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At a Glance

Tummy Tuck Procedure

The surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and in some circumstances, to tighten the abdominal muscles.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Duration

Dependent on individual requirements and varying patients’ circumstances the procedure can take anywhere from 2-5 hours to complete.

In/Outpatient

This is dependant on your individual circumstances and extent of surgery. The procedure is generally performed under general anaesthetic.

Tummy Tuck Side Effects

Temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness and bruising may occur. Tiredness can also be expected for several weeks to months.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Risks

Blood clots, infections, bleeding under the skin flap can be expected post tummy tuck. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring, skin loss and the need for further operations may occur.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Most patients are back at work within 2—4 weeks.  Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4—6 weeks. The fading of scars will be seen in 3 months to 2 years.

Tummy Tuck Before and Afters

What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It addresses protruding fat, loose skin and also laxity of the abdominal wall muscles.

You may wish to have this procedure if your abdomen is affected by obesity, skin laxity following pregnancy or weight loss.  The overall body appearance is improved by reducing and re-contouring abdominal skin and fat. It is not a substitute for weight reduction.

What is involved in tummy tuck surgery?

During the abdominoplasty procedure, skin and fat are removed from the stomach area and the abdominal muscles may be repaired, tackling a number of conditions at once. While liposuction is used only to remove fat, an abdominoplasty can flatten the stomach area by tightening the muscles as well as recapturing a more hourglass figure.

Liposuction is often performed with the tummy tuck, which creates shape and contour.

However, some people may think they need to have an abdominoplasty when, in fact, liposuction alone may give a good result.

What to expect after a tummy tuck

The procedure can be performed either under general anaesthetic or if only a “mini tuck” is required may be performed under twilight sedation. 

The abdominoplasty incision is made across the lower abdomen, above the pubic bone and, where possible, is positioned in such a way as to be invisible under swimwear and underwear. A circular incision is then made around the navel and the skin is then separated from the muscle, working up toward the ribs, stitching the muscles together then tightens the stomach.

 

Does a tummy tuck leave a scar?

Although scars are an inevitable part of any surgery, every effort is made to make the scar as inconspicuous as possible.  The scar will normally be concealed below the panty line. Repositioning of the navel will require a scar around the belly button, which may be visible when the abdomen is bare.

Are you a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The most important decision you will make when considering cosmetic surgery is whether the procedure, with its inherent risks and complications as well as its benefits, is the right thing for you.

The best results are obtained in patients near their normal weight with some laxity of the abdominal skin or a slight excess of fat or bulging of the abdominal wall.  The result is usually permanent although excessive weight gain or pregnancies may undo some of the benefits.

Once you have weighed it up and decided to proceed, the key to a successful outcome is having realistic expectations and understanding the procedure’s limitations for your individual case.

The psychology behind the decision to have cosmetic surgery is one of the most important aspects of the procedure. A good candidate is mentally and physically stable and understands the reality of what this surgery can achieve.

Tummy tuck cost

A tummy tuck procedure at the Cosmedic & Skin Clinic on the Gold Coast starts from $11,290. It is important to understand each surgical procedure is tailored to the requirements and desired outcome of each patient, so cost may vary.

Abdominoplasty on the Gold Coast

To find out more information about tummy tuck surgery at our Gold Coast practice, or to book in a consultation, please contact us today.

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An initial consultation with Dr John Flynn will be the first step to prepare for a tummy tuck.

During your consultation, the following surgical factor will be addressed and discussed with you. Dr Flynn will take the time to explain to you every aspect of surgery so you can make a well-informed decision moving forward.

  • The procedure
  • The type of anaesthesia to be used
  • The risks and limitations
  • Costs involved
  • Required medications
  • Your expectations and goals
  • The steps to take prior to the operation

Dr Flynn will also discuss your medical history to help formulate the most suitable treatment plan. It is important to fully disclose any health problems you may have had, as some may interfere with surgery, anaesthesia and aftercare.

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Prior to surgery, you should properly prepare by packing loose and comfortable clothing to wear after the procedure, getting adequate sleep the night before, and arranging a ride home. If you are undergoing general anaesthesia, you will be required to abstain from eating or drinking for at least six hours before surgery (this helps prevent an upset stomach while under anaesthesia).

Anyone who is about to undergo cosmetic surgery needs to be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for the changes that are about to take place. We encourage patients to have a support system, whether a partner or family.

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Following your surgery you will be required to wear a compression garment up to 6 weeks. You may find it difficult to walk with your back straight initially but this will improve over a few days.  Pain and discomfort vary depending on the individual but this is to be expected over the first few days after which the symptoms will improve.

You will be given pain medication post-operatively.  You will however require some help at home in the early stages and must avoid heavy lifting and straining for six weeks.  Returning to work or normal activities will be about 2—4 weeks.

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Every surgical or medical procedure involves a certain amount of risk. Cosmetic procedures have a good safety profile but despite the highest standards of surgical practice, complications can still occur.

The most effective way to minimise the risks involved is to undergo a thorough physical examination with your doctor prior to surgery.

Although complications are rare, they can include infection, nerve damage, blood clotting, fluid loss and negative reactions to anaesthesia.

Infection is uncommon but if it does occur it can be serious and requires proper attention and antibiotics. Major infections can be life threatening. Patients are normally given antibiotic cover for the procedure to minimize this risk.

A change in shape of the navel (belly button) may occur and sometimes there can be some unevenness of the scar or of the abdomen.

General anaesthetic itself carries a risk, including death, and any medical conditions and medications might affect the anaesthetic and are important to identify to the staff.

Less severe liposuction risks include scarring, loss of sensation in and near the treated area, as well as skin discolouration in the treated area. Diabetes, poor circulation, heart, lung or liver disease, smoking or a family history of blood clots may also increase the risk of complications.

Contact your doctor if you experience any concerns or problems following liposuction. These may include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever or chills
  • Heavy bleeding or oozing from incision sites
  • Increased swelling around the surgery sites
  • Increasing pain
  • Redness around incision sites that is spreading.

General dissatisfaction can be minimised by fully understanding the risks and benefits associated with your chosen surgery and having realistic expectations.

To maximise the success of surgery and minimise the potential risk of complications, always follow your doctor’s instructions for surgical preparation and post-operative care.