A tummy tuck surgery does actually what the name suggests: tucking your tummy inside. The process is also known as abdominoplasty. The process is particularly aimed at reducing a belly that protrudes out. A protruding belly occurs due to the deposition of excessive fat layer or skin in the abdomen. One opts for the surgery when he discovers that exercising and dieting are not causing any serious positive effects on the body.

Types of Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck operation can be done using different techniques. Your doctor helps you choose which one is the best for you.

  • Traditional tummy tuck: This method is the most common form of surgery performed for the removal of the tissues, fats and skins around the abdomen as it focuses on the whole abdominal region. During the procedure, the incision is made from hip to hip and also around the belly button. More often, this method is combined with liposuction.


  • Mini tummy tuck (partial abdominoplasties): This type of surgery is usually opted by people who do not have a very bulky belly, rather, the candidates weigh just 10%- 20% more than the ideal weight. The procedure involves only one incision to be made in the abdomen and the healing period is also quick and short.


  • Endoscopic tummy tuck: Patients who have weak abdominal muscles usually opt for an endoscopic abdominoplasty. An incision is made through which the endoscope fitted with a camera is inserted into the patient’s abdomen. Further incisions are made so that the surgeons equipment can cut the excess fat present in the area.


  • Extended tummy tuck: In this method, along with the abdomen area the sagging skin along the waist is also operated as fat is removed along all these lines. This covers a larger area and is thus named as ‘extended’ tummy tuck.


  • Circumferential tummy tuck: A circumferential tummy tuck is require for the lifting of the entire lower abdominal area. It primarily treats the excessive sagging of skin along with the reduction of the fats. Skin around the thighs and hips can also be removed during the process.


Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • A toned appearance: Tummy tucking disappears your protruding belly and gives you a toned and lean appearance which gives a healthy and impressive look. The boost in self- confidence is a priceless benefit.


  • Effective weight loss: Removal of excess fat, tissues and skin results in significant and immediate weight loss. It thus cures your obesity.


  • Improved posture: Your newly found lean body doesn’t strain your back and you achieve a good posture.


  • Ventral Hernia Correction: Weaker abdominal muscles which result due to being over weight over time push the abdominal tissues which in turn break through the abdominal wall and form an additional pocket. This condition is known as ventral herniation. An abdominoplasty can correct this condition by tightening the abdominal muscles.


Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery

An abdominoplasty in India may cost in between 1.2 lac to 2.5 lac. It can also be combined with other body contouring surgeries.


Common risks associated with the tummy tucking surgery are as follows:

  • Scarring and discoloration of skin: All surgical procedures produce scarring of skin and you need to adjust with scarred skins as the scarring may be permanent. Unfavourable discoloration has also been found to develop after surgery.


  • Poor recovery: Post-surgery recovery is slow and you may be confined to bed for a week.


  • Skin irritation: The abdominal tissues are repositioned after a tummy tucking which may result in skin irritation or numbness. Abdominal tissue may also be damaged but the damage may be temporary.