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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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Body Lift (Belt Lipectomy) Breast lift Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) The abdomen (or tummy area) is one of the first body parts that starts bulging well before the other parts start drooping. To shape the abdomen a procedure known as abdominoplasty is performed. An abdominoplasty involves excess tissues of the abdomen being removed to achieve a more toned shape. More importantly, if there is loose muscle underneath the skin, this is tightened to give a firmer, smaller waist. It is an anesthetic based procedure that is carried out under the supervision of a highly qualified surgeon. […] Are multiple procedures for you? Check out Karen’s real story April 27, 2016 - I want to introduce another woman who has overcome many obstacles in life, and come out the other end intact, happy, and inspiring! I met Karen online one of our closed social media groups when I was having my own abdominoplasty surgery recently. 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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 […] 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. What are the Changes to the Medicare Funding for Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty? January 27, 2016 - Will you be able to receive Medicare rebate for your tummy tuck surgery, taking into consideration the recent Medicare Item Number changes? We get together with Plastic Surgeon Dr Gavin Sandercoe from Bella Vista in NSW to try to answer that question for you. At the end of August we reported on the speculation that the funding for abdominoplasty would be revoked. A statement released from the Minister of Health on 28 December 2015 indeed confirmed that the Turnbull government is reviewing all 5,700 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule and that includes many updates, new inclusions and old number cessations; including the tightening (excuse the pun) of patients’ access to rebates for tummy tucks. Dr Sandercoe says, “A key step in modern abdominoplasty procedures is repair of rectus muscle separation. Specialist Plastic Surgeons have had anecdotal reports of functional improvements in lower back pain and stress incontinence for years. In 2015, a group of Australian Plastic Surgeons began gathering data on the functional improvements after tummy tuck surgery and have been able to prove substantial improvement in pain and social disability scores. 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We ask Stephanie what the deciding factor was with making the decision to have surgery. “I look good for my age and I wanted to look on the outside, how I see myself on the inside, so it was part of completing my journey – feeling good about myself again. Since 2011, I had lost 46kg and everything was loose, wrinkly and empty. My breasts had gone from a DD to empty B cup after having my last […] 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. 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Having children and all of a sudden we lose our own lives to those little ones around us. Being a parent is one of the most wonderful things in the world, but it often means by default we put ourselves second and don’t find the time to look after ourselves as well as we should. Charlie had been dreaming of having a tummy tuck for years. She says, “I had wanted to have a tummy tuck for over 20 years, as the look of my tummy depressed me. Last year, I was turning 50; my children have all grown up now and I thought if I don’t do it now, I never will. The cost of raising three children alone always prohibited me. Then there were the weddings, 21sts, etc. I decided it was now my time!” Charlie’s story is a common one. However, so often many of us don’t actually get to the point of following through and making an appointment with a surgeon to discuss finer details. We asked Charlie how she found her surgeon, Dr Patrick Briggs. “He was so professional and courteous. He is my hero… […] Part 2! – Item 30177 Is Medicare Revoking Tummy Tuck Funding? August 28, 2015 - Well, this topic is certainly stirring up some heated discussions and concerns. The speculation surrounding the proposed new Medicare item numbers relating to abdominoplasty or tummy tucks is gathering momentum as surgeons, practitioners and patients wrap their heads around the possible changes to be implemented on 1 November 2015. As we mentioned in our original article posted last week, it has been said that the rules will be changing with regards to who will be able to claim a rebate for abdominoplasty through Medicare. We want to be clear that although this proposal has not yet been signed off by the Federal Ministers for Health and Finance and is therefore not legislated, it is very likely to happen unless industry protest is heard and considered. There will be other plastic surgery item number changes as well, including some additional inclusions; it’s just that this particular exclusion relating to tummy tucks will affect a larger number of future patients. Tens of thousands of Australians undergo this procedure each year and that number is only growing. We, like all of you, look forward to the release of the new set of numbers to be released by the Medical Services Advisory Committee, however […] Medicare Revoking Tummy Tuck Funding (Item 30177) August 20, 2015 - Yesterday we reported on our social media channels and groups that Medicare are revoking the item number for Abdominoplasty (30177). The rules are changing by the Department of Health regarding this item number, which