Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty – the medical term for this procedure – is an operation that flattens the abdomen by way of removal of excess skin and fat, and the tightening of the muscles in the abdominal wall.

A tummy tuck can be ideal for a number of individuals for a number of reasons. These reasons can include the after-effects of pregnancy, ageing or extreme weight loss. Any of these can cause skin in the tummy area to become weak and lose its elasticity, leaving excess skin to sag and look unattractive.

Why have a Tummy Tuck?

Toning the body using exercise is a sensible and necessary component of any body sculpting and or general fitness regime. Unfortunately however, if excess and sagging skin exists then in order to have it removed it will be necessary to seek the help of a professional such as a plastic surgeon. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty will be required in order to achieve a flat, sag free, smooth abdominal area.

Due to the increase in obesity amongst the population, there has also been an increase in the number of individuals who have firstly gained a lot of weight and then lose that weight, leaving them with sagging excess skin. This sagging skin requires a tummy tuck in order to achieve a satisfactory look. A tummy tuck is designed to tighten the muscle wall and the skin so that they fit you snuggly. As with any procedure, the best and safest results are achieved if the patient is within their healthy weight range.

Having tummy tuck surgery is extremely common and is performed all over the world. It is also increasingly common to combine tummy tuck surgery with another plastic surgery such as liposuction or breast surgery. Tummy tuck procedures are also undergone by many men; again, often performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as pectoral implants or chest reduction procedures.

Tummy tuck surgery roughly takes around two hours and is completed under a general anaesthetic. It is a reasonably serious procedure and requires some research and consideration. Generally you can expect to stay in hospital for two or three nights followed by at least 10 days rest at home. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will request a consultation, which is where the surgeon will look at your abdominal area and mark the areas with a pen where they will remove the skin. The plastic surgeon will also go through where the scars will be in order for you to be prepared. In this consultation, you will decide which areas of the abdomen needs more work than others and go through how much skin needs to be removed in order to achieve the desired results.

Upon arrival to the clinic and before the procedure you will be required to have a blood test and some other regular tests to ensure that it is safe for you to have a general anaesthetic. The surgeon will then go through the procedure again to make sure you are clear and happy with what needs to be done. The surgeon will then discuss with you all of the risks that can occur whilst you are under the general anaesthetic.

Once you are under anaesthetic, the surgeon will make an incision across the base of the abdomen, from one hip to the other in order to remove the overstretched skin. The muscle under the skin will also be repaired with permanent stitches that are not visible. The reason for repairing the muscle under the skin is to create a foundation of tight, repositioned muscle for the skin to stretch over. The surgeon will then stitch along the original incision line and remove the excess skin.

Risks and Complications

Generally modern day surgery is considered safe. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

There are risks and complications associated with all surgeries. There are also risks involved for undergoing a general anaesthetic and these can include; suppressed breathing, deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in leg), blood clot in lung respiratory complications, heart problems, heart failure and even death.

The risks and complications associated with the tummy tuck surgery can include:

Infection is a risk that can affect patients who have just had tummy tuck surgery. Also, as a preventative measure, most tummy tuck patients require a drain to be inserted in order to prevent a seroma from forming which is a collection of fluid around the wound which can cause pain and possibly infection.

Haematoma is another complication that can form after the surgery and can result in the blood having to be drained. The majority of bruising will calm down after a period of time.

Another risk and complication is pain, as the surgery is extremely invasive this can result in pain, the surgeon will prescribe the relative painkillers to help.

Q. Is there any swelling after the surgery?

A. Yes, it is completely normal to experience some swelling after the surgery. This is a sign of the body trying to heal itself. This can obscure what you see after the surgery, as it will look like the tummy tuck has made little difference. Over a short period of time, the swelling will go down and you will start seeing the benefits of the tummy tuck.

Q. How long will the tummy tuck last for?

A. The tummy tuck will last for many years. However, if you do get pregnant or have an excessive weight gain, this can cause the skin to stretch out again and therefore will require another tummy tuck. However, if this does not happen, then the affects of the tummy tuck are relatively permanent.

Q. How long should I take off work?

A. The recovery process is relative to the individual however, the time usually required to take off work will be between two to three weeks. However, for some individuals the healing process can take longer with some patients requiring more than a month off work.

What does Abdominoplasty cost? What does a tummy tuck cost?

As with almost any plastic surgery, the cost depends on the surgeon and hospital you choose. It can also vary depending on the amount of hours the surgeon anticipates your particular surgery to take. Make sure you ask your surgeon if his cost estimate includes the hospital stay, anaesthetist and any pre and post surgery appointments and care.

