Abdominoplasty

You are not happy with your belly? Remember, if you are healthy and have realistic expectations, you are a candidate for abdominoplasty. You are not alone. Worldwide, more than a hundred thousand of people have abdominoplasty each year.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excessive fat and skin in the abdomen, and to tighten muscles in the abdominal wall. Both men and women in good general health can undergo abdominoplasty surgery. After the surgery, a flatter and firmer appearance is achieved. It is an especially excellent treatment for people who were once obese and for women who had multiple pregnancies.

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Problems & Solutions

Abdominoplasty is a complex procedure shaped according to each patient’s needs. There are different approaches to solve different problems.

I don’t have upper abdomen fat; I have lower abdominal fat and skin excess.

Mini abdominoplasty is basically for patients who have excess lower abdominal skin with or without sagging abdominal wall...

I’m planning to lose a lot of weight with abdominoplasty.

If you’re planning to lose a lot of weight, abdominoplasty is not for you. Abdominoplasty is not an alternative to weight loss. You should try other options to lose weight and when you...

I’m planning to get pregnant.

There are generally no major risks about becoming pregnant after abdominoplasty procedure. However, if you have a plan to get pregnant, then you may consider postponing your...

I have some abdominal fat deposits, but I don’t have excess skin or sagging.

If you have some fat deposits in your abdominal region, but you don’t have a loose skin problem, you may consider...

I want to get rid of stretch marks around my abdominal region.

During abdominoplasty, some skin parts are removed, so that some of your stretch marks may be removed. But some of them may still be...

I lost significant amount of weight, I have a lot of sagging including the hips, flanks, and thighs.

If you have lost a lot of weight and have lots of sagging including the sides and back...

I want to have abdominoplasty, but I don’t want to have scars.

Unfortunately, all surgical procedures leave scars. If you want to have abdominoplasty, you should consider this...

Why Clineca?

At Clineca, we take everything seriously. We understand how important the results are for you. We care about your health and comfort as much as you do. From beginning to end, we inform you, guide you, serve you, and help you.

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Fully Equipped Hospitals

Surgeries are performed in prestigious fully equipped hospitals in which doctors from all specialties are present.

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Free Consultation

We provide free online consultation with highly experienced surgeons through video chat.

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Ensured Performance

We cooperate with the surgeons who perform a limited number of surgeries each week to ensure the best results.

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7/24 Support

You can contact our agents 7 days 24 hours for your questions or support.

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5-Star Hotels

We provide you with special discounts in luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the hospital. Your comfort is very important to us.

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VIP Transportation

We provide, via VIP vehicles, airport transfer and transportation between your hotel and the hospital before and after the surgery.

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Wellbeing Assistance

As Clineca, we will provide you with patient accompaniment, who will visit you every day in your hotel room during resting period to examine you and provide medical assistance if needed.

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No Hidden Costs

The price includes fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, operating room expenses, anesthesia, hospitalization, standard tests, medications and medical visits by a nurse.

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All-Inclusive

The price includes hotel accommodation (including breakfast), airport transfer, transportation between hotel and hospital before and after the surgery.

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Optional Services & Products

Interpreter service, BBL pillow, neck pillow (rhinoplasty), eye mask (rhinoplasty), voltage converter, and others that will enhance your comfort and satisfaction.

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Why Turkey?

Turkey is a leading player in medical tourism, and Istanbul, which is an extremely beautiful touristic city, is the plastic surgery capital of Turkey.

Step by Step Experience for International Patients

Clineca has a holistic approach. We believe that everything should be right for a satisfactory cosmetic surgery experience, including your days in İstanbul. That is why we plan every detail of your journey.

Knowing Each Other

Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.

Online Consultation

You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.

Planning

We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.

Landing

Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.

Examination & Surgery

The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.

Resting & Recovering

After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.

Entertainment

We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.

Follow-Up & Leaving

We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.

Recovery Period

During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Abdominoplasty?

It is not hard to be eligible for an abdominoplasty. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!

If you are in good general health, you can have an abdominoplasty. The procedure is suitable for both men and women. Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. To be eligible, you need to have a stable weight.

If there are resistant fat deposits, if you have stretched abdominal muscles and skin, you may be a good candidate for this surgery. If you had multiple pregnancies and these have negatively affected your muscles and skin, or if you were once obese and now have loose skin and excessive fat deposits in your abdomen, the abdominoplasty may be an excellent treatment for you.

What are the Expected Outcomes of Abdominoplasty?

The outcomes of abdominoplasty can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.

Aesthetical Outcomes

You’ll have a flatter and firmer abdomen. You’ll have a fitter and younger appearance. Also, stretch marks that are located on the areas of excess skin may be removed or improved. You will get rid of sagging, stretched skin and local fat deposits that are not responding to exercise and diet. Your surgeon will also tighten the muscles in your abdominal wall.

Psychological Outcomes

The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. For most people, sagging or deformed appearance of the abdomen is a serious concern. Therefore, strong psychological benefits are expected. You will start to love your body more. Your self-confidence will be boosted.

