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Abdominoplasty: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes extra skin and fat from the abdominal wall and goves it very smooth and compact shape. Nowadays, most people are not satisfied with their bodies. Almost everyone thinks that there's too much flab on their stomachs that they can't seem to get rid of even with the healthiest diet plan and a regular exercise regimen. Many women and men also develop stretch marks on their stomachs during puberty or bodybuilding due to sudden change in size and shape of skin caused by growth and weight gain. During these periods, the skin is elongated beyond its normal capacity and stretch marks are formed on the stomach. Most women develop stretch marks on their stomachs during pregnancy. Although the marks are not harmful at all, most people are not comfortable with the way they look on the skin. To get rid of all these, people undergo abdominoplasty to remove any excess fat and consequently all the stretch marks. However, tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure that needs contemplation. People must not look at it as just another way to lose weight. Abdominoplasty should really be the last resort of people with flabby stomachs or stretch marks.

How is the treatment done?

Abdominoplasty is perfomed while is under general anesthesia. Now, the procedure has three types and it is the patient's situation that determines the type of procedure he/she is going to receive. The three types are- complete abdominoplasty, partial or mini abdominoplasty and circumferential abdominoplasty.

Complete abdominoplasty is the most invasive procedure as is suggested by the name itself. In this process, an incision is made on the lower abdomen near the pubic hair and the incision stretches from one hip bone to another. The surgeon will tuck the muscles and skin as required. In this procedure, another incision is made near the navel to free it from the tissue surrounding it. Drainage pipes are places below the skin and are removed after a few days. In partial abdominoplasty, the incision made is much shorter and the the navel is usually not moved. This process is mostly performed on people with fat deposited below the navel. Circumferential abdominoplasty is performed on patients who have fat not just on the stomach but on the back of the abdomen as well and around the hips. Circumferential abdominoplasty give the body a three-dimensional boost.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Men and women who are generally healthy, have a more or less normal body weight and do not smoke are the most suitable candidates for an abdominoplasty.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Women who plan on having children might want to avoid a tummy tuck. That is because, a tummy tuck tightens the vertical muscles. A pregnancy afterwards can split the muscles and cause a hernia. People with abnormally high body weights are also not suitable for tummy tucks.

Are there any side effects?

Like any other major surgery, an abdominoplasty has its share of side effects. There will be some swelling and pain the operated area that will go after a few weeks. There might also be numbness and tiredness for several weeks. A tummy tuck may also cause significant scarring.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

After a tummy tuck, doctors always encourage everyone to engage in light activity after taking rest for a few days. Patients should do enough work to be on the feet but must be mindful to not strain themselves. This ensures that the blood keeps circulating in the legs. Patients should also sleep on their backs for a week or two after the surgery. Patients have to wear an abdominal binder for a few weeks to minimize the swelling and ensure a compact shape of the abdomen.

How long does it take to recover?

Patients usually recover from an abdominoplasty within 3-4 weeks of the procedure.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

People can have the procedure at a government hospital for free. And for people who opt to have the treatment at a private hospital, it may cost cost somewhere close to Rs.1,30,000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Yes, the results of an abdominoplsty are permanent. The excess skin and fat around the abdomen and the stretch marks on it are gone for good after an abdominoplasty.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty!

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty!

Abdominoplasty, also known as “tummy tuck” is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excessive skin from the abdomen. This surgery removes the extra fat and skin, thus making the abdomen flatter, resulting in tighter muscles near the walls or border of your abdomen. You should consult a doctor and strictly follow prescribed procedures before and after the surgical process. It must not be confused with liposuction i.e. the cosmetic surgery which removes excessive fat deposits in the body. 

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is beneficial to you, 

  1. If you possess good physical health. 
  2. If you are a non-smoker or have recently quit smoking
  3. If you have a stable health and realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery. 
  4. If you have been pregnant previously and now need to lose weight and fat deposits. 

The surgery is not suitable for the following cases: 

  1. If you are planning to get pregnant, then it is recommended to perform the surgery after delivery. This is due to the fact that your muscles can be stretched again after the surgery. 
  2. If the appearance of scars after tummy tuck is a problem, consult your doctor about the scar replacement procedure. 
  3. If you still smoke or are absolutely unable to quit. 


There are two procedures of tummy tuck. These are decided by the surgeon during your consultation and some pre-surgery medical tests. The procedures are: a) Complete Abdominoplasty and b) Partial or mini abdominoplasty. 

