Tummy Tuck | Melbourne
It can be difficult to achieve your ideal abdominal contours. Sometimes diet and exercise fail to adequately treat stubborn fat and excess skin around the lower torso and beltline. For these patients, liposuction also may not be enough if you have moderate to severe skin laxity or weakness of your abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove excess tissue from the abdomen and to correct or repair loose or damaged abdominal muscles.
Who Can Benefit?
There are a variety of tummy tuck techniques available to help you achieve the abdominal contour you desire.
from Weight Loss
Patients who have either naturally lost a significant amount of weight or who have undergone bariatric surgery
These individuals are closely within their ideal weight goal and have kept their weight off for over six months. Additional weight loss or weight gain after your tummy tuck can affect the quality of your results. Post-weight loss patients usually benefit from an extended tummy tuck in which excess skin from the abdomen, hips, and back is removed. An extended tummy tuck can correct abdominal skin that hangs over the pubic mound. For qualified patients, liposuction can be used to reduce excess fat, and loose abdominal muscles can be tightened.
Women who have loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin following pregnancy
These women have had children at some point and are now experiencing abdominal muscles and skin that cannot be toned through diet and exercise. Weak abdominal muscles and sagging skin are common following pregnancy due to rapid, prolonged stretching. After pregnancy, these women would benefit most from a mini tummy tuck, which utilizes a shorter incision along the lower abdomen. Through this incision, loose abdominal muscles are sutured together, and excess skin is trimmed away to restore a firmer abdominal contour.
Patients who have skin laxity due to genetics or aging, which is resistant to toning through exercise
These individuals may experience mild to moderate skin sagging around the abdomen. They typically have skin laxity of the upper and lower abdomen as well as some troublesome fat deposits. Liposuction or direct excision can reduce excess fat. An incision in the lower abdomen that extends from hip to hip and up around the navel provides access for tightening or repairing weak abdominal muscles and removing excess abdominal skin.
What Do You Desire?
Your Pre-Baby Abdomen
Many women struggle with body-confidence and clothing options following the birth of their child or children. The rapid and prolonged expansion of abdominal skin and muscles can make it difficult to re-attain the body shape you had before your pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery can help provide a firmer, more aesthetic contour to the abdominal area and waistline
A Flatter, Better Defined Abdomen
Many people struggle to achieve a toned, defined abdomen in the gym. Tummy tuck surgery can help correct damaged abdominal muscles and reduce excess skin to reveal a flatter, more attractive abdominal contour. Liposuction may also be used to enhance abdominal definition.
Removal of Painful, Chafing Skin
Unsightly abdominal area skin folds are commmon following weight loss, and can negatively affect your appearance, movement or comfort levels at the pool, beach or gym. For many, low hanging skin can become painful from chafing. Reducing excess skin and smoothing out the body contours can help improve the appearance of your abdomen and may also treat skin conditions or related discomforts.
The typical goals of tummy tuck surgery procedures are to help restore your body confidence, your exercise comfort and your clothing freedom. By improving your physique and repairing your damaged abdominal muscles, you may feel more comfortable IN clothing AND find it easier to engage in core-strengthening exercises because your abs have been repaired. This may be especially beneficial for women following pregnancy or for people after weight loss or bariatric surgery.
Addressing Your Concerns
All patients are unique and your recovery experiences can vary from those of other patients. In general, you may expect to experience some bruising, redness, and swelling following your tummy tuck. Following your procedure, you will be asked to wear a compression garment to help minimize swelling and improve healing. The duration of time to wear the compression garment will be advised by your Surgeon. Most patients typically also find they are able to return to work within approximately two weeks with your surgeon’s permission, but patients must refrain from strenuous activity and exercise for at least four weeks OR as advised. After six weeks, most major swelling should have subsided and your results should become more visible. Some patients may experience delayed recovery or other complications, so ask your Surgeon what to expect and be sure you follow the post-operative instructions carefully; and also, do NOT smoke as this increases your risks of a delayed recovery and higher complication rates.
Every patient scars differently. The extent of scarring will often depend on the tummy tuck technique utilized. Whenever possible, incisions are placed on the lower abdomen where they may be able to be hidden by clothing or swimwear. Resulting scars will usually continue to fade over time, for the majority of patients, but not all. Some patients are prone to more visible scars. Ask your Surgeon for details.
The cost for a tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the technique used and the amount of correction needed. Surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees will also affect the cost of your procedure. Dr. McManamny will provide you with the specific cost for your tummy tuck procedure. Some Medicare or private health insurance rebates may also be available for you; it is recommended you check directly with your health insurance.
Every patient experiences pain differently and pain after surgery can vary. It is common for patients to experience abdominal discomfort for several days or several weeks following a tummy tuck, but for the majority of patients, prescription or over the counter medication will help manage any discomfort or pain. Your surgeon may also use different options to help manage your discomfort as you heal.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck
What type of anesthesia is used for tummy tuck surgery?
Most patients require a general anaesthetic to ensure comfort and safety. For qualifying patients, an epidural anaesthetic with local anaesthetic may be used.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital following my procedure?
A one to two-night hospital stay is recommended following a tummy tuck. This time allows trained professionals to monitor your recovery and ensure patient safety.
What if I have a low hanging navel as a result of my weight loss?
Displaced navels are common with sagging abdominal skin. Dr. McManamny may reposition your navel during your tummy tuck to restore a more natural and pleasing abdominal appearance.
How long does it take to perform tummy tuck surgery?
The length of your tummy tuck surgery will depend on the extent of correction needed. On average, tummy tuck surgery lasts around two hours but could last longer.
What about the RISKS of tummy tuck surgery?
Yes, any invasive procedure such as Tummy Tuck surgery DOES carry RISKS. Some patients will have higher risks than others. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview, review the plastic surgery risks page. While serious or life-threatening complications are rare, it is possible that they may develop. The most common risks are excessive bleeding, infection, development of a seroma, or pulmonary embolism.
You'll be given instructions for recovery if you proceed with surgery; in general, Dr. McManamny recommends his patients walk slowly in the days following their tummy tuck to improve blood circulations and minimize their risk of blood clots.