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An Introduction To Tummy Tuck Procedure

Pregnancy, weight loss are some of the reasons that one can’t achieve a flat abdomen no matter how much exercise or diet you do.  You can consider having Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to achieve that taut tummy that you want.

Tummy tuck procedure is a surgical that involves removal of loose skin and fat and tightening of muscles in your abdomen resulting to a smoother and firmer midsection. It can also remove of some stretch marks at the lower abdomen.
Different from liposuction but you can have one with tummy tuck.  tummy tuck surgery

Common Reason on having Tummy Tuck
•Excess skin that don’t go away with diet and exercise
•Flab due to weight loss and post pregnancies

•Men and women who are healthy and in stable weight.
•You don’t smoke.
•You no longer have plans of having children.

If you’re planning to have more children, the muscles that would tighten in the Tummy tuck would just collapsed and separate again.

Note that tummy tuck would cause permanent scars. Creams and ointments may be prescribed and lighten the scar but otherwise still permanent.


Your surgeon can either recommend intravenous sedation or general anesthesia prior to surgery.

The primary tummy tuck incision is U-shaped, from one hip to the other and in between the pubic hairline and belly button.

You can have three options:
•Complete or Full Abdominoplasty-including the primary tuck incision, incision is also made above and below the belly button. Excess skin is removed from above the navel down to the pubic area. This produces a flat stomach.
•Partial or Mini Abdominoplasty– much shorter primary incision. Usually done to people that have belly pouch under the navel. Can be done through C-section scar.
•Extended or High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty-much longer incision. Includes tummy tuck in abdomen and lifting the muscles in outer thigh area.

After the surgery

•Abdomen will feel sore and tender. Pain medications will be prescribed.
•Bed rest for a few days is usually required.
•You would be ask to wear elastic compression garment. Will be worn for few weeks for the swelling and skin support.
•If you have traditional/non absorbable sutures will typically be removed within the first week or two.
•Usual side effects include redness, bruising, and swelling. But usually subside in one to three weeks.


Full recovery might take up 6 or more months. Instructions will be given to you on how to position yourself whether sitting or lying down. Limitations of strenuous activities. You may also need to take a work off post-surgery for proper recovery.

Possible Complications

Any surgery has risks,
•Insufficient healing

Satisfactions rates are generally high after surgery. Though the skin was tighten it can loosen again by gaining or losing weight. The same effect goes to being pregnant after having the tummy tuck procedure. Avoiding weight gain/loss and pregnancy the results should be permanent.

Aging is another factor, the skin naturally loosen as we age. With that you can’t do anything.
You can maintain the results of tummy tuck by diet and exercise.


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Why Medical Tourism Makes Sense

There are several reasons to investigate medical tourism. Likely the main reason for most potential patients to consider medical tourism is the lower costs of having surgery in another country. The potential costs will likely be less…often much less than having such surgery in one’s home country. Simple, potential patients feel that they may receive more service for less money through a swse325024urgeon in another country. One good example of such booming industry is  the Medical Tourism in the Philippines.

Potential patients are often offered services to assist in planning their time overseas. Patients can choose available services or only some of these services, depending on their needs and budget. Some clinic now offer “holistic” services which covers all the potential needs of a patients. These extra services range from nurse companion, to hotel reservations, air reservations, airport transfers to sightseeing opportunities.

The nurses provided are fully trained and qualified to assist patients in their recovery. They will also assist in preparing or ordering meals for patients. For example, the Philippines is blessed with a surplus of highly qualified English-speaking nurses, with many going abroad to work each year. This “surplus” allows nurses to be available at a low costs to patients. Other countries have a similar supply of nurses available to help.

These “24-7” services with on-site nurse or medical assistance can make the stay of a patient stay more comfortable. Also doctors who make house calls and telephone calls to patients may also be available. Today, these services are almost unheard of in the United States or Europe. Hotels at different costs are available depending on the patient’s budget. Some patients may wish to make their own reservations or request referrals from the physician. Local transportation from the airport and pick up to drop off after surgery and recovery can be provided if requested. Potential patients may wish to “interview” surgeon candidates to answer any question they may have. Speaking with a surgeon can help patients overcome anxiety and provide answers to any questions potential patients may have. Patients should not be embarrassed or timid to ask questions to obtain information. Many surgeons, trained in the United States or in Europe, welcome such questions.

There are many surgeons so how does a potential patient decide which surgeon is best for them? First, review the experience of the Filipino cosmetic surgeon: how long have they been practicing? What is their specialization or are they generalist? How many times have they done a procedure like the one you are requesting? Undoubtable there may be other specific questions patients will ask related to their personal situation. If a potential patient has not been referred to a surgeon they can do their own research by checking the Internet, referral websites, blogs, and other social media site.

Testimonials by former patients can be somewhat useful but keep in mind they may be in exchange for a fee or service. International calling is now easier than ever. Individuals can call from your home or office using the Internet through Skype software or some similar program. You can also purchase a calling card which allows you to purchase blocks of the time to make your call. These calling cards are available at most convenience stores and are very affordable, as a note: Do remember the time zone differences when calling.

English is one of the two official languages of the Philippines so English-speaking patients will be able to communicate freely. Similar programs are offered in other countries in other languages. By doing research first, including the Internet and discussions with potential physicians, patients can greatly reduce their anxiety, increase their confidence, and prepare for their surgery.

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