Tummy Tuck in Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Tummy Tuck in Chiang Mai

Last fact-checked: 11 November 2020

If you are frustrated with abdominal fat, loose muscles, or sagging skin that won’t budge with exercise or diet, use Medical Departures to find trusted surgeons for tummy tuck surgery in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

As age takes its toll on our bodies, many of us are left with loose skin and stubborn fat around the abdomen; often, this doesn't respond well to diet or exercise, especially after you have already achieved weight loss. 

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, keeping your anterior abdominal wall tightened and flattened. The surgery can also restore firmness after pregnancies and re-contours the abdominal area following significant weight loss.

A tummy tuck should not be confused with liposuction, which is used to remove fat deposits. That said, liposuction may be used in combination with a tummy tuck, as per your doctor's advice and own personal preferences. 

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

While women have been known to be the beneficiaries of a tummy tuck, men can also consider the surgery. However, you have to be in good health and at a stable weight. Additionally, women who are still planning to have children should postpone the procedure until they’re through bearing children.

While a tummy tuck can tighten muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies, men or women who suffered from obesity at some point in their lives (still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area) may find the procedure useful too.

Why Get a Tummy Tuck in Chiang Mai?

Undergoing tummy tuck surgery in Chiang Mai will save you money—up to 70% in some cases. If you book with Medical Departures, you will also be ensured of the best prices online

Thailand is Southeast Asia's leading destination for medical tourism, and it’s evident that the low cost of surgery here is not the only consideration that attracts medical travellers. Surgeons in Thailand are competent, certified by The Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons of Thailand and offer impressive surgical results. Facilities also provide first-class services and have adopted high standard safety and hygiene measures, with over 60 JCI-accredited hospitals in the country

If you want to find reliable and professional tummy tuck surgeons and facilities in Chiang Mai, Medical Departures makes it easy. We list surgeons and facilities on our site, all of which have been assessed to meet our high standards before being included. We verify doctors’ qualifications, check real patients’ reviews, confirm professional memberships and also visit the facilities to get acquainted with how they do things.

How Long Does a Tummy Tuck in Chiang Mai Take and What Is the Recovery Time?

Depending on the results you want to achieve, a tummy tuck can take anywhere from one to three hours. While you can have a tummy tuck as an outpatient or inpatient procedure, it all depends on the complexity of your particular situation.

There are different approaches to performing tummy tuck surgery, and they are carried out under general anesthesia. Your surgeon should be able to evaluate your situation and recommend the best option, which include:

Full tummy tuck:

Also known as a traditional tummy tuck, this surgery involves two incisions; one across the lower abdomen and another around the navel. The procedure is performed to remove excess skin from the navel area down to the pubic area. Liposuction may also be used to contour the abdomen. A full tummy tuck is ideal for people who require the most correction.

Partial or mini tummy tuck:

Here, a single incision is made in the pubic area. Ideal candidates are those who have laxity and a protrusion below the navel. Patients who are in reasonably good shape and cannot achieve aesthetic results with diet or exercise will also benefit from the procedure.

Extended/high lateral tension tummy tuck:

If excess skin around the tummy or hips is bothering you, then an extended/high lateral tension procedure may be recommended. This surgery was designed to address excess skin after significant weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure might also be used to improve the hip and thighs by transferring the lift from the front of the abdomen to the sides of the thighs.

After the surgery, it should be noted that:

  • It might take up to two months to be fully mobile again.
  • Managing pain and avoiding complications should be your top priority for the first week.
  • After two or three weeks, you’ll be able to regain mobility and fitness.
  • It’s important to understand that recovery time varies greatly among individuals.
  • Full recovery (both inside and out) can take between six months to a year. 

What Is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Chiang Mai Compared to Australia?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Chiang Mai is around AUD $4,000 compared to AUD 8,000 in Australia.

[Please note: these prices are approximate estimates based on international data, calculated at the time of writing. You can check with our listed clinics for up-to-date pricing]. 

What Now?

Get started by taking a look at Ratchaphruek Chiang Clinical Surgery, one of our recommended partner clinics in Chiang Mai that offers tummy tucks to international patients. 

To arrange an appointment with a surgeon, get in touch with our Customer Care Team who can be reached any time of day or night at no charge to you. 


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