If you are bothered by a less than sleek appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, may be a good option for you.
Proper diet and exercise does not always result in the flat stomach you seek. Loose skin, excess fat and lax abdominal muscles can sometimes limit your abdominal appearance, no matter how many stomach crunches you do. A tummy tuck surgically removes redundant skin and unwanted fat from the abdominal area and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a sleeker profile and a tighter, flatter tummy.
It is best suited to those in relatively good shape, but with loose abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise.
FAQ: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Sydney
Men or women bothered by any of the following conditions are often good candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Loose, sagging abdominal skin
- Excess fat in the abdominal area
- A protruding abdomen
- Abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging
Because pregnancy and weight fluctuation can mar your tummy tuck result after surgery, many postpone their procedures until they plan to have no more children and their weight is stable.
Abdominal scars from previous surgeries can also limit your abdominoplasty result; though in some cases, such as with many Cesarean section scars, the new incisions can be made below the existing scar. This can then be removed at the time of your tummy tuck.
ICCM surgeons believe in careful patient consultation to assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have about the tummy tuck procedure.
Issues to discuss during consultation with your surgeon include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
During your initial examination the following will be assessed:
- The quality and elasticity of your abdominal skin
- The status of the underlying abdominal muscles
- The amount of excess fat in the area
- The location of any existing scars
In men and women with limited issues to correct, your surgeon may suggest alternate treatment options, such as liposuction or a mini-tummy tuck. Patients are encouraged to ask any questions they might have while exploring their cosmetic treatment options before surgery.
A full, traditional tummy tuck may not be needed for all patients. Some patients will achieve the results they seek with a limited or “mini” abdominoplasty. Liposculpture alone may also meet the needs of some.
This procedure is used to correct issues in the lower abdomen only. It entails less scarring than a full tummy tuck, but will not address loose skin above the navel.
This option is viable only in those with good skin elasticity and muscle tone. Though liposuction can remove abdominal fat, it cannot smooth loose skin or tighten abdominal muscle. It is, however, a popular option for women who are planning future pregnancies.
Please refer to our Liposculpture page
Generally, a horizontal incision is made above the pubic area. When possible, the incision will be kept within average swimsuit lines. The incision length will depend upon the amount of loose skin to be removed. Using this incision, the abdominal muscles may be tightened if needed, by pulling them together and stitching them in place. Any excess skin will be trimmed from the lower abdomen. Stretch marks are often removed, if possible, along with the excess skin.
A second incision around the navel is used so the skin can be pulled down and the excess removed. In this instance, the navel will remain intact in the underlying tissue, but will be exposed through a new section of skin. Although the navel’s position remains unchanged, its appearance may be slightly altered and improved after the tummy tuck.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for your tummy tuck in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours after you leave hospital
During surgery, medications will be administered to ensure comfort. General anaesthesia is used to allow you to sleep during the tummy tuck procedure. An anaesthetist will administer anaesthesia to you, and will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
Advanced techniques are used to promote faster recovery in all patients. Directly after surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area. Dressings may be applied to your abdomen and covered with a compression garment. To promote blood circulation, you will be encouraged to get up and move around soon after surgery. Bending and lifting, however, should be avoided at this stage. Sleeping on your back with your knees raised may also be recommended for the first few weeks after surgery.
Though everyone heals at a different pace, your recovery will roughly follow this general time line:
Within the first 7-10 days
- Swelling and bruising will reach their peak
- Stitches may be removed
After several weeks
- Activity and exercise will gradually increase
- Non-strenuous work will resume
- Bruising and swelling will continue to subside
- Your results will begin to emerge
After a few months
- Your final results will begin to appear
- Tightness will disappear
- Sensation will slowly improve
- Your incision line will begin to fade
As you heal, your firmer, sleeker contour will begin to emerge.
Scarring will fade significantly over time, and is generally easy to conceal beneath clothes.
Generally, you can expect long-lasting results from your abdominoplasty procedure. If you maintain a fairly steady weight, you can expect to keep your new contour for many years. However gravity, ageing and weight fluctuation may loosen the abdominal skin somewhat.
The cost for a tummy tuck starts at $15000