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What is a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck is a surgery that flattens the abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall and the waistline. Your waistline plays a significant role in your physical appearance. Excessive fat accumulation, sagging skin and poor elasticity, or weakened connective tissue in the abdomen can affect the appearance of your waistline.

A tummy tuck could be an effective treatment for a person who has invested an extensive amount of time in reducing stubborn fats from the abdomen but sees no positive outcomes. Although most people confuse the treatment with liposuction, the two procedures are different. However, one may get liposuction and a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty or belly fat reduction surgery, is becoming an increasingly common plastic surgery, with around 1,50,000 surgeries performed yearly. In 2020, around 28,566 tummy tuck procedures were performed in India successfully.

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Best centre for tummy tuck treatment in India

Best centre for tummy tuck treatment in India

Pristyn Care is one of the best centres for tummy tuck surgery. Pristyn Care has the best plastic surgeons and technicians and is equipped with world-class infrastructure and cutting-edge medical technology to deliver quality treatments for its clients.

Pristyn Care provides hassle-free, personalized treatments to each client after thoroughly considering their needs and expectations from the treatment. Here are some of the factors that make Pristyn Care one of the best centers for tummy tuck in India:

  • Association with top-grade clinics and hospitals in multiple cities of India.
  • 24*7 assistance throughout the treatment journey
  • Multiple payment options, including No-cost EMI facility.
  • All insurance is accepted, and insurance claim assistance is provided.
  • Free of cost pick up and drop service on the day of surgery
  • Follow-up consultations without any additional charges
  • Supportive, friendly and helpful nursing and medical staff

To learn more about the benefits of choosing Pristyn Care for tummy tuck surgery in India, you can give us a call and talk to our medical care coordinators. They will assist you at every step of the treatment journey and make your experience hassle-free.

What happens in tummy tuck treatment?

What happens in tummy tuck treatment?

There are different types of tummy tuck, and the steps of each may differ slightly from the other one:

Full tummy tuck

  • A small umbilical incision is made that is not externally visible.
  • The doctor positions a low, short waistline incision that generally gets hidden by clothes.
  • The plastic surgeon removes the necessary skin from the abdominal wall and tightens the abdominal muscles.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck ideally addresses the lower abdomen or the area below the belly button. The steps of a mini tummy tuck involve:

  • A small horizontal incision is made between the hip bones.
  • The excess sagging skin is removed, and the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened.

Extended tummy tuck

An extended tummy tuck can be an effective treatment for patients that have lost substantial weight and are looking for a treatment that can refine the contours of the stomach and flanks.

  • The plastic surgeon makes an incision between the hip bones. The scar might be reopened if an extended tummy tuck is performed after a C-section.
  • The muscles that have been separated are sewn together to give a full-taut appearance.
  • If there is any extra fat, the surgeon may perform liposuction along with the procedure. To do this, the doctor first removes the belly button.
  • The belly button is stitched in the original place unless the surgeon sees no need to change the shape

How to prepare for a tummy tuck?

How to prepare for a tummy tuck?

Here are some of the essential points that you need to keep in mind while preparing for a tummy tuck surgery:

  • Eat healthy – Modify your meal and make it a well-balanced one. Include a lot of proteins in your diet, and stay hydrated.
  • Stay physically active – Just because you have scheduled the treatment does not mean you will give up on exercise. Mild exercise regularly can improve the looseness or laxity of the tummy.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking hampers the blood supply to the skin and may complicate the outcome of the surgery. Not quitting smoking may increase the complications of skin loss in females.
  • Take enough time off – Take at least 2 weeks off your social and professional schedule. You will require enough time to heal from the surgical wounds.
  • You may be asked to get specific lab tests for medical evaluation and prescribed medications before the surgery.

What to expect after a tummy tuck?

What to expect after a tummy tuck?

The plastic surgeon will tell you what to expect after the surgery during the consultation. Here’s what you can expect immediately after surgery and during recovery.

