- The tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from your lower abdomen
- The muscles of you abdomen are reshaped and contoured
- The surgery will be performed under general anaesthesia in a major hospital
- Surgery takes 3hrs and you will be required to stay in hospital for 2-5 nights
- about 4-6 weeks
- you will not be able to drive for about 3 weeks
- you will need support during your first 2 weeks at home
- you will need to wear an abdominal binder for 8 weeks post-surgery. It is best to buy 2 of these pre-operatively in preparation for the surgery
The tummy tuck is a procedure that can address excess lower abdominal skin that has come about through previous pregnancies or dramatic weight loss. Women seeking an abdominoplasty often have trouble controlling abdominal skin with their clothing and underwear. You may have an “apron” of skin that hangs or skin that drapes when you lean forward. The result can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, painful or result in chronic rashes and skin irritations. Excessive abdominal tissue can certainly have negative medical and psychological effects that make you feel unattractive and self-conscious about your body.
The tummy tuck procedure is simple in concept but requires careful understanding of the curves of the natural torso to achieve balanced results. Women seeking an abdominoplasty, have often lost the narrowing of the waist, which would normally act as the visual transition between the breasts and the hips giving the impression of a feminine shape.
The feminine waist is not a cylinder, but an undulating series of soft curves, which transition smoothly from the breasts to the hips. This balance of contour and form should be appreciated from all perspectives.
The waist should act to highlight the hips and breasts rather than simply be as flat as possible. This natural form is reflective of healthy underlying muscular tone and even distribution of skin and soft tissue.
The abdominoplasty procedure involves removing excess skin in a shape that results in a contoured waistline. Dr Lam will also take great care in tightening your underlying musculature to act as an internal corset. The scars are kept as low as possible and as short as possible. Liposuction is a useful adjunct to abdominoplasty and should be considered if you have significant fullness to your waist that extends backwards from your hips.
In an ideal world, you should not be considering future pregnancies and your weight should be modest and stable before considering an abdominoplasty.
At your first consultation, Dr Lam will explore your goals in the context of your general health, weight and lifestyle. Dr Lam will examine your abdomen and discuss the details of the surgery unique to you and your body.
Smoking is a significant risk factor for complications related to surgery and should be stopped in the absence of nicotine replacements for at least 3 months prior to surgery.
There is a Medicare item number that can help to cover the costs of surgery in some instances. As of November 1st 2018, the Medicare item numbers have changed, please contact us to find out about these changes. This is not applicable to everyone and you should consult your health fund to see if you qualify for this rebate.