An abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’ is an operation designed to reshape the entire abdomen. The modern tummy tuck removes excess skin, fat and tightens any loose musculature to create a flat tummy and svelte waistline. Liposuction is required in nearly all cases to add the finishing touches to your contour. Two types of tummy tucks can be performed. A full tummy tuck, which is the most common procedure, and a rarer ‘mini’ tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck technique
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and you are usually in hospital for three nights. There is mild pain post-operatively, which is easily controlled with a combination of intravenous analgesia and oral analgesia, with patients using oral medication at time of discharge.
A full tummy tuck targets both the lower and upper abdomen. The entire abdominal skin is re-draped and the abdominal wall musculature is tightened. The umbilicus (belly-button) is also moved into a more appropriate location. A mini tummy tuck is a smaller procedure which principally concentrates on tightening and reshaping the lower abdomen. View tummy tuck gallery here
A horizontal incision is placed in the pubic region, along the ‘bikini line’ (or utilising your caesarean scar should you have one). The final scar is designed to fall discreetly within your undergarments, lingerie and/or swimsuit lines. If your abdominal muscles are separated (for example after pregnancy) then these are bound back together. The excess skin and fat is then removed, and your belly button is re-created. Liposuction is often combined with an abdominoplasty to contour the abdomen and can be extended to include the hips, flanks and thigh regions.
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Tummy Tuck Recovery
You will initially be nursed in a flexed position on your bed and you will slowly straighten up over the next few days prior to your discharge. There will be drains in your abdomen which are removed usually by the time of discharge.
While recovery time will vary from patient to patient based on the extent of surgery undertaken, you should plan for the following:
- At least 2-3 weeks off work
- No driving for at least 3 weeks
- No heavy lifting for 6 weeks
You must have someone to help with the care of young children for at least the first 3 weeks post-operatively.
The abdomen feels “tight” for several weeks after surgery, as though you are wearing an internal corset. Numbness may be present around the incision and the belly itself and in some cases may be permanent. The scar begins to fade after 3 months and may take 1 to 2 years to reach its final appearance. The majority of bruising and swelling will resolve by 6 weeks but can persist for several months.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Abdominoplasty Surgery at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary starts from $*
Included in your fees are:
- Procedure performed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon
- Anaesthetic fees
- Procedure performed in a fully accredited private hospital
- All garments
- Post op follow up for a period of 12 months
The Sanctuary Experience
All abdominoplasty patients receive our Sanctuary Experience Package. This is a post operation package only provided at Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary. Along with their surgery, patients also receive complimentary from us:
A Haircut and blow dry from Joh Bailey to enhance your new look
A style and image consultation with our stylist Zarife Hardy to help you choose your new clothing to enhance your new body shape
A Consult with our dentist and teeth whitening so you can smile with confidence
Generous savings on all Medispa services including 15% off all anti-wrinkle injections and fillers
This package is worth $2500. For full details of the package please see our Sanctuary Experience Page.
** Following recent updates to the Medicare rebate schedule, abdominoplasty surgery is now considered a cosmetic procedure. This means it is not covered by Medicare and therefore no money can be claimed back from your private health fund or Medicare. However, if you require an abdominoplasty due to massive weight loss or due to a specific set of problems then your procedure may still be covered and than you may be eligible for a rebate which significantly reduces the out of pocket expenses. Please see our XXXX or contact our rooms former information.
Meet the Experts
Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
Tummy Tuck Risks
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with Dr Kumar.
The Risks include…
- Infection of the wound
- Incision site pain
- Haematoma (Blood clot)
- Skin/flap/umbilicus loss requiring a skin graft
- Seroma (Excessive accumulation of fluid) may occur under the incision site
- Temporary or permanent numbness of the incision site and surrounds
- A blood transfusion may be required
- Short term nausea and vomiting
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars.