Tummy Tuck

The Ultimate Guide to Tummy Tuck

Last fast-checked: 8 September 2020

Save money by undergoing a tummy tuck abroad — and return home with a flatter stomach than when you went… which is quite a rarity considering how much we normally indulge while on holiday!

This Medical Departures tummy tuck guide gives you the lowdown on the best places to have this popular cosmetic surgery, as well as what the procedure entails, price comparisons and some important considerations before you decide to book with us.

Is a Tummy Tuck for Me?

A tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat to give you a flatter, firmer stomach. For some of us, no matter how hard we exercise and diet, we just can’t shift that so-called spare tire. This may not necessarily be through our own fault; even those who are slim and in proportion may still have a sagging tummy with loose and wobbly skin.

Some of the common causes for this include:

  • Old age

  • Genetics

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Pregnancy

  • Weight loss

  • Previous surgery

Important Things to Know About Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • A tummy tuck is major surgery and so it is important you fully understand what the procedure entails.

  • It is not a substitute for weight loss

  • It won’t remove stretch marks

As long as you are in good health, a tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women. Ideally, it is an option if you have lost a lot of weight and have excess fat or loose skin, or if you have been pregnant and you want to reduce the skin and tighten your tum.

If you are unsure about your suitability, it is advisable to consult a local doctor before booking your trip abroad. Many of the overseas clinics and hospitals listed on our site also offer free consultations which can be conducted online with help from our Customer Care Team

Important Considerations Before and After Getting a Tummy Tuck

To get the best results and optimize your recovery, before surgery it is highly advisable to:

  • Stop smoking. Whatever your surgery, smoking increases the risk of complications, particularly due to the fact that it decreases blood flow

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet. Nutrients strengthen your immune system for faster recovery.

  • Exercise. This will help build muscle mass and prevent weight gain after surgery when you will have to take it easy.

After surgery, you should:

  • Arrange for someone pick you up as won’t be able to drive

  • Stock up with ice packs and petroleum jelly to ease discomfort

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing you can get on and off easily

  • Follow recovery guidelines explained to you by your surgeon (which are briefly outlined in the following section)

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Tummy tuck recovery times vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much surgery you had. Generally, most people require one or two weeks before they can return to work, although some may take up to four weeks. If you are in good shape at the time of your surgery you are much more likely to have a shorter recovery time.

Immediately after your tummy tuck surgery, you are likely to experience discomfort, swelling and pain, which will be eased with medication—and staying in a comfy hotel bed for a couple of days. Stitches will be removed between 5 and 7 days following the procedure and you will be given instructions about showering/bathing and walking. Exercise can actually speed up the healing process so you will most likely be encouraged to walk around after a couple of days of bed rest. 

After you have returned home, you will be instructed to wear a compression garment under your clothes, as well as elasticized stockings to help prevent blood clots. A gentle exercise regime, such as walking, will be encouraged by your doctor, but do avoid anything particularly strenuous for around six weeks in order to minimize the chances of your wounds re-opening.

What Are the Advantages of Booking a Tummy Tuck Abroad with Medical Departures?

Tummy tuck costs are considerably lower abroad–at least 50% depending upon your chosen destination. Booking through Medical Departures ensures that you get the best prices available

  • Our quality-checked clinics and board-certified surgeons will ensure your tummy tuck procedure has the greatest chance of success.

  • Combined with a holiday, you’ll have the chance to relax in pleasant (and hopefully warm) surroundings and give your body time to recuperate. Plus, you can always head to your chosen destination a little early and squeeze in some sightseeing and fun activities before surgery.

  • Our extensive listings make it easy for you to see clinic photos, real patient tummy tuck reviews and other useful information — it’s all on the Medical Departures site – helping you to make a well-informed choice.

How Much Can I Save on My Tummy Tuck Abroad with Medical Departures?

Patients based in the US, UK and Australia can expect to pay up to around $10,000 (or equivalent) for this surgery.

However, a tummy tuck in Thailand, on average, costs around $3,000 while prices in Mexico similarly start at around the $3,500 mark.

Take a look at some of our top-rated tummy tuck clinics below:

Getting Started with Medical Departures

First, browse through our full range of background-checked clinics and hospitals for your tummy tuck

Booking your tummy with Medical Departures is made easy when you connect with our Customer Care Team; we can be reached around the clock via phone, email or online chat

Sources:

Why you should quit smoking before having surgery. The Truth Initiative. 6 March 2017. https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/harmful-effects-tobacco/why-you-should-quit-smoking-having-surgery

Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty). WebMD. 26 July 2019. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cosmetic-procedures-tummy-tuck

What are the steps of a tummy tuck procedure? American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Website accessed: 1 July 2020. 
https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck/animation 

American Society of Plastic Surgery. Website accessed: 1 July 2020. http://www.surgery.org/

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