Abdominoplasty : Tummy Tuck Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does a tummy tuck cost in India?
A: Depending on where the surgery is performed, the budget might range from Rs 45000 – 1.5 lakh. Cost in a corporate hospital is much higher.
Q: What should I expect after a tummy tuck surgery?
A: There will be drains in place for the first few days through which serum would come out. Movement is restricted to ensure wound healing. Tightness would be present in the tummy which would gradually loosen with time. Coughing might be quite painful. A compression garment would be required for a couple of weeks after surgery. The swelling resolves with time so that the final result would need to be assessed after a few months. Scar improvement occurs with time.
Q: What are the downsides to a tummy tuck?
A: The first and most important is the scar! The scar traverses across the entire tummy albeit in the lower part and may look unsightly although it improves considerably with time. Wound disruption and delayed healing can be a problem especially in those who smoke. Hematomas, seromas and rarely other serious problems might occur although these are extremely rare.
Q: What are the advantages of a tummy tuck surgery?
A: A tummy tuck surgery tightens the flabby abdominal muscles (which occur especially after childbirth), removes the drooping skin and fat envelope, corrects the hooded umbilicus and is also capable of removing quite a bit of stretch marks. Additional advantages include correction of hernias that might be associated preoperatively.
Q: What is the difference between a full tummy tuck and a mini?
A: In a mini tummy tuck only a portion of the abdomen is addressed especially the bulging below the navel. A complete correction of the abdominal muscles is not possible as in a full tummy tuck. Similarly, skin tightening cannot be achieved to the same extent as in a full tummy tuck although the scar is considerably smaller.
Q: Is tummy tuck safe for teens?
A: Early teenagers should be avoided to improve lifestyle before resorting to a tummy tuck. It is best to wait till 18 before considering such a surgery. Before pregnancy, muscle tightening procedures should be addressed with caution and only skin excisional procedures should be preferably considered. It is important to choose the patient carefully in such cases.
Q: What is the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck?
A: In liposuction ports are made through which only the fat under the skin is aspirated out. On the other hand, in tummy tuck surgery, the redundant skin and fat is taken out leading to a large scar while also tightening the muscles, things that can never be achieved with liposuction.
Patients with circumferential fat coupled with skin excess and no or minimal skin elasticity cannot be served by liposuction alone, so also are post bariatric surgery patients where skin elasticity has been lost because of excessive stretching of the skin. These patients need a surgical procedure to remove this skin and fat excess which might be combined with liposuction in selected cases (lipoabdominoplasty) to provide a pleasing body contour as this process also addresses the ptotic abdominal muscles to make them more firm and youthful. Stretch marks can also be managed by this surgical procedure. Depending on the fat and skin excess the incisions can be of many types and this should be discussed with your surgeon beforehand.
This operation is carried out under general anesthesia which means that you would sleep through the procedure. You would need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days following surgery as the drains are sequentially removed and the wound heals. Complications associated with this procedure include formation of bruises and seromas, infection, wound disruption, thrombosis for high risk patients as well as scarring and contour alterations amongst others.