means there will no longer be a subsidy for this procedure. We received an overwhelming number of questions and concerns from you with regards to this topic so thought that we’d do this blog to try to clear a few things up for you, as much as we can at this stage. Recently we posted a blog with a comprehensive list of which plastic surgery procedures were covered by Medicare, but Abdominoplasty will only be included in that list until the end of October. From 1 November 2015 the rules will change and patients will be unable to claim from Medicare for this procedure unless under extremely selective circumstances (ie. next to impossible). We understand this will affect many of you, so we spoke to one of our featured surgeons, well-respected Dr Gavin Sandercoe from Bella Vista in NSW and asked him a few questions that will hopefully clear up some confusion. 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The first was to get some post weight loss sag taken care of in the form of a mastectomy and tummy tuck. There was an aha moment of sorts, as I had not heard the word gynecomastia until at my wits end with dieting and exercise, I called up a plastic surgeon out of desperation. I can’t remember his name (he was based in Nedlands) but he took one look and said that liposuction wasn’t the answer and that there wasn’t much he could do, and mentioned gynecomastia as a condition that I probably had. A quick round of googling and I realised that no amount of diet/exercise was going […] Pricey Procedures – What does Plastic Surgery Cost? January 28, 2015 - What does it cost? This is one of the first questions anyone usually asks when it comes to looking at plastic surgery. The answer is it greatly varies. We have done the research for you and come up with a general price guide for each procedure. These are an approximate guide only; each doctor, surgery and clinic can vary dramatically in their pricing. It can also depend on how much work is involved in your particular procedure, which hospital you choose and how much after care is required. Whether you are insured or not can also make a big difference. It pays to note that just because a particular surgeon charges less, does not by any means make them a less competent surgeon. In fact, quite a few of the leading surgeons actually have very competitive prices. When asking for an estimate on a particular procedure make sure you ask the surgeon if that includes your hospital stay, the anesthetist and the pre and post op consultation fees. The prices we have listed below are inclusive of all charges involved in the procedures and are in Australian Dollars. Breast Augmentation $7,000 – $15,000 Abdominoplasty $6,000 – $16,000 Rhinoplasty $8,000 – […] Nicole’s Story – Breast Lift, Tummy Tuck (Mastopexy & Abdominoplasty) December 2, 2014 - Six years after having twins, Nicole decided it was her time to do something for herself. She’d been thinking of having surgery to give her boobs some lift back and perhaps get rid of some of the extra weight that didn’t seem to want to let go after her pregnancy… a bit of a mummy makeover! Nicole also wanted to do the surgery soon, as she’d heard that if you have the surgery within 7 years of having children, you get a small rebate from Medicare – you do, and Nicole did! After talking on internet forums to others who’d had surgery or were looking at having it, Nicole decided to book a consult with Dr Damien Marucci, well-known cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Sydney. From her very first consult, Nicole was impressed with Dr Marucci. He made her feel comfortable and Nicole felt as though he really had her best interests at heart. Initially, Nicole had the idea that she would want implants as well as a lift, but after meeting with Dr Marucci, he advised her that he didn’t think it would be necessary and that a breast lift would be enough to get the results […] Diane’s Story – Breast Augmentation / Tummy Tuck November 11, 2014 - Diane had struggled with her weight for years. She always had trouble doing her jeans up at the waist. After having her first child at the age of 23 Diane’s weight started spiralling out of control, and by the time she was 47 years of age Diane reached her maximum weight of 119.3kg. Just 165cm in height, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 44, this made Diane morbidly obese. In January of 2013, Diane decided she’d had enough and had her first Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) done. By October of that year, Diane had lost 38kg! However, this is where things started to get complicated. After losing the first lot of weight, Diane hit a plateau and no matter what she did couldn’t lose any more weight. She changed diets and dieticians, watched what she ate down to the calorie, and continued with a healthy exercise plan. However, no matter what she did she could just not lose any more weight. Diane went back to her doctor, who did a few tests and agreed that it did not look or feel right, based on where she should be at this stage after the first Gastric Sleeve procedure. He sent […] 3 Plastic Surgery Procedures That Blend Form & Function May 20, 2014 - Although the majority of plastic surgery procedures in Australia are performed solely to enhance a person’s looks, many procedures are also done to improve the function of a certain body part. Read on to learn how plastic surgery can give you more than just a pretty face: Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” is an incredibly versatile procedure that can alter the size, shape, projection, and contours of the nose. But many people, explains Dr. Chase Lay, rhinoplasty surgeon in San Jose, pursue the surgery to improve their respiratory function. The nose is a complex part of the face, made up of an intricate network of bones and cartilage. Many common respiratory concerns, such as a deviated septum, are caused by misshapen or misplaced structures. A deviated septum is a relatively common condition that occurs when the nasal septum is tilted or displaced, blocking airflow through one nostril. A deviated septum can contribute to snoring, frequent sinus infections, nosebleeds, facial pain, and other symptoms. And although minor symptoms can often be managed with medication, more severe cases are better served by surgical intervention in the form of rhinoplasty or septoplasty. