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If you are considering a tummy tuck-abdominoplasty surgery in Turkey JCI hospitals…

Tummy tuck surgery in Turkey (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure involving the removal of excess skin and subcutaneous tissue, the middle and lower part of the abdomen, and tightening of the abdominal wall and abdominal muscles, which usually occur when the abdomen sags after pregnancy and excessive weight gain and loss. Nov. This initiative dramatically corrects the sagging appearance of the abdomen. However, this operation leaves a permanent scar on the lower abdomen of the patient, which varies from person to person.

If you are thinking of having a tummy tuck operation, with this page you will get enough information about the basic principles of this initiative, learn how abdominoplasty is performed and how to get results after the operation. Of course, it will not be possible for us to answer all your questions with what is written on this page, because there is no disease in medicine, there is a patient theory applies. For this reason, it should be borne in mind that there may be different subjective problems in each patient, as well as differences in methods belonging to each surgeon. Therefore, in case of any question that does not occur to you, contacting your specialist doctor will be the most correct action to take.

The most suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery…

The most suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery are men and women who have a relatively good body size, but have excess abdominal adipose tissue and loose abdominal skin that they cannot eliminate with diet or exercise. This operation helps women who have a sagging that does not recover in the abdominal area, especially after pregnancy, to return to normal by tightening the abdominal muscles and tightening the skin. Nov. This operation is also especially recommended for correcting the abdominal appearance of elderly people whose skin elasticity has usually disappeared due to obesity.

Tummy tuck surgery should be postponed in patients who are thinking of losing an excessive amount of weight by dieting. In patients who plan to conceive at a later stage, it is appropriate to postpone the operation to a later period, as the abdominal muscles that Novated during the operation may relax again with pregnancy. If you have scars from previous operations in the abdominal area, your doctor may suggest that this operation will not be suitable for you, and he will also warn you that these scars will remain permanent after the operation.

Tummy tuck surgery will increase your self-confidence by changing your abdominal appearance. However, your expectations from this operation should not lead to the idea that your life will completely change. For this reason, before deciding on a Tummy tuck operation, you should carefully evaluate your expectations and decide by discussing this with your surgeon.

All surgical procedures carry some uncertainties and risks.

Hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries are successfully performed every year. This operation gives very good results in the hands of a plastic surgeon who has experience in shaping the body. However, there are risks related to anesthesia that can be seen in all surgical procedures and there are special risks related to this operation.

Special risks that may be observed after this surgery include wound site infection, accumulation of blood or body fluid at the operation site, blood clot decoction and poor wound healing. Although all these complications are observed at a low rate…

Wound site infection can be eliminated by drainage and the use of antibiotics, but this situation increases the length of hospital stay and the associated treatment costs.

Although the accumulation of blood or body fluid at the surgical site is rarely observed due to the drains usually placed in the operation, when it occurs, it is eliminated by a second intervention if necessary.

The condition of blood clot ejection is a complication that can put life at risk and can be seen after every surgery, especially in elderly patients, which should be kept in mind. This risk is also usually eliminated by lifting and walking the patient to his feet early after surgery.

– Poor wound healing usually results in the formation of obvious scars. This situation may sometimes suggest a second intervention to remove these bad scars. The risk of poor wound healing is more frequent in people who smoke and those with systemic diseases that impair wound healing (for example, diabetes mellitus) than in those who do not smoke, so it is recommended to quit smoking and check for existing disease when surgery is planned.

You can reduce the rates of all these risks by closely following your surgeon’s recommendations before and after surgery, especially if your surgeon should have recommendations on when and how to return to your former physical activity.

Planning of your surgery…

At your first examination, your surgeon will evaluate your health, excess fat storage in your abdominal area, and skin quality. During this period, you should definitely tell your surgeon whether you smoke, whether you are taking any medications or treatments. You should clearly tell your surgeon about your expectations from this operation, and at the same time ask him to be frank with you about what kind of intervention you need, indicate the alternative initiatives to this surgery, and explain the risks of this surgery.

