If endless sit-ups and crunches are not giving you the taut tummy you are striving for or you have a little too much flab or excess skin around your abdomen that won’t diminish with diet or exercise, you may want to consider an abdominoplasty. Popularly referred to as a tummy tuck, this procedure flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. Whilst not an alternative to a healthy weight-loss plan, abdominoplasty can help in tidying up an out of shape mid-section for both men and women and is subject to Medicare rebates.
At your consultation with Dr. Doyle, the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction will be explained in full as the two are often confused. That being said, Dr. Doyle will use liposuction during the abdominoplasty procedure to help with final contouring.
At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery we find that in particular women post-pregnancy (and who are not planning future pregnancies) and men and women who have experienced significant weight-loss all can from abdominoplasty.
Typically an abdominoplasty begins with an incision made low on the abdomen, at about the same level as the pubic area and usually extends from the hip bone to hip bone. The skin and muscle are them manipulated and contoured to create the best result.
The procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours under general anaesthetic and usually involves an overnight stay in hospital. Patients can often return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery depending on the type of work done. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.
Abdominoplasty is best done when at your ideal weight.
To learn more about abdominoplasty, please contact our practice today.