  • The recovery process may take 1-3 months. The swelling may last for a few weeks and gradually fade with time.
  • You will be allowed to take a shower 48 hours after the surgery. Until then, you may take a sponge bath.
  • The doctor shall prescribe you antibiotics and painkillers, and ointments to apply on the skin. The medications should be taken as directed by the doctor.
  • You’d be asked to avoid alcohol and any form of nicotine as long as you take the medicines.
  • Rarely, pain or sensory abnormalities can persist for at least a month after the procedure.
  • Your tummy may feel like it’s being pulled when you try to stand up straight or lie on the bed. You may feel numbness in the tummy for a few months.
  • You may have fluid-filled swelling above the scar, but this will fade with time.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

  • A tummy tuck is a suitable surgery for both men and women with stubborn fat muscles. Women who have had multiple pregnancies can undergo this procedure to tighten the loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin of the abdomen.
  • Obesity could be an important reason why both men and women might undergo tummy tuck surgery.
  • The patient has to be in good health, should be a non-smoker, and have enough loose abdominal muscles that they want to get removed

Dos and don'ts after tummy tuck for proper recovery

Dos and don'ts after tummy tuck for proper recovery

The tummy would be swollen and bruised immediately after the surgery. The patient needs to wear a compressive corset during this time. After getting home, the patient should get plenty of rest for the first few days to allow proper healing. Here are a few dos and don’ts that a person needs to follow during recovery.

Dos after tummy tuck surgery

  • Choose a diet that is rich in fiber to avoid constipation.
  • Bend your knees while sleeping. Sleeping flat can cause discomfort to anyone who has just had a tummy tuck.
  • Walk for at least a few minutes every day. You may start with just a few steps around the house.

Don’ts after tummy tuck

  • Do not walk with your back straight. Walking straight may put pressure on the incisions.
  • Do not laugh, cough or sneeze too hard. It can rupture the incisions and cause discomfort.
  • Avoid hot showers or baths. Although it may seem relaxing, hot water can increase the chances of infections at the surgery site.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activities. Even if you feel that you have recovered, the internal wound might still need time to heal completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is tummy tuck safe?

A tummy tuck is a very safe and trusted procedure that helps to achieve a smooth and flat belly that one can confidently flaunt.

Are tummy tucks painful?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under anaesthesia. Hence, the person does not feel pain during the surgery. But as the anaesthesia fades out, the person may feel pain and soreness around the abdomen. The pain might be moderate for the first few days and steadily improve.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?

A full tummy tuck may take two to three hours. But from preparing for the tummy tuck to completing the surgery, the time might increase a little.

How long should I wear a bandage after a tummy tuck?

Following a tummy tuck, surgeons recommend patients wear bandage and compression garments for at least 6 to 8 weeks. The patient should wear the bandage throughout the day.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

A tummy tuck surgery reconstructs the underneath muscles and removes excess skin. On the other hand, liposuction is excess fat removal surgery. Liposuction does not treat excess hanging, loose or sagging skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

Yes, women can safely get pregnant and give birth following a tummy tuck procedure. It is only necessary to ensure that the body has completely recovered from the trauma of undergoing the tummy tuck surgery.

Are tummy tuck scars permanent?

Scars after tummy tuck surgery are inevitable. Though the scars fade with time and proper medication, they won’t go away completely.

What are the risks associated with belly fat removal surgery?

Like any other surgery, there are several risks and potential complications associated with the tummy tuck procedure. Some of the risks involved in tummy tuck surgery are:

  • scarring
  • swelling and pain around the surgery area
  • skin discolouration
  • seroma
  • bleeding under the skin flap
  • loss of skin sensation
Is tummy tuck surgery covered under insurance?

Tummy tuck surgery is not considered a medically-necessary treatment. Hence, most insurance policies do not cover the surgery cost under insurance. However, you should still check with your insurance provider since everyone’s circumstances differ.

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