In Complete Abdominoplasty, the surgeon cuts the abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and your skin, tissue and muscle will be operated. In the case of partial or mini abdominoplasty procedure, the fat deposits are usually located below the navel region and the surgeon may not move your belly button. The entire procedure may take around two to three hours. 

Proper nutrition and healthy meals are required for this surgery. You must follow a balanced diet and focus on post-operative care.

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10 Tips To Treat Stretch Marks Effectively

Dermatologist, Bangalore
10 Tips To Treat Stretch Marks Effectively

Pregnancy is a life-changing phase in a woman’s life. In addition to a baby (or babies!), there are a lot of physical and emotional changes also that come with it. The more evident are the physical ones, and in addition to weight changes, the stretch marks are the most obvious.

The uterus or the womb grows to its full extent to accommodate the developing baby, and so there is stretching of the connective tissue in these areas. After delivery, the tension is lost, and these marks become evident.

What are stretch marks?

These marks appear as lines on the skin and are most commonly found in areas such as the buttocks, arms, breasts, thighs and stomach. They are different in appearance in comparison to the normal skin. It may appear pinkish or purplish initially and then it takes a shiny appearance later. When you feel the stretch marks, you may feel a certain indentation or ridge on the skin. It may feel sore or itchy as well sometimes.

They most commonly appear during adolescence when there is rapid growth and stretching of the skin. It is also seen in women pre and post pregnancy. Stretch marks can also appear when there is a sudden change in weight.

How To Treat Them?

  1. Use Moisturisers: People who use moisturisers show an increased elasticity of the skin, which reduces the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Keeping the skin hydrated stops the skin from tearing and creating stretch marks. Moisturising is not entirely effective on older marks, but it can help with newly formed stretch marks. You can also use it on areas that are prone to stretch marks.

  2. Retin-A: Retin- A is known to boost collagen production that helps the skin to stretch out with ease and not cause tears. When Retin-A is used, it is recommended to limit the sun exposure as the skin becomes more susceptible to sun damage and burning.

  3. Glycolic Acid: This chemical compound falls under the category of an alpha-hydroxy acid which is commonly found as a major ingredient in chemical peels. It is known to amplify the production of collagen and increase the tensile strength of the skin. Go to your dermatologist for a stronger dose for more effective results.

  4. A Combination of Retin-A and Glycolic Acid: A combination of these two potentiates the action of each other and gives better results.

  5. Vitamin E Oil: You can find Vitamin E oil capsules in medical shops that are known as the miracle medication when it comes to curing stretch marks.

  6. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils like rose oil, lavender oil, or geranium oil are known to reduce stretch marks.

  7. Vascular Laser: Pulsed dye laser that is kept at the wavelength of 585 nm is used to remove the stretch marks that are red and newly formed. It may not be effective on the older ones that have turned silver. This process is highly expensive and needs about 6 sittings. The efficacy of this procedure also depends on the complexion of the skin. Much like laser hair removal, vascular laser does not work on darker skin. The colour difference between the marks and the actual skin tone should be prominent.

  8. Fractional Laser Treatment or Laser Resurfacing: This is used to get rid of the older stretch marks that have turned light and are no longer red. This procedure is more expensive than the previous one and is prone to leave scars on the site of application.

  9. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck: The only permanent solution to get rid of stretch marks is to cut them out entirely. If you are tired of the stubborn tiger stripes, then this could be your only way out.

  10. RF Micro-Needling Device: This is a more cost effective alternative to CO2 Laser Resurfacing that could be used on any stretch mark types –“new and old”. The micro needles are driven directly into the skin to a certain depth (0.2mm-3.0mm) and radiofrequency (RF) energy is then released inside the skin. Minimally invasive RF thermal energy creates fractional electrocoagulation in the dermis which facilitates a natural wound healing process promoting the remodelling of collagen. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Tummy Tuck - Understanding the Benefits!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Plastic Surgery, Fellowship In Aesthetic Surgery, MRCS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Gurgaon
Tummy Tuck -  Understanding the Benefits!

Tummy tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure which tightens the muscles of your tummy. Loose skin and fat from your abdomen are also removed and as a result, the abdomen gets flat and toned. This surgery is common among women after pregnancy who want to restore their figure. This surgery also assists patients who have lost a large amount of weight in a short time period. Most tummy tuck surgeries are carried out for cosmetic reasons. However, there are certain medical benefits, which are gained after an abdominplasty is carried out. They are enlisted below.

