Tummy tuck surgery has become so popular lately. It is one of the many procedures that patients prefer having done after losing a certain amount of weight. In a tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon removes the excess, sagging skin from the abdominal area to provide a flat appearance. Often combined with liposuction, tummy tuck is also very popular among women who gave birth to one or more children as it involves the repair of abdominal muscles that's been damaged during pregnancy.
The tummy tuck procedure is done under general anesthetic. It takes 1-3 hours depending on the extent of the surgery, and the other procedures that it is combined with. The tummy tuck incision is placed right above the pubic area, so it can be hidden by the underwear. It generally is placed between the hip bones. If it is an extended tummy tuck, the incision can extend to the sides of the belly. Once the surgeon makes the incision, he repairs the abdominal muscles, removes the excess skin, places one or two drains to aspirate the excess fluid that will build up in the area, and closes the incision with dissolvable sutures.
Tummy Tuck aftercare is not very complex. Once the drains are removed, you will need to keep the area clean. You can use some iodine solution for cleaning the wound line. After cleaning, applying some antibiotic cream and closing the area will be enough. You will be provided with a compression garment after the surgery, and you need to wear it until you are at least 4-6 weeks post-op. The surgeon will advise you if you need to keep wearing it depending on your recovery process.
Right after the surgery, even though you will need to rest, you are also required to move around. After having a surgical procedure, staying immobile for long periods of time increases the risk of developing blood clots. So, taking 10-minute walks around the house is always good to regulate your blood circulation and minimize the risks.
Avoid heavy house chores like cleaning or moving the furniture around and exercising until you are 6-8 weeks post-op. If you have an infant or toddler, it will be better to arrange someone to take care of him/her.
If you notice that you have high fever, difficulty in breathing, excessive swelling or bleeding, please contact us and/or your general practitioner immediately.
Tummy tuck surgery is done under general anesthetic. So, the patient does not feel anything during the surgery. Once the patient is discharged from the hospital, he/she is prescribed pain relief medications to keep the discomfort at a minimum level.
Tummy tuck price in Turkey varies from patient to patient, as some patient might need a regular tummy tuck while others may need extended tummy tuck. Also, the other procedures that the tummy tuck is combined with affect the overall price. So, in order to get a price, you can contact us now.