Surgery: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty, Lipectomy, Standard Tummy Tuck, Extended Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck, Belt Lipectomy)
A tummy tuck can make the tummy flatter and firmer by removing loose skin on the abdomen and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles.
There are many different tummy tuck procedures the procedure that is best for you will depend whether the loose skin is located above or below the navel as well as other factors.
The size of the incisions required for a Tummy Tuck depends upon the amount of skin that needs to be removed. A mini tummy tuck doesn’t mean there will be a smaller incision.
If the skin removed contains stretch marks they will be removed as well however stretch marks on skin that is not removed will remain.
This procedure is usually not recommended for women planning to have further pregnancies as it will negate the results of surgery.
A tummy tuck does not include liposuction however it may possible to have liposuction performed at the same time as a tummy tuck if recommended by the surgeon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old do I have to be to have this surgery?
You must be at least 20 years of age to have elective surgery in Thailand. Patients under the age of 20 years need to provide a signed Consent Form from their parent/guardian if the surgeon accepts the case.
How soon can I have this surgery?
We can secure priority appointments for our clients subject to the surgeon’s availability. However it is best to request an appointment well in advance so that the surgeon can advise you about the steps to take before coming for surgery.
Is a tummy tuck a weight loss surgery?
A tummy tuck can make the tummy flatter and firmer by removing excess loose and hanging skin but it isn’t a weight loss option. It is recommended that you loose as much weight as possible before surgery for best results. If you continue to loose weight after a tummy tuck you may end up with more loose skin that needs to be removed.
How soon after delivery of my baby can I have this surgery?
Usually, the surgeon will only perform this surgery 12 months or more after you last delivery.
Should I have a Tummy Tuck if I plan to have more children?
This procedure is usually not recommended for women who are still planning to get pregnant in the future as this will negate the results of surgery.
Will a tummy tuck take all my fat away?
A tummy tuck can make the tummy flatter and firmer by removing excess loose and hanging skin. If the bulge is caused by fat inside the abdomen, a tummy tuck cannot improve this.
Does a mini tummy tuck have a smaller scar?
The size of the scar for a mini tummy tuck is no smaller than a full tummy tuck.
Does a tummy tuck include liposuction to abdomen or waist?
A tummy tuck doesn’t include liposuction to abdomen or waist but the surgeon may recommend liposuction with a tummy tuck. The cost of liposuction is not included in a tummy tuck procedure.
What is an extended tummy tuck?
An extended tummy tuck may be recommended where there is loose and hanging skin around the love handle area. The incision for an extended tummy tuck extends past the front to the hips to the waist area.
What is a circumferential tummy tuck?
This tummy tuck attends to loose and hanging skin around the circumference of the body. This procedure may be suitable for patients that have experienced massive weight loss resulting in excess skin. Often this procedure is combined with other body lift surgeries such as a tight or buttock lift.
What is the difference between a mini tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck?
A full tummy tuck is usually recommended where it is necessary to tighten the skin both above and below the navel. A mini tummy tuck is for loose skin below the navel.
How can I get better results from my tummy tuck surgery?
The fat inside the abdomen and laxity of the abdominal muscles can also contribute to abdominal distension and it will be best to do exercises targeted to the abdominal muscles to tone them. This will contribute to better results from surgery.
Will my abdominal muscles be tightened?
For a full tummy tuck, extended and circumferential tummy tuck, the surgeon may recommend suturing your abdominal muscles to provide a firmer tummy area with less distension.
How long does the operation take and will I be asleep?
This procedure takes up to 4 - 6 hours under general anaesthetic.
Where will the incisions be?
The incisions will depend upon the type of tummy tuck and technique used. As a guide, please see the comments below. However the surgeon needs to perform a physical examination to determine the exact placement.
In a full tummy tuck, generally there will be an incision from hip to hip placed as low as possible and another around the navel.
In an extended tummy tuck, generally the incision will be the same as the full tummy tuck and will extend past the hip to the waist area.