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to improve the nose’s appearance and […] For a Tighter Body, Is Weight Loss Enough? May 15, 2014 - Each year, thousands of people across Australia embark on their own personal weight loss journeys. Whether it’s a couple of kilograms to gear up for a holiday or a complete lifestyle overhaul, it’s no secret that losing weight conscientiously and carefully is one of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional well-being. Many people who are actively losing weight are motivated by future images of themselves with the tight, toned bodies of lifelong fitness gurus. Unfortunately, large-volume weight loss that happens quickly, such as after bariatric surgery, can leave some with an excess of loose, sagging skin — a frustrating setback after months of hard work and discipline. Although human skin is known for being exceptionally resilient, it loses elasticity as time goes on. Diminished production of crucial skin-firming chemicals such as hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin can be chalked up to aging, and we all recognize the familiar appearance of mature skin that no longer seems to defy gravity. Many younger people have a dual advantage when it comes to weight loss: efficient metabolism and skin that is more elastic and forgiving. For these people, gradual weight loss on its own is often enough to […] Reverse Abdominoplasty March 17, 2014 - Reverse Abdominoplasty, also known as Reverse Tummy Tuck, is an aesthetic surgical procedure that eliminates the excess and sagging skin from the upper abdomen. Unlike the normal Abdominoplasty surgical procedure which makes incisions below the belly button, the Reverse Abdominoplasty makes incisions under the breast. It is done either under the breast crease or at the breast fold. Furthermore, the skin is pulled up for the Reverse Abdominoplasty rather than pulled down. The incisions are either joined in the middle to create 1 continuous horizontal incision by the bra line to be hidden or a space may be left in the middle to break off the 2 incisions. A reverse abdominoplasty or reverse tummy tuck procedure is not performed often. Those who need to undergo a reverse abdominoplasty are those whose skin above the belly button or navel is loose and hanging towards the floor but the skin below the navel is in good condition. The best candidate for the reverse abdominoplasty: Weight loss patients with lax upper abdominal skin. Patients who had tummy tuck but the skin above the naval is still sagging. The Procedure As per a regular Tummy Tuck, a Reverse Abdominoplasty surgery may roughly take […] Tummy Tuck Motivates Further Weight Loss February 26, 2014 - A recent study by Swiss Researchers has found that bariatric patients who have tummy tuck surgery to remove excess skin are more likely to keep weight off after their procedures. The research published in the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, shows evidence that these researchers have discovered gastric bypass surgery patients who later underwent body contouring procedures, such as the circumferential tummy tuck enjoyed greater health benefits, including being motivated to keep their weight in check. Jess Davis from the Plastic Surgery Hub had gastric sleeve surgery when she was 18. Prior to the procedure she had lost a small amount of weight but after the gastric sleeve surgery she lost over 70kg. At the age of 20 she had a breast lift/augmentation and body lift (including tummy tuck). Jess said the tummy tuck has been one of the main reasons she has kept her weight off. “If you gain weight you see it straight away whereas when there was excess skin there I may not have noticed. But now when I even put on a kilo I can tell straight away.” Explains Jess. “It has really motivated me to stay fit and healthy and keep the […] On June 10, 2013 I woke up and my journey started 🙂 January 21, 2014 - On June 10 2013 Rochelle woke up and began her journey, and has never looked back. On the morning of 10th June 2013, Rochelle woke up and said to her husband “that’s it, I’m going to lose weight!”. His reply was “whatever”. From that day on it took about 2 weeks to change her eating habits. “I’m a really bad eater, I love junk food” explained Rochelle. “I told myself I’m just going to watch my food and start there”. After the second week my husband and I were sitting together and he suggested we start walking and I said, “how are we going do that?” He replied “let’s just do it – let’s go now”, so they did, “and I haven’t stopped!” said Rochelle. Before Rochelle’s journey with weight loss and her tummy tuck she weighed 98.7kg. “Ooooooo I’m nearly 3 digits” she thought to herself, and says she was totally blown away. It was at this “ah ha” moment that Rochelle decided it was time to do something to change her life. She recalls looking back and always having a stomach that ‘falls from the hips’. “I would look at my brother and see him with his shirt […]