Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most performed aesthetic procedures in Turkey and abroad. Many people undergo a tummy tuck surgery in Turkey because of their excess fat and skin which may occur due to pregnancy, ageing, significant fluctuations in weight, heredity or prior surgery. People can achieve a flat and well-toned abdomen by affordable tummy tuck surgery abroad. A tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Loosened muscles will also be repaired during surgery. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many people strive for through exercise and weight control, and it can be achieved via tummy tuck surgery.
There are different techniques for abdominoplasty and Longevita plastic surgeon will explain you the options, pros and cons during your in person consultation prior to surgery. He will advise you the most appropriate technique suitable for you based on your preferences and expectations. There will, however, be a long usually curved scar left across the lower part of the abdominal wall at the level of the pubic hair after tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction may be also carried out to thin the abdominal wall before, during or after abdominoplasty surgery.
Longevita is proud to be the first and the only company offering free flights to international patients seeking tummy tuck surgery abroad. Wherever you are in the world*, you may benefit from Longevita’s all inclusive tummy tuck packages covering the cost of your economy class return tickets from your country to Turkey. All you need to do is contact Longevita to make a booking for your tummy tuck surgery in Turkey.
Tummy Tuck Surgery at a Glance
PROCEDURE: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall LENGTH: 2 to 5 hours ANESTHESIA: General, or local with sedation IN/OUTPATIENT: Depends on individual circumstances. Usually inpatient SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary pain, swelling, numbness of abdominal skin, soreness, bruising, tiredness for several weeks/months RISK: Blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss RECOVERY: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks
More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks
Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years
RESULT LASTS: Usually permanent
What is Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty is a surgery that removes the excess fat and sagging skin tissue present in the middle and lower abdomen and stretches the muscles in the abdominal area. Tummy tuck surgery is not a treatment of obesity. Fat people should lose amount of weight before surgery. Tummy tuck surgery improves the appearance of a fat belly and abdomen dramatically, but scarring is permanent due to surgery. There are different techniques used by Longevita partner plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck procedure, can also be performed with body contour correction surgeries (cosmetic breast surgeries, liposuction, etc.) or some other surgeries (uterine, ovarian surgery, etc.).
How Tummy Tuck is Performed
Full abdominoplasty surgery takes about 2-5 hours while partial abdominoplasty may take 1-2 hours. An incision is usually made from one hip to another which is usually concealed under the swimsuit. Second incision is needed around the navel. Incision lines in partial abdominoplasty are shorter than the full abdominoplasty. During surgery, the abdominal skin is separated from the groin to the ribs under the muscles. If there is weakness in the abdominal muscles or hernia, excess skin is removed from the body. After the treatment, the wound is closed with metal clamps and either single or hidden stitches covered with bandages. One or two tubes are placed under the skin in order to absorb excess liquid collected in the surgery area.
Results of Tummy Tuck
Patient’s abdomen will naturally be swollen for the first few days, but medication controls the pain. Patient may have a couple of pillows placed behind her knees in order to keep them bent and reduce the tension in her abdominal muscles. Patient may not be able to stand up straight away, but she should start walking about as soon as possible. All stitches are usually the dissolving type; however, any clips will be taken out after 5 days.
A comfortable support garment should be worn for six weeks and patient will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on progress. The recovery varies by individual. Some return to work after only two weeks while others take three or four weeks to recuperate. Patients can usually expect to be back to full activity after six weeks. Heavy lifting or strenuous activity are not advised in the first six weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming is recommended during this time.
Limitations of Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck treatment will not eliminate stretch marks of the patient’s mid or upper abdomen yet it will shift them lower on her abdomen. There will be a scar extending across the lowest part of patient’s abdomen, just below the bikini line. Unless the belly button requires transposition, there will not be a second scar around the patient’s belly button. These scars are usually hidden by underwear or a swimming suit. The scars will fade gradually. It takes approximately nine months to a year before scars flatten out and lighten in colour. Regardless, patients will most likely look and feel better with a flat abdomen and scars than they would with a bulging belly.
Risks of Tummy Tuck
Every year thousands of abdominoplasty procedures are performed in Turkey by Longevita partner aesthetic surgeons. The result of tummy tuck surgery is usually satisfactory when performed by a plastic surgeon specialized in body contour correction. Every surgical procedure has certain amount of risk, so as tummy tuck. Complications related with tummy tuck surgery such as infection and bleeding are rare when performed in appropriate hospital conditions by experienced plastic surgeons. Poor or delayed wound healing might be experienced resulting permanent scar. Under these conditions, a second surgery may be required. Smokers are more likely to skin loss and wound healing complications.
Contraindications of Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck procedure can not be performed on every patient. Contraindications to abdominoplasty include right, left, or bilateral upper quadrant scars (relative), severe comorbid conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, morbid obesity), excessive cigarette smoking, future plans for pregnancy, a history of thromboembolic disease (relative).
