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What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Author: Hào Nghiêm
Review Date: August 1, 2018 | Last Modified: January 22, 2019
What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?


1. What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

2. What is the purpose of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

The purpose of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is to improve the appearance of the abdomen.


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1. When is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) needed?

You might choose to have a tummy tuck if you have skin that’s accumulated around the area of your belly button and a weak lower abdominal wall. A tummy tuck can also boost your body image.

2. Who are eligible for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.

Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.

A tummy tuck is also an option for men or women who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

If you’re a woman who plans to get pregnant, then you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you’re done having children. During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.

Are you planning to lose a lot of weight? This procedure also is not for you. A tummy tuck should be a last resort after you’ve tried everything else. It should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.

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Tummy tuck surgery cost can vary widely. The average fee referenced above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

A surgeon’s fee will be based on his or her experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic office location.

In the U.S., the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,992, according to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Most health insurance does not cover tummy tuck surgery or its complications, but many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.


1. What should I do before Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Initially, you’ll talk to a plastic surgeon about a tummy tuck. During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • Review your medical history

Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you’re taking or you have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you’ve had. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications. If your desire for a tummy tuck is related to weight loss, your doctor will likely ask detailed questions about your weight gain and loss.

  • Do a physical exam

To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your abdomen. The doctor might also take pictures of your abdomen for your medical record.

  • Discuss your expectations

Explain why you want a tummy tuck, and what you’re hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks, including scarring. Keep in mind that previous abdominal surgery might limit your results.

Before a tummy tuck you might also need to:

  • Stop smoking

Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. In addition, smoking increases the risk of tissue damage. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.

  • Avoid certain medications

You’ll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.

  • Maintain a stable weight

Ideally, you’ll maintain a stable weight for at least 12 months before having a tummy tuck. If you’re severely overweight, your doctor will recommend that you lose weight before the procedure. Significant weight loss after the procedure can diminish your results.

  • Take medication to prevent complications

Shortly before your tummy tuck, you’ll need to begin taking an anticoagulant to prevent blood clotting.

  • Arrange for help during recovery

Make plans for someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital and stay with you for at least the first night of your recovery at home.

2. What should I do after Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Whether you’re having a partial or complete tummy tuck, the area that’s operated on will be stitched and bandaged. It’s very important to follow all your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for the bandage in the days following surgery. The bandage used will be a firm, elastic band that promotes proper healing. Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself while sitting or lying down to help ease the pain.

You will have to severely limit strenuous activity for at least six weeks. You may need to take up to one month off work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery. Your doctor will advise you on what you need to do or not do.

You’ll wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about six weeks after your tummy tuck. This will help prevent fluid buildup and provide abdominal support while you heal. Your doctor will explain how to care for your scar.

For the first six weeks after a tummy tuck, you’ll need to take care when moving and avoid positions that strain your incision line — such as quickly bending at the waist — to prevent the reopening of the wound. In addition, you’ll need to schedule follow-up visits with your doctor for the next year.

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1. How long does Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) last?

The procedure typically takes about three hours.

2. How is the procedure of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck is done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During a tummy tuck, you’ll be under general anesthesia — which makes you completely unconscious and unable to feel pain. In some cases, you might be given an analgesic and be moderately sedated (partially asleep).

Your plastic surgeon will make incisions to remove most of the skin and fat between your bellybutton and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape. The fascia, which overlies the abdominal muscles, will be tightened with permanent sutures.

Your plastic surgeon will then reposition the skin around your bellybutton. Your belly button will be brought out through a small incision and sutured in its normal position.

The incision from hip to hip above the pubic hair will be stitched together and will leave a scar that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line.

During the procedure, you might be given an antibiotic to prevent infection.

3. What happens after the procedure?

After a tummy tuck, your abdominal incision and your bellybutton will likely be covered with a surgical dressing. Small tubes might be placed along the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid.

Your bed will be positioned to keep your upper body slightly raised and your knees at an angle for the first few days after surgery. Members of your health care team will also help you walk as early as the first day after a tummy tuck to help prevent the formation of blood clots.

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Complications & Side Effects

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1. What complications could arise from Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

As with any surgery, there are risks. Though they’re rare, complications can include infection, bleeding under the skin flap, or blood clots. You may be more likely to have complications if you have poor circulation, diabetes, or heart, lung, or liver disease.

You may experience insufficient healing, which can cause more significant scarring or loss of skin. If you do heal poorly, you may require a second surgery.

A tummy tuck leaves scars. Though they may fade slightly, they will never completely disappear. Your surgeon may recommend certain creams or ointments to use after you’ve completely healed to help with scars.

2. What are the possible side effects of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

You’ll likely feel moderate pain, which will be controlled by pain medication. It’s normal to have swelling in the surgical area for about six weeks. In some cases, swelling might take up to three months to resolve.

Drains might be left in place for several days after surgery. Your doctor or a member of your health care team will show you how to empty and care for your drains. You might need to continue taking an antibiotic as long as the drains are in place.

Your surgeon also might prescribe an anticoagulant for several days after your tummy tuck.

Need further information? Contact GO.CARE manage team to get more details from expert doctors and medical specialists.

Please choose the best hospitals and clinics that provide Tummy tuck in Asia to get the most suitable healthcare for your condition.

GO.CARE does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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3. What is the cost of a tummy tuck? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck/cost. Accessed June 13, 2018.

4. What is a tummy tuck? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck. Accessed June 13, 2018.

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