Cosmetic Services

Tummy Tuck

Stop hesitating!A Tummy Tuck is the perfect solution for achieving a thinner, firmer, and naturally enhanced abdomen. Our complete guide will lead you through every step of the procedure, from the initial consultation to the post-operative care.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck at Yanhee International Hospital? This cosmetic surgical procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen. By tightening the abdominal muscles, it enhances the appearance of the abdominal section of the body.

Tummy Tuck at Yanhee Hospital

Now, at Yanhee International Hospital, you can achieve a taut, trim abdomen and say goodbye to unsightly belly fat and sagging waistlines, all at affordable prices. While many attempt to attain a flat stomach through exercise and dieting, these methods often fall short in eliminating stretch marks and excess flab. Surgery remains the most effective solution for achieving lasting results.

Who Benefits from a Tummy Tuck?

Even individuals with a normal body weight and proportion can experience a protruding or sagging abdomen. This can be caused by factors such as pregnancy, aging, significant weight fluctuations, heredity, or prior surgery. Before opting for a tummy tuck, it’s essential to carefully consider your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon to understand the potential risks involved. The ideal candidates for a tummy tuck in Thailand are those seeking improvement, rather than perfection, in their appearance.

Tummy Tuck: Is It Right For You?

A tummy tuck at Yanhee International Hospital might be a suitable option if:

  • You are physically healthy and in good shape but are bothered by a large, stubborn fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that does not improve with diet or exercise.
  • You have good skin tone and elasticity.
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome.
  • You are interested in combining your surgery with a unique adventure and cultural experience during your recovery period.
  • You do not smoke.

For individuals with a substantial weight loss target, it may be advisable to postpone the surgery. Furthermore, women intending to have children in the future should consider delaying the procedure, as the vertical abdominal muscles tightened during the surgery may separate again during pregnancy.

If you have scars from prior abdominal surgeries, your doctor might recommend against a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, or advise that the scars could be more prominent than usual.

What are the limitations of a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck should not be seen as a replacement for weight loss or a proper exercise regimen. Additionally, tummy tuck procedures cannot address stretch marks, although they may be removed or somewhat improved if they are situated in the areas of excess skin that will be removed, typically the treated areas below the belly button.

What to Anticipate When Meeting Your Tummy Tuck Surgeon?

The success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure hinge greatly on your complete honesty and openness during the consultation process.

  • During the consultation, your surgeon will engage in a discussion about the changes you desire for your figure. It’s crucial to express your thoughts openly about the areas you believe would benefit from a tummy tuck procedure.
  • Your surgeon will share their professional opinions on the best options for your surgery and may inquire about your expectations and desired outcome.
  • The consultation will also involve a thorough discussion of the potential risks of tummy tuck surgery, along with providing you with an informed consent form and addressing the risks associated with anesthesia.
  • As part of the evaluation process, your surgeon may take photographs of your medical record and assess your general health.
  • Furthermore, the consultation will cover topics such as anesthesia options, incision type and placement, and any other details you wish to inquire about. This is the ideal time to address any concerns or questions you may have.

Comprehensive Guide to Tummy Tuck Surgery

Everything You Need to Know

Preparing for a Tummy Tuck Surgery

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During your complimentary virtual consultation,  your surgeon will provide you with a detailed set of preoperative instructions tailored to your tummy tuck surgery. These guidelines will encompass important aspects such as smoking cessation, medication management, essential items to bring to Yanhee International Hospital, and the timing of your final meal before surgery.

Adhering strictly to these instructions, both before and after your surgery, is paramount for your rapid recovery and overall health. Your commitment to following these guidelines underscores your dedication to achieving optimal results and maintaining your well-being.

Strict adherence to these instructions is crucial before your tummy tuck surgery. Please follow these guidelines carefully:

  • Smoking: Cease smoking two weeks before surgery and abstain for an additional two weeks post-surgery. Smoking heightens the risk of complications by acting as free radicals, hindering the healing process and potentially leading to prominent scarring. If your surgeon discovers that you are still smoking, the surgery will not proceed.
  • Alcohol: Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages one week before your surgery. On the day before your surgery, avoid alcohol and ensure no food or drink is consumed at least six hours prior to your operation.
  • Medications and Supplements: Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

The special instructions you receive will encompass:

  • Guidelines for the day of surgery
  • Information regarding anesthesia use during your tummy tuck
  • Post-operative care and follow-up procedures

Special instructions for smokers:

If you smoke, you will be advised to quit immediately. You may be required to postpone your surgery until nicotine has cleared from your system to ensure it does not interfere with anesthesia or healing.