Approximately $6,000 to $16,000

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A Step by Step Guide to the Tummy Tuck August 30, 2018 - A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a popular procedure for massive weight loss patients and women after pregnancy. It is the removal of excess skin often left after losing a large amount of weight but can also help repair the internal abdominal muscles that can separate during pregnancy. The thought of undergoing any surgery can be daunting, but Dr Matthew Peters, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Valley Plastic Surgery in Brisbane helped us create a step by step guide to the tummy tuck procedure so you are better prepared and know what to expect. 1. Choose your surgeon wisely Having a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon you can communicate with and have faith in will go a long way to helping you stay calm and confident, not to mention get the best results. Dr Peters says it’s important that a patient feels they can discuss anything with their surgeon and that no question is a silly one. “It’s important to me to foster an excellent rapport with my patients. I believe open lines of communication translate into us all striving for the best possible physical and mental outcome for the patient.” You will need to discuss any medications you are taking […]
Affordable skin removal surgery with Dr Mahyar Amjadi, Specialist Plastic Surgeon August 22, 2018 - For any of you who missed our Facebook Live about Skin Removal Surgery with Dr Mahyar Amjadi, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney here it is! Dr Amjadi performs affordable skin removal surgery and has many loyal fans. We had the opportunity to have an in depth question and answer with him with regards to his processes, how many procedures he likes to do at a time, what procedures he does for skin removal, how long it takes and a whole lot more. This is a great introduction to Dr Amjadi’s work, and a real opportunity to meet the man behind the name.
Dr Amira Sanki talks Weight Loss Procedures July 5, 2018 - Dr Amira Sanki is passionate about weight loss patients and procedures, and she has so many success stories to share. As well as being a top plastic surgeon, she’s also really lovely – this is definitely one for anyone considering any type of weight loss procedure. Trish: Oh, good morning, listeners. I’m here today with Dr. Amira Sanki. Dr. Sanki is a specialist plastic surgeon. She’s from Southern Aesthetics, which is actually in Sutherland Shire. Where is it? Amira Sanki: It’s in Kogarah. Trish: Kogarah. I always get confused with the Sutherland Shire. Amira Sanki: Look the Shire is a big and wonderful place but we’re at the very tip of it. Trish: It’s huge. All right so it’s at Kogarah and we’re going to have a chat today about the different procedures that she’s performed and I know that Dr. Sanki’s really passionate about the weight loss patients because I’ve met so many in our group, lots of success stories so I invited her to come along. Thank you so much for joining us today. Amira Sanki: Thank you, Trish. It is my pleasure. Trish: Lovely so tell us, I know that you do a lot of weight loss […]
Kerrie’s Weight Loss Journey and Skin Removal Procedures with Dr Amira Sanki July 5, 2018 - Kerrie had been overweight for years and tried all sorts of dieting until she finally had a gastric sleeve and lost over 50kgs! However, she then needed skin removal surgery and found the amazing Dr Amira Sanki to perform her procedures. This is her story. Trish Hammond: Hello listeners. We’re here again this evening. It’s Trish Hammond from Transforming Bodies. I’m here with Kerrie. Now, Kerrie has just recently had some surgery with Dr. Amira Sanki. She’s had some phenomenal results. I’ve had a bit of a chat with her a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t wait to do this podcast with her so that she can actually tell you all about it herself. Welcome, Kerrie. Kerrie Ann: Thank you. Trish Hammond: Thanks for taking the time tonight to have a chat with us. Kerrie Ann: No problem at all. Trish Hammond: Lovely. Tell us your story, Kerrie. What happened? What made you first … Give us a bit of background. Kerrie Ann: Okay. I’ve been quite overweight for years, yo-yo diet, done all that sort of thing, and then decided that, you know, it’s very hard to lose weight that way. So I looked into getting the […]
Your Body Contouring Guide June 27, 2018 - Muffin top, spare tyre, jelly belly, paunch… Most of us have parts of our bodies where we’d like to get rid of a little bit of stubborn fat (can you tell mine’s around my belly?). There are quite a few surgical and non-surgical ways to get rid of these frustrating little fatty bits and give our bodies the profile and contour that we want. Dr Mark Edinburg and the Eden Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery and their Eden Medispa in Sydney offer their patients several options for body contouring and they chatted to us about these so we could create your body contouring guide. Dr Edinburg says while they always encourage patients to stick to a good diet and exercise regime and keeping to a healthy meal plan which can help you lose weight and improve your overall health, their patients sometimes need a bit of extra help. He says, “An interesting fact told to us by our patients is that often, once they have had procedures like CoolSculpting or Liposuction or Tummy Tuck, they are so pumped by the new look that they find themselves more motivated to keep working.” So, what are the body contouring options? 1. […]
Body Contouring with Surgery – Removing Excess Skin May 30, 2018 - Australians are getting fatter. Approximately one third of us are obese which amounts to approximately 5.2 million Australians. As more of us become dangerously overweight, more Australians than ever are opting for surgery to help them lose it. Whether it’s lap band, gastric sleeve or just through sheer hard work, many do manage to lose the weight but that’s only half the battle. Patients often find themselves even more depressed than they were before they lost the weight because of the huge amounts of excess, sagging skin that leaves them feeling like a deflated balloon. They can also experience a whole new set of medical problems and emotional issues if this goes unmanaged. Dr Matthew Peters, Director of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and co-owner of Valley Plastic Surgery in Brisbane counts his body contouring procedures as some of the most rewarding and was happy to chat with us about why removing excess skin is such an important final step in the weight loss journey. The Excess Skin Issues When skin is stretched to the point of no return it won’t bounce back once the fat underneath it disappears. It will simply droop down, often giving […]

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    Thank you so much sharing these Tips. Very Informative blog. These Cosmetic Surgery Tips are most useful for every one. I am also having some great information about Improve your appearance with these Cosmetic Surgeries.

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    Hi can you please send me more info and prices it’s all self funded

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    Looking to use my superannuation to finance an abdominoplasty after having gastric sleeve 2 years ago please?

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