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Complete Abdominoplasty

An abdominoplasty - most commonly referred to as a tummy tuck - is a cosmetic procedure that people undergo to remove scars, excess skin, fat and stretch marks. The treatment also involves tightening the abdominal muscles for improved definition.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • People who are conscious about excess fat, skin, scars or a lack of definition around the tummy
SUCCESS
  • The success rate of the tummy tuck is extremely high. However, occasionally patients aren't happy with the results, and feel that they need a further operation.
RECOVERY TIME
  • Avoid putting strain on your stitches for the first few weeks
  • Limit strenuous activity and exercise for 4 to 6 weeks
  • Wear a special corset for the first 6 weeks
  • Fully recovery: 6 weeks for most people
TREATMENT DURATION
  • 2 to 5 hours in surgery
  • 2 nights in clinic
  • 4 to 6 nights in hotel, if done abroad
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Difficulty standing straight
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Numbness around the tummy
  • Swelling and scarring
  • Tummy cramps
  • Buildup of fluid
  • Bulges under the skin
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS
Costs

Below the average prices for an abdominoplasty in different countries. Prices depend on what type of abdominoplasty you undergo, where you choose to have the procedure done and if you need additional treatments. Prices below refer to a a standard abdominoplasty procedure.

  • Egypt

    € 1,800
  • Czech Republic

    € 2,120
  • Hungary

    € 2,420
HOW DOES IT WORK?

A classic abdominoplasty begins with an incision from hip to hip - just above the pubic area. In the case of a full tummy tuck, a second incision is made around the belly button in order to move it later.

Skin is gradually separated from the abdominal wall, and the abdominal muscles are carefully realigned - stretching them for increased definition. The excess fat and skin and completely removed, and a new hole is cut for the belly button before being stitched permanently into place. The remaining skin is then pulled together tightly and stitched.

In most cases, the patient is left with a circular scar around the umbilicus. There is also a longer scar left on the lower abdomen.

What are the different types of abdominoplasty?

Full

Full tummy tuck image.

A full abdominoplasty is recommended to patients with excessive skin or fat around the lower abdomen. As this is complex surgery, a general anaesthetic is usually administered to keep the patient still and as comfortable as possible.

The procedure requires a horizontal incision in the area between the tummy button and the pubic hairline. The length and shape of this incision very much depends on the nature of the problem. The abdominal skin is lifted, and work begins on strengthening the weakened abdominal muscles.

A second incision is then made - if the surgeon deems it necessary - to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen, and to re-site the navel. In crude terms, the surgeon pulls the skin on the upper abdomen down like a roller blind. This brings together the two halves of the abdomen.

Excess skin is taken away before both areas are stitched together, leaving the new abdominal surface flatter and tighter. At this stage, a new opening is fashioned for the belly button before being sutured into place.

Sutures, special adhesives, clips and tapes are used to close the large incisions created during the procedure.

Miniature

Mini tummy tuck image.

Where a patient requires only a small amount of fat and skin to be removed, the surgeon is likely to recommend a miniature tummy tuck. This is a shorter procedure that doesn’t leave as much scarring. However, in most cases patients are still given a general anaesthetic.

A miniature abdominoplasty involves the excision of a section of skin and fat from the lower abdomen. This version of the procedure leaves no scar around the umbilicus, but it does sometimes involve tightening of the abdominal muscles.

Extended

An extended tummy tuck involves a more comprehensive removal of fat and skin. Rather than limiting the procedure to the abdomen, the surgeon removes skin and fat from the sides of the patient. The procedure often involves tightening of the muscles and skin just above the hips — usually to remove “love handles”.

The excision required for an extended abdominoplasty runs the entire length of the abdomen and reaches as far as the back of the hips. In some cases, liposuction will be used to improve the contours of the abdomen and hips.

Belt lipectomy (circumferential abdominoplasty)

A belt lipectomy — sometimes referred to as a truncal body lift — involves the removal of excess fat and skin around the entire “belt line” of the patient. As well as tightening the area and adding definition, this procedure removes loose skin around the buttocks too. Depending on the wishes of the patient, the fat taken from this area is used to augment the buttocks — lifting them and adding shape.

