Dr. Bayat Shahbazi typically performs tummy tuck under general anesthesia. He does the surgery in a well-equipped operating room at a hospital in Tehran. Depending on the extent of work that needs to be done, a tummy tuck takes between 2 and 4 hours and you may be required to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights before being allowed to go home.
Before the surgery, Dr. Shahbazi usually asks you to undergo certain lab tests and photography, including a sonography test and in some cases a spiral CT scan. He also carries out a physical examination and asks you certain questions about your medical history and your expectations.
There are two types of tummy tuck surgery, full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck. A full tummy tuck is done for those who have significant loose skin below and above the belly button. It involves a long incision from hip to hip above the pubic area and another circular incision around the belly button to separate it from the surrounding tissues. After pulling up the skin, Dr. Bayat Shahbazi tightens the weakened muscles by suturing them together, then pulls the skin down and removes the excess skin and creates a new hole for the belly button. Finally, he stitches up the incisions and may apply bandages and drainage tubes.
In a mini tummy tuck, which is suitable for those with less loose skin below the belly button, the incision is much shorter and there is no need to reposition the belly button. In mini-abdominoplasty, weakened muscles are also tightened if needed. Therefore, those who don’t have lax skin above the belly button can get the desired results with this less-invasive procedure, which also leaves a less prominent scar after healing.