Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty, which is also known as tummy tuck, is a procedure to remove excess skin from the abdomen. This surgery is usually done as a beauty enhancement and weight reduction procedure that helps to achieve a flat stomach and also tighten the muscles in the abdomen area. This procedure is opted by men and women for weight control, and also by women post-pregnancy who have weight gain or loose skin on the abdomen. A tummy tuck is different from liposuction, as this process is more about skin tightening and removing the stretches. Liposuction may be performed as part of the procedure where excess fat removal is needed. Those who are on a course for major weight reduction are not advised to undergo a tummy tuck, as due to the separation of muscles scarring can be an issue. It is always better to have a stabilized weight when deciding to opt for a tummy tuck surgery.
Abdominoplasty can be performed by the surgeon as a complete or partial procedure. The entire procedure can last up to 4-5 hours. General anesthesia is administered. Post which, a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and the belly button helps to lift the abdominal skin and repair the muscles. A second incision on the navel is performed for the removal of excess skin. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured. In partial abdominoplasty, shorter incisions are made by the surgeon. This is opted in cases where only less excess skin is to be removed.
Scarring due to the incisions is a temporary result of the surgery. There may be bleeding in certain cases, for which drain tubes are placed. Medications need to be taken for faster healing and to avoid any infections in the area. Usual pain and swelling can be expected. A compression garment will have to be worn as a safety mechanism. One can get back to normal active life within one to four weeks.
Dr. Paolo Iannitelli
Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Is tummy tuck surgery permanent?
Generally speaking, the results of a Tummy tuck should last as long as one maintains a healthy lifestyle and doesn’t gain any unnecessary weight.
How much does Tummy Tuck Surgery cost in Dubai? Are their payment plans for Tummy Tucks?
Many variables that go in deciding the price like treatment area, complexity, local vs general anesthesia and time needed. The surgeon will be able to assess to provide an accurate estimate. Depending on the procedure, a price range would be between AED 12,000 to AED 50,000.
If you are concerned about the upfront costs of a Tummy Tuck, we can help. MEDSTAR has tie-ups with various banks and Credit Cards, and can work with you together to work out an EMI Plan to help with the pricing
Are Tummy Tuck Surgeries covered by Insurance?
Tummy Tucks are aesthetic procedures, and as a general rule, they are not covered under medical insurance.
Why is Tummy Tuck done? How is it different from Liposuction?
A Tummy Tuck is different than Liposuction since, in this procedure, an incision is made under the bottom of the skin near abdominal wall. The surgeon sews the muscle in the abdominal wall, stretches the skin over the abdomen and trims off the excess skin. Unlike Liposuction, where cannulas are used for sucking out fat from a particular area. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia.
What are the risks and risk Mitigation Plan for a Tummy Tuck?
Although this being one the popular treatments and performed by our expert surgeons, sometimes a patient has to do a follow-up visit for wound care or infection if proper care is not taken. Other possible risks could include changes in sensation due to repositioning of abdominal nerves, fluid accumulation which needs to be drained, and tissue necrosis which must also be removed by the Best Tummy Tuck surgeon in Dubai.