What is a tummy tuck and who is suitable for the surgery?

Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is the removal of excess fat and skin in the abdominal area and reshaping the abdominal muscles to obtain a shapely appearance.

You can decide to have a tummy tuck because of significant changes in weight, aging, postpartum sagging, body type, excessive fat around your abdominal area, sagging skin, or a weak abdominal wall. If the sagging is at the level below the navel, a mini tummy tuck should be applied. And if there is excessive sagging above the navel, a full tummy tuck procedure should be applied. Tummy tuck procedures will make your body look more fit and younger.

In some cases, the amount of fat planned to be removed by liposuction may be insufficient for adequate improvement in the abdominal area. In such cases, combining liposuction and tummy tuck operation will give the expected result.

What are the types of tummy tuck surgery?

- Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck operation is performed when the abdominal sagging is seen above the umbilical line. The sagging both above and below the umbilical line is targeted in the full tummy tuck operation.

- Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is performed if the sagging in the abdominal region is seen below the umbilical line. Since it is performed in a smaller area compared to the full tummy tuck, the person can return to daily life in a week.

You should decide with your plastic surgeon whether a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is suitable for you and meet your expectations.


A mini or full tummy tuck will be suitable for you if there is moderate or high looseness in the abdominal muscles and skin tissue and the fat tissue is minimal. If there is a significant amount of fat tissue in the area, liposuction can also accompany the tummy tuck operation.

Tummy Tuck at a Glance
Duration of Operation 1-3 hours
Returning to Work 2 weeks
Hospitalization Discharge on the day of surgery
Taking Shower 1 day
Mobility After 2 days rest
Activity in the Gym 6 weeks
Sexual Activity At least 4 weeks
Sleeping Position 4 weeks on back
Complete Recovery 6-8 weeks
Driving 2 weeks

Treatment and Planning

  • The first meeting to get information is with our health advisor. In this meeting, you can talk about your health problems and expectations.
  • You need to make an online appointment on our Appointment Form page to meet the health advisor.
  • Our health advisor may ask for some information to evaluate your suitability for the surgery you want, such as your age, weight, height, medications you regularly use, smoking, blood tests, X-Ray, photograph, your expectations from the surgery, and your medical history.
  • The health advisor gives you information about
  • Surgeon and Hospital information
  • Our previous experiences (Before & After)
  • The things to do before the surgery and information about the surgery and the post-surgical process
  • Video conferencing with your surgeon and receiving information if necessary
  • Surgery fee and what is included in the price (surgery, accommodation, airport pick-up, and transfers)
  • Planning dates about your travel (dates about the hospital, hotel, and full length of stay)
  • Answers to your questions about the surgery are sent to you


  • Airport pick-up and hotel transfer
  • Hotel Check-In: Our health advisor will welcome you and inform you about the process.
  • Meeting with the surgeon: Your surgeon plans your surgery and informs you about the plan. You are expected to discuss your expectations and answers to your questions about the surgery with your surgeon. Our health advisor will be with you during this process.
  • Tests: Evaluation tests such as blood tests required for the surgery, COVID 19 test, and X-Ray are performed. Our health advisor will be with you during this process.
  • Meeting with the anesthesiologist: Your medical history and your suitability for the surgery are evaluated. Our health advisor will be with you during this process.
  • Operation: The things to be done the previous day are forwarded to you in preparation for the operation. You will be informed about the solid and liquid feeding times, the medications you will use, if any, the time you will be in the hospital for the operation, etc.
  • You are transferred to the hospital.
  • Hospital Check-In is done.
  • You enter your room.
  • The nurse informs you and prepares you for the surgery.
  • An informative meeting is made with your surgeon again before the surgery.
  • You will be taken into surgery.
  • Our post-surgical health advisor comes to you to check the surgeon process and you.
  • Your surgeon will visit and inform you after the surgery.

Our health advisor will be with you during the entire process on the day of surgery.

  • The length of stay in the hospital may vary depending on the surgery to be performed. During this period, you will be visited by our health advisor every day you stay in the hospital.
  • After the surgery, you will be informed about the follow-up period, medications you will use by your surgeon’s decision, and the post-surgical process, and your hospital exit procedures will be carried out.
  • You will be transferred to the hotel.
  • You will be transferred for a control examination on the days determined by your surgeon.
  • During the hotel stay, you will be followed up by our health advisor regarding the surgery process.
  • Our health advisor will inform you about the restaurant, shopping, places to visit, and other needs during your hotel stay.
  • In the last control examination with the surgeon, you will be informed about what to do in the next period.
  • Hotel Check-Out and airport transfer


As Estebox Istanbul, we will stand by you, our valuable clients, with our experienced surgeons and healthcare professionals, ensure that the whole process is carried out reliably and that you return to your country healthily and happily so that your journey and operation go well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Liposuction aims to remove the fat between the abdominal muscle and skin tissue. If a severe sagging in the skin tissue is expected to occur after liposuction and sagging is observed in the abdominal muscles, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) will be suitable for you. It will be more accurate to decide with your doctor which surgery will meet your expectations.

Mini tummy tuck aims to remove the sagging under the belly button. This area is the most frequently affected area during pregnancy and adversely affects the abdominal wall.

Although there is no specific age for a tummy tuck, it is recommended after giving birth if there is a planned pregnancy. In its natural course, tummy tuck procedures are usually performed from the age of 30s.

You can get pregnant 1 year after abdominoplasty. Weight gain should be paid attention to during pregnancy. If too much weight is not gained, the abdomen returns to how it appeared before pregnancy.

The abdomen is narrowed and the relaxed muscles are restored after the tummy tuck. Patients usually lose weight after this surgery, but even if the weight is gained again for any reason, it does not return to its pre-operative shape and maintains its proportion.

Yes, and it will give outstanding results in the right patients.

Tummy tuck surgery is an invasive surgery and will naturally create a scar as the procedure involves an incision. What is important is that this surgical scar is in a reasonable size, in a place that will not be visible from the outside, such as the bikini area, and in a rapid recovery process with minimal trauma. With post-surgical care that we will recommend, the scar will soon become unclear.

Why Estebox Istanbul for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

  • To provide a right and quality service to you as Estebox Istanbul, we work with doctors who have years of experience in their field, carried out successful operations with the title of Professor, Associate Professor, or Specialist, trained many new doctors as instructors, conducted national and international clinical studies, published scientific articles, and have a high degree of satisfaction in patient feedbacks.
  • There are many operations such as nasal aesthetics, breast aesthetics, abdominoplasty, liposuction, hair transplantation, and obesity surgery for your health and aesthetic needs. Although these operations seem similar to each other, each operation requires a separate experience and good planning. Estebox Istanbul offers the best solution to your aesthetic needs with experienced surgeons who will meet your expectations from the tummy tuck.
  • In addition to meeting your health and aesthetic needs, your safety is also important to us. That is why we prioritize the compliance of the hospital, technical equipment, and anesthesia team to international accreditations such as JCI.
  • We know that you may be worried about making a surgery decision in another country. As Estebox Istanbul, we will be at your side until you return to your country healthily and happily, offering you the best solutions from the first moment you contact us to make a surgery decision.
  • With the arrival of more than 1,000,000 patients for health and aesthetic needs every year, Turkey is one of the most popular countries in health tourism with its worldwide trained experienced doctors, hospitals that use cutting edge technology, quality service, and economic treatments. As Estebox Istanbul, we continue our work with our 30 years of experience in the health sector, unlike many companies that are involved in Health Tourism, whose number is increasing day by day.

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