  1. Stress urinary incontinence is reduced: After giving birth, many women develop Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). This is a bladder control disorder that causes leakage of urine without control when you sneeze, cough or laugh loudly. Usually, this disorder can be treated without having a surgery, but in certain cases a tummy tuck enables speedy recovery in patients who did not have a caesarian section. A slight amount of bladder obstruction is created, which reduces the SUI.
  2. Gives you a better posture and enhanced abdominal tone: The stomach muscles sometimes become distended due to extreme loss of weight or because of pregnancy. A tummy tuck surgery helps in tightening of the weak muscles, removes excess fat and skin and the abdomen gets flattened. After carrying out a tummy tuck, people get an improved posture as the tightened muscles provide better support to the vertebrae.
  3. Correction of ventral herniaA ventral hernia occurs due to the breake down of intestinal or abdominal tissues through the abdomen walls, and a sack is formed. The causes include abdominal weakness as a result of huge weight loss or previous surgeries.

The symptoms that lead to a ventral hernia correction are similar to the symptoms of a tummy tuck, as both the surgeries rectify abdominal muscles. Once you have a ventral hernia correction, you may need to repeat it again. In case you have this type of surgery, it is recommended that you should also have a tummy tuck done. This might prevent future occurrence as the combined methods leave you in a much safer condition. Medical expenses and recovery time are also reduced.

Tummy tuck surgery is becoming increasingly popular these days. It is a major surgery which requires almost five hours to be completed successfully. A tummy tuck can remove up to ten pounds of fat from a person’s abdomen. It takes several weeks to recover after having a tummy tuck surgery. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery - Knowing The Benefits Of It!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery, DNB (General Surgery), DNB (Plastic Surgery)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Visakhapatnam
Tummy Tuck Surgery - Knowing The Benefits Of It!

Tummy tuck also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck surgery is a form of cosmetic surgery, which is used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen as well as tighten the muscles in your abdominal regions. Similar to 'mommy makeovers' (a procedure applicable after pregnancy, which helps women restore their figure).

Tummy tuck surgery is used to help patients treat that loose and sagging skin who have experienced excessive weight loss within a relatively short period of time. Although, it is usually done for cosmetic reasons, it does provide a large number of medical benefits, such as:

1. Reduction in stress urinary incontinence: Stress Urinary incontinence is a bladder control problem that is characterized by involuntary urination because of exercises or normal bodily functions such as sneezing or coughing which might put pressure on the bladder. In some women, (SUI) can develop after a vaginal birth. The condition does not generally require a surgery. However, research has shown that in severe cases, abdominoplasty is helpful in patients who do not have a caesarean section. A slight bladder obstruction is made during the procedure using soft tissue which reduces the incontinence.

2. Better posture and improved abdominal tone: Strong muscles tend to become weak after multiple pregnancies and extreme weight loss. In these cases, diet and exercise are not enough. Abdominoplasty surgically removes excess fat and skin thereby, tightening weak muscles and flattening the abdomen. It is noticed that after the surgery, the patients develop an improved posture due to the tightened muscles supporting the spine. This helps in relieving a variety of back pains.

3. Correction of ventral hernia: Ventral Hernia is the bulging out of tissues through a defect, opening or past incisions within the wall muscles of the abdomen. In such a case, the surgeon may opt for Abdominoplasty to support the abdominal wall and prevent recurrences.

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Tummy Tucking - How Safe And Effective Is It?

M. Ch. (Plastic Surgery), MS - General Surgery, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Noida
Tummy Tucking - How Safe And Effective Is It?

Losing weight is a challenge for most people but even more so for those suffering from obesity. With rigorous dieting and exercising you may lose fat but in the case of obese patients, this weight loss leaves behind sagging skin. Surgery is the only solution to this problem.

A tummy tuck of abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen to create a firmer, more appealing silhouette. A tummy tuck may also be advised for women who have recently given birth and want to get back to their original figure. Most people fear going into surgery as every surgery has its own risks but a tummy tuck procedure is considered quite safe and hence need not be a cause for concern.
An abdominoplasty is usually performed under sedation or general anaesthesia. A horizontal incision is made between the navel and the pubic region. The length of this incision depends on the amount of excess skin to be removed. In some cases, an incision may be needed above the navel as well. The stubborn abdominal fat is removed and the muscle structure is repaired before pulling the skin taut and removing all excess skin. In most cases, the naval will also need to be shifted. The incisions are then closed with sutures or staples and allowed to heal.

It can take about 2 weeks for the results of a tummy tuck surgery to be visible. This is because most patients experience swelling for a few days after the surgery. The results of a tummy tuck surgery last fo as long as the patient can maintain his or her weight. For this reason, patients are usually advised to lose some weight and reach a stable weight before the surgery. In cases of excessive obesity, a single surgery may not be enough to recontour the abdomen and a follow-up procedure may be needed.

