Abdominoplasty, also commonly referred to as ‘tummy tuck’ surgery, is a surgical procedure that aims to achieve a firm, flat abdomen with narrowing of the waist.
Effective tummy tuck surgery can help address loose, excess skin that many people have following significant weight loss, bariatric surgery, or pregnancy. Many patients find their excess skin to be unsightly or a cause of skin infection and irritation.
Following pregnancy, some women may find the separation of their abdominal muscles a cause of lower back discomfort and abdominal bulge, which the surgery can assist in addressing.
Tummy tuck surgery works by tightening the rectus abdominis, which you might know as your ‘six pack’ muscles. Liposuction is also often incorporated into a tummy tuck procedure to assist in creating more shapely hips, as well as a more aesthetic tummy area.
Tummy tuck surgery is a major procedure. It is very important that all patients have a thorough understanding of the risks involved in the surgery, as well as the post-operative care process and the physical and emotional changes they will experience.
When you meet with your surgeon, they will discuss with you your expectations of the procedure and the potential limitations to achieving your expectations. Every patient is different, which means that factors impacting surgery – such as skin quality, amount of excess skin, fat deposits, previous scarring and muscle separation – will differ from person to person, and will need to be discussed in depth during your appointment.
Abdominoplasty is most suitable when your weight has been stable for at least three months. Where patients have had previous abdominal surgery or are in consideration of other clinical issues, your surgeon will need to determine if you would benefit most from the full tummy tuck procedure or if a mini tummy tuck with liposuction would be more appropriate.
During your consultation, you will need to inform the surgeon of your full medical and surgical history including medications, allergies, mental health and smoking history. Each of these issues have the potential to impact your surgery, anaesthesic and post-operative care.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital by highly trained and experienced surgeons. The extent of the scars and the amount of skin and tissue removed will be discussed with you before the surgery.
The incision is made in the bikini line, extending from hip to hip. The surgeon then repairs any gaps in the abdominal muscles through a series of sutures, and excess fat is removed.
Dissolving internal skin stiches are used to close the skin so there is no need for suture removal after surgery. Once the stiches are in place suction drains are used to drain excess tissue fluid and blood.
Following surgery a waterproof dressing and a compression garment is applied to minimise soft tissue swelling and to enable showering.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.