Tummy Tuck

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Tummy Tuck

A Comprehensive Guide to the Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that helps to achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. Before considering this procedure, it is important to have a clear understanding of what it entails. In this article, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about abdominoplasty, including the different types of tummy tucks, the ideal candidates for the procedure, what happens during the surgery, the recovery process, and the possible risks and side effects.


Tummy Tuck Before - After

Tummy Tuck Before – After

Tummy Tuck at Aktif International

At Aktif International, we offer abdominoplasty as a surgical solution for individuals who want to achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen. Our team of highly trained and experienced surgeons uses the latest techniques and technologies to perform the procedure, ensuring the best possible results for our patients.

We understand that every patient is unique and has individual goals and concerns, which is why we provide personalized consultations to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each person.

Our commitment to patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction is evident in every aspect of our practice, from the initial consultation to the post-operative care. If you’re considering abdominoplasty, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and how we can help you achieve your desired results.

What is Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles to create a more toned appearance. There are three types of tummy tucks available, which include:

  • Traditional abdominoplasty
  • Mini abdominoplasty
  • Extended abdominoplasty

Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck?

A suitable candidate for abdominoplasty is someone who is in good overall health but has excess skin and fat in their abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight or women who have had multiple pregnancies are also good candidates for this procedure. However, it’s essential to note that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure and should not be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

What to Expect During the Abdominoplasty Procedure

Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take between two to five hours, depending on the type of tummy tuck you are having. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions, remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the abdominal muscles before closing the incisions with sutures.

What is the Recovery Process Like?

After the surgery, you’ll need to take some time off work and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your incisions, including how to clean them and when to change the dressings. You may also be given pain medication to manage any discomfort during the recovery process.


What are the Risks and Side Effects of Tummy Tuck?

Like any surgery, there are potential risks and side effects associated with abdominoplasty. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and numbness or tingling in the abdominal area. However, with proper pre-operative planning and post-operative care, the risks can be minimized.

Abdominoplasty is an effective way to achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen. If you are considering this procedure, it’s essential to discuss your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate. Following the proper pre-operative planning and post-operative care will help to ensure a successful outcome.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to see the results of abdominoplasty?

It may take several weeks or even months to see the final results of the procedure. The initial results will be noticeable immediately after the surgery, but the final results will depend on the individual’s body’s healing process.

Is tummy tuck painful?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so patients won’t feel any pain during the surgery. However, it’s common to experience some discomfort and pain during the recovery process, which can be managed with pain medication.

Will I have visible scars after the surgery?

Yes, it’s likely that you will have visible scars after the procedure. Your surgeon will make the incisions in areas that can be hidden by clothing, but some scarring is unavoidable. The scars will typically fade over time, and your surgeon can recommend treatments to minimize their appearance.

Who is not a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is not suitable for individuals who are overweight, have a history of blood clots, have certain medical conditions, or are smokers. It’s essential to discuss your medical history with your surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

How long will it take to recover from tummy tuck?

The recovery time varies from person to person, but most individuals will need to take two to four weeks off work and avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your incisions and what activities to avoid during the recovery process.

How long do I need to wait after pregnancy to get an abdominoplasty?

It’s recommended to wait at least six months after pregnancy before considering an abdominoplasty. This allows your body to fully recover from childbirth, and for any potential postpartum weight loss to stabilize. It’s also important to discuss your pregnancy history with your surgeon, as multiple pregnancies and large babies can affect the results of the procedure.

Will I need to wear a compression garment after tummy tuck?

Yes, most surgeons recommend wearing a compression garment for several weeks after the procedure. This helps to minimize swelling, support the incisions, and promote proper healing. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on when to wear the garment and for how long.

Can abdominoplasty be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, abdominoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation. This is commonly referred to as a “mommy makeover” and can help to address multiple areas of concern in a single surgery. Your surgeon can discuss the options with you and determine if you are a suitable candidate for combination procedures.

What are the risks and complications associated with tummy tuck?

As with any surgery, there are risks and complications associated with abdominoplasty, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, poor wound healing, and scarring. However, these risks can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon, following all pre- and post-operative instructions, and promptly reporting any concerns to your medical team.

How can I maintain the results of my abdominoplasty?

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is essential to maintain the results of abdominoplasty. Weight gain or pregnancy can affect the results of the procedure, so it’s important to maintain a stable weight and consult with your surgeon if you are considering future pregnancies or weight loss.


Author: Ümran Muslu



For more information about this surgery, please visit the websites of our doctors listed below:

Erkan Kural – Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck

Ümran Muslu – Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)