What is a Tummy Tuck?
Pregnancy, weight loss, or general aging can cause unattractive loose skin around the abdominal area. A Tummy Tuck, also known as an Abdominoplasty is used to surgically remove excess skin from the abdomen in order to create a tight, smooth contoured finish. A Full Tummy Tuck involves removal of excess skin above and below the navel. A Mini Tummy Tuck involves removal of the “pooch” under the belly button. A Tummy Tuck can target:
- Excess abdominal fat
- Sagging skin
- Weak or separated abdominal muscles
- Stretch marks
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (you will be put to sleep) at our day hospital facility. Once you have been admitted, the procedure takes around 2-3 hours to complete (depending on the complexity of the case). You will spend another 2 -3 hours waking up in recovery before you are sent home.
How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?
You will experience swelling and bruising after your procedure, and be required to wear compression garments. Patients are advised to take 2 weeks off work, and can usually resume all normal activities (gym work) by 6 weeks. Major swelling usually subsides by 3 months, and the final result will be noticeable after 6 months.
Is a Tummy Tuck Painful?
Most patients describe the pain as mild to moderate aches which are usually controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr Chinsee.
What are the Scars From a Tummy Tuck Like?
Scarring depends on extensibility of work performed. The Incisions are discretely placed to minimise scar visibility, and can be concealed with clothing. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
Consultation fee, additional consultation appointments, surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, postoperative surgical garments, contact with a Registered Nurse after your appointment, follow up postoperative appointments for 1 year. The only item not included are the medications which will be prescribed after your procedure (totaling around $40).