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Our abdomen is the hallmark of our beauty. We all dream of having the perfect shape and bell. This line reminds me of the “6 pack ab” goals I have been setting for years 😊 . 

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty  is a cosmetic surgery to help you get rid of – extra skin from your abdomen and remove the flab.

This procedure is the 6th most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the world.

From the year 2008 to 2013, 25,000 abdominoplasties performed out of which 97% of abdominoplasty patients were women.

Unlike any other surgery, abdominoplasty involves the removal of extra skin and fat from our abdomen to tighten our muscles.

Abdominoplasty is a popular procedure, particularly for those whose bodies have gone dramatic changes such as women after their pregnancy.

If you are looking for such kind of treatment in future, a proper research might help you make the right decision.

How much does Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty Cost In India?

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Tummy tuck surgery’s cost in India varies. It starts with the standard procedure, mini tummy tuck and ends with the extended tummy tuck.

Here is the cost comparison of tummy tuck surgery in between US and India:

Medical Treatment Procedure Cost
United States India
Typical Minimum Cost of Tummy Tuck US$ 14,000 US$ 1,500
Typical Maximum Cost of Tummy Tuck US$ 22,000 US$ 2,500
Average Cost of Tummy Tuck US$ 18,000 US$ 2,000

As you would notice, the procedure is almost 10 times cheaper in India. Thereby, making india a perfect medical tourism location in world.

Who needs tummy tuck surgery?

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Going through a cosmetic surgery is completely personal. Patients deciding to undergo tummy tuck surgery have a variety of reasons such as:

  1. Extreme Skin Laxity
  2. Stretch Marks
  3. Women after Pregnancy
  4. Extreme fat
  5. Lack of body confidence
  6. Loose abdominal muscles

The most famous among above (as per surgeons) is patients wanting to “Look better”.

What are the different types of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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Any cosmetic surgery is conducted after days of consultations with the surgeon.

The initial rounds with your doctors are there to soothe your nerves and answer your whys, hows, whats related to cosmetic surgery.

If you are planning for tummy tuck surgery, these are the 3 options doctors (cosmetic surgeons) will suggest to you:

  • Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Surgeons prefer mini tuck surgery when the patient is concerned about the loose skin (or pooch) or the stretch marks below the belly button. This procedure takes place with the intention of tightening the loose muscles i.e flattering the pooch and removing the extra skin.

After the completion of surgery, the patient can observe a little horizontal line which will be a typically just a few inches.

Many patients prefer mini tuck surgery as it’s less surgical and has a quick recovery time.

  • Full Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Full tummy tuck surgery is recommended when the patient wants to get the complete abdomen done.

Patients with extra fat, skinfold generally look for such kind of procedure.

In this type of procedure, surgeons remove the excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles and, in some cases, the surgeons have to make the surgical cut around the navel to remove the excess skin and abdominal muscles.

The results are like that of mini tuck but with few inches, a long mark will be seen from one hip to other.

  • Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery:

This surgery is for those who after losing weight are left with a sagging skin hanging around the front half of the body.

One of the first example to come to my mind, when I think for patients for extended tummy tuck surgery is women after pregnancy who notice significant laxity in their abdominal muscles.

This extended tummy tuck surgery is recommended for such patients.

The scar after the procedure is visible even though it can be hidden by clothes. For some patients, the scar becomes a permanent mark on their abdomen.

These three types of surgery you can expect from surgeons to come up with when you describe them about your needs and problems.

Am I suitable for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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The surgery is available for both women and men. There’s no age limit but as per doctors, but a minimum age should be 16 as per the surgeons from the US.

Health conditions are an important factor when it comes to tummy tuck surgery as you will undergo the surgical procedures which might affect the behavior of body system.

What is the procedure of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery starts with pre-surgery instructions from surgeon to make sure the surgery goes smooth and clean:

  • If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask you to stop few weeks prior to surgery as smoking can delay the process of healing.
  • The surgeon will give you a fixed diet that you should strictly follow.
  • You will not be allowed to have any contraceptive pill 3-4 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Fasting, which will be like no eating and drinking 6 hours before the surgery

And once you are ready, the procedure starts with general anesthetic and which last up to 2-3 hours and while you are in unconscious state doctors will perform their duty.

How much time does it take to recover after a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Abdominoplasty takes the longest time to recover. As the surgery is completely different than other cosmetic surgeries. Some people can recover in weeks, while some take up to 6 months. It depends upon the type of surgery we are proceeding with.

Mini tummy tuck surgery takes few weeks to recover, say 2-3 weeks. Followed by full tummy tuck surgery which takes up to 4-5 weeks and the extended tummy tuck surgery which will take its own time to get recover.

Many people have the misconception of this surgery, they think the procedure is simple. Abdominoplasty is a long procedure, only the surgical period is short, preparation and recovery take its own time.

When the patient doesn’t follow the orders or instruction they come up with side effects like swelling issues, brushing, fatigue, and sometimes pain and discomfort.

Doctors usually ask patients to have patience while undergoing these procedures. Some people tend to recover faster, while other struggles for weeks. It depends upon the health condition of patients and how quickly their body can accept the change.

Here are some tips for you to help you after tummy tuck Surgery:

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Tip 1: Follow the instructions:  

After a period, patients lose track of their medicine schedule. You must stay disciplined with the medicines and instructions. If you want to recover quickly, you will need to follow the instructions even if you are almost in the recovery stage.

Tip 2: Don’t be alone:

Doctors highly recommend tummy tuck patients to have someone with them for 24-48 hours after surgery. Patients find it difficult to stand straight, bend or to sit, a helping hand in such situations help the patient to do his basic activities without pressuring themselves.

Tip 3: Find a cozy place:

After the surgery patients need full body rest. So having a comfort zone like with 2-3 pillows behind your head and pillow under your knees can help you in quick recovery.

Tip 4: Eat healthy:

Doctors will send you home with a long list of medicines which you should follow strictly. As you will be undergoing high dosage of medicines, you need healthy and nutritious food to support your body system. Do not forget to ask your doctor about the diet pan which will comprise of food with proteins, high in vitamins, low-fat, and green vegetables.

Tip 5: Quit smoking:

Smoking makes the healing process slow. Since many blood vessels are cut during tummy tuck surgery, healing might take time. In such situations, doctors highly recommend not to smoke to make it further delay.

Conclusion:

Tummy tuck surgery is recommended to those who want to get rid of extra fat, stretch marks, and extreme fat. A proper survey and consultation with the surgeon is a must before proceeding with such kind of surgery.

And there is no harm in undergoing the procedure. You have no clue – how many people across the world have benefited from this surgery.

It helps you build confidence by making you look good (think of a slimmer, trimmer version of yourself).