In a belt lipectomy or circumferential tummy tuck, generally there will be an incision right around the body including the back and sides - like a belt. There will be an incision around the navel too.
In a mini tummy tuck genertally there will be a hip to hip incision but it may be slightly shorter and there may not be an incision around the navel because a mini tummy tuck only removes excess skin below the navel.
Will there be scaring?
Scaring will be present where the incisions were made. These may fade to fine lines or may remain obvious after healing is completed. How your scars will appear depends on how your body heals. The scars differ for each type of tummy tuck. For a standard tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck there will scars around the belly button and across the lower abdomen running from one hip to the other. For an extended tummy tuck there will scars around the belly button and across the lower abdomen running from one waist to the other. For a circumferential tummy tuck there will scars around the belly button and across the lower abdomen running right around the torso. Please ask the surgeon about the placement of the scars at your consultation before surgery. The surgeon will try to place them below the bikini line where possible but it is not always possible in every case.
How long will I be in hospital?
Up to 3 nights admission is necessary. The actual length of admission will depend upon the surgeons recommendation and the type of tummy tuck you have.
How long do I have to stay in Thailand?
The surgeon usually recommends a stay of at least 12-14 nights after surgery. This is to allow you time to recover and to have a follow up consultation with the surgeon and removal of sutures. The surgeon may change the recommended time overseas based on age, medical conditions or where more than one surgery is being performed.
Why can’t I leave sooner?
For your own safety you should observe the recommendation. Air travel presents risks such as deep vein thrombosis. To leave sooner would present an unnecessary risk. If you cannot stay the recommended time it is best not to have surgery overseas.
Will I have a consultation with the surgeon before surgery?
Yes, the surgeon will examine you and discuss the procedure with you before your surgery. He will answer any questions you may have.
What are the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
There are always risks in having surgery. This applies whether you have surgery overseas or at home. A tummy tuck is a major operation and you may also suffer the risk of blood clots. The surgery results in long and heavy scarring. Once the healing process is complete, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet because increased weight will reverse the improvement made by this procedure and can stretch the skin resulting in heavy permanent scarring and bulging abdomen. In most cases tummy tuck surgery produces excellent results, and with a balanced diet and regular exercise, the results are long lasting. Possible risks of a Tummy Tuck will include unfavourable scarring, bleeding or hematoma formation, infection, fluid accumulation, poor wound healing, skin loss or fat necrosis due to poor perfusion in the surgical site, major wound separation, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling, asymmetry, recurrent looseness of skin, pain which may persist, nerve damage, suboptimal aesthetic result, possibility of revisional surgery and risks associated with anaesthesia. Smokers may experience a delay the healing process and are at a higher risk of complications. Please talk to the surgeon about all of the risks before proceeding with surgery.
How should I prepare for surgery?
When we have your case assessed by the surgeon before you travel overseas, you may be given some specific instructions by the plastic surgeon about preparing for surgery. Generally, you will be asked to stop some medications and all vitamin supplements, alcohol and smoking. You must not stop any prescription medications without first consulting your prescribing physician or instruction from the surgeon.
What should I do after surgery?
The surgeon will provide post-operative care instructions after surgery which may include wearing a compression garment. Exercise, strenuous activities should be avoided for .
When can I start exercising?
The surgeon will advise you about resuming exercise after surgery at your post-operative consultation. Usually you can return to work about 2-3 weeks after surgery and normal physical activities can resume in about 2 months however please it can vary from case to case so please ask the surgeon.
How much does this surgery cost?
How can I get a surgeons opinion before travelling overseas?
To get a free surgeons opinion and estimate for this surgery please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
How can I find out which type of tummy tuck is right for me?
To get a free surgeons opinion and estimate for a tummy tuck surgery please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I see before and after photos?
Due to privacy laws, before and after photos are not available online. The surgeon may provide these to you once you have your case reviewed. To have a free review of your case please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here
Can I talk to a past patient?
Yes, many of our clients are very happy to talk to others that are planning surgery through Stunning Makeovers. Before we can put you in touch, please send your photos and complete the questionnaire by clicking here.
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