Cosmetic Surgery

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck): Achieving a Smoother, Flatter Abdomen

Introduction to Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to create a flatter, smoother abdominal profile. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have excess abdominal skin, loose or weakened abdominal muscles, and localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is often recommended for women who have experienced significant changes in their abdomen due to pregnancy or those who have undergone significant weight loss.

During an abdominoplasty, Mr Butler makes an incision along the lower abdomen, typically from hip to hip, to access the underlying tissues. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened if necessary. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a smoother, flatter abdominal profile. In most cases, liposuction may be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck to further refine the contour of the abdomen and flanks.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Cost: $23000 to $28000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 2 nights in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds 48 hours after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: 2-4 weeks after surgery, depending on when you feel comfortable to do an emergency stop.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work 2 weeks after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominoplasty

Can abdominoplasty help with stretch marks?

Abdominoplasty can improve the appearance of stretch marks that are confined to the lower abdomen. During the procedure, skin from the lower abdomen is removed and any stretch marks within this skin are removed with it. However, it's important to note that not all stretch marks can be eliminated, and the extent of improvement will vary depending on your specific case.

What is the recovery period like after abdominoplasty?

It will take up to 6 weeks until you feel back to normal and can return to strenuous exercise and activities. The tummy can feel tight during this period. You will be given a supportive garment to wear to help with your recovery.

Will there be visible scars after abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty does result in a scar, which is typically located along the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, and around the belly button. The length and visibility of the scar will depend on the extent of the surgery and how well you heal. Mr Butler will aim to ensure that the scar sits low down on the tummy so that it can be concealed by underwear or swimwear. Over time, the scar will fade but may still be visible.

Can abdominoplasty be combined with other procedures?

Yes, abdominoplasty can be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast surgery, if desired. Mr Butler can discuss this with you at your consultation.

Are there any risks or complications associated with abdominoplasty?

Like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty carries some risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in sensation, fluid accumulation, or blood clots. Mr Butler will discuss these with you in detail at your consultation.

Will the results of abdominoplasty be permanent?

Abdominoplasty aims to provide long-lasting results, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight is important to protect the long-term result. Any significant fluctuations in weight, or further pregnancies will affect the result.