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Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 10 languages, among which English, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, French, Norwegian and Lithuanian.
2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
What is Tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a frequently performed surgical procedure to remove excess skin and part of unwanted fat from the abdomen. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, which means that a patient won’t feel any discomfort during the surgery. In order to remove loose skin and fat, a surgeon makes an approximately fifteen centimetre long incision that goes across the lower part of the belly. It is done beneath the bikini line, so after scars have healed they are barely visible. To achieve more satisfying results the surgeon removes excess fat tissue and, what is especially important for weight loss patients and mothers, performs tightening of the abdominal muscles. Subsequently, the surgeon closes the incision and applies wound dressings, bandages and a compressive garment, which is necessary for the patient’s recovery. This procedure is considered to be low-risk; however, possible complications have to be evaluated individually.
Types of a tummy tuck
To satisfy each patient’s needs we offer four different types of abdominoplasties:
The mini tummy tuck is performed when the problem area is below the semicircular line of the abdomen, basically, in the lower part of the belly. It is a smaller version of the regular tummy tuck, when muscles of the lower abdomen are tightened and the excess fat, as well as loose skin, are removed. It is recommended to choose mini-abdominoplasty when patient has excess skin only in the lower abdominal area.
Drainless tummy tuck
The drainless tummy tuck surgery is getting more popular because it speeds up the recovery time and thus allows the patient to get back to the active life more quickly. Drainless abdominoplasty differs from regular abdominoplasty as the surgeon will use progressive tension or layered suturing technique instead of just suturing the incision in the lower abdomen. By using the layered suturing technique, the skin is neatly attached to the abdominal muscles and therefore there is no space for the serous fluid to accumulate and no drains are needed for the recovery. Our clinic performs both – drain and drainless tummy tuck.
Who is a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck?
Eligible patients would not plan to have any more children and their BMI (Body Mass Index) should be up to about 27. The abdominoplasty would work best for someone who is within a 10 percent range of their perfect weight. The patient should also have enough loose skin in order not to put too much tension on the surgical suture. The patient should be able to tolerate anaesthesia and have an overall good health as well as good eating habits as it is crucial for the successful healing of the wounds.
When is the tummy tuck recommended with other surgeries?
Abdominoplasty can be combined with other procedures, of which the most popular include liposuction, thigh lift, and breast enhancement. Advantages of the combined procedures include greater patient satisfaction, convenience, and a shorter recovery period compared to performing surgeries separately. It is a way to save patient’s travel time and expenses as well.
A combined surgery called mommy makeover is a popular procedure that usually combines abdominoplasty, liposuction, and a breast enhancement. This is of great advantage for those women, who wish to have their pre-baby figure back relatively quickly.
Is the tummy tuck safe?
Although the tummy tuck is not considered a high-risk surgery, there are still chances of possible complications. In order to have realistic expectations, one has to be informed about the possible adverse effects of the surgery. The most frequent complications include haematoma, seroma, venous thromboembolism, and wound infection. They are discussed in more detail below.
A haematoma occurs when blood accumulates outside of the blood vessels. Because surgery is an invasive procedure, haematomas can occur as a minor complication of the treatment. They usually disappear within one month after surgery;
It is worth noting that complication rates vary among patients and are more prevalent in high-risk patients (obese patients, long-term smokers or patients who have previously had abdominal surgery). Each patient case is different and has to be discussed personally before the procedure.
Preparing for the surgery
To begin with, the patient has to schedule a consultation with the surgeon. The surgeon will examine patient’s general health, prepare an individual treatment plan, and evaluate any possible risks.
Bear in mind that the patient might be asked to perform any necessary lab tests, including blood work, urine test, ECG (electrocardiogram), X-rays, or others.
The surgeon will also discuss patient’s previous medical history, any ongoing diseases, and drugs (aspirin, supplements or any hormonal medication) that are being taken by the patient.
It is also important to prepare mentally as well as physically. It is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable when thinking about upcoming surgery. To make the procedure and hospital stay a pleasant experience, patients might ask someone close to them to assist them during time of recovery.
Patients are advised to stop smoking and avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol approximately one month before surgery.
It would also be beneficial to ensure a well-balanced diet and to exercise regularly in order to speed up wound healing.
Recovering from the surgery
After a tummy tuck, the surgeon will apply special tape and a compressive garment, which is also known as a binder. The binder has got a very tight fit and it aids in wound healing, prevents seroma formation, and enhances blood circulation. It is advised to wear the compression garment all the time (except when showering) and to refrain from active workout regime for the first 8 weeks.
We will advise you on travel arrangements including flights to and from Lithuania. We will take care of airport pick up and drop off and arrange a pleasant stay in a comfortable hotel at a convenient location. We will be there for you 24/7 if needed.