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Tummy tucks, abdominoplasty - Plastic Surgery

Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty)

Abdominoplasty, known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a common reconstructive and cosmetic surgical procedure that tightens loose muscles in the abdominal wall and removes excess fat and folds of skin from the lower belly. Significant weight loss and post-partum body changes can result in a fold over the abdomen that no amount of exercise or diet will remove.

Reasons to get a Tummy Tuck

Structural defects of the abdominal wall can be caused by the body overstretching during pregnancy, leading to the separation of the two longer muscles in the front of the abdomen. Functional incompetence of the muscles in the abdomen can also be caused by trauma or previous surgery (including gynaecological surgery) to the abdominal wall, and by a hernia in the area. Weakness in the abdominal muscles leads to chronic lower back pain in some people. A tummy tuck can significantly alleviate the painful symptoms of back pain, by tightening the tummy muscles and removing the excess weight caused by the redundant abdominal skin folds.

Tummy Tuck Outcomes

A tummy tuck performed for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes will reshape the normal contour of the body to improve the patient’s appearance and, consequently, his or her self-esteem. The procedure aims to flatten the abdomen, eliminate unsightly scars and any surface irregularities, wrinkling, reshape a waist and reduce overly full hips. The operation often repositions the navel at a higher level.

Further positive outcomes of the surgery include weight reduction, personal comfort, improved bladder control, better posture in standing and walking, and greater availability in clothing choice. Some patients eat smaller meals following a tummy tuck, as the tightening of the anterior abdominal walls leads to discomfort when the stomach is full.

Abdominoplasty Procedure

Our surgeons will discuss with you the number of elements that need to be considered when approaching a tummy tuck, and the risks that are specific to the procedure. A straightforward tummy tuck involves lifting the abdominal skin and fatty tissue, moving it down and removing the excess with a suture closure in the bikini line. The abdominal muscles are repaired at the same time, if necessary.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Patients undergoing a tummy tuck will usually stay in hospital for three nights after surgery. It is important that patients take time to rest and heal. We will meet with you regularly following your surgery to ensure your recovery process is as smooth as it can be. Most patients can return to work within two to three weeks, at which time moderate exercise such as walking can be resumed. Wound dressings will need to be attended to weekly, and taped for approximately one month. A compression garment is worn for six weeks post-surgery, after which time more vigorous exercise can be attempted if it feels comfortable.

Normal sensation in the surgical site usually returns, but localised pain or numbness can endure for up to six months. Post-operative pregnancies usually do not significantly disrupt the effect of a tummy tuck.

Make a booking to consult with Dr Turner and her team about abdominoplasty / tummy tuck surgery. Our surgeons will be ready to answer your questions and discuss the options that are available to give you peace of mind in deciding if the procedure is right for you.