This includes nicotine patches and e-cigarettes. Smoking also raises the risk of airway irritation, which can lead to constriction and coughing during anesthesia. Smoking impedes healing and can result in poor scar formation.

Tummy Tuck: Understanding Risks and Safety

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The decision to undergo tummy tuck surgery is deeply personal, and it is important to weigh the benefits against the potential risks and complications. Your plastic surgeon and their team will provide detailed explanations of possible complications associated with tummy tuck surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms indicating your full understanding of the procedure and its potential risks.

Potential risks associated with tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Risks associated with anesthesia
  • Skin discoloration or prolonged swelling
  • Fat necrosis (death of fatty tissue deep within the skin)
  • Significant wound separation
  • Asymmetry
  • Recurrence of loose skin
  • Persistent pain
  • Deep vein thrombosis, as well as cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Nerve damage
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Suboptimal aesthetic outcome

Tummy Tuck Procedure & Results

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What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy Tuck Incision

The tummy tuck procedure involves the following steps:

  1. The surgeon makes a linear incision along the bikini line, extending from hipbone to hipbone.
  2. The skin and fat are separated from the abdominal wall, and excess fat and skin are removed.
  3. Muscles are tightened by pulling them together and stitching them into place.
  4. The incision is closed with stitches, and dressings are applied. A temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid.
  5. The surgery takes about 2-3 hours under general anesthesia.
  6. Results include a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is proportionate to your body type and weight.
  7. Initially, swelling may obscure the final results, and you may have difficulty standing fully upright until internal healing is complete.
  8. Within a week or two, you should notice a slimmer profile and feel more confident.

Recovery After a Tummy Tuck

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After your surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions. You may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to reduce swelling and support your abdomen during the healing process.

A small, thin tube may be inserted under the skin temporarily to drain excess blood or fluid and help minimize swelling after tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy Tuck Post-Operative Care

  • Use pillows under the knees and back for support while in bed, and keep the waist bent.
  • You may lie on your side or back and move your feet to improve circulation in the legs.
  • Wear the elastic compression garment snugly for 4-6 weeks.
  • Only take sponge baths for a few days after surgery. You may shower 7-10 days after surgery, once stitches are removed.
  • Resume normal activities after 2 weeks, but avoid strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks.
  • Keep your waist bent when walking for 2-3 days after surgery.
  • Follow up with your surgeon for a check-up and stitch removal 7-10 days after surgery.

PRICE AND PACKAGES

Procedure

Hospital Stay

Price (THB)

Tummy Tuck (Lipectomy). Body weight less than 70 kgs

3 Nights

126,000

Tummy Tuck (Lipectomy). Body weight more than 70 kgs 

3 Nights

18,000 per 10 Kgs

Laser to reduce stretch marks

None

27,500

Navelplasty (Local)

None

50,500

Umbilicoplasty for outie?

None


28,500

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get rid of the stretch marks that I got after having a baby?

If there is sufficient excess skin, stretch marks below the navel may be removed. However, those above the navel typically remain, though they may be relocated to the lower abdomen.

Can I expect my tummy to be perfectly flat?

A tummy tuck trims down the skin and underlying fat, but it does not remove the fat inside the abdominal cavity. Therefore, while you can expect a slimmer abdomen, it may not be completely flat after this surgery.

How long do I have to stay in Bangkok?

Patients typically stay in the hospital for an average of 3 days. You will need to return for a follow-up check and stitch removal 7-10 days after surgery.

Is the result permanent?

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is essential to preserving your post-tummy tuck results. Pregnancy and significant weight fluctuations can reverse the effects of the surgery.

How will my scars be managed after the surgery?

After the surgery, scar formation is a common concern. However, over time, scars typically fade and can be concealed beneath swimsuits or underwear. It’s important to note that individuals with a history of keloid formation should carefully consider the benefits of a tummy tuck compared to the risk of developing large scars.

What are the potential risks?

Some risks of surgery include bleeding, adverse responses to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, fat necrosis, wound dehiscence, nerve injury, and the possibility of contractures or keloids at the incision site, which may require revision surgery.

How do I prepare for a Tummy Tuck surgery?

To minimize complications and reduce risk factors, it is important to cease smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, and taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medications (unless otherwise directed by your doctor) at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery. Patients with underlying medical conditions should obtain surgical clearance from their medical specialist. Engaging in muscle-toning exercises and adhering to a proper weight loss diet in the months leading up to the surgery can also contribute to better tummy tuck outcomes.