Tummy Tuck Procedure in Melbourne
Tummy Tuck Surgery - Abdominoplasty in Melbourne, VIC
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen while also repairing any muscle weakness that might be present. A tummy tuck removes any saggy or flabby skin that may be the result of massive weight loss, ageing, or following multiple pregnancies.
Also known as Abdominoplasty, this procedure is performed for toning and contouring the abdomen, in order to give it a taut and contoured appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a great option for you if you want a contoured and robust-looking abdomen, however, certain factors determine the success of the procedure.
An ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who doesn’t smoke, is physically healthy with a stable weight, and has realistic expectations from the surgery.
If you have excessive saggy skin from weight fluctuations or multiple pregnancies, your condition is what the tummy tuck procedure is designed expressly for.
However, for the results of a tummy tuck procedure to persist for a long duration, you need to ensure that you are close to your ideal weight before the surgery. Any weight gain or pregnancies after the procedure will reverse the effects of the tummy tuck.
If you are bothered by the appearance of your lower abdomen to the point that it affects your self-image and meet the criteria above, you are definitely a candidate for a tummy tuck.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck procedure is a great option if you want to improve your appearance as this procedure will result in a visibly well-toned abdomen, thereby significantly improving your physique. This can have both psychological and physical benefits for the patient, that becomes more evident after the recovery period.
Another benefit of tummy tuck apart from its aesthetic benefits, that may surprise you, is its positive medical effects. Tummy Tuck can improve your bad posture as it tightens the weak abdominal muscles along with the excess skin. This muscle tightening improves your posture while also reducing any back pain the weak muscles may have previously caused.
Your Tummy Tuck Journey
Consultation and Preparation
During your consultation, Dr Patrick Briggs will discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery and discuss if the tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.
Dr Briggs will also perform a physical examination to evaluate the extent of excess skin and the weakness of the abdominal muscles. You may have to do a blood test to ensure there are no other underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications.
It is recommended that you be extremely candid and honest with your doctor about any previous surgeries and your goals for the surgery. This will help Dr Briggs recommend the best procedure for you and provide results that meet your expectations.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Before and After Results
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Tummy Tuck Procedure and Steps
The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a simple procedure requiring a few steps, which are all mentioned below
- The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and can take up to 3 hours, or less.
- Dr Briggs will begin by making a horizontal incision in between the belly button or umbilicus and your pubic bone.
- The length of the incision depends on the amount of excess skin to be removed.
- After the removal of excess skin, the rest of the skin will be sutured and the belly button will need to be relocated.
- Finally Dr Briggs will close the incision using sutures, skin adhesives, surgical tape and dressings.
- That marks the end of the surgery. A temporary drain for excess fluid or blood may be placed, which will be removed during the recovery period.
Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Procedure
The results of the tummy tuck are not visible immediately after the surgery and need some time to appear. The recovery phase is marked by swelling and mild discomfort, at least in the first week after the tummy tuck procedure. You should wear compression garments, take pain medications if needed, and refrain from any sort of physical activity for a minimum of two weeks after the procedure.
Any sort of physical activity including household chores is completely off-limits for the first two weeks after the surgery. You are encouraged to walk around from the first day after the surgery but it is recommended to take it easy on yourself.
During the recovery phase, it is important to not overwork yourself or do any form of strenuous activities as they can negatively affect the results of the surgery.
Risks & Complications of Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure and just like any other such procedure, it has a few uncommon complications that you need to consider before deciding to undergo this procedure.
Some of the risks associated with a tummy tuck procedure are listed below
- Side-effects of anaesthesia
- Fluid Accumulation
- Persistent pain
- Asymmetry of the abdomen
- Loss of sensation or numbness which resolves over time
Why Choose Dr Patrick Briggs?
Dr Patrick Briggs is a highly skilled specialist plastic reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon with over twenty years of experience. He has worked in the United States of America, Ireland, England, Middle East and is now consulting and operating in Melbourne.
He is well trained in all aspects of the field and currently performs the following procedures
- Tummy Tuck & Extended Tummy Tuck
- Breast Lift
- Thigh Fat Reduction and many more
Book a consultation with him now to begin your tummy tuck journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Medicare will sometimes offer a minor rebate on some procedures. This is generally for reconstructive surgery or what is deemed ‘essential’ surgery. This will vary depending on the patient and the procedure required.
Contrary to popular belief, a tummy tuck procedure is not a substitute for weight loss. The procedure is usually performed if you have saggy and excess skin due to aging, multiple pregnancies, or massive weight loss.
During a tummy tuck procedure, some excess fat may also be removed however the amount of fat removed is very little and will not have a great effect on the end weight.
The tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontal incision to be made in between the pubic bone and the belly button. The scar is quite low on the abdominal region and the size of the scar depends on the amount of skin to be trimmed, You can discuss the length of the incision with your specialist plastic surgeon during the consultation.
The horizontal scar of the tummy tuck procedure can be easily hidden as it lies near your pubic hair. Any underwear or bikini bottom will cover your scar and you can further discuss this with your plastic surgeon to ensure minimal visible scarring.
A tummy tuck should only be considered if you are at your stable weight and do not plan on losing any more weight or becoming pregnant. Pregnancy, after undergoing a tummy tuck would render the procedure useless, reversing the toned body effect of the surgical procedure.
If you plan on become pregnant in the future, it is not recommended for you to undergo a tummy tuck procedure.
A balanced diet and exercise can help you lose significant amounts of weight and even build muscle. However, diet and exercise cannot get rid of the excess skin left over due to a massive weight loss or the stubborn little fat that just won’t go away.
Also, muscle weakness and saggy skin are often seen after pregnancy and these cannot be eliminated by diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is required for muscle repair and trimming of excessive skin.
Age is just a number and being too old for cosmetic surgery is a myth that has been debunked with scientific evidence. You can have a tummy tuck procedure done if you are physically healthy with stable weight, non-smoker, and have realistic goals for your surgery.
Depending on your age and previous medical history, there are other factors that you need to discuss with your doctor but there is no such thing as being too old for a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that has cosmetic, psychological, and medical benefits. While it is guaranteed to boost your self-confidence and give you the taut, well-contoured abdomen that you deserve, it also improves your posture and muscle strength. It also reduces and solves the issue of urinary incontinence that may present itself with multiple pregnancies.
Also, the scar usually associated with a tummy tuck can be easily concealed by clothing
The procedure is not long in itself and the risk of complications is very low, especially when performed by specialist plastic surgeons. Although the healing process is approximately six weeks long, with very limited physical range during the first couple of weeks, the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the relatively long healing period.
All in all, the tummy tuck procedure is the right choice for you if you are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen and have abdominal muscle weakness. Book a consultation with Dr Patrick Briggs today to find out if you are the right candidate for a tummy tuck.
About Our Plastic Surgeon – Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast)
Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
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