Body Surgery

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) Melbourne

What is an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess skin and fat and repairing any separation of the underlying muscles. This procedure is suitable for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss or have excess skin and muscle wall separation following pregnancy. At Niche Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, our specialist surgeons employ state-of-the-art techniques to ensure personalised care and outcomes that align with our patients’ physical health and aesthetic goals.

Potential outcomes of abdominoplasty surgery Melbourne

Undergoing abdominoplasty can lead to several physical benefits. The procedure typically results in a flatter abdominal region. By removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles, the surgery can significantly alter the shape of the abdomen. The repair of the muscle wall separation can improve your core strength and in some situations help with lower back pain.

Am I a candidate for abdominoplasty surgery?

Candidates for abdominoplasty generally include individuals who:

  • Have excess anterior abdominal skin that hasn’t responded to diet or exercise.
  • Have undergone significant changes in their body due to weight loss or pregnancy.
  • Have a separation of their abdominal wall muscles as a result of weight gain or pregnancy
  • Are in good general health, which helps with recovery and overall surgical success.

Our team at Niche Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive consultations to evaluate your individual condition and discuss the best surgical approach.

Surgical Techniques Used in Abdominoplasty

At Niche Plastic Surgery, our approach to abdominoplasty includes different surgical options depending on the extent of the surgery required:

  • Full Abdominoplasty: This is suitable for patients who require complete correction of both their abdominal wall muscles and excess skin. The surgeon will make an incision across the lower abdomen from hip to hip and around the navel.
  • Mini Abdominoplasty: This option is for patients who need minimal correction. Skin is removed below the navel only with a shorter incision and no correction of the muscle wall.

Abdominoplasty recovery process

The recovery from abdominoplasty surgery will vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual’s health. Most patients will remain in hospital for one or two nights. Initial recovery typically involves rest and restrictions with movement to ensure proper healing. Patients are usually advised to take 3 to 6 weeks off work and avoid strenuous activities. Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor the healing process and manage any potential complications.

Post-operative care for abdominoplasty

Following the surgery, patients will receive detailed instructions from their surgeon on how to care for their incisions, when to return to daily activities, and how to wear compression garments. Proper care is vital to ensure the success of the surgery and includes:

  • Keeping the incision area clean and dry.
  • Managing pain through prescribed medications.
  • Monitoring for any signs of infection or complications.

Risks associated with abdominoplasty surgery

As with any surgical procedure, an abdominoplasty carries risks, which include, but are not limited to; complications related to anesthesia, infection at the incision site, post-operative bleeding or seroma, poor wound healing or wound breakdown. During the pre-operative consultation, all potential risks are discussed thoroughly to ensure that each patient is well-informed before deciding to proceed.

Call us to Discuss Your Abdominoplasty Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if abdominplasty is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Abdominoplasty FAQs

How should I prepare for abdominoplasty?

Preparation involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, possibly adjusting your diet, and following pre-surgery instructions regarding medications and smoking cessation. Most patients will require an ultrasound of their abdominal wall to look for muscle separation.

How noticeable will the scars be?

Scarring from abdominoplasty is permanent but will fade over time. The incisions are typically placed in areas that can be concealed by clothing.