Tummy Tuck Sydney
Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is not a weight reduction operation. Rather, it creates an abdominal contour which is smoother and firmer. Abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck works especially in cases where fat deposits are resistant to dieting or exercise.
Women who have given birth, or patients who have lost considerable weight, are ideal candidates.
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|Women in Sydney generally undergo full abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery post-pregnancy because they have excess skin that may be loose or stretched out from the pregnancy. The desired results will then be to remove this excess skin.
What abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck techniques are used?
In a standard lipoabdominoplasty, the incision and therefore final scar, goes from hip to hip just above the pubic region. The abdominal skin is lifted up to gain access to the abdominal musculature.
The abdominal muscles, which are very often separated as a result of pregnancies, are then reapproximated with sutures. The excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen is excised and the belly button is recreated.
Some patients, particularly thin women following multiple child births, are more suited to a mini abdominoplasty. Mini refers not only to the size of the incision but also the extent of dissection.
The excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen is excised much like a standard abdominoplasty. However, the bellybutton does not need repositioning. The final scar is much like a well healed caesarean scar which does not extend to the hip bones. Following both techniques, Dr Pouria Moradi uses liposuction to achieve a sleek abdominal contour and refine the shape of the hips and flanks.
How long does it take to recover from a abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic. Following a abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure you will generally require a one to three-night hospital stay. This will be followed by two to four weeks recovery time, during which you won't be able to work. My preference is not to use drains, which dramatically reduces the hospital stay and recovery.
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How long do results of a abdominoplastytummy tuck take?
Results from abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery will begin to show immediately, however for full results you will have to wait until your body fully heals after the surgery.
For full results to show, it can take up to six months or more.
What are the potential risks and complications of a abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?
Some of the potential risks of a full or partial abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure include:
- Infection of the wound which may require treatment with antibiotics
- Incision site may be uncomfortable and painful
- Blood clot may occur under the skin flaps and around the incision sites
- A skin graft may be required for areas of skin that do not heal
- Excessive accumulation of fluid (seroma) may occur under the incision site and may require a procedure for draining
- Incision sites may become temporarily numb, but will improve over time
- A blood transfusion may be required if there is a large loss of blood during surgery
- Short term nausea and vomiting may occur following surgery as a result of the anaesthetics used
- The abdominal skin will have been tightened from above down, and the muscles from the outside in. This results in a tight feeling and can cause difficulties in bending and other movements.
- Prominent and visible scars, known as hypertrophic and keloid scars may form over a healed incision. These scars are red, thickened and raised and may be annoying, itchy and unsightly, but they do not pose a health threat.
Life threatening risks such as a blood clot are rare; however, should a blood clot occur it can move to the lungs, chest or deep veins of the legs.
Get a abdominoplasty/tummy tuck in Sydney
If you are looking at getting avabdominoplasty/tummy tuck, then get in touch with specialist plastic surgeon Dr Pouria Moradi in Sydney.
How much does an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck cost?
An abdominoplasty/tummy tuck may be covered by some private health insurers. Review your policy carefully to determine what is covered.
Costs associated with an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck vary depending on a number of factors such as:
- Anaesthetist's fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of hospital stay
- The cover from your insurance company
- Whether you need other body contouring procedures such as labiaplasty, liposuction, thigh liftor arm lift.
- Surgical assistant's fee
After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck
How much is an abdominoplastytummy tuck?
The costs of an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure vary depending on many factors. Speak to Dr Pouria Moradi to find out more.
What is an abdominoplastytummy tuck?
The abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure is a weight reduction operation where excess skin and fatty tissue is removed from the lower abdomen. The surgery also aims at tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Is an abdominoplastytummy tuck worth getting?
The abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure is very good for patients who have lost considerable weight, given birth or where fat deposits are resistant to the effects of dieting and exercising.
How long do abdominoplasty/tummy tuck results last?
The results of an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure are considered permanent and your abdominal wall will be stronger and far more stable. However, it's important to maintain your weight and not allow large fluctuations in your bodily weight. Weight gain or pregnancy can cause the area to stretch out again.
Can I have an abdominoplastytummy tuck after a C-section?
While you can have an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck surgery after a C-section, you must wait at least 6 to 12 months after your C-section to ensure you have fully healed from that procedure.
Can I get pregnant after an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?
The abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure does not impact your ability to get pregnant, however pregnancy will stretch the abdomen out again.
Does health insurance cover an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck?
Most health insurances will not cover the abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure as it's considered a cosmetic procedure. However, you can check with your insurance to see if they do in fact cover part of the costs.