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Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey

Nowadays, having a flat stomach is a very attractive feature in men and women. The one issue, however, is that getting and maintaining it is very difficult. There are many ways of achieving a flat stomach, some of which include diets, exercise, sporting activities, and even liposuction, to mention a few. A problem arises, however, after achieving your flat stomach, loose skin and stomach fold make it still unattractive. This is where a tummy tuck surgery comes into consideration. This surgery is also convenient for women who have undergone multiple pregnancies and have the same problem of loose skin in their lower abdominal area.

What is a tummy tuck surgery?

It is also known as abdominoplasty, or dermolipectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is aimed at removing excess skin or fat and restoring the tautness of your abdominal area, giving it a firmer and younger look. It is an invasive surgical procedure, and it is usually performed under general anesthesia. Suppose the excess fat or loose skin is focused only on the lower abdominal area. In that case, a mini-abdominoplasty procedure is usually sufficient, but a complete abdominoplasty is usually performed when the patient is older and has extensive stretch lesions on the abdomen. The surgical procedure lasts between 2-6 hours, depending on the extent of the reconstruction that is being performed. The recovery period is quite extensive and delicate, lasting between 4-6 weeks, with the result visible after 3-7 months. The procedure is usually very long-lasting as long as they don’t experience weight fluctuations.

What is a tummy tuck surgery
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Why perform a tummy tuck surgery in turkey? 

Turkey is a global hot spot for cosmetic surgeries like abdominoplasty. Clients around the world routinely visit Turkey for medical tourism, where they receive excellent service and the best medical care. Abdominoplasty is a safe and one of the most common cosmetic surgeries done in Turkey. Patients receive international quality medical care in excellent medical facilities and from highly specialized and experienced surgeons. The top clinics and hospitals in Turkey are all equipped with the latest technology in the field of medicine, which enables smooth procedures with faster recovery time. The medical staff is also patient-care oriented, with a detailed evaluation, treatment, and post-care of each surgery. The cost of tummy tuck surgery is also very economical, especially compared to countries like the USA, UK, Germany, etc. Turkey is also a top tourist destination spot with very affordable accommodation and easy access from many countries. The average price for this surgery may range from 2500-7000 USD, and this price is dependent on different factors, including:

  • Inclusion of additional medical package
  • Choice, location, and quality of the hospital or clinic
  • The particular surgeon
  • The type and the technique of the procedure
  • Inclusion of other procedures
  • Length of hospitalization of the patient
  • Length of stay in the country

 All these factors combine to make Turkey a very favorable destination for tummy tuck surgery.

Who is suitable for a tummy tuck surgery?

The surgery is for men and women who are healthy and have excess fat or loose skin in their lower abdominal region. Some of the requirements that enable an individual to be eligible for this surgery include the following:

  • The individual must be healthy with no underlying condition that inhibits wound healing and recovery.
  • The individual must be strong enough to handle anesthesia.
  • They must have stopped smoking at least a month before surgery.
  • They must have passed childbearing age or at least not planning to give birth any time soon.
  • Patients who can maintain a steady weight for 6 months to 1 year

Risks of Abdominoplasty 

There are some risks which are involved in the abdominoplasty procedure. The surgeon discusses them with the patient before the procedure and ensures to be extra careful to avoid them. However, they may still occur in some cases. Some of the potential complications include the following:

  • Infection
  • Abnormal or extensive scar tissue formation
  • Excess bleeding
  • Hematoma or seroma formation
  • Loss of sensation in the abdominal skin
  • Anesthesia risks

What is the procedure of abdominoplasty in Turkey?

Before the surgery, the client will consult with the surgeon on important issues related to the procedure. During the consultation, the surgeon will find out the client’s past and present medical history and the present medications the client is on. The surgeon will advise them to avoid smoking and some medications like blood thinners. The surgeon will also conduct a physical examination and explain the surgical process and the expected results. The side effects and complications will also be explained to the client, and the strict post-operative instructions will be discussed before properly scheduling the surgery. It is also very important for the client to ask all the important questions that will help them understand everything about the procedure and recovery timeline.

Abdominoplasty Surgery

types of tummy tuck
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The surgery procedure varies according to the individual consultation, and the surgeon chooses the best process to achieve the desired results with the client’s consent. There are three main ways of conducting a tummy tuck procedure in Turkey, they include:

  • Full tummy tuck – this is also a standard tummy tuck. It is a procedure where the lower and upper abdomen is tightened simultaneously. It is done under general anesthesia and may take about 2-4 hours. A horizontal incision is made from one hip to the other in a U shape above the pubic mound. Excess skin is then removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened.

Sometimes, another incision is made above the navel to remove the excess fat. The navel is then reshaped, and the incision is stitched. This procedure is suitable for individuals with excess skin folds above and below the navel.

  • Mini tummy tuck – this procedure removes the excess skin on the lower part of the abdomen below the navel. It is less invasive than in a full tummy tuck with less visible scarring. During the surgery, a small horizontal incision is made under the navel to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. The incision is then finally stitched close, and there is no need to reposition the navel in this procedure. This procedure is suitable for individuals with excess skin folds below the navel in the lower abdominal area. It is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes about 2 hours.
  • 360 tummy tuck – this procedure is the most invasive of the three. It aims to tighten the upper and lower abdomen, the lower back, and the hips. Two incisions are made, a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen and a vertical incision through the navel. Excess skin and fat are removed through all these incisions, and the surgeon then tightens the abdominal muscles. The navel is then repositioned, and the incisions stitched close. This type of procedure causes more incisions and leaves more scars, but it removes the most skin and fat. It is suitable for people that want to reshape and contour their bodies. It is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 2-4 hours.

Recovery 

The patient remains in the recovery room under observation by the medical staff for a few hours. There are drainage tubes left in the wound dressing for a few days after the surgery to remove excess fluid buildup from the wound. Antibiotics and painkillers are prescribed for the patient to help reduce the post-operative pain and prevent any infection of the wound. The swelling and bruising that is experienced after the procedure subsides after some time. The scarring will also fade but not disappear completely. The surgeon schedules the date to remove the skin sutures and the drainage tubes, usually on the first post-operative appointment. The surgeon also instructs the patient on the care of the surgical area in great detail. They are also advised to avoid any strenuous activity, quick movement, or heavy lifting for some weeks. Some doctors also recommend the use of a corset for a particular period to aid the immobility of the area. Adhering strictly to the instructions is a very important part of the recovery process as it greatly facilitates the wound healing process while also protecting the area. The patient is also advised to contact the surgeon immediately if they notice any abnormalities.

Results 

Usually, after about six weeks, when the swelling and bruising have faded, the results would gradually appear. The final results appear in about 3-6 months and are also permanent if the patient maintains a stable weight.

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