5 Things you should know about Tummy Tuck Surgery or Abdominoplasty in 2024
Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is no longer a surgery for the celebrities or the riches. It has become the fifth most common procedures performed around the world by plastic surgeons in 2024.
Tummy tuck involves removing saggy skin, tightening loose muscles, sucking out fat deposits which has a great impact on both physical and mental health of the patient. Pooch can be due to pregnancy, massive weight loss or genetics. Abdominoplasty can be an effective solution for all these cases. If you are thinking of getting it done, here are few things you should know beforehand.
1. TUMMY TUCK is not for losing WEIGHT
Tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure which gives best results if the patient is near his/her ideal body weight. Although a patient does lose extra kilos of saggy skin and fat through liposuction, it should not be viewed as weight loss surgery.
2. It isn’t CHEAP and INSURANCE likely won’t cover it
Tummy tuck involves multiple procedures and takes one complete operating day. Also after surgery a day admission is recommended by most plastic surgeons. Considering the effort and factors involved abdominoplasty is an expensive procedure.
Cost of tummy tuck surgery in India can range from Rs.1.6 lakhs to Rs. 4 lakhs depending on the expertise of plastic surgeon, requirement of the patient and hospital where it is done.
Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t cover abdominoplasty/tummy tuck but in some cases where hernia is involved, they might consider it.
3. Do your RESEARCH about Plastic Surgeon
In the world where every other surgeon is projecting themselves as cosmetic surgeon, it is important to understand that only a qualified plastic surgeon can practice a highly skilled job of cosmetic surgery. It is imperative that you ask about the training credentials of your surgeon and also enquire about his previous results of abdominoplasty surgery.
4. Help at HOME for first week
Although recovery period after tummy tuck is smooth, most of the patients require help at home after surgery. There will be some discomfort, mild stretching pain as you move. You will be able to carry out activities of daily living comfortably but a help makes it easier to recover. For mothers with young children at home, rest of one week will ensure swift healing and more time with kids at an early pace.
5. Benefits beyond COSMETIC!
Getting back into your clothes after tummy tuck is indeed a satisfying feeling but medical benefits of tummy tuck are more than that. Up to 60% women report relief of symptoms of urinary incontinence, relief of bloating, Improvement in back pain. The confidence they get back after abdominoplasty surgery is immense as they feel much more confident in wearing their favourite clothes and inculcate a health routine to maintain the results of tummy tuck.
Dr. Anmol Chugh is an internationally trained Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon in Gurgaon India with an experience of more than a decade in aesthetics. He has performed more than 1000 body contouring surgeries involving different types of abdominoplasties and liposuction procedure.