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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery details

Abdominoplasty, is one of the most practical treatment methods for those who suffer from excess fat and sagging skin in the abdomen.

Abdominoplasty General Overview



Duration of Intervention

1-3 Hours


1 Night

Definite Result

6-12 Months

Return to Social Life

3 Days

Return to Work

6 Days

Sports Activity Recovery

4-6 Weeks

Average Pain After 3 Days

1-2 *

*Pain rating scale: from 0 = absence to 5 maximum pain


Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck, is one of the most practical treatment methods that is performed as a result of the developments in medicine in recent years for those who suffer from excess fat and sagging skin in the abdomen. Although it can be seen both in males and females, it is efficient to fix the looseness and sagging of the abdominal skin, which is frequently seen especially in women in post-pregnancy period. Excess skin is removed and the skin is stretched so the patient can have a flat belly and a better look.

How is abdominoplasty performed?

It can take 2 to 5 hours depending on the case. An incision is made from 8–10 cm below the belly button, and above the pubic area which can be hidden with underwear. It resembles to a longer version of cesarean delivery scar. Once the surgery is completed, incision is sutured under the skin and dressings are made. In order to collect the excess liquids, surgical drains are placed. Just after the surgery patient starts to wear a compression corset.

Mini abdominoplasty

It is a suitable operation for patients who do not have a lot of sagging skin, do not need any replacement of belly button and do not need a repair in the abdominal muscles. The excess skin in the lower abdomen is removed so that the abdomen is smooth and perfectly flat. The incision scar is 3-4 cm (similar to a cesarean scar). It is performed under general anesthesia and takes nearly 2 hours.

Full abdominoplasty

It is suitable for patients with advanced excess skin and muscle deformation in the abdominal area, especially after giving birth or due to being overweight. If it is necessary, liposuction can be applied during the abdominoplasty surgery to remove more excess fat from belly or laterals. In the operation, excess skin is removed from both the upper and lower abdomen, and abdominal muscle tissue is adjusted. Having excess skin both in the upper and lower abdomen requires an adjustment in the shape of belly button. After a full abdominoplasty, patient is left with a scar of 10 to 15cms. It is also performed under general anesthesia and takes nearly 3 hours.

Circular Abdominoplasty (Belt Lipectomy)

It is suitable for patients with sagging skin in the abdomen, back and waist especially that had a previous gastric reduction surgery and experienced rapid and excessive weight loss. In the operation, both the excess skin in the abdomen is removed and the abdominal muscles are adjusted to obtain a flat belly. Then, excess skin is removed and tightened in the back and waist area as well. In this way, all the excess skin and fat in both the frontal abdomen and back waist are completely removed. It is performed under general anesthesia and takes 3 to 4 hours to complete.

Recovery after abdominoplasty

After an abdominoplasty surgery, depending on the conditions, patient is usually discharged after 1 or 2 days of hospitalization. Patient is recommended to wear a special compression corset after the tummy tuck surgery. This corset, which has to be worn continuously for 1 month, helps the abdominal region to get into the desired form and increases the success of the surgery. 3-4 hours after the surgery the patient can walk slowly with a companion and the day after the surgery he/she can walk slowly without any help. It is normal to have pain for a while due to the stitches made in the abdominal region during the operation and your doctor will prescribe necessary medications to you. You can take a bath 3 days after the operation and have the ability to meet your daily needs by yourself. You should avoid coughing and sneezing as much as possible because it may hurt you and may damage your stitches if the stitches are not fully adhered during the first 1 week. This information is valid for full abdominoplasty. The recovery time is shorter in mini tummy tuck and patient can return to daily life within 3-4 days.

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Abdominoplasty Cost

Cost of Abdominoplasty operation depending on various factors. Such as the abdominoplasty types (mini, full or circular abdominoplasty), the experience of the doctor who will perform the Abdominoplasty operation, and the hospital equipment. In the table below, you can see the comparison of the price of Abdominoplasty operation between Turkey and other countries (USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Mexico).

Country Cost of Abdominoplasty
Turkey $2250 - $4000
United States of America $6000 - $20000
United Kingdom $7000 - $18000
Czech Republic $3500 - $9500
Poland $4500 - $12000
Mexico $1750 - $7500
Italy $6500 - $18500
Cost of Abdominoplasty comparison table between Turkey and USA, UK, Europe

As can be seen price comparison table Abdominoplasty operation cost in Turkey starting from $2250 and it's 60% more economical comparing with the prices in USA, United Kingdom and Europe. The cost of plastic surgery in Turkey is lower than in the UK, USA and Europe, but the low operating costs does not mean that the quality of medical service is low quality. For this reason Abdominoplasty one of most popular surgery in Turkey and nearly 40.000 Abdominoplasty surgeries are performed in a year.

The main reasons why patients choose Turkey to have Abdominoplasty surgery:

  • All Inclusive Package Price: The most important criteria that people who want to have a Abdominoplasty operation look for and want in terms of price is clarity. Turkey has a price advantage compared to Europe, America or UK with its quality treatment, accommodation, transfer services and all-inclusive price. As TravelMEDI, we would like to remind you that within the Abdominoplasty treatment, treatment costs (such as surgeon fee, medication fee, equipment fees, hospital fee, test fee), accommodation fee, transfer fees between the hospital and the hotel or the airport and the hotel are included in the operation price.
  • High Level Healthcare System: Turkey was one of the rare countries that did not experience a crisis in the health system even during the pandemic period, because it has large-scale and systematic health institutions (hospitals, number of experienced doctors, private clinics, well-equipped nurses and assistants). As TravelMEDI, we offer our patients the maximum health service at the most affordable prices in cooperation with experienced specialist doctors and highly equipped hospitals.

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Abdominoplasty Questions

Having an abdominoplasty surgery will not be an obstacle in terms of getting pregnant. However, you may have sagging skin or wrinkles again after giving birth.

It is recommended to wait for a year. In this period you can lose your pregnancy weight and excess skin can become more obvious which will help the doctor plan the treatment.

It is recommended to complete the weight loss period before having a tummy tuck. Therefore it will be more obvious to notice the deformities and excess skin. But in some cases it is possible to perform the surgery while the patient is in a weight loss period to give motivation.

You can safely have a second tummy tuck operation 1 year after your previous surgery. However, if you would like your fats to be removed in your second operation, the amount of fat to be extracted will be limited.

As with all surgeries, smoking, consuming blood thinners, herbal products, vitamin supplements should be stopped about 1 week before the surgery. Taking birth control pills should be stopped approximately 1 month before. If, the patient establishes the lifestyle on diet and exercise after the procedure, he/she will benefit from the result of the surgery in a much better way.

It is about your condition whether it can be done together or not. If your surgeon says it can be done, it is combined with Vaser Liposuction, which is one of the newest Liposuction techniques. In this way much better results can be achieved with removal of excess fat thanks to liposuction.

If there is a hernia in the abdomen due to excess weight or giving birth, it can be treated in an abdominoplasty surgery.

Abdominoplasty is permanent surgery unless the patient gain weight.
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