Tummy tuck (3D Laser Lipoabdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty, also known as “Tummy tuck” is a plastic surgery procedure to restore the abdomen removing skin, fat and tightening the muscles to improve the abdominal contour. Several techniques have been developed to treat loose skin, muscles, stretch marks, and belly button, minimizing complications after a tummy tuck.
Dr Bukret performs 3D Laser Lipoabdominoplasty; a tummy tuck specially designed to treat every patients’ condition, considering the anatomy of each patient, leaving the minimal possible scar to easily conceal it by underwear or bathing suits.
The use of 3D Laser Lipo created by Dr Bukret during surgery permits reduce bleeding, bruising, improves skin shrinking and shortens the recovery time.
When is a tummy tuck and lipoabdominoplasty necessary?
A Tummy tuck or Laser Lipo abdominoplasty is indicated in men or women who have fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercises; it’s particularly helpful to women who through multiple pregnancies or after they lost weight, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin; it’s also indicated in older patients with loss of skin elasticity which frequently occurs with slight to moderate obesity.
When is a Laser mini tummy tuck indicated?
A mini tummy tuck is indicated in patients who have small excess of skin below the belly bottom, loosened muscles and variable quantity of fat; in these cases the elasticity of the skin is good above the navel, therefore the skin doesn’t need to be pulled down; the scar will be short and very low at “c” section level.
How long is the recovery time after Tummy tuck or Lipo- abdominoplasty?
It depends on the extension of the Tummy tuck and Liposuction with some individual variations; one or two weeks are an average term to progressively return to normal activities; four to six weeks is an average term to do sports.
How long does Laser Lipo abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery take?
3 to 5 hours.
What kind of anesthesia is used for Tummy tuck and Laser Lipo- abdominoplasty?
Dr. Bukret generally uses deep sedation, technically known as neuroleptoanesthesia; this is always used in conjunction with tumescent infiltration for a comfortable recovery without pain.
How long should I wear the garment after tummy tuck?
6 to 8 weeks for most of the abdominoplasties.
Which are the post-operative care measures?
- Bed resting is required only the day of liposuction surgery; early physical activity helps to subsiding the swelling and to prevent deep vein thrombosis
- No sunbathing for 3 to 4 weeks post-op
See these considerations about pre and post op care which also applies for tummy tuck.
Sutures are removed 12 to14 days after surgery.
An elastic garment is worn for 6 to 8 weeks following abdominoplasty.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Costs for Lipo abdominoplasty will vary according to the complexity of the case, and will also depend on the facilities where the procedure is performed; in general you should expect to pay in Argentina two or three time less than in US or Europe for a high standard quality medical service.
How can I obtain a personal evaluation and Doctor’s recommendation about tummy tuck surgery?
If you are currently in Buenos Aires you might schedule a personal consultation. During consultation Dr Bukret will measure your abdomen and fat with ultrasound imaging to advice you.
If you are out of Buenos Aires, Argentina request an on line evaluation by Dr Bukret and follow the instructions. Dr Bukret will be very pleased to know about you.