Daily Schedule of Tummy Tuck
Although it may vary from patient to patient, here’s a typical schedule of tummy tuck experience in Turkey:
First Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
You arrive at the hospital in the morning to meet your doctor in person. Longevita plastic surgeon will explain you the procedure in detail and examine you before he advises on the abdominal area on where your tummy tuck procedure take place. You will have an opportunity to discuss the details of tummy tuck procedure and expectations from your surgery. If you would like to proceed, you will be asked to pay your remaining balance and sign consent forms. You will then have your tests and checks to confirm your suitability for surgery. The procedure usually lasts for two to five hours. Within an hour after surgery, anaesthesia will ease and you will regain consciousness. Most of abdominoplasty patients require drainage after the procedure in order to make the blood and other fluids flow. So, the patient must be careful about his/her bed position after the procedure.
Your doctor performs initial check-up and you stay at the hospital on the first night of surgery.
Second Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
This will be the healing and rehabilitation day for you. Your doctor will perform the second check up in the morning before your discharge from the hospital. He will remove your drainages you have. You will be advised on your medication and provided instructions on the dressing routine and using the compression garment. You will stay in your hotel room and rest as much as possible for the remaining of the day.
Third Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your third day. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for dinner. City sightseeing tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping. For further information, please contact Longevita case managers.
Fourth Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your fourth day again. You should avoid heavy activities but may take a walk or go out for touring. Bosphorus ferry tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping. For further information, please contact Longevita case managers.
Fifth Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
You are advised to continue resting in your room on your fifth day. You should avoid heavy activities but may visit nearby attraction points. City sightseeing tours and historical places tour are also available for you. You may have a chance to explore the city as well as shopping. For further information, please contact Longevita case managers.
Sixth Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey
You visit Longevita plastic surgeon’s private practice for final check-up, removal of stitches and change of dressing. Your doctor advises you further on medication and the types of activities you can get involved in over the course of your recovery period. You will be ready to go back home after your sixth day in Turkey.
Tummy Tuck Doctors in Turkey
Longevita doctors have degrees from top medical schools, who are specialists in their fields, experienced in treating international patients, and recognized by international professional associations. Longevita’s specialist doctors are certified by international bodies. Check out their CVs, brochures, videos, before and after gallery and testimonials.
Prof. Dr. Fuat Yuksel
- Experience: 24 years
- Specialties: Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 15,000
- Nationalities Treated: American, British, European, Middle Eastern and Asian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Turkish Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
- Languages: English, Turkish
- Favourite Hobbies: Soccer, Swimming, Jazz
Dr. Aret Cerci Ozkan
- Experience: 10 years
- Specialities: Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 2,000
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish , Armenian, German, Russian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- Languages: Turkish, English, Armenian
- Favourite Hobbies: Sculpturing with Clay, Playing Piano and Violoncello, Collecting Vintage and Antique Objects
Dr. Erdal Tugsel
- Experience: 28 years
- Specialities: Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 4,000
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish , European, British, American, Canadian, Middle Eastern, Australian
- Memberships: Turkish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Turkish Medical Association
- Languages: Turkish, English
- Favourite Hobbies: Reading, Football, Tennis
Dr. Resat Altug Aktas
- Experience : 10 years
- Specialties: Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
- Number of Surgical Procedures: 3,000 cases
- Nationalities Treated: Turkish, British, European, Arabic, Middle Eastern and Asian
- Memberships: Turkish Medical Association
- Languages: English and Turkish
- Favourite Hobbies: Orienteering, Crossfit and Photography
Tummy Tuck Pre-Operative Instructions
• You should inform your surgeon about your routine medication and health history
• Laboratory and EKG (if they are required) tests must be done. Tummy tuck surgery has to be cancelled if there is the slightest chance of pregnancy
• You should avoid taking any products containing aspirin, ibuprofen non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and Vitamin E supplement two weeks before the surgery
Tummy Tuck Post-Operative Instructions
• You can expect significant pain for the first 24 hours. Take your pain medication before pain becomes unbearable
• You will be prescribed a narcotic pain medication as well as antibiotics by your doctor. Please follow the medication plan that is arranged for you by your doctor
• You should drink plenty of fluids for the first couple of weeks after tummy tuck surgery, as this will help you to remain well hydrated and reduce swelling
Tummy Tuck FAQ
What is the difference between normal tummy tuck procedure and mini tummy tuck?
In mini tummy tuck, minimum amount of abdominal area is affected by skin removal or muscle tightening below the belly button. However, in traditional tummy tuck procedure, the amount of fat and skin removal process spreads on a wider zone including lower abdominal area.
How many times did your surgeon perform tummy tuck surgery?
Most of Longevita surgeons have performed over 5,000 procedures which include a great number of tummy tuck procedures. Some of our more experienced cosmetic surgeons performed more than 15,000 procedures.
What if I become pregnant after my tummy tuck procedure?
If you become pregnant after the procedure, the effects of the operation become useless. Since this procedure is related to the abdominal muscles and fat areas, you may consider the result unsatisfactory after you give birth to your child. The muscles that you decide to reshape loosen after you give birth to your child.
Disclaimer: This page is designed to supply useful information but is not to be regarded as advice specific to any particular case. It does not replace the need for a thorough consultation and all prospective patients should seek the advice of a suitably qualified medical practitioner.