Everything You Need To Know About Tummy Tuck Surgery Treatment

A tummy tuck is cosmetic procedure removes excess belly fat to create a smooth, firm abdominal profile. This procedure smooths and flattens the stomach. This also helps tighten your muscles. An individual might choose this surgery after losing weight or having children. Here, we will cover a wide range of topics on tummy tuck surgery, such as what is tummy tuck surgery, what are the causes and symptoms that require tummy tuck surgery, how to prepare for tummy tuck surgery, what are the complications for tummy tuck surgery, who are the best doctors for tummy tuck surgery in India, and which are the top hospitals for tummy tuck surgery in India.

Dr. Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui

Review By Dr. Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui
Award-winning CEO of Marlin Medical Assistance Pvt. Ltd

Mar 4, 2024

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What is tummy tuck surgery?

What is tummy tuck surgery?

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is cosmetic surgery performed to improve the shape of the abdomen. It involves removal of excess loose skin, stretch marks and fat to tighten the abdominal muscles. The aim of the procedure is to remove excess skin on the abdomen that can’t be removed through exercise. It is not a quick fix for losing body weight as the surgery is generally only recommended for individuals with a healthy body mass index. Liposuction may be performed during tummy tuck surgery to improve your overall results by contouring the abdomen and removing excess fat from your flanks.

Types of tummy tuck

Full Tummy Tuck: A standard tummy tuck is the most common procedure aimed at having a slimmer look around the waist. The procedure focuses on the midsection, between belly button and the steum. This type is best for an adult with a healthy lifestyle and having minimal to excess weight and loose skin in the mid-abdomen.

Mini Tummy Tuck: This is performed on the lower abdominal region to remove excess skin and connective tissues, often because of ageing. It is suitable for adults with loose skin and not too much excess weight below the belly button.

Extended Tummy Tuck: This is a more extensive version of the standard procedure that is done beyond the tummy and reaches the hips and sides of the lower back. A small horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen extending around the hips. A vertical incision might also be made depending on the total size of the treatment area.

Reverse Tummy Tuck: This procedure helps reduce excessive skin on the upper abdomen and not the mid or lower abdominal region. A horizontal incision is made up to the lower breast fold along the lower steum extending to the remaining lower breast fold.

Causes and Symptoms

Causes

  • Ageing
  • Pregnancy
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Less scarring
  • Weak connective tissue
  • Hernia repair
  • Poor elasticity of the skin

Symptoms

  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Excess fat
  • Wrinkled skin
  • Loose abdominal muscles
  • Abdominal scars
  • Muscle repair failure

Diagnosis

BMI, or Body Mass Index: BMI is a tool that helps estimate body fat based on your height and weight. It's commonly used to figure out if you're underweight, normal, overweight, or obese.

Blood chemistry test: This test is used to evaluate chemical substances in blood. Various blood chemistry tests are performed to assess different things. In tummy tuck surgery, blood chemistry test is used for checking the level of substances such as glucose, urea, as well as bilirubin in the blood. The test will tell the surgeon about your general health, electrolyte balance and organ functions.

Blood and urine analysis: The plastic surgeon may advise general blood and urine analysis tests to detect general health problems. These tests help diagnose most common health problems. If a person has an infection of the urinary tract, a general blood test as well as urine analysis will detect these conditions.

Pregnancy test: A pregnancy test is mandatory for all female patients undergoing the procedure. To be eligible for tummy tuck, the patient must not be pregnant. The surgery will not only put their health at significant risk but also may lead to life-threatening conditions for the foetus. If the patient is pregnant, they should tell the doctor. Patients are suggested to avoid tummy tuck if they are pregnant.

Preparation of Treatment

When you plan to undergo a tummy tuck, you should get serious about your diet as well as exercise habits. Drinking more water, eating well and staying active are some of the things that you should follow. If you smoke, try to quit it and limit your alcohol intake as these will interfere with the procedure. Stress management is also important as chronic stress may affect your overall health and immune response. Around 4 months before your surgery, you must start scheduling consultations with your plastic surgeon. Create a meal prep plan to prepare and freeze food for later. On the day of surgery, you need to dress comfortably.

There are certain possible complications of tummy tuck surgery. Wound infection is common for this procedure for which treatment with antibiotics may be needed. There can be pain as well as discomfort near the incision sites. Haematoma, which is accumulation of blood around the surgical site, may also occur. In some rare cases, there may be excess fluid accumulation under skin near the operated site, which may require drainage procedures with the help of a needle. Other complications of tummy tuck surgery include blood clots, which could be life-threatening when they move to the lungs, vomiting and nausea.
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Cost of the treatment

Cost of tummy tuck surgery

Tummy tuck cost in India ranges from $1,890 to $4,390. The average cost of a tummy tuck surgery in India is around $3,140. The overall cost of tummy tuck surgery in India depends on factors such as the total volume of fat that needs to be removed, the kind of hospital the patient chooses and the type of tummy tuck surgery done. The cost of tummy tuck surgery in India is affordable compare to other countries such as the USA or UK.

Recovery

Recovery after tummy tuck surgery

If you are planning to undergo tummy tuck surgery, it is important to know about the recovery process. Your speedy of recovery will depend on many factors, such as age, health, as well as body weight. You might only need to stay in hospital only for a few hours after the procedure. You will need someone who can take you home from the hospital after your surgery. You can take a shower 48 hours after removing your drainage tubes. You can to take a sponge bath until you take shower. You may need to take antibiotic and an anticoagulant on the doctor’s advice. The health expert may prescribe some medication to apply on the skin. Take pain medication as suggested. Avoid taking any medicine having aspirin unless directed by the doctor. Keep moving after the surgery, even if can be walking. This will keep your blood flowing, boosting the healing process and decreasing the chances of a blood clot in the legs. Follow a healthy diet containing a lot vegetables and fruits for speedy recovery.

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Dr. Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui

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Dr. Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui

Award-winning CEO of Marlin Medical Assistance Pvt. Ltd

Dr. Mohammad Afzal Siddiqui is an award-winning CEO of Marlin Medical Assistance Pvt. Ltd., a professionally managed medical tourism holding company and the active Director of Alshifa Healthcare Services Pvt. Ltd., a full-service medical tourism aggregation agency servicing JCI and NABH/ NABL accredited Hospitals across the country’s 5 locations.

In addition to Marlin, Alshifa also includes Media Group, which houses Arabic Medical Tourism e-Magazine healthandtour.com. The E-magazine “مجلة الصحة والسياحة” provides a wide scope of medical tourism information to healthcare travellers to find a safe, effective and cost-saving solution for their medical and healthcare needs. In addition to running E-Magazine, Dr. Mohammad Afzal also serves as Delhi-state coordinator in Foundation of Healthcare and Wellness Promotion focused on bringing India’s Healthcare closer to the world and smoothen world’s access to Indian Healthcare.

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