TUMMY TUCK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)  questions are asked by real people like you. The answers are provided by board-certified doctors or qualified medical providers who meet our exacting standards.

Many factors such as pregnancy, aging, prior surgery, significant weight fluctuations and heredity can cause loose or sagging skin and protruding abdomen. It may happen even to healthy people with normal weight. So, tummy tuck is a common treatment.

Many factors such as pregnancy, aging, prior surgery, significant weight fluctuations and heredity can cause loose or sagging skin and protruding abdomen. It may happen even to healthy people with normal weight. So, tummy tuck is a common treatment.

Tummy Tuck Surgery, also called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure removing the excess fat and skin to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen and also restores weakened or separated muscles creating a smoother and firmer abdomen. Tummy tuck can be an appropriate solution for both men and women, if you have lost a great deal of weight, had pregnancy or you can’t achieve your fitness goals through diet and exercise alone.

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure removing the excess fat and skin to improve the shape and appearance of the abdomen and also restores weakened or separated muscles creating a smoother and firmer abdomen.

The outcome of a tummy tuck is permanent. However, significant fluctuations in your weight can diminish its positive results. Therefore, it is recommended to postpone a tummy tuck after your weight is stable or you are done with pregnancy.

Tummy tuck in Iran is performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in modern clinics and hospitals. Surprisingly, the cost of tummy tuck in Iran, is inexpensive and reasonable. So, many people from neighbouring countries and across the world choose Iran for medical and health purposes.

Yes. Iran is one of the most advanced countries in plastic surgeries.

Yes, it is used. A tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

A tummy tuck surgery normally takes up to 2 hours.

The surgeon makes incisions under your navel to remove the excess skin and fat. The length of the incisions depends on the type of tummy tuck and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. However, two incisions will be made, one around the navel, and the other from hip bone on one side to the other side of the body. Then he will pull down the upper abdominal skin and suture the remaining skin together creating an abdominal contour more proportionate to your body type. Then the navel will be replaced with a more natural-looking position. The whole procedure may take up to 5 hours. Mini tummy tuck involves a single incision in which the surgeon can remove excess skin and fat. During this procedure, your surgeon will not move your belly button and may only take up to 2 hours.

    • Full Tummy Tuck
    • Mini Tummy Tuck
    • Extended Tummy Tuck
    • Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck
    • Drainless Tummy Tuck
    • Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
    • Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck

the most common types are full abdominoplasty and mini-abdominoplasty.

A full tummy tuck, also called complete abdominoplasty, has been designed improve the upper and lower abdomen. In this procedure, the surgeon will cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as needed. The surgery will involve moving your belly button, and you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days. This method is suitable for patients in good health having excessive skin around their midsection or weakened abdominal muscles. This method flattens and contours the areas above and below the belly buttons. Full tummy tuck is recommended for those patients with a stable weight. In tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a small incision which is not visible and tighten the abdominal muscles by removing the necessary skins.

Mini abdominoplasty, also known as partial-abdominoplasty, addresses only the lower abdomen. This method is designed for patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel.

In this procedure, the surgeon will Make a small horizontal incision between the hipbones and tighten underlying muscles by removing excess skin. It takes maximum 2 hours. Unlike a full tummy tuck, the scope of mini tummy tuck is very less and the recovery time is almost 2 weeks. This method is suitable for patients who are in range of their ideal weight but frustrated by stubborn fat on the lower part of abdomen and they were unable to get rid of that by exercise and strict dieting for years. You are not allowed to take strenuous activities until at least 6 weeks following your surgery.

An extended tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is similar to full tummy tuck with addition of reducing excess fat and skin on a patient’s flanks or love handles, between the waist and hips. It also targets, in some cases, excess skin on the lateral thigh.

The best candidates for extended tummy tuck are patients who have lost a great deal of weight and have excess skin and individuals who wish to slim and improve the appearance of their stomach and flanks.

Generally, candidates for extended tummy tuck have the following specifications:

An abundance of excess skin hanging from their upper and lower abdomen and flanks – in some cases, weighing several pounds significant laxity in their abdominal muscles.

The incisions in the extended tummy tuck are longer and larger than a full tummy tuck. So, the scars from an extended tummy tuck take a little longer time to be healed.

Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck is a plastic surgery and gets its name from the incision’s shape. The shape is like the petals of a Fleur-De-Lis. This type of tummy tuck involves two incisions. An incision is made along the pubic bone, like a full tummy tuck and there is a vertical incision that runs along the middle of the abdomen.

The best candidate for Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck are those patients who have excess skin in the midline of their abdomen. They have often experienced dramatic weight loss and have a combination of vertical and horizontal laxity. The extra incision allows the surgeon to tighten a patient’s skin from the side-to-side as well as up-and-down, which can improve the look of the abdomen.

A drainless tummy tuck is a surgical procedure combines a traditional tummy tuck with liposuction using a progressive suture method to carry fluid build-up between the skin and muscle resulting from the surgery away from the surgical site. So, there is no need for drainage tubes in this method.

At first, the surgeon will use liposuction to remove isolated areas of stubborn fat. It minimizes the amount of surgical intervention and then he will make an incision along your abdomen in order to tighten and remove loose skin and muscle tissue. This technique requires more surgical time which may cause potential risks and complications. However, this procedure is more beneficial than the other tummy tuck types as Traditional abdominoplasty offers a limited amount of correction for subcutaneous fat.

After the drainless tummy tuck surgery, you will be asked to wear a compression garment during the healing process. You will be able to return to work within 1 or 2 weeks depending on your health condition and the strenuousness of the surgery. The recovery period is generally shorter than a fully tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy tuck, as a single procedure, is designed merely to excise excess skin and not to remove the fat. So, liposuction is a procedure contours the body by removing pockets of fat. This procedure is more useful for the patients who wish to eliminate loose skin and repairing muscle tissue simultaneously.

Non-surgical tummy tuck is the most advanced invasive technique known as intralipotherapy removing unwanted fat from the abdomen to tweak and tighten with minimal downtime and without incisions or a lengthy recovery. This procedure is suitable for the patients with mild or moderate loose skin on their body. It is very important to know that non-surgical option may not be the right solution for every one and sometimes may not produce the desirable results for all the patients and is not considered an effective treatment for patients with excess sagging skin following pregnancy or weight loss.

The people with the following specifications can be the best candidate for tummy tuck:

    • physically healthy and at a stable weight
    • realistic expectations
    • be a nonsmoker
    • bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

Tummy tuck is not recommended for the following people:

    • You plan to get pregnant. You should postpone tummy tuck until you’re done having babies.
    • You are planning to lose a lot of weight. Tummy tuck should not be considered as an alternative to weight loss. In another word, it should be a last resort after you’ve tried everything else.
    • You expect to correct stretch marks. A tummy tuck is not designed for that. these marks may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.

Recovery time for a tummy tuck is relatively short and takes normally between a couple of weeks up to two months.

    • You will experience swelling, bruising, numbness, and pain a few days after the surgery which is normal.
    • No specific diet is necessary but it is important to have a healthy, well-balanced diet with adequate protein and exercise to maintain the results you get from the tummy tuck.
    • The surgeon will prescribe some creams or ointments to help with the tummy tuck scars.
    • A temporary tube will be inserted in the surgical place to drain excess fluid.
    • A compression garment must be worn during the recovery time.
    • Heavy physical activities are prohibited during the recovery period.
    • You may return to work after a couple of weeks according to your doctor’s permission.
    • Drink plenty of fluids and maintain good nutrition with adequate protein.
    • Do not drink soda which causes gas and bloating.

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