Thing To Know Before A Tummy Tuck

If you are planning to have a tummy tuck, you may have a  few questions on the tip of your tongue.

Here are some of the things you might want to know before you head over for plastic surgery in Thailand.

When will I have a bikini body?

Unfortunately, you won’t walk out of the operating room and be able to squeeze into those skinny jeans straightaway.

One of the side effects of plastic surgery is swelling, so it is likely you may need to wait up to eight weeks before you are ready to show off your trim belly to the world.

However, you will be able to start seeing results a month after surgery.

Do I need to stay in bed after surgery?

It is advised you book in at least two weeks rest after your operation – and why not spend this time in tropical Thailand?

Allowing at least a fortnight of relaxation will mean you should be fighting fit in no time. Immediately following surgery you will need to stay in bed to avoid problems with dizziness.

As you can damage the delicate muscles of your abdomen after surgery, you may need someone to help you get to the bathroom the first few times.

It is best to roll over gently to get out of bed, but if you have any questions, your medical team can help you out.

Do I need to wear an elastic abdominal pressure garment under my clothes?

For the first two weeks after your operation, you will need to wear an elastic band over your abdomen.

This will help reduce the swelling and bruising. Your medical team will provide this and advise you about how to wear it for maximum benefit.

Will I have a scar?

Unfortunately, it is impossible to perform this operation without leaving a trace. However, your surgeon will talk to you about the best ways to minimise this.

Most surgeons use techniques that leave a scar that can be covered by a standard bikini so others at the beach may not even notice a few extra lines!

Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck?

Liposuction Thailand

There are three main techniques used by surgeons performing tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty.

These can be seen all over the world, so whether you choose to have surgery in beautiful Phuket or at home in Australia, the same methods will be chosen.

Here’s a look at what they are.

Endoscopic abdominoplasty

This is performed using a small camera, or an endoscope, which is inserted, alongside other surgical instruments, into two or more small incisions.

The muscles of your tummy are tightened and sutured using the help of the endoscope. You can then have liposuction to remove the fat before the incision is closed.

This technique is particularly of use to those who have weakened muscles in the lower abdomen, excess abdominal fat but still maintain tight abdominal skin.


This procedure involves the removal of both excess skin and fat from the tummy and means the belly button will also need to be removed.

However, it does not touch the muscles of the tummy so is perfect for those with a higher level of skin laxity.

This is often performed on people who have lost a large amount of weight, such as through bariatric surgery or stomach stapling, and have been left with excess skin.

Full abdominoplasty

The most invasive form of tummy tuck on the market, a full abdominoplasty is used to help those with lax muscles as well as excess amounts of skin that needs to be excised.

If you opt for this surgery you will probably need to have a new navel, as the skin will be pulled down over your existing belly button.

The recovery time for this type of surgery is longer as it is more invasive. You may experience bruising and swelling because a large amount of tissue will need to be moved in order to arrange the proper correction.


You can view an animated version of whats involved in Abdominoplasty surgery on our 3D Animation Page Here

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