Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery Sydney

One of the most common reasons women visit our Sydney clinic is the desire to return to pre-pregnancy form following childbirth. Having a baby often leads to loose skin or excess fat on the stomach and abdominoplasty surgery can produce transformational results through the removal of skin, fat contouring or the tightening of abdominal muscles.

Aside from the aesthetic benefits of a tummy tuck, the surgery can also help to alleviate back pain caused by weakened abdominal muscles (rectus muscle separation).

Additional tummy tuck candidates include patients of both sexes who have lost a considerable amount of weight and could benefit from a breast lift, tummy tuck, thigh lift and arm lifts.

By completely remodelling a patient’s core region and waist line, post recovery exercise will produce a more direct impact on body shape.

Tummy Tucks, Mini Tucks & Body Lifts

Mini Tuck: Mini abdominoplasty is a less invasive procedure suitable for smaller patients who are more in need of muscle repair than the excision of excess skin. A mini tuck leaves a much smaller scar but is not suitable for patients with a large quantity of saggy skin.

Tummy Tuck: Standand abdominoplasty is the most common abdominal procedure and involves a straight scar that runs hip to hip.

Extended Abdominoplasty: For patients necessitating a lift that extends to the sides and includes love-handles a more invasive operation may be required. Extended Abdominoplasty involves a 180 degree scar and is suitable for patients with a more severe condition.

Body Lift: Patients who have undergone massive weight loss will require a full body lift in order to achieve desired results. A body lift entails a 360 degree scar and the removal of large quantities of fat and skin.

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of having a tummy tuck varies significantly depending on the complexity of your individual operation. The approximate price runs anywhere from $10,000 to $19,000 but it is best to consult with Dr Tavakoli to determine the cost for your particular situation.

In general abdominoplasty is considered cosmetic surgery but in many cases your Health Fund will assist with payment, particularly if hernia, diastasis, muscle loss, weakness, or painful scar contracture are present in your abdominal wall.

Financing assistance is available.

Risks & Complications Associated with Abdominoplasty

Compared to other plastic surgery procedures, abdominoplasty is more invasive and will require a hospital stay of 3 to 4 days to prevent fluid formation. Surgical drains will be used for several days to remove seroma and patients can expect moderate pain following the operation as muscle repair can be painful. A pain pump will help to alleviate discomfort.

Complications are uncommon but may include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, DVT, pulmonary embolus, pneumonia or muscle/nerve damage. In particular smokers often experience delayed wound healing.

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

Under general anaesthesia an incision across the lower part of the abdomen provides access for the surgeon to separate the muscle from the skin. A circular incision is made around the navel so that abdominal skin can be tightened.

Abdominal muscles are also sewn together to flatten the belly.

Liposuction is implemented on the outer fat to contour a new shape and over half of all stretch marks can generally be removed.

Managing Tummy Tuck Expectations and Scarring

Dr Tavakoli is a renowned expert in the field of minimal scarring surgical techniques but it is vital to understand that all procedures involving an incision will leave a scar. How quickly and to what extent your scar fades varies on a patient to patient basis but on average a scar reaches full fade in two years. FRAXEL laser technology can be employed to lessen scarring.

Bear in mind that abdominoplasty is not meant to be a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise. Tummy tuck candidates should already be near their ideal body weight and participate in a regular exercise routine.

Patients are encouraged to come by our Sydney clinic to browse through our large collection of pre and post operation photos to get a better idea of the results they can expect from a tummy tuck surgery. Maintaining realistic expectations is key for achieving happy postop results.

Full recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to 6-12 months, at which point patients no longer feel a tight sensation. Some patients return to work as soon as 2 weeks following the operation (3 weeks for driving) and light jogging is allowed in just 5 weeks. It is advised that all strenuous exercise be avoided for 2 months.

A free initial consultation can be schedule by calling 1300 368 107.

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