Abdominoplasty ( Tummy Tuck) In South Africa

About Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, also commonly known as Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose skin from the abdominal area resulting in a flatter abdomen and a more attractive appearance. There are two types of Abdominoplasty surgery:

Complete Abdominoplasty: It involves, a long incision is made from hip bone to hip and another one to remove the belly button. Followed by removal of the excess skin, repairing the connecting abdominal muscles and contouring the remaining skin with sutures. A new hole is also created for your belly button. Also, a drainage tube is placed under the patient’s skin for a few days.

Partial Abdominoplasty: In this procedure, an incision is made from hip to hip for the removal of excess skin below the navel and it does not involve the removal of the belly button.

Symptoms to undergo this treatment

There can be various reasons for the presence of excess fat, loose skin, poor elasticity or weak connective muscles in the abdomen, a few most common ones are:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Natural body type
  • Aging
  • Abdominal surgery

Factors Influencing the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Some of the major factors influencing the cost of tummy tuck surgery are:

  • The hospital or clinic type and the amenities provided
  • Experience and expertise of the surgeon who will be performing the surgery
  • The destination of the treatment
  • Accommodation or stay expenses before/ after the procedure get completed
  • Post-operative care facility
  • Any other procedure (eg. Liposuction) performed followed by tummy tuck surgery
  • Medical Test
  • Anesthesia Used
  • Surgical Procedure opted for the surgery
Treatment and Cost

7

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

2 Day in Hospital

5 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 7500

Hospitals

About the Abdominoplasty ( Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is popularly known as tummy tuck. This procedure is used to remove excess fat from the abdominal region and give a taut stomach to an individual who wished for it. Dietary changes and exercising is one way to keep the body sleek and taut. However, sometimes even exercising may not help reduce abdominal fat. Abdominoplasty is opted by individuals who are in dire need of losing abdominal fat. This surgery works by removing extra fat and by tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.

A tummy tuck is not the same as liposuction, however, both the procedures can be conducted together. Abdominoplasty may seem like a simple procedure, however, it is a major surgery. Abdominoplasty should only be preferred by men and women who are in overall good health but need to tone loss excess fat from their abdomen. Women who have had given birth to several children can also opt for this procedure for the tightening of the abdominal muscles. Additionally, this procedure is also suitable for people who have lost a considerable amount of weight and now need to get rid of loose skin around their abdomen.

A tummy tuck is not suitable for the following people:

  • Women planning pregnancy
  • Individuals looking forward to weight loss
  • People worried about having a scar post surgery

How is Abdominoplasty ( Tummy Tuck) performed?

Both complete tummy tuck surgery and mini tummy tuck are conducted under the influence of general anesthesia. Before the surgeon cuts the abdomen of the patient, general anesthesia is administered to put the patient into a temporary sleep. This is done so that the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery.

The following steps are performed once the patient is under the influence of general anesthesia:

  • The surgeon makes a horizontally-oriented incision between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape and the size of incision depend on whether the patient is having complete tummy tuck surgery or mini tummy tuck and also on the extent of fat in the abdominal area.
  • A second incision around the navel may be made in the case of complete abdominoplasty to remove excess fat.
  • The upper abdominal skin is pulled down and the excess fat or skin is trimmed.
  • The remaining skin is attached with the help of sutures.
  • A new opening for belly button is created in the case of complete tummy tuck surgery.
  • Adhesive, tape, clips, or sutures are used to close the incisions.

Recovery from Abdominoplasty ( Tummy Tuck)

You are likely to experience some pain and swelling after the surgery. The surgeon is most likely to prescribe a few medications to handle pain and other discomforts. You may experience the following discomforts:

  • Soreness
  • Numbness
  • Tiredness
  • Bruising

You are likely to have a scar on your tummy even after years of the surgery. The surgeon may prescribe a few creams and ointments for scar healing but some of it will always be there in the future. Make sure to follow the guidelines given by the surgeon about managing the surgical wound. You will be given specific instructions on how to position yourself during sitting and sleeping so that you experience minimal discomfort. Avoid doing any strenuous activity for at least six weeks after the surgery.

Almost all individuals are happy with the final results after having a tummy tuck. It is important for them to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen to maintain the results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
What support services does MediGence provide in the United Arab Emirates?
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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