Tummy Tuck in Iran: All You Need to Know
Many of us may suffer from a protruded and flabby stomach we’ve got due to a massive weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is a safe procedure which helps shape flatter and tighter surface in the abdominal area.
Recent years has seen the emergence and surge of the field of cosmetic/medical tourism and Iran is considered one of the most suitable options to get a procedure, be it minor or major, done.
For cosmetic procedures like abdominoplasty, this country stands out among other countries for offering affordable and effective treatments. Read on to find out all you need to know about tummy tuck in Iran.
First, let us have a look at the procedure itself:
Tummy tuck, otherwise known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is flatter, smoother, and firmer.
This procedure helps reduce loose or sagging abdomens caused by heredity, major fluctuations in weight, the aging process, and post-pregnancy stretching.
Why Iran is a good destination for your tummy tuck?
Having plastic surgery in another country is a recently-introduced phenomenon which grabs people’s attention with a limited budget. This concept has gained much more popularity as patients are getting their cost-effective surgeries done abroad without compromising on the quality and safety of the procedure.
Having access to an abundance of successful and globally-renowned specialists is one of the perks of having plastic surgeries in Iran. The country excels as a perfect abdominoplasty destination for many reasons. They include:
- A high number of successful tummy tuck surgeries
- Affordable costs of surgery, visa, food, and accommodation
- Board-certified and highly skilled plastic surgeons
- Modern hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices
- Zero waiting time
- Wonderful cultural/historical tourist attractions
Furthermore, while the language may seem a barrier to most foreigners, the country enjoys a wide spectrum of English-speaking doctors and medical staffs. Therefore, there would be no difficulty in doctor-patient communication and mutual understanding.
Best plastic surgeons performing abdominoplasty in Iran
Going for plastic surgery like abdominoplasty is a difficult decision, so is choosing the best plastic surgeon for your procedure. Whether you’re considering Iran for the reasonable prices or high-quality medical services, you would definitely want to have surgery under the hands of a skilled Iranian surgeon.
With many years of training and practicing in the field of plastic surgery, Iranian surgeons have got the necessary knowledge and experience to perform the most effective tummy tuck surgeries.
Most Iranian surgeons, if not all, have earned their fellowships and certifications in plastic surgery from top medical universities in Iran and around the globe. Therefore, you can rest assured that you will have a safe treatment for your protruded abdomen with the least possibility of any upcoming complications.
Cost of tummy tuck in Iran
As the cost of abdominoplasty in many countries is going through the roof, more patients are looking elsewhere for this procedure. In this situation, a country like Iran takes the lead, showing up as a cheaper alternative.
An average tummy tuck surgery costs between $2,500 and $4,500, depending on the experience of the surgeon, hospital, etc. This price includes almost everything you may need when traveling to the country such as accommodation, transfer, and treatment.
This surgery, however, costs from $3,000 to $30,000 in the US, with most patients paying around $15,000 for the surgery. It also prices from $4,000 to $7,000 in a European country like the UK, while it costs around $5,000 in Turkey and $3,000 in India.
How is tummy tuck performed in Iran?
A tummy tuck procedure typically lasts between 2 and 4 hours depending on the degree of your excess skin and fat which need to be removed and the technique used.
An incision is made to the abdomen from hip to hip, along the pubic area or the so-called bikini line. A circular incision is then made around the belly button to free it from the surrounding skin.
After tightening muscles, removing excess fat and skin and pulling down the skin, a new hole is created in the right position for the belly button.
The incisions are finally stitched up with sutures. A dressing or sometimes a compression garment is applied and the excess fluid is drained.
You may also be recommended to have liposuction at the same time to have the most satisfactory outcomes.
What to expect during the recovery?
After abdominoplasty, whether it’s a minimal or regular one, your recovery lasts from around 1 to 2 weeks. During this period, you’ll experience pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and numbness.
A drainage device will be left for a few days in your body, if necessary. Your doctor will give you the instructions regarding how to take care of it when you are at home. To learn about the post-operative instructions during recovery, read the section ‘what to do after tummy tuck procedure’.
Mini tummy tuck in Iran
As the name suggests, mini tummy tuck refers to less invasive and minimal abdominoplasty.
This procedure is an ideal option for those with a small amount of excess fat and skin in their abdominal area. People whose abdominal area is beginning to sag due to aging or who have slim abdomens may also consider this surgery to sculpt their abdominal profile into a more desirable shape.
In a mini tummy tuck, muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed from below the belly button only. There will be an incision in the lower abdomen but the belly button will not need repositioning.
Mini tummy tuck vs. full tummy tuck
As mentioned above, a mini tummy tuck is less invasive as it involves less surgery. The recovery process is also faster compared to the time it takes to heal from a full tummy tuck.
Furthermore, a few number of patients are the right candidates for this surgery as it takes away the excess tissue only from under the belly button.
In contrast, full abdominoplasty eliminates a larger amount of excess tissues from both the middle and lower abdominal area. Accordingly, there may be a longer recovery period for those undergoing this surgery.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE Abdominoplasty?
In order to have better operation and heal faster after the surgery follows these instructions:
- Stop smoking a few weeks prior to the surgery, as smoking slows down healing.
- Lose as much weight as possible (reach your ideal weight) before undergoing an abdominoplasty, as losing further weight after the operation will undermine the final result and may create a need for another surgery.
- Shave and wax for 3 days the area to be cut, to reduce the possibility of infection.
- Arrange your transportation beforehand.
- Finish your important tasks before going for the surgery, as you will need to rest for a few days and take care of yourself during your recovery process.
- Make sure there will be someone to help and take care of you for at least a couple of days after surgery.
What to do AFTER TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
After shaping your belly through the surgery, you need to take into considerations the below facts and instructions:
- You may have dressings and drains for removing excess liquid in place before/after being discharged from the hospital.
- Depending on the type of surgery you’ve undergone, you will be able to go home after 1-3 days.
- Your doctor may prescribe painkillers for you to be taken during the recovery time.
- You should not lift heavy objects for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
- Most patients are up and walking from day one and will be able to get back to work within at most 6 weeks or less if your work isn’t too physically taxing.
- You should avoid having sex until 3 weeks after surgery and after that, it should be gentle.
- The final results will be achieved gradually and over a period of 6 months.
- You should keep to a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain the results of your surgery.
Tummy tuck risks and complications
If you want to experience a smooth course of treatment, you need to become an educated patient. By this, you will be aware of the procedure, results, and more importantly risks and complications you may face.
For abdominoplasty, there is bleeding, pain, scarring, swelling, reaction to anesthesia, infection, seroma (fluid accumulation under the skin), and hematoma (blood accumulation).
Generally, major complications like seroma and hematoma occur in a few patients (around 3% of patients) after the surgery. Other complications like pain, swelling and the like do not lead to patient’s dissatisfaction, as they are not permanent and can be minimized.
According to a study on the satisfaction of abdominoplasty patients, 86% of patients were pleased with their surgery, recommending the surgery to their friends. Therefore, this surgery is proven to be a safe and favorable treatment for those who want to get rid of their protruded stomachs.