What is Corset Abdominoplasty?
Dr. Moradi addresses both horizontal and vertical skin excess in the abdominal and back area. Think of it like a combination of a reverse abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck, a FDL and a belt Lipectomy. The more severe the weight loss, the looser the skin will be, meaning the more aggressive you need to be.
- Mini abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- Standard abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- Extended tummy tuck
- 360 abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- FDL abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- Corset abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- Extended corset abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck
- Extended corset abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck with bra strap resection
This procedure has exceptional results for patients who have experienced massive weight-loss and have excess skin that they want removed. Dr Moradi states that it is essential that you are as fit as possible prior to undergoing the procedure, this will ensure you recover quicker and ensure a good result that will last.
Dr. Moradi recommends surgery once you have lost all your weight and have maintained a stable weight for at least 3 months. This ensures the best possible outcome for your procedure.
Dr. Moradi recommends you plan for 4-7 days in hospital and
4-6 weeks off work. Everyones healing process will vary, however you do not want to over do it and potentially create complications by not taking the recommended amount of time to heal.
All scars take time before they go "white". The reason for this is scar formation and remodelling. Scars start as red, then go a purple tinge, blue and then finally white, this can take up to 12 months.
The reason for this is that in initial wound healing you have excess collagen to help with the strength of the wound. Over the coming months, the type of collagen changes and realigns. It is during this phase we recommend scar management with massage and silicone therapy to leave you with the best possible results.
The results will last, however, they will loosen up over time. Dr Moradi discusses the possibility of another operation in the future and how patients should be prepared for this as it is completely normal to revise this type of procedure.
If you have maintained a healthy BMI, a healthy lifestyle and want to refine the final outcome a revision is recommended.
Corset Abdominoplasty Results
Potential Risks and Complications
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.
There are life-threatening risks such as blood clots, however, they are rare. Should a blood clot occur, it can move to the lungs, chest or deep veins of the legs. Dr Moradi recommends patients wear their post-surgery compression garments as directed, doing this will further reduce the risk of blood clots.
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Body contouring after massive weight loss is covered by Medicare. This can be covered in the private hospital NOT in the public hospital.
Dr. Moradi recommends that if you are considering getting a second procedure done in a similar body zone, such as a breast augmentation or an augmentation on arms and legs, combine it with the corset abdominoplasty.
Medicare laws don't allow you to claim if you combine surgeries so keep that in mind when weighing up your options. If you would like to claim the procedure on medicare, Dr Moradi recommends it's best to stage the arms, legs and other procedures for a second procedure.
Insurance will cover the hospital and theatre fees as long as you qualify to use the correct Medicare Numbers, however, there will be an out-of-pocket cost for the surgeon, co-surgeon and anaesthetist.
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Dr Pouria Moradi - Your Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon
"I am a consultant plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon working as a visiting medical officer at Prince of Wales, Royal Women's and Sydney Children's Hospitals, and an associate lecturer at UNSW Medical School.
Having studied medicine at UNSW as a Sam Cracknell Sport and Academic Scholar, I was then awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005 and Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgery."