What is a tummy tuck?

What is a tummy tuck?

You may be wondering whether a tummy tuck, known as an abdominoplasty, is the right procedure for you.

The tummy tuck involves the removal of excess sagging skin and fat from the middle and lower regions of the abdomen. Afterwards the muscles located in the abdominal wall are repaired and tightened.

The procedure is used to shape, flatten and tone the abdomen.

Abdominoplasty takes place in day surgery and is done under an anaesthetic.

Who is the tummy tuck for?

There are a few popular reasons why people choose to get a tummy tuck, including the following:

  • People suffering from large fat deposits in the abdominal region, that are resistant to other weight loss methods
  • Women who have stretched abdominal regions due to multiple pregnancies
  • Older patients who lost their skin elasticity due to ageing
  • Patients who have suffered trauma, tumours or other diseases

Is the abdominoplasty for you?

The procedure is highly personalised per individual and may not always be suitable for every patient.

It’s important to speak to your plastic surgeon before making the decision to get the surgery, as they will be able to express whether it is the right operation for you.

The plastic surgeon will assess your general health and current condition, to work out which treatment is best for you.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has outlined the circumstances when the abdominoplasty is suitable or not suitable for an individual.

The abdominoplasty is suitable if you are:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Non-smoker
  • Bothered by a large stomach
  • Realistic expectations

The abdominoplasty is not suitable for you, if any of the following applies:

  • Cannot have anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding and poor healing
  • High risk of complication
  • Planning to get pregnant

Please also note, that the abdominoplasty does not stop any individual from gaining weight in the future.

Potential risks and complications

Just like any surgery, there are possible risks and complications that can happen during or after the procedure.

It’s best to speak to your plastic surgeon about these complications, as they will walk you through them.

They will ask for your medical history and ask about medications, as certain medications can impact surgeries and anaesthetic.

How to prepare for a tummy tuck

It’s important to speak to your plastic surgeon, to understand how you can prepare for the operation.

We recommend achieving your optimal weight and being as fit as possible coming up to your surgery.

It is also important to prepare for your home recovery area and organise someone to stay over with you after surgery.

What happens post-surgery

Once the surgery has been finished, bandages or dressings may be applied to your incisions. You may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimise swelling and support the abdomen while it heals. The surgeon may also place a small tube under the incision to collect any excess blood or fluids.

It’s best to speak to your plastic surgeon about post operation procedures and how to care for the surgical site and abdomen, as all cases are different.

The best thing to do after any surgical procedure, is to rest, follow all instructions, avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting and to immediately report any issues including immense pain, bleeding or unusual symptoms.

You should avoid walking for the first 12 hours after surgery and if so, you should seek help to do so.

We also recommend that you do not ride in a car for at least six days, unless you are visiting your plastic surgery office.

Recovery for every patient is different, as some return to work within two weeks, whereas others may take up to a month.

Ask your plastic surgeon the following questions before having the surgery:

  • Medication after surgery?
  • Dressings and bandages after surgery?
  • How long to wear the bandages for after surgery?
  • Will stitches be removed, and when?
  • When can normal physical activity be resumed?
  • When is it safe to return to work?
  • When are the follow-up care appointments?

If you have a question, just ask it, it’s important to be safe than sorry.

Will there be scarring?

A common question regarding tummy tucks or any surgery, is whether or not there will be scarring.

Unfortunately, yes there will be scarring, as scars are inevitable during invasive surgeries.

However, the surgeon will do the best they can to minimise your scarring.

At Ashbury Cosmetic Clinic, our friendly team works to make every patient feel welcome and happy about themselves. If you would like to enquire about tummy tucks or another procedure we offer, or to book in a consultation, please contact us here.