Tummy Tuck in South Korea

Tummy Tuck in South Korea

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 in South Korea

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 gets 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.
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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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What is the average cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery in South Korea?

Tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. It is most often preferred by mothers who desire pre-pregnancy shape and contour of the abdomen. Tummy tuck in South Korea is conducted across all major hospitals and clinics in South Korea. The tummy tuck price in South Korea starts from approximately 5000 USD and may go up to 11000 USD.

However, there are several factors that control tummy tuck price in South Korea, including the following: 

  • Choice of clinic and ths hospital
  • Choice of specialist
  • Type of procedure - Full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck
  • Post-op complications
  • Extended hospital stay
  • Follow-up costs
Which are the top clinics for Tummy Tuck Surgery in South Korea?

There are hundreds of clinics and hospitals that offer tummy tuck in South Korea. The following are some of the best clinics for the procedure:

  • ID Hospital
  • BK Plastic Surgery Hospital
  • The LINE Plastic Surgery
  • NANA Plastic Surgery Hospital
  • Samsung Medical Hospital
  • TL Plastic Surgery Korea
Who are the top surgeons for tummy tuck surgery in South Korea?

The following are some of the top surgeons for tummy tuck surgery in South Korea:     

  • Dr. Sang Hoon Park , ID Hospital
  • Dr. Kim Byung Gun, BK Plastic Surgery Hospital
  • Dr. Kum In Seop, BK Plastic Surgery Hospital
  • Dr. Il Hwan Kim, ID Hospital
  • Dr. Eun Jin Yang, ID Hospital
  • Dr. Kim Kuyl Hee, BK Plastic Surgery Hospital
  • Dr. In Seok Hwang, ID Hospital
  • Dr. Myung Ju Lee, VIP International
  • Dr. Jong II Eun, VIP International
  • Dr. Kim Jeemyung, TL Plastic Surgery
  • Dr. Jung Yeonho, TL Plastic Surgery
What is the success rate of Tummy Tuck Surgery in South Korea?

The success rate of tummy tuck surgery depends on a lot of factors. While the surgeons to their best job in giving you the desired results, a lot of the success depends on you. You must follow the guidelines given to you and practice good dietary habits to achieve the desired results. The success rate of the surgery is more than 95 percent if all the guidelines are following properly.

What are the different types of Tummy Tuck Surgeries available in South Korea?

The following are the two major types of tummy tuck procedures offered in South Korea: 

Full Abdominoplasty: It is performed when there is a lot of skin that needs to be removed from around the belly button until the groin area. This is the best procedure for the reconstruction of the abdominal muscles and to give a flat belly.

Mini or Partial Abdominoplasty: This procedure is performed on candidates who do not have much excess skin and fat around the abdomen area that needs to be removed. Usually, it involved only the reconstruction of muscles around the belly button.

Whether the person is a candidate for full or mini abdominoplasty is decided on the basis of an assessment and examination performed before the procedure.

What is the health care infrastructure of South Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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