For example, it may explain that excess fat storage only in the underbelly area can be eliminated by a less complex procedure such as mini abdominoplasty, or that fat storage in the buttocks can also be eliminated by applying liposuction (fat pulling) along with classic and mini abdominoplasty, so that a better body contour can be achieved. Above all, it can be stated that your problem can be solved only by liposuction method without tummy tuck surgery. A good communication with your surgeon will ensure that the best method will be found that will make you happy.

During this initial examination, your surgeon will tell you the type of anesthesia he will prefer during the operation, as well as the cost of the operation. As in many parts of the world, this surgery is excluded from the scope of social security in our country.

Preparation for surgery…

Your surgeon will tell you how to prepare for the operation by offering suggestions on smoking, eating and drinking habits, medications and vitamins to avoid.

– If you are a smoker, he will ask you to stop smoking at least a week or two before the operation and not to use it until two weeks after the operation.

– It is necessary not to sunbathe excessively (especially in the abdominal area) before surgery, and not to start a strict diet, because both will negatively affect your ability to recover.

– If you also have a cold or other infection, your surgeon will postpone your operation in this case.

– You will have the opportunity to arrange a person who will help you during this period by learning the estimated duration of your stay in the hospital from your surgeon during the postoperative period.

Your surgery…

In our country, tummy tuck surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia. When general anesthesia is preferred, you will be sleeping during the entire operation. Some surgeons perform this surgery together with sedation and local anesthesia. When this type of anesthesia is preferred, you will be awake but calm throughout the operation, but you will not feel pain due to the local anesthesia applied in the abdominal area.

Classical tummy tuck surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours depending on the size of the work performed. Mini tummy tuck surgery, on the other hand, takes between 1-2 hours.

In classic tummy tuck surgery, usually your surgeon starts the procedure with an incision above the groin that reaches from one hip bone to the other. You can envisage this as an extended caesarean section. After the belly button is decontaminated with incisions made around it, the incision starting from the groin is combined with a second incision at the level of the belly button, completely removing the excess skin and subcutaneous fat tissue in between. Then, the looseness in the abdominal wall and muscles are tightened with the applied stitches and the waist becomes thinner. After that, it separates the skin and subcutaneous tissues on the belly button from the structures under it up to the ribs and connects them with the incision above the groin made earlier. During this procedure, the belly button is protected, but its location is changed. After the drains are placed to prevent the accumulation of blood or body fluid at the operation site, all incisions are stitched, dressings are made and the operation is terminated.

In mini tummy tuck surgery, the procedure is performed again on the groin, but with a smaller incision. In this, the entire procedure is performed between the upper groin and the navel. In this, the belly button is not touched, but after the abdomen is stretched and the stitches are removed, the belly button gets a partially pulled down appearance.

After your surgery…

In the first few days after the tummy tuck surgery, the abdominal area will probably be swollen. In addition, it is normal for you to feel pain and discomfort that can be relieved by taking medication. Drains placed during surgery are usually 3.-5. it is removed on days. Depending on the surgical procedure performed, you may stay in the hospital for one, and rarely for several days. Your surgeon will give you information about washing and dressing changes. Although you may have difficulty standing upright at the beginning, your surgeon will start walking at an early stage. Depending on the preferred suture material, your surgeon will inform you when the stitches will be removed, he will be able to offer you a corset to hold the dressing applied to your incisions and then to support the abdomen.

A return to normalcy…

After tummy tuck surgery, it may take a few weeks or a month for you to return to your previous activity again. If your physical condition is good and you have strong abdominal muscles, this process takes even shorter. Nov. Exercising will positively affect your recovery process, reduce the swelling that occurs, reduce the risk of blood clots and help to restore abdominal muscle tone. However, strict exercise programs should be postponed until the period when you can easily do them.

Scars that develop due to surgery will exhibit a reddened appearance for the first 3-6 months, but will fade and become less noticeable over time. However, these scars do not affect patients negatively, as they always remain under underwear and bikinis.

Your new look…

Tummy tuck surgery, whether by the mini or classic method, produces long-lasting and face results when supported by diet and exercise in people with excess abdominal adipose tissue and loose abdominal muscles, helping to form individuals who increase self-confidence in society.
If you have realistic expectations, if you prepare yourself for a permanent scar and a long recovery period, abdominoplasty operation is the operation that will give you the best answer.

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Op. Dr.
Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist



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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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