How is a Abdominoplasty Done?

Abdomnioplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to change the appearance of the abdomen. It is a complex surgery customized according to needs and wishes of the patient.

Anesthesia

First of all, you will receive anesthesia medications. Depending on the particular case, the surgery can be performed using either general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation.

Surgery

Your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat and repair your abdominal muscles. Then they will create a new opening for your belly button.*1 In the end of the surgery, the incisions will be closed. If you are having a mini abdominoplasty, the part below your belly button will be addressed, and your belly button won’t be moved. There are other variations, too. The surgeons we have agreements with are highly experienced in abdominoplasty procedures. During the consultation, they can inform you about the approach that will suit you the best.

Incisions

There are different types of abdominoplasty procedures. If you are having a standard abdominoplasty, your surgeon will make 2 incisions, one horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and belly button, and one circular incision around the belly button.

Risks and Complications*2

The complication rate differs from people who underwent a bariatric surgery prior to the abdominoplasty and people who did not, where the prior bariatric surgery is found to be an additional risk factor for the complications seen after abdominoplasty. If the abdominoplasty is combined with other aesthetic surgeries, the risk of a complication occurring will further increase. Overall, the complication rate is estimated as 35%.

    Patient related factors:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Smoking
  • Diabets
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Anemia
  • BMI
  • Age

    Possible Complications:

  • Hematoma
  • Necrosis
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Seroma
  • Drain secretions

    Surgeon Related Factors:

  • Operational procedure
  • Post-operative care

What To Expect During An Abdominoplasty Recovery?

The First Week

For a few days after the surgery, there will be drains that are placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood.*3 These will stay for a few days. There will also be bandages and special garments. Don’t forget to take a photo of you, before the bandages are removed. People like these photos in social media! The first days after the surgery, you will experience some pain, discomfort, and bruises. Pain and discomfort will improve after a few days. Until then, pain can be successfully controlled by pain medication. You will also take antibiotics and anticoagulants. Gentle walking is safe and recommended.

Later

Swelling and bruises will gradually disappear. You need at least 2 weeks before returning to work. However, this period may vary depending on the patient, and the patient’s working conditions. After four to six weeks, you can return to strenuous exercise and demanding physical activities. A few months after the surgery, your recovery will be completed. During your whole recovery period, your surgeon and Clineca will inform you and guide you.

Guidance & Support

A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.

Quote from the Doctor

“Abdominoplasty is a great treatment for suitable patients. Genetics, gaining, weigh gaining and losing, aging, and other factors unfortunately affect the abdominal region. But getting rid of the problems gives you your self-confidence back.”

What to Do Before the Abdominoplasty?

During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. They will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.

Most important instructions include,

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid herbal remedies and supplements
  • Take only the medications approved by your surgeon.

What to Do After the Abdominoplasty?

What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:

  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications after the surgery until your surgeon approves using them.
  • Take your pain medication, anticoagulants and antibiotics, as scheduled.
  • Wear compression garments as prescribed by your surgeon.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for your bandages and garments, and how to position yourself while sitting or lying down.
  • Return to physical activities like fast-paced walking when your surgeon approves.
  • Love yourself and show the world how beautiful you are!

Quote from the Doctor

"Abdominoplasty has several methods targeting different problems. We will determine the best approach for you considering your needs and wishes."

FAQ

We know you have many questions. Having realistic expectations and deciding to have a cosmetic surgery requires information. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about abdominoplasty.

All surgical procedures have some risks. However, if it is performed by an experienced and talented surgeon, and you follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions closely, the risk of having a serious problem is very small.
During abdominoplasty surgery, your surgeon will work to remove extra fat and skin of the abdomen and then repair and tighten your abdominal muscles. Liposuction may be required according to your needs.
During the surgery you may experience pressure or other sensations (if general anesthesia is not used), but you won’t feel pain. After the surgery, especially the first week, you may experience some pain, but it can be controlled with pain medication.
There are generally no major risks about becoming pregnant after abdominoplasty procedure but if you think about having children, it is advised to postpone the procedure because pregnancy may adversely affect the result.
You are a good candidate if you have lost too much weight and have loose excess skin around your abdomen, have stretched abdominal muscles due to old age, pregnancy or other factors.
You can’t have a meaningful weight-loss via abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty is performed when you have stretched abdominal muscles, excess skin and fat in abdominal region. So, you have a tighter and smoother belly.
The duration of the surgery depends on the extent of fat and skin removal. The surgery may take two to five hours.*4
If you are in good health and done having children, you are ready to have abdominoplasty procedure.
The type of anesthesia used depends on the specific case of the patient. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used.
When general anesthesia is used, the patient stays unconscious during the surgery. The patient should stay at the hospital at the night after the surgery.
Most patients take generally one to two weeks off work but depending on your job and rate of healing, this time period can change. However, you should refrain from strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks.
You shouldn’t do intense physical exercise for at least 6 weeks after the surgery. Your surgeon will follow your recovery and will tell you when you are ready. Generally, it takes 6-8 weeks.
Unfortunately, all surgeries leave scar, but you should not be concerned about it because abdominoplasty scars are located very low on the abdomen. So, they are concealed under your underwear and bikini line.
If you work with a highly experienced and an understanding doctor like our contracted surgeons, you will be absolutely satisfied with your results. They and their team work tenderly to provide high quality care and fascinating results.
Some parts of skin are removed during abdominoplasty surgery, so that some stretch marks might be removed but some of them might be remain unchanged.
Thanks to abdominoplasty, your excess fat and skin in abdominal region are removed and your loose abdominal muscles are tightened. So that, your belly is tighter and smoother.
Abdominoplasty procedure is designed to help you get tighter and shapelier belly by removing excess skin and fat in your abdominal region and tightening your slack abdominal muscles.
As any other surgery, abdominoplasty surgery has some risks. Bleeding and infection may occur, but these risks can be kept to the minimum with precise surgical techniques.
When your surgery is done, you will be placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and it will be worn for 4-6 weeks depending on your healing rate. You may feel pain in the following days, but you can manage it by pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.
Your surgeon will prepare a detailed and a customized plan by discussing your goals, desires and expectations with you. He will ask you some questions about your medical history and make a physical examination. He will provide treatment options and before-after photos.

