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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The fight for Abdominoplasty to be made available under Medicare for Postpartum Women March 2, 2018 - In 2016 the government had a major overhaul of the Medicare schedule removing any procedures that were seen as purely cosmetic. This included abdominoplasty for postpartum women for whom it was decided that there was no medical proof that an abdominoplasty was for reconstructive or functional purposes. However, this is not true at all. Abdominoplasty is just as necessary for women who have been through childbirth than for massive weight loss patients needing excess skin removal for whom the Medicare cover is still available. In fact, we here at the Hub were so riled up by these changes excluding postpartem mothers that at the end of 2016 we prepared a petition that was signed by over 3,000 of you that was basically ignored by our government. However, in an exciting development, respected Canberra plastic surgeon Alastair Taylor has released a study with extensive research that proves the importance of an abdominoplasty to some women after childbirth, and he wants the government to pay attention.
Dr Rebecca Whyten Dr Rebecca Wyten from Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn – “No question is a silly question” November 13, 2017 - I had the opportunity to chat with Dr Rebecca Wyten, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn VIC at the recent 40th ASAPS conference. She’s sought after for breast surgery, abdominoplasty and all things mummy makeover. Check out my video interview with her by clicking on the image. PSH: Is there a variation of people you treat in regards to gender, or is it primarily women? Dr Rebecca Wyten: The majority of the people that see me are women that have had children, and they get to that sort of stage where they’ve worked really hard to get back to their sort of post-baby bodies, and they just can’t shift any more fat, or they’ve got all this extra loose skin, and so they come to me really quite self-conscious about how they feel. They’ll get comments at the gym, you know, “Don’t do that because you’re pregnant,” when they’re not, or they’ll be exercising … I had a lovely lady that was a crossfit trainer and she just said when she lies forward all her skin falls forward. A lot of these women have done everything they can to make themselves as fit as possible, but […]
Trish's Tummy Tuck My tummy tuck with Dr Craig Rubinstein, CSFW Hawthorn, Victoria July 12, 2016 - Eight weeks ago I had a multiple belt lipectomy, which is basically a tummy tuck – three little bits taken. I had this done with Dr Craig Rubinstein, from Cosmetic Surgery for Women. I found that I had a really quick recovery with this; it was an excellent surgery. The planning of it was something that I hadn’t even thought that we had to do. Basically, before Dr Rubinstein actually did the operation he spent almost an hour just actually marking me and seeing exactly what needed to be removed from where. I’d actually had a tummy tuck about 20 years ago. I put on weight and lost weight since then, so I had dog-ears and just wasn’t really happy with the way my body was looking. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long, long time. After my recovery, the last procedure I had, it took me a long time to recover, but after this recovery, I was actually … I can’t believe how quickly I recovered. I think that’s because the post-op care was so good. I was given probiotics and vitamins from Dr Rubinstein’s office as well, I was provided with the after care garments; it was just […]
Abdominoplasty Abdominoplasty – Helping with Incontinence and Core Strength March 17, 2016 - Dr Graham Sellars, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Wahroonga NSW, has performed hundreds of abdominoplasty procedures and helps us to clarify some of the reasons as to why you should, and should not, undergo an abdominoplasty. “An abdominoplasty is not and should not be seen as a substitute for weight loss or exercise routine. This is a point I want to reinforce to all patients. The procedure also cannot correct stretch marks and other similar problems.” When we think of the traditional tummy tuck surgery the motivations are usually due to excess skin from massive weight loss (MWL) or after bearing children. However, there are now other reasons you might consider having an abdominoplasty and some of them might surprise you. We look at these reasons below. Excess Skin/Fat This is what the majority of patients who undergo an abdominoplasty are there for. Whether it is from losing a large amount of weight, or because of stretched skin after pregnancy, no matter how hard you exercise or diet, if we have a large amount of stretched skin the only way to get rid of it is to have it cut off… or an abdominoplasty. The surgeon usually removes a […]
Dr Allan Kalus on Abdominoplasty Dr Allan Kalus – Changes to Abdominoplasty Medicare Cover February 24, 2016 - Trish: We’re here today with Dr. Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in Windsor, Victoria. We’re going to talk about the recent changes that have happened in Medicare with regards to abdominoplasty, tummy tuck, whatever you like to call it. Thank you so much for taking the time again today. Dr. Allan Kalus: It’s a pleasure Trish. Trish: Can you tell us what’s happened? Dr. Allan Kalus: Well Trish as you know, tummy tuck has been a very popular operation for many years, especially for women who have had two children or three children and they find they’ve got a lot of loose skin at the tummy and the muscles also have stretched. A lot of women become very self-conscious. They feel they can’t wear their normal clothes anymore. They can’t wear a bikini on the beach. Tummy tuck has been a very useful procedure where literally all the skin below the belly button gets removed together with any excess fat. The muscle gets tightened and then the skin gets pulled down and tightened, often with a little bit of liposuction as well. It’s called an abdominoplasty because really the whole abdomen is reshaped as part of a tummy tuck […]
Avenue Plastic Surgery Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Special Offer by Avenue Plastic Surgery February 4, 2016 - To assist patients who have been affected by the recent Medicare changes, we are excited to announce that Avenue Plastic Surgery have a limited Special Offer for Abdominoplasty Surgery. Due to their expertise in Day Surgery and as they are able to utilise their own Private Hospital, they are able to offer Abdominoplasty for an all inclusive special price:- Total Cost from $11,990 Specialist Plastic Surgeons (Their Surgeons are Fellows of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Members of The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) – read more about Dr Allan Kalus. Fully Accredited Private Hospital Advanced Techniques with Minimal Downtime Day Surgery (Overnight Stay Available) Conditions Apply For more information on Avenue Plastic Surgery and their Abdominoplasty procedure click on this link. Call them on 03 9521 1777 for expert advice, to reserve a date or arrange a consult. TrishTrish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the […]
Dr Malcolm Linsell Interview Helping women get their bodies and confidence back September 4, 2015 - I love my kids… And I want my body back! Dr Linsell is a well respected Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Among other specialties Dr Linsell is known for his work with mothers wanting to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies as well as women over 35 who want to feel a whole lot better about themselves. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. PSH: It’s interesting to think that at the same time the average age that women are choosing to have children is rising, that the cosmetic and plastic surgery industries are becoming more accessible and accepted in society than ever before. What do you see as being the most popular increasingly asked for procedure for you at the moment? Dr Linsell: You know it’s really interesting because you’re right, plastic surgery has become more socially acceptable and I think that’s one of the major reasons why women are seeking these sorts of procedures. The most common operation is still probably still breast augmentation. Liposuction is also common, and in my hands in particular is abdominoplasty because it’s something I’ve taken a real interest in over the last 25 years or so. I think the […]

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