning of the belly button, which is sutured into its new place. The surgery is completed by closing the incision and inserting the drains to prevent fluid accumulation.
If the problem is only the muscles separated (there is no excess skin and the skin retains its elasticity), a partial abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck, can be performed. In such a case, the incision is analogous to the one described above, but is shorter. The skin and subcutaneous tissue as a unit are segmented to the level where the muscles are separated; the belly button remains in the same place and only slightly is moved down
Tummy Tuck With Tummy Liposuction
When recommended by the surgeon, some patients choose to have abdominoplasty performed together with tummy liposuction. The recommended number of days in the hospital for this type of surgery is 3-4 days.
During the procedure, liposuction can be performed to remove fat deposits from the area between the belly button and the xiphoid process of the sternum and from the areas of both hips. A U-shaped incision is made in the lower abdomen close to the pubic area. The skin and fat are separated from the muscles, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened with special stitches, the excess skin and subcutaneous tissue are removed, and the belly button is re-positioned and sutured into its new place.
Scar becomes barely visible after a few years. The final incision usually is V-shaped; therefore, underwear can easily hide it. If a woman suffers from contour deformity in the lower abdomen only, partial abdominoplasty would normally be suggested. The incision is analogous to described-above, but it is shorter; the skin and subcutaneous tissue are separated from the belly button; the belly button remains in the same place, slightly moving it down.
Recovery process and recommendations are identical to the tummy tuck surgery (above on this page).