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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck

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The statistics by American Society of plastic surgeons reveal that 127,000 people underwent tummy tuck in 2016 in the United States and that the number has risen by 104% since 2000. 
While these statistics are only for the United States, the procedure is quite popular worldwide and millions of men and women undergo the procedure to shape up their bellies every year. 
Though more popular among women after childbirth and pregnancy, men also undergo a tummy tuck to get rid of extra skin after massive weight loss. 
While we understand that you may have many questions and doubts before you undergo the surgery, here is the list the 10 most frequently asked questions about tummy tuck or abdominoplasty by our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tummy Tuck

1. What exactly does tummy tuck do? 

  • Tummy tuck, medically known as Abdominoplasty removes the excess skin and fat deposits from the abdomen that appear as a consequence of pregnancies, old age, and obesity.  It also removes stretch marks or scars in the upper abdominal area.
  • Tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles to make your abdomen look firmer and your waist narrower.
  • It may also help to solve preexisting problems, such as hernias or eventrations.  

2. I am 20 kg overweight. Would tummy tuck reduce my weight?

Tummy tuck combined with liposuction of the abdomen can surely help you to lose some weight, but it is important to note that it does not treat obesity. 
It is not a substitute for weight loss or bariatric surgery. Weight loss does happen to an extent, but you cannot expect to lose 20 kg with the tummy tuck. 
For treating obesity or losing weight of 20 kgs or more, bariatric surgery is the right option. 

3. Do abs really become like a wash-board after tummy tuck as advertised?
To have a washboard tummy, the original tummy must be a small tummy. One can achieve a washboard tummy in the patient who generally undergoes only liposuction for body contouring. 
In general cases, the tummy will become considerably flatter and tight as a result of the tummy tuck and liposuction.  Once the tummy is made flat, it is up to you to exercise vigorously and control your diet to ACHIEVE a "wash-board" tummy if you wish. 

4. How do I know if I need a tummy tuck or Liposuction?

Liposuction removes excess fat from the abdomen and gives good shape and contour to the belly. However, if you have loose abdominal muscles, lax skin, hanging apron, stretch marks- you would need a tummy tuck to get a flat and taut abdomen. Tummy tuck shall remove the extra skin and tightens the muscles. 
A qualified plastic surgeon can guide you the best procedure for you after having a look at your pictures of the area or after examining you. 
An example of before after liposuction picture:

Liposuction before after
Note there is only extra fat to be removed
And a tummy tuck picture:

Before after tummy tuck
Tummy tuck is needed to remove the Overhang

5. What is the right age to get the tummy tuck done?

There is no "right" age to have a tummy tuck, but it is most often done after a woman has finished childbearing, or after someone has lost all the weight she intends to lose. For men, the tummy tuck can be done when they expect not much weight fluctuation. 

6. Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck? 

Abdominoplasty is essentially a form of body contouring, so although the basic technique remains the same, a male tummy tuck differs from a female tummy tuck in that the surgeon is trying to achieve a very different body aesthetics.
An experienced surgeon is trained about the nuances about how a male tummy tuck should differ from a female tummy tuck.

7. Where would the incision be for the tummy tuck? Will I have a significant scar after the tummy tuck?  

The incision is made quite low at the bikini level. Scarring is inevitable following the tummy tuck. The surgery will produce a scar at the site of incision- just above the pubic line, but that can be well hidden inside the undergarment. The scar will slowly become faint with time. 

8. When will I be able to see the results after the surgery? 

You will begin to see a huge difference after the swelling subsides and the drains are taken out i.e 3-4 days after the procedure. All the extra skin would have gone and the muscles tightened.
However, the final results shall be apparent in about 4-5 weeks when the swelling completely subsides.
The results of the surgery are permanent but with proper diet and exercise. However, significant weight loss or gain, pregnancy and age may adversely affect the results.

9. Is tummy tuck very painful? I have a very low threshold to bear the pain- should I go ahead or not with this cosmetic surgery?

Pain is a very subjective thing and varies with person to person. While one may feel a lot of pain, the other person would not feel much pain.  Some people only report a little discomfort and no pain.
If you have low threshold to bear pain, tell this to your surgeon candidly, he would prescribe you painkillers accordingly. There is no need to however cancel this cosmetic surgery only for this small reason if you are otherwise a good candidate.

 Would there be a lot of swelling in the area after the surgery?

Yes, there will be some swelling after the procedure. It is important to note that tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is serious surgery and, depending upon the case, a lot of tissue is removed, so some swelling is inevitable. 
But it is nothing to be worried about- all the swelling in the area subsides within in a couple of weeks.

 10. When can I return to work after the tummy tuck?  

Most of the people return to work within two weeks following the procedure. This also depends on how extensive your surgery is and what kind of work you do.
If your work involves sitting or sedentary job, you can resume work in about ten days time, while for heavy work up to three weeks may be required. 
Tell your surgeon the kind of work you do for the living and he shall guide you about when to return to work.

More Questions on Tummy Tuck

Since tummy tuck is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure, we know that you have many more questions about the procedure. We have compiled the list of questions asked by mommies about the tummy tuck and patients who are seeking tummy tuck overseas. 

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If you are looking for an affordable tummy tuck, we are there to help you.
IndiCure is the largest and most renowned medical tourism company offering plastic surgery at few of the best plastic surgery hospitals in India.

We have a number of people coming from US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and various other countries looking for cheap cosmetic surgery abroad. And they have all been very happy with the surgery in India with us. 

Having served hundreds of patients from over 30 countries, we understand your expectations very well. 

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