If you have been considering the possibility of undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, it's important that you do your research and find out as much about the procedure as possible before deciding that it is right for you.
Below, we will discuss the main techniques used, the recovery process as well as any potential issues that you might encounter when undergoing a tummy tuck and the expected cost.
What is a tummy tuck?
A 'tummy tuck', formally known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdominal region. It is also used to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
It is a common misconception that a tummy tuck is a weight reduction operation, however, it is actually a procedure that creates an abdominal contour which is smoother and firmer.
What is abdominoplasty used for?
For patients who have lost substantial weight and are unable to reduce their remaining fat deposits through diet and exercise, or have loose excess skin, a tummy tuck operation can be transformative.
Additionally, for women who have given birth and have excess stretched skin post-pregnancy, a tummy tuck can be an ideal solution.
What does tummy tuck surgery involve?
There are a number of techniques used when Dr Moradi is conducting a tummy tuck procedure.
During a standard lipoabdominoplasty, the incision
(and scar) will run from hip to hip, just above the pubic region, so that Dr
Moradi can access the musculature by lifting the abdominal skin.
Muscles that have become separated are sutured in the desired position before any excess skin and fat are excised.
Lastly, the belly button is often recreated in a more aesthetically pleasing position.
Mini Tummy Tuck
For some women, particularly those who are already slim and have given birth several times, a mini-abdominoplasty can be suitable.
This procedure involves both a smaller incision and a smaller amount of fat and skin excision. The process is very similar to the regular tummy tuck, however, the incision is much smaller - much like a caesarean section - and there is usually no need for the belly button to be repositioned.
Dr Moradi uses liposuction for both procedures in order to achieve a more desirable body shape and smoother contours across the abdomen, hip area and flanks.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
As abdominoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic as opposed to more minor surgeries which only require local anaesthetic, this procedure should only ever be carried out by a highly qualified specialist plastic surgeon, such as Dr Moradi.
Following a tummy tuck surgery, you will be required to stay in the hospital for anywhere between one overnight stay to around three nights.
The recovery period is individual to each case and recovery times can vary between two to four weeks on average. It is advised that you do not work during your recovery, to ensure adequate healing.
Tummy Tuck Results
You can expect to see significant results immediately after your operation, however, for your body to fully recover and heal, Dr Moradi advises that the final result can take six months or more to show.
Tummy Tuck Risks and Complications
As with any invasive surgical procedure, there are a number of risks and potential complications.
Complications and risks can include:
- Infection at the wound site
- Blood clots
- Seroma (excessive fluid) under incision site which may require draining
- Numbness of the incision site - which should improve over time
- Difficulties in bending and moving following the surgery
- Prominent or keloid scarring
Tummy Tuck Cost
Some private health insurers may cover the cost of a tummy tuck - it is always advised to check your policy to see if you might be eligible.
The cost of an abdominoplasty varies from around $12,000-$20,000 depending on a number of factors. Factors such as the anaesthetist's fee, private hospital or day surgery fee and whether you opt for additional procedures at the same time such as thigh lift, arm lift or liposuction, will all determine the end cost.
Following your consultation with Dr Moradi, you will receive an itemised account of the total cost of your surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Sydney
Now that you know a bit more about what's involved in a tummy tuck surgery, you might be ready to take the next step and book a consultation.
If you would like to book a consultation with Dr Moradi, please contact us or call 02 80 698 974 to speak to one of the team.