Abdominoplasty

The procedure of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck tightens the abdomen. It also removes the lower roll of fat but it is not primarily a weight reduction operation.

For women it is a good procedure to have after finishing your family to restore your abdomen to what it used to look like. You can have
further children but it will loosen the abdomen a little. If you are overweight I advise you to lose weight pre operatively using diet and exercise as you will get a better result and it lessens the risk of
complications.

The procedure is carried out in hospital with usually a one night stay. Operating time is around two and a half hours but more for larger abdomens. You will need two weeks off work. A long low incision line is used. There is a long scar and some people scar better than others. In some
cases parts of the scar may widen and may need revision. This can usually be done under local anaesthesia in our rooms.

The Excess skin and fat are removed and the underlying muscles are tightened with permanent stitches. The navel is preserved and brought through into its new position which is its same old position relative.

Post operatively there will be some pain in the first 24hrs but after that there should not be much pain. During the first week you have to take it easy. During the second week you can work your way back to normal. No heavy physical activity or work for 4 weeks.

Assume that you will not get anything back on Medicare as there are very strict criteria for that. Costs vary depending on the size of the procedure. There will be the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist fee and the hospital fee.

The main complications of any operation are bleeding and infection. Two suction drains are used to help prevent haematoma and an antibiotic is used to help prevent infection. A collection of fluid can form under the flap and this is called a seroma. It usually subsides with time. This operation has a slightly higher risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). If a clot breaks off and travels to the heart or lungs it can be very serious. We use compression stockings, calf compression and a little anticoagulant to prevent DVT. Also you can be out of bed and walking around the following morning however, if you have a personal or family history of DVT you should not have this operation.

The procedure is popular because it can help to restore your abdomen to its former appearance.