This surgery requires the patient to be lying belly down in the prone position at first. Once surgery on the lower back and buttocks is complete, the patient is turned around so the tummy tuck can begin.

What to expect after abdominoplasty surgery

The patient must rest and remain as still as possible for 48 hours after surgery. A special type of medical corset is fitted to the patient’s abdomen to protect the stitches and encourage the skin to heal. There is usually significant swelling at first, but this subsides relatively quickly.

Most patients are allowed to return home after 48 hours in hospital with no complications. However, remaining reasonably still and relaxed is still important. Doctors usually advise patients to keep their knees bent when lying down — at least until the stitches have been removed after around two weeks. At this stage, most patients will attend an outpatient appointment to have their wound checked.

People considering a tummy tuck need to be prepared to take a significant amount of time off work. The average recovery time is six weeks, but it can be longer than that if complications occur.

Abdominoplasty is surgery, so it carries a degree of risk. However, as long as you choose a reputable, fully-licensed surgical team, the chances of a successful tummy tuck are very high.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
Qunomedical Health Managers have an all-round knowledge to find the right specialist for you. Learn more about Qunomedical.

The cost of an abdominoplasty depends on what type of procedure you choose, where you are receiving treatment, and your personal needs. Below are starting prices for tummy tuck across different countries. Get in touch for more information.

Top destinations

Displayed locations reflect average package prices (treatment, hotel, airport transfer) booked through Qunomedical. Cost for transport to the destination (e.g. airfare) is not included. Prices may vary depending on individual needs and conditions.

  • Egypt

    € 1,800
  • Czech Republic

    € 2,120
  • Hungary

    € 2,420
  • Poland

    € 2,500
  • Turkey

    € 2,960
  • Mexico

    € 3,010
  • Croatia

    € 3,400
  • Lithuania

    € 3,700
  • Costa Rica

    € 4,190
  • Thailand

    € 4,470
  • Austria

    € 6,500
  • Germany

    € 7,500
  • United States

    € 8,170
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Dionne,

United Kingdom

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The staff treated me well and were very accommodating helping as much as possible. Rosie definitely made me feel like she really cared about how I was feeling following the surgery (and before) she is definitely a credit to the team.

There was a slight hickup at airport but I spoke with Rosie and she helped me as she had done all the way. The staff treated me well and were very accommodating helping as much as possible. Rosie was fabulous from the start. Always on hand to help and nothing was too much trouble. She definitely made me feel like she really cared about how I was feeling following the surgery (and before) she is definitely a credit to the team.

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Germany

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Ich bin mit dem Ergebnis der OP mehr als zufrieden und freue mich ein so netten Arzt gefunden zu haben

Ich bin über das Internet auf Dr. Bartels aufmerksam geworden, habe mir einen Termin geben lassen und war positiv beeindruckt über die Freundlichkeit des Teams. Dr. Bartels selbst hat eine sehr positive und sympatische Ausstrahlung, ich wurde ausführlich über die Bauchdeckenstraffung aufgeklärt und jede frage wurde geduldig beantwortet, ich habe mich während des Gesprächs sehr wohl gefühlt und Ängste über den Eingriff oder auch schmerzen danach wurden mir genommen, nach dem Gespräch haben wir gleich einen Termin für die OP vereinbart. Die Klinik in der der Eingriff gemacht wurde ist gut zu erreichen und das OP Team sowie das Personal auf der Station waren kompetent und freundlich. Die OP verlief ohne Komplikationen und ich konnte am nächsten Tag schon wieder nachhause. Termine für die Nachsorge Untersuchungen wurden mir von dem Praxis Team ein paar Tage vor der OP mitgeteilt. Obwohl die Praxis wegen Urlaub geschlossen war, musste man nicht extra woanders hin, eine Vertretung war vor Ort. Dr. Bartels hat eine super nette und einfühlsame Vertretung für sich organisiert, danke dafür. Ich bin mit dem Ergebnis der OP mehr als zufrieden und freue mich ein so netten Arzt gefunden zu haben, bei dem auch das Umfeld, wie die Klinik und das Team einfach nur super nett sind.

