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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Dr Jeremy Hunt talks Mummy Makeover, FB Live December 7, 2018 - Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s most recognised, experienced and skilled plastic surgeons and we were lucky enough to have him on FB live on our closed FB group last Tuesday. For those of you who missed it, here’s the video. If you have any questions regarding Mummy Makeover for Dr Hunt, just leave them in the comments below! KristyKristy loves researching, writing, and editing for Plastic Surgery Hub. She chats with practitioners and industry contacts to make sure we are bringing you the most up to date and accurate information possible. Growing up in Byron Bay, Kristy is all about people feeling comfortable in their own skin, and knows if people are going to make the choice to have aesthetic treatments or surgery, they should do so fully informed, and aware of the risks and all aspects of the procedure - both the good and the bad. Kristy is a huge advocate of having your surgery or treatment done in Australia by qualified Australian practitioners.
Mummy Makeover in Perth with Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs November 28, 2018 - Mummy makeovers are a popular choice for women to help get their bodies back into shape after pregnancy and childbirth. The term mummy makeover refers to a combination of a few different procedures to help get a woman’s body back to where it was, if not better than it was, before kids. We chatted to Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and one of Perth’s most experienced mummy makeover surgeons, to talk us through what’s involved in a mummy makeover. He also shared some mummy makeover patients’ before and after photos with us. All photos below are patients of Dr Briggs. Make sure you click on each of them to see the full sized photos. What procedures does a mummy makeover include? A mummy makeover is not a one size fits all group of procedures, however it usually includes an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Breast Augmentation (breast implants), Breast Mastopexy (breast lift with or without implants) and any other procedure to repair or improve the appearance of a part of the body affected by pregnancy and childbirth such as: Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) Breast Augmentation (breast implants) Breast Mastopexy (breast lift) Breast reduction (with or without lift) Liposuction Labiaplasty (repair function and/or […]
Michelle's Tummy Tuck Donna’s Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Brachioplasty with Dr Amira Sanki November 9, 2018 - Donna’s journey started about 4 years ago when her and her husband were trying to fall pregnant. Obese her whole life, Donna realised she had to lose the weight. She shares her massive weight loss and subsequent excess skin removal journey with us. Her multiple procedures with Dr Amira Sanki, Plastic Surgeon from Sydney include breast augmentation, brachioplasty and tummy tuck. I’ve been following Donna’s journey on our closed FB group and her results are just amazing. You’ll love her before and after pictures too. Dr Sanki’s passion is for excess skin removal after massive weight loss and it’s easy to see why with results like Donna’s. 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 sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.
Is It Possible to Speed Up My Tummy Tuck Recovery? Is It Possible to Speed Up My Tummy Tuck Recovery? November 8, 2018 - Abdominoplasty is one of the oldest yet most effective cosmetic surgeries and is still a go-to option for those looking to get rid of loose skin, excess fat and repair the underlying muscular structure. Women who have recently completed their families and want to achieve a tighter, younger-looking stomach area after their final pregnancy are the most common tummy tuck patients. This means that additional planning is required for a procedure of this nature. During recovery, tummy tuck patients need tons of rest and won’t be able to do any heavy lifting for several weeks. They will also need to be at home for 2 – 3 weeks before they’ll be ready to return to work – even longer if they have a particularly active job. So, it only makes sense that you would want to speed up your recovery so that you can return to your normal routine as soon as possible. Tips for Speeding Up Your Abdominoplasty Recovery Over and above following your surgeon’s specific post-care instructions, here are a few other tips that could accelerate your recovery period. Balance rest with some light walking. For the first two weeks of your recovery, you will need to get […]
Penny’s Abdominoplasty, Face and Neck Lift and Brachioplasty with Dr Mahyar Amjadi November 5, 2018 - Penny had always been big. In her own words, she was a fat baby and felt fat most of her life. However, as Penny approached her 50th birthday she’d been working hard to lose weight. When the big day came and went she had managed to lose 60kgs and had gone from 136kg to 75kg! That is a huge achievement but although it felt good, Penny says she was disgusted to see all the loose skin left. She started thinking about surgery to get rid of it. Penny ended up having a tummy tuck, neck lift, liposuction, fat transfer and an upper and lower blepharoplasty and facelift with Dr Mahyar Amjadi. This is her story. Penny says she started by doing her research. “I do a lot of research before I do anything, so…” Her advice to anyone else would be to do the same. “I came across a post by another lady who I felt had a similar journey to mine and that led me to come across Dr Mahyar Amjadi. I have to admit I was looking at going to Thailand for my surgery but I don’t think I would have done it. I initially did a Skype […]
Lauren’s Multiple Procedures Post Weight Loss October 17, 2018 - Lauren did the hard work and lost a large amount of weight but was then left with loose skin. She saw the highly skilled Dr Justin Perron in Brisbane to do a butt lift, Dr Marcus Pyragius in Adelaide to do her tummy tuck and Dr Pouria Moradi for her breast augmentation, with amazing results!       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 sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.
The Diary of a Tummy Tuck Patient Day 7 October 2, 2018 - So people, as today’s it’s been exactly a week since I had my Apronectomy done so here’s my update on how I’m doing for those of you following. So, after 4 nights in hospital was let out Sunday and home bound much to my excitement may I add. Now, as nice as a hospital was and the staff omg just amazing – I really was looking forward to going home, unsure why thou now as apart from my 6yr old son, I’ve had no visitors, no one has came around to see me, just me, the kid and the cats until the husband gets home from work. Have struggled a lot with cabin fever, boredom has well and truly kicked in that’s for sure, I’m struggling mentally with this as I’m an aged care nurse. I work a lot, plus I’m very active and have a large family so am always on the go. So let’s talk pain, binders, sleep, mobility etc. I haven’t needed endone since 48hrs after procedure and then was switched to paracetamol 4hrly but haven’t had any since being home. I do however feel like a horse has repeatedly kicked me in the abdomen region, and a […]

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