A tummy tuck surgery is not considered a weight loss procedure and hence putting on weight by following an unhealthy diet and neglecting exercise can detract from the results of a tummy tuck. For this reason, you may be advised to follow a strict diet after the surgery. This procedure is also not advised for women who are planning a family and have a high probability of pregnancy.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

Recently I am diagnosed with umbilical hernia. My doctor told that I even have diastasis recti. So my doctor suggested me abdominoplasty along with hernia repair. Is it safe to undergo abdominoplasty? My belly is very much protruding as if pregnant. I have undergone two c_ sections. My last c_section is in 2012. Please let me know the pros and cons of this surgery. Thank u.

Homeopath, Kolkata
Dear lybrate-user, if Diastasis recti - abdominal seperation is long enough then you may opt for laparoscopic surgery / abdominoplasty but the risk are high several complications may arise such as scar, infection, rupture of sutures, fat necrosis of the area, keliods, nerve damage, persistance pain and so on. I would suggest if the protrusion is not enough then you may take Homeopathic medicines for it to resolve then to suffer from such complications that may arise of surgery. For now use Calcarea Carb 30 once daily for only five days and consult back.
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I am 42 years old ans staying in Chennai and feel like having a big tummy. I feel like getting operated and use this abdominoplasty in a right manner. Wanted to know what could be the cost of doing it please?

Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
To reduce belly fat you need to be particular about food choices & timings. Eat small & frequent meals. Include high fiber foods in your diet such as whole cereals & whole pulses. Drink plenty of water. Avoid refined foods from your diet such as maida, pasta. Keep check on your food intake.
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I have done liposuction with full abdominoplasty in 2011, which was reduced just by 2/3 kg. Started a problem of Urticaria after that along with scanty menses. I am 41, 4 feet 9 inch, 88 kg, whether obesity surgery will help me? Having borderline sugar no no.

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Indore
It is recommended to lose weight following a disciplined diet & healthy lifestyle. At the age of 41 years it is possible to reduce weight by adopting a healthy diet & healthy lifestyle. Obesity surgery has lot of after effects. You are about 35-40 kg over weight. It is possible to reduce 1-1.2 kg weight per week. I can help you. Few weight loss tips:- avoid fried, packed, processed food. Eat only home made fresh food. Eat less & burn more calories. Switch to fat free milk & milk products. Adopt a active lifestyle. Do not feast do not fast. Exercise for 40-60 mins daily. Sleep for 6-7 hours daily. Remember weight loss is possible.

Sir, I wnt to know that hw much cost of a abdominoplasti surgery, and is there any side effect of this? Any problem in the future?

MNAMS (Membership of the National Academy) (General Surgery) , MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, DNB (Plastic Surgery)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon,
There are no side effects if done by an expert surgeon and proper setup, theres no problem in future directly related to abdominoplasty, the price ranges fro 1.5l to 2.5 l.
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I am 36 years old housewife after pregnancy my stomach is out, and breast have enlarge, so how can I but back my stomach and reduce my breast.

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MS, MBBS
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Kolkata
Thanks for contact in plz provide us your body weight and any medicine you r taking. You need liposuction and abdominoplasty for stomach part. For breast you need breast reduction surgery. You may consult me.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
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Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck
Hello friends, I am Dr. Anubhav Gupta. I am a consultant plastic and cosmetic surgeon and today I am going to you about abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a procedure, wherein we remove the excess skin from the part of the abdomen which is bulging, to create an aesthetic or flat looking tummy. We usually encounter 3 types of patients which come to us in our practice for this kind of surgery:

One of them is the one who has had a massive weight loss, they have lost a lot of weight and their skin starts sagging.
The other group is, usually females, with some sort of hernias, with lax abdominal walls.
And the third one are hugely obese patients with large and bulky abdominal wall.
Now these patients, when they are associated with hernia, we involve a minimal access or a general surgeon to help us deal with the hernia. And we do it, the two surgeons, they combine and do the surgery. Otherwise, in most of the cases, we, do a, basically, we do a liposuction, followed by, removing the excess skin, from the lower part of the abdominal wall. Now when we do that, we take care to keep our incisions, or the stitches in the bikini line, so that they are not visible when we see the person from front, even if he is not wearing the clothes in the lower abdomen. Usually it is done as an in patient surgery, and the patient is discharged after one day. And the patient is usually, walking around in one or two days, normally. Now this is the usual thing. He can resume his normal life in one week.

To know more about abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, you can get in touch with me on Lybrate. Thank you.
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