Abdominoplasty

Why would I consider abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is an operation to reduce the size of the abdomen - typically both skin and fat are removed as part of this procedure.
The degree of correction required depends on the problem, varying from mini to full tummy tuck. Often there are underlying weaknesses of the abdominal wall muscles which are tightened at the same time.

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Who benefits?

If you feel that your abdomen is out of proportion with the rest of your body, then a tummy tuck would be a procedure you would consider.
Your dissatisfaction may translate into difficulties in obtaining clothing that fits properly all over or a general dissatisfaction with your appearance. Alternatively, you may have health-related reasons for considering this procedure, ie:

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How is it done?

The exact surgery required will depend on the patient.

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Method

Mini Tummy Tuck
A wedge of skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen.

Full Tummy Tuck
The belly button is left attached to the deeper muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall. The skin between the belly button and just above the pubic hairline is removed and the skin above the belly button is undermined.
The remaining skin is then pulled down over the belly button (like pulling down a Holland blind) and sutured to the skin just above the pubic hair- this tightens the abdominal skin. A new position for the belly button is then made and the belly button is brought back through the skin.

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What can I expect?

If you're undergoing abdominoplasty, you will be admitted on the day of surgery, having not had anything to eat or drink from midnight. The operation is performed under general anaesthetic with a fully qualified specialist anaesthetist. Recovery requires hospitalization for between 1 and 4 days. Drains are required following the operation.

I attempt to keep scars within the boundaries of your underwear or swimming wear, depending on preference.

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How long does it take to recover?

Recovery time following a tummy tuck ranges between several days to several weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery. Generally, the less extensive the surgery, the shorter the recovery period.

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What complications can occur?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur. Complications do not necessarily imply an error has occurred, they can be related to the anaesthetic or the surgery.

Surgical complications can include: bleeding and bruising, swelling, infection, wound break-down, numbness, delayed healing and seroma.

Although this list indicates some examples of complications, surgery should not be undertaken until all issues have been discussed fully with the surgeon.

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What other procedures are often performed at the same time?

Associated procedures can assist with the overall result:

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What does it cost and will private insurance help?

Exact costing is highly variable as it depends on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure.

Some private health insurance companies in Australia will assist with bed and theatre fees even on purely cosmetic procedures.

If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates may apply.

A cost guide can be requested from my office on +61 8 9485 1333, some of the individual cost factors can be estimated with more information. Alternatively, we can be emailed at info@cosmetic-surgery.com.au

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Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please don"t hesitate to contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.

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Clinical Photographs

Abdominoplasty

Pre-operative AP Abdominoplasty Post-operative AP Abdominoplasty

Pre-operative and Post-operative

Pre-operative AP Abdominoplasty Post-operative AP Abdominoplasty

Pre-operative and Post-operative

Pre-operative AP Abdominoplasty Post-operative AP Abdominoplasty

Pre-operative and Post-operative

Pre-operative AP Abdominoplasty Post-operative AP Abdominoplasty

Pre-operative and Post-operative