Have you noticed stubborn midsection weight or bulge that just won’t budge? Do you have excess skin from previous weight loss or past pregnancy? A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, could help you achieve the physique, silhouette and appearance that you want.
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure centred on reshaping the abdominal area to achieve a slimmer, fitter, firmer and more toned overall appearance. Patients choose tummy tucks to improve the way they look, enhance how clothing fits and to feel more confident and comfortable.
The procedure involves tightening abdominal muscles, removing excess skin and correcting a protruding belly. Both men and women undergo tummy tucks.
Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty include:
- Patients with unsightly appearance of their abomd as a result of pregnancy or weight loss
- Patients with excess skin folds or loose skin on the lower abdomen
- Patients with undesired stretch marks or scars
- Patients with excess fat
- Patients with a desire to remove bulges or protuberances as a result of stretched abdominal muscles
PREPARING FOR A TUMMY TUCK
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, it’s important to chat to an experienced plastic surgeon who is able to address all of your questions and concerns. You’ll want to gain an in-depth and detailed understanding of the procedure, recovery process and expected results. During your consultation, ask your surgeon about their training, qualifications and experience. Detail your exact concerns, desired results and expectations to allow your surgeon to fully understand what you’re looking for.
Never feel pressured to make a premature decision – you should feel confident and comfortable with your procedure and surgeon throughout the entire process.
Focussed on transforming the appearance of the abdomen, a tummy tuck – or abdominoplasty – should always be completed by a team of specialised medical professionals. Involving a plastic surgeon and anaesthetist, all patients receive the highest quality care. Many patients also choose to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction or a hysterectomy.
Before the procedure begins, patients undergo a general anaesthesia designed to last the duration of the surgery – generally around three hours. Anaesthesia is administered by a qualified anaesthetist who monitors your wellbeing and health throughout the procedure. Your anaesthetist is able to cater your anaesthesia to suit your specific needs.
Once you’re safely under anaesthesia and prepared for the procedure, your surgeon begins by making an small incision low on the abdomen – around your bikini line. The incision is purposefully placed low in order to avoid visibility by even the most revealing garments. A second incision is then made around the umbilicus (belly button).
After your surgeon has made the necessary incisions, loose, stretched muscles are tightened with sutures. Excess skin and fat are removed then incisions are sutured with buried, dissolving sutures. Drains can be inserted to eliminate fluid build-up as required. Immediately after your procedure, an elastic support garment is applied to maximise results and recovery.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF TUMMY TUCKS
Classic Tummy Tuck
A classic tummy tuck focuses on improving the appearance of the upper and lower abdomen – above and below the belly button. It reduces roundness, excess skin and bulges and creates a firmer, fitter and more toned appearance.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck removes excess fat, bulge and skin from the upper and lower abdomen as well as the flanks. Extended tummy tucks are ideal for patients with significant excess skin or for women with lax abdominal muscles following multiple pregnancies. Liposuction is often required.
A mini abdominoplasty is a less extensive procedure compared to a classic or extended tummy tuck. It focuses on a fuller lower abdomen and helps to correct bulging, localised obesity and excess stretched skin after pregnancy. Mini abdominoplasties involve making a shorter, transverse excision under the bikini line. Able to be completed without a second incision around the umbilicus, muscles are tightened and wounds are closed using dissolvable sutures.
Immediately after your procedure, your abdomen will be supported by an elastic garment. You will receive postoperative care, medication and advice from your medical team. Following an abdominoplasty, you should expect a hospital stay of three to four days. Drains are generally used and are removed prior to discharge home.
Days and Weeks After
You’ll generally be able to return home after 3-4 days. Moderate discomfort should be expected for the first few days, significantly decreasing by the third day. Readily available medications will help greatly in ensuring that discomfort is minimal. On your third day of recovery, you’re able to shower. Swelling is mild to moderate for the first week, and bruising is generally minimal or very mild.
After one week, dressings will be changed and your recovery will be reviewed. A support garment is usually worn for two to four weeks to aid in recovery. As all sutures are dissolvable, no sutures are required to be removed. You’re able to resume many activities after the first week and most by four weeks. We recommend taking two to four weeks off work, depending on the physical demands of your job.
During week one of your recovery, your abdomen will look smoother and tighter. After three to six months, the abdomen will continue to settle and enhance. Over time, results will become more natural in appearance and will generally become permanent.
Following an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, you’ll find that your abdomen is firmer, flatter, tighter and more contoured. Clothing will feel better and you may even go down a few sizes. You should notice an improvement in your self-esteem and can expect to feel more confident to wear more revealing or tight-fitting garments.
Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Surgeon in Perth
Choosing a plastic surgeon is an important step. An experienced, qualified and specialised plastic surgeon will produce high quality results that appear natural, balanced and in proportion to your body.
Based in Perth, Dr Chris Allen and his team complete all types of tummy tuck procedures. Working with patients with a diverse range of requirements, concerns and goals, we specialise in producing high quality results in line with patient expectations.