Tummy tuck surgery

Everything you always wanted to ask your plastic surgeon before having tummy tuck surgery
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Plastic Surgery Queensland
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Mater Private Clinic
550 Stanley Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Plastic Surgery Queensland
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John Flynn Medical Centre
42 Inland Dr
Tugun QLD 4224

If you’re trying to get a flat tummy after weight loss or your pregnancy, and diet and exercise don’t work for you, you may want to consider a tummy tuck procedure. As a plastic surgeon, I can remove extra fat and excess skin and tighten your abdominal wall muscles. 

Tummy tuck Brisbane

What is tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is used to remove excess tissue and skin of your abdomen whilst simultaneously strengthening the fascia of your midline. It’s a way to improve the contour and shape of your abdomen. This results in a flat, firmer and well-shaped abdomen. 

The most common reasons for tummy tuck surgery are:

  • Women, whose skin and muscles have stretched out far too much following pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Men and women who have lost a lot of weight and want to get rid of excess skin.
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Before we schedule your surgery, we always talk about your individual reasons for this type of surgery. We discuss your goals and expectations as well as your medical and surgical history. We will also talk about medications, allergies, the risk of surgery, potential complications and expected recovery times after tummy tuck surgery.

Dr Andrew Hadj - Plastic Surgeon Brisbane
Dr Andrew Hadj

Plastic surgeon Brisbane

Tummy tuck surgery, also called abdominoplasty, may be combined with breast lift surgery, breast reduction surgery or arm lift surgery (brachioplasty). This will be discussed during your consultation as not every patient is suitable to combine multiple operations. 

All fit, healthy men and women can undergo this type of surgery. Smoking should be avoided. Patients should have a stable weight profile for at least 3 months prior to surgery. 

There are two main types of abdominoplasty:

  • Full abdominoplasty
  • Partial or mini tummy tuck

Mini tummy tucks are typically performed when patients have minor skin excess in the lower abdomen. It’s my personal opinion that liposuction is better if that is the case for you.

Full abdominoplasty is the most common procedure and it’s perfect if you have significant skin sagging and excess fat. I offer this type of surgery to all patients who have the appropriate surgical indications for surgery.

Some patients require only either, and some patients require both. It depends on fat distribution, body type, degree of weight loss, goals of surgery etc. 

Where do you operate?

I consult from my private rooms at Mater Private Clinic and I operate as a plastic surgeon at many private hospitals in Brisbane, Queensland.

I can see Gold Coast patients from my private rooms at John Flynn Medical Centre and I operate at John Flynn Private Hospital, Tugun, QLD. 

Abdominoplasty procedure

Full abdominoplasty: step by step

Step 1

Anaesthetic

You will meet the theatre team and anaesthetist prior to your surgery. Once you’re asleep (after you’ve been given general anaesthetic) we’ll start the procedure by making incisions. Please note that surgery is undertaken in an overnight hospital as most patients stay in hospital between 1 and 3 days.
Step 2

Incisions

An incision is made around the excess skin, from hip bone to hip bone. The scar is placed as low as possible, just above your pubic area. In women, this often involves removing a previous C-section scar. Then we remove the excess fat and skin, and the rectus sheath (6-pack rectus abdominus fascia) is tightened with permanent sutures. The tissue is redraped into position. Finally, we make another incision around your umbilicus or belly button so it can be repositioned into the midline. 

Step 3

Closing the incisions

After reshaping and removing excess skin, the skin is closed and soon after you will wake up in the recovery room. 

Step 4

Result

You will immediately see the result. 

The best preparation is to stay fit and healthy, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking. It’s important that you disclose which medications and supplements you’re taking prior to surgery. 

Yes, this does not impact the ability to become pregnant. 

Yes, stretch marks can be excised with this surgery. 

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Tummy tuck recovery

Recovery after abdominoplasty

Recovery takes 2 weeks and you’ll be required to wear a body garment for compression for 4 weeks. 

Day 1-3

Tummy tuck surgery is not painful however the first 2 to 3 days after the procedure will be uncomfortable and you will get analgesia as needed. Most patients stay in hospital between 1 to 3 days. 

Day 7-14

Every patient will likely have 2 drains that are removed over the course of 1 to 2 weeks. 

Compression garment

You will wear a body garment for 4 weeks. Garments are custom and bought prior to the surgery. You will actually wake up after surgery wearing the garment, to make the transition as easy as possible. 

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Abdominoplasty risks

Risks and complications

The following risks are associated with tummy tuck surgery:

  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.
  • Scar (<5%).
  • Seroma is body fluid that accumulates in the cavity of the abdomen. This occurs in 5-10% of patients. This may require drainage in the rooms over several weeks to resolve.
  • Haematoma is a collection of blood under the skin that would require a return to surgery to repair. This is very uncommon.

There is a transverse scar from hip bone to hip bone. There is also a small scar around the umbilicus. 

Tummy tuck Brisbane cost

What does the procedure cost?

It’s my firm belief that abdominoplasty should be affordable and given its esteem benefit should be available to men and women who require a tummy tuck. 

There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS recognised Plastic Surgeon.

Unfortunately, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons (as mentioned in the ABC Four Corners report) and the training differs significantly.

Shape

I focus on a holistic health approach for your plastic surgery requirements. If your surgery is part of a weight loss journey, we work on your overall recovery from weight loss surgery, as well as your diet and exercise programs. Another aspect of this approach I follow is to manage your scars if you have had bariatric surgery or a c-section.

Dr Andrew Hadj - Plastic Surgeon Brisbane
Dr Andrew Hadj

Plastic surgeon Brisbane

A plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. That’s an important indicator when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon for tummy tuck surgery. It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon you are seeing. 

Results are excellent however recurrence -like all surgeries- is possible over time. Repeat procedures may be needed over time. 

Yes, recent changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) guidelines have updated the stipulations for surgery for post-partum women. This should be discussed with me during your consultation. 

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