Problems & Solutions

Abdominoplasty is a complex procedure shaped according to each patient’s needs. There are different approaches to solve different problems.

Mini abdominoplasty is basically for patients who have excess lower abdominal skin with or without sagging abdominal wall. If the upper abdomen is in good shape and have no excess skin or slack wall, in this case, there is no need to change the upper abdomen and get the belly button out of the way and therefore no need to make an incision around the belly button. The length of scar may also be shorter. So that the recovery in this procedure is easier than a standard abdominoplasty. If your fat deposits are located below the belly button, you can be a true candidate for mini abdominoplasty. During your consultation, your surgeon would determine the best approach for your body.
If you’re planning to lose a lot of weight, abdominoplasty is not for you. Abdominoplasty is not an alternative to weight loss. You should try other options to lose weight and when you reach your ideal weight, you might consider abdominoplasty for the removal of your abdominal excess fat and skin and tightening of your abdominal muscle.
There are generally no major risks about becoming pregnant after abdominoplasty procedure. However, if you have a plan to get pregnant, then you may consider postponing your abdominoplasty procedure until you are done having kids because pregnancy may adversely affect the results. During pregnancy, abdominal muscles stretch largely. This can change the appearance of your abdomen and lead to undesired results.
If you have some fat deposits in your abdominal region, but you don’t have a loose skin problem, you may consider liposuction for removing your excess fat. Through liposuction, only your fat deposits will be removed from the targeted area. Besides, using liposuction instead of a traditional surgical removal decreases the impact of the procedure and risks of complications on your body. If you have unwanted fat in your abdominal region, and if you are hoping to remove the fat without removing any excess skin, liposuction is the better choice. Either way, during your consultation, your surgeon will give you the accurate information about your situation and he will help you to determine the best option.
During abdominoplasty, some skin parts are removed, so that some of your stretch marks may be removed. But some of them may still be unaffected. If you want to get rid of stretch marks, you should try other treatment methods such as laser therapy, microneedling or microdermabrasion. They are highly effective methods about removing stretch marks on your skin. If your goal is just to get rid of your stretch marks, abdominoplasty should not be considered as an alternative to these methods.
If you have lost a lot of weight and have lots of sagging including the sides and back of your body, you really should consider extended abdominoplasty. Extended abdominoplasty is basically a traditional/standard abdominoplasty with some additions such as contouring of the hips, lateral thighs and flanks. After significant weight loss, there is significant excess skin in the hip area expanding onto the sideways with sagging of the thighs. In this situation, a traditional abdominoplasty will not be able to address excess skin over your hips. That’s why, in your case, extended abdominoplasty would be highly effective to address all of your problems. During your consultation, your surgeon will guide you and help you to decide best option.
Unfortunately, all surgical procedures leave scars. If you want to have abdominoplasty, you should consider this situation before making a decision. The length of the scar is based on the amount of skin being removed. However, this is no matter because the scars are generally located very low on the abdomen which will be covered under your bikini and underwear lines.
References

1. Matarasso, A., Matarasso, D. M., & Matarasso, E. J. (2014). Abdominoplasty. Clinics in Plastic Surgery, 41(4), 655–672. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cps.2014.07.005

2. Sirota, M., Weiss, A., Billig, A., Hassidim, A., Zaga, J., & Adler, N. (2021). Abdominoplasty complications - what additional risks do postbariatric patients carry?. Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS, 74(12), 3415–3420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2021.05.018

3. Brower, J. P., & Rubin, J. P. (2020). Abdominoplasty After Massive Weight Loss. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cps.2020.03.006

4. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (2022). International Survey On Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2020. May 31, 2022. https://www.isaps.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ISAPS-Global-Survey_2020.pdf