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Jayne,

United Kingdom

January 31, 2019

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and the results are amazing. After 3 weeks, i can hardly see my top scar.

5 stars is not enough for this amazing surgeon. I had a fleur de lis tummy tuck and the results are amazing. After 3 weeks, i can hardly see my top scar. I would highly recommend Dr Marta, who whenever i saw her, had a wonderful smile on her face. You couldn't help but smile with her.

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Daisy,

United Kingdom

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Thanks to Dr. Atilla

He was perfect at all aspects.

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Funke,

United Kingdom

October 22, 2018

| GOP Hospital, Turkey

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I couldn’t have had it any other way...my whole experience is just beyond absolute delight for me.

I have been dying to leave this feedback!! I couldn’t have had it any other way...my whole experience is just beyond absolute delight for me. From the airport pick up to the hospital consultation and the hotel facilities is just out of this world. I still feel I am dreaming, I got the full abdominoplasty and the price I paid is just too reasonable. I was thinking the result wouldn’t be that great but even with the dressing still on I feel on top of this world. Collete at Qunomedical is friendly and highly professional, knowledgeable in her field and I couldn’t have done it elsewhere. Would greatly recommend them anytime There’s absolutely nothing else to be done, staff at Qunomedical are just highly professional and always at hand to answer any questions you may have or clear any doubts

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Sam,

United Kingdom

September 7, 2018

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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I remember after surgery that she came to see me and asked if I had stopped crying now lol (I cried as they put me to sleep) I told her that were happy tears because on the 7th September at 10:31 am I fell asleep with my horrible tummy for the last time.

I absolutely loved Marta, she changed my life. after losing 26 stone I have a lot of excess skin, the only thing that really bothered me was my stomach. mentally and emotionally it was killing me. from the second I met Marta I felt at ease, she was realistic about what she could and would achieve and the results surpassed my expectations. I remember after surgery that she came to see me and asked if I had stopped crying now lol (I cried as they put me to sleep) I told her that were happy tears because on the 7th September at 10:31 am I fell asleep with my horrible tummy for the last time. The second I looked down at my stomach I felt amazing, a little groggy but amazing. I was up and walking around tentatively the next day and saw her every day whilst in Poland. even back in England she answered all my queries after surgery... and yes I will be back lol

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Kadian,

United Kingdom

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My mind was always at peace.

Perfect! Clean comfortable..staff was great consultation was how it should be and taxi from and to airport was also perfect They [Qunomedical] were there every step of the way and replied quickly to any of my queries so my mind was always at peace

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Suzanne,

United Kingdom

August 10, 2016

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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We’ve been very impressed with the service.

Not knowing anywhere, my friend and I Googled a few places and a few websites came up and we decided to go with KCM because they were quite quick in getting back to us and give us information. The communication was very good and I was really impressed with their pre-op questionnaires and they could also fit us in for the time I wanted my surgery to be done. I think the whole package is very important because it’s very important to be guided and the international patient coordinator is very helpful and makes me feel comfortable and they looked after us very well. They sort out all the hotel bookings, they make all the arrangements for the taxis and transportation, we were met at the airport on arrival and taken to the hotel and taken to the clinic to meet the international patient coordinator. All of that was important for us and she has been looking after us very well from the day we arrived. So far we’ve been very impressed with the service.

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D.A.S.,

United States

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Very pleased with the results

I was very nervous about getting elective surgery especially at the age of 50. But every time I looked into the mirror and saw the excessive skin hanging from my belly and thigh area I would feel very depressed. I heard about the wonderful work that was done at the Yanhee Hospital and decided to check it out. When I arrived here I was amazed that people come from all over the world to have procedures done at this hospital. Once I met Dr. Pitch there was something very calming about him and I knew I would be in good hands. The gifts that God gives to people is no less than a miracle. That sums it up. Very pleased with the results.

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A.C.,

Switzerland

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Excellent service and attention 24/7

Procedure: painless, all in one day. Pre-procedure: full info and Q and A available. Post-procedure: excellent service and attention 24/7. Stayed at Yanhee Hospital 7 days/nights with a week follow-up for recovery at local hotel. Would recommend procedure to anybody interested in looking/feeling younger!