Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

ABDOMINOPLASTY: The science of beautiful abs

Getting tired of having a flab and excess baggage on your abdomen? It’s maybe the time to put tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in your to-do list.

Tummy tuck is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. Factors like multiple pregnancies, genetics and even substantial weight loss can contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits, and stretch marks in the abdominal region.

Surgical/Procedure Name


Common Name

Tummy Tuck

Surgical Procedure

To smooth out the abdomen, the surgeon makes a low abdominal incision across the pubic area, from hip to hip, and sometimes from the navel down. The excess skin is then pulled over the abdomen, cut and removed. The navel remains intact and hooked up to the abdominal wall then the surgeon will make a new opening that’s in proportion to the new stomach. If loose skin and muscle weakness are inadequate to the area beneath the navel, a slightly different procedure – which usually leaves a smaller scar and no scarring around the navel – may be performed.

Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction to assist lessen the areas of fat accumulation. Patients that are obese or have unnecessary loose skin might have a modification surgery referred to as Panniculectomy. This procedure tightens the loose skin of the abdomen and repairs weak muscles of the abdomen wall.

Hospital Admission

As this is considered as a major operation, the surgery requires a hospital admission of approximately three nights.

Duration of Operation

The procedure may take four to six hours depending on the case.


Tummy tuck can is usually done during general anaesthesia wherein the patient is asleep as the surgeon performs the surgery.

Pre Operative Care

Surgeons advised that patients to do the following prior to the tummy tuck surgery to avoid post operation bleeding or any complications:

• Inform the surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that the patient are taking (both prescription and non-prescription)
• Avoid aspirin and any medication containing aspirin or brufen for two weeks before surgery.
• Avoid smoking for two weeks as smoking can affect body’s reaction to the anaesthetic and slow down the healing process.
• Inform the surgeon if suffering from hypertension.

Post Operative Care

After tummy tuck surgery, patients should expect the following:

• Bed rest for approximately three days. Whilst in bed a patient will be advised to lay with legs in a bent position to help reduce the strain on the abdominal area.
• Bandage and support garment. The abdomen may be dressed with bandages and the patient will experience some pulling across the abdomen. A light surgical support garment should be worn for roughly three months to support the tightened space following surgery.
• Ambulation. A patient may not be able to stand straight for some time due to the pulling, but it is advised to start walking for short periods as soon as possible after surgery to help to normalize the blood flow.
• Stitches. Surface sutures are removed after approximately 5 days and deeper sutures might stay for up to 7 days before being removed.
• Post op dressings. The surgeon will give directions on bathing and changing of dressing.
• Swelling and bruising. The extent of the post operative swelling and bruising depends on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily. Every person is different. It is necessary to not perform any strenuous activity after surgery to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the wound. Tension can stretch your incisions and increase scarring. The surgeon will discuss when a patient can return to their normal daily activities.
• Medications. Prescriptions for pain medication that the patient will take as needed, and antibiotics that will be taken for several days to decrease chances of infection.
• Recovery. The recovery period is usually about two weeks. While there should still be some swelling and bruising, most people are happy with the result and return to work after approximately 4 weeks. Patients should consult a surgeon as to when they may return to work.

Risks and Complications

Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. But do not worry, all precautions are taken by Plastic Surgery Phuket’s surgeons to avoid these risks.

Here are the most common risks of this surgery:
• Swelling
• Bruising
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Fluid
• Long and heavy Scarring
• Numbness
• change in sensation to the affected area

Seeking immediate care from a health professional is advised for patients who will suffer from the following:

• bleeding that does not stop
• lightheaded feeling and have trouble breathing
• new and sudden chest pain
• more pain when taking deep breaths or cough
• swollen or painful leg


The final outcome may take up to twelve months as the affected area improves after nerve damage has repaired itself. Once the healing development is complete, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. An unhealthy diet will invariably lead to weight gain which will stretch the skin and increase the possibility of heavy, permanent scarring. In most cases, tummy tuck produces admirable results, and with a balanced diet and regular exercise, the results are long lasting.

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Pricing Table



Procedure Price
Mini Abdominoplasty (G.A.)
Op. Time: 2 - 3 hours, Hospital: 3 - 5 nights, Stay: ≥ 7 days
THB 130,000  Get Quote
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 3 - 4 hours, Hospital: 5 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 160,000  Get Quote
Extended Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 4 - 5 hours, Hospital: 5 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 190,000  Get Quote


Procedure Price
Abdominoplasty (TummyTuck) (G.A.)
Op. Time: 3-4 hours, Hospital: 5 nights, Stay: ≥ 10 days
THB 152,000  Get Quote

L.A.= Local Anesthetic  G.A.= General Anesthetic


  • Prices are quoted and charged in Thai Baht currency.
  • All other prices in foreign currency are according to prevailing currency exchange rates.
  • Prices are indicative only, can change without notice and are not confirmed until after a surgeon’s consultation.
  • Anesthesia. G.A. means General Anaesthesia. L.A. means local anaesthesia.
  • Duration (HR) means the approximate time in hours to complete the procedure in the operating room.
  • Days Admitted means the approximate number of days a patient is admitted to the hospital. If no days admitted are indicated, the patient is not admitted and is treated as an out patient.
  • Recommended Stay in Phuket means the usual minimum number of days that a patient is usually required to stay in Phuket. It includes an arrival day, an appointment with the surgeon’s day, admission and surgery, recovery days as well as a final appointment day prior to patients returning home.

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