What is Tummy Tuck? Cost of tummy tuck surgery in Nigeria.
Tummy tuck surgery has become an increasingly popular type of cosmetic surgery now in high demand. Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, is a surgical procedure used to correct excess skin in the abdomen, which often is a result of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss. Abdominal wall weakens due to the stretched abdominal muscles – protruding abdomen cannot be corrected with diet or exercise, and in such cases, tummy tuck surgery is the only option.
Depending on the condition of the abdominal wall deformity, operating surgeon may recommend a full abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in conjunction with liposuction on abdominal and waist areas. However, in some cases the cosmetic surgeon may recommend to first perform tummy tuck surgery and then re-evaluate the need to liposuction, 6-8 months later.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and usually takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the scope of the surgery.
An incision is placed in the lower abdomen, above the pubic hairline. In a complete abdominoplasty, or a full tummy tuck, the incision extends from one hipbone to the other. The skin and subcutaneous tissue as a unit are separated from the muscles up to the lower part of the sternum.
The excess skin and subcutaneous tissue below the belly button are removed, the separated muscles are tightened with special stitches, and a new opening is cut on the abdominal wall for the repositioning of the belly button, which is sutured into its new place. The surgery is completed by closing the incision and inserting the drains to prevent fluid accumulation.
If the problem is only the muscles separated (there is no excess skin and the skin retains its elasticity), a partial abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck, can be performed. In such a case, the incision is analogous to the one described above, but is shorter. The skin and subcutaneous tissue as a unit are segmented to the level where the muscles are separated; the belly button remains in the same place and only slightly is moved down
➡️It is recommended to avoid showering for 3-4 days after the surgery
➡️Swelling may remain for 4–6 weeks
➡️Stitches are usually removed on the 9th–11th day after the surgery
➡️A special compression garment should be worn for 6–8 weeks after the surgery
➡️Physical activity should be avoided for 3 months after the surgery
➡️Most patients return to work within a few days after the surgery
Cost of Tummy tuck surgery in Nigeria
How much does tummy tuck cost in Nigeria? The cost of tummy tuck surgery in Nigeria is about $2,500 which is about #1,000,000 Naira depending depending on the hospital and location – tummy tuck surgery prices may be higher (say 1.5million Naira) in cities like Lagos, Benin, Abuja, Ibadan, Warri, and Port Harcourt.
HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY:
➡️Surgeon consultation prior to the surgery
➡️Surgeon visits and consultations after the surgery
➡️blood transfusion (if the need arises)
➡️Full medical care in the hospital
➡️All needed medications while in the hospital
Price for tummy tuck differs from patient to patient, and surgery scope may vary greatly for different patients.