Abdominoplasty in Sydney
Abdominoplasty in Sydney
What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
A ‘tummy tuck’ or abdominoplasty, is an operation designed to reshape the entire abdomen. The modern tummy tuck removes excess skin, fat and tightens any loose musculature to create a flat tummy and svelte waistline with the scar kept low and hidden in the underwear line. Liposuction is often required to add the finishing touches to your contour.
There are a number of different types of tummy tuck surgery that can be performed in Sydney. This includes a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck, an extended tummy tuck, A Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty and if there is significant skin excess both in the front and the back, the circumferential body lift.
An abdominoplasty procedure may help return a more feminine shape to your abdomen as well as improve your core abdominal strength. During pregnancy, the rectus abdominis muscles ( 6 pack) separate and stretch to allow the uterus and baby to grow. These muscles do not always return to their natural midline position after pregnancy. The waistline can then appear wider and there can be an out of proportion bulging of the abdomen. A tummy tuck removes this loose skin and tightens these abdominal muscles improving contour and bulge.
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery in Sydney?
If you feel you meet one or more of the following then you may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery:
- You have been left with excess, loose skin or persistent bulges around your abdominal area following pregnancy as a result of bodyweight fluctuations, which despite diet and exercise you haven’t been able to improve
- You have excess or loose skin around your abdominal area as a result of ageing and changes to your skin elasticity
- You suffer from reduced body confidence due to bulges and sagging skin around your mid-section
- You would like to balance out your physique and overall body shape
- There are bulges or skin redundancy around your abdominal area causing you to appear heavier and less fit than you actually are
- You would like to repair and gain greater control of your abdominal muscle wall that may have weakened or separated as a result of pregnancy
- You suffer from thrush and/or sweating and/or rashes in the abdominal fold(s)
- You suffer from lower back pain and urinary incontinence following having children
- You have lost significant weight and there is now excess skin along your waistline that is present at the from, sides ( love handles) and around your back
BENEFITS OF ABDOMINOPLASTY SURGERY
- Smoother skin around your abdominal region
- Firmer Flatter abdomen
- Sculpted abdominal area helping define underlying muscles
- Greater Abdominal Muscle Control (Improved Core Strength)
- There may be improvement in lower back pain
- There may be improvement in incontinence
- More options in choosing clothing and finding clothing that is more in proportion to the rest of your body
Common Questions about Tummy Tuck Surgery in Surgery
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients who are at their normal (ideal) body weight but they have a small lower belly overhang ( sometimes called a pooch). If the excess fat or saggy skin extends above your belly button, if you have lost a lot of weight, or lost abdominal muscle strength as a result of pregnancy then you are more likely to require a larger procedure such as a full tummy tuck.
What is a Fleur de Lis tummy tuck?
A Fleur de Lis tummy tuck, is a more extensive excess skin reduction procedure than the traditional abdominoplasty. A standard abdominoplasty only removes excess skin in a horizontal direction while the Fleur-de-Lis technique is used in cases where it is necessary to remove excess skin in both vertical and horizontal directions.
This alternative abdominal procedure may be a great option for patients whose sagging skin creates a problem not only on the lower abdomen but also on the upper belly and side/hip area.
Can men have a tummy tuck?
Absolutely! Abdominoplasty surgery in Sydney is not limited only to women. Dr Kumar sees a large number of men who usually due to weight loss wish to have the excess skin removed. The techniques for abdominoplasty surgery while similar do require a different aesthetic outcome. Men have a more square torso rather then an hourglass shape and this also needs to complement the back which has is more of a “V” shape due to the lattismus muscles. As an expert in tummy tuck surgery in surgery, Dr Kumar will plan and design a tummy tuck that best suits your overall shape.
What Can I Expect During Tummy Tuck Surgery in Sydney?
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited private hospital.
A horizontal incision is placed in the pubic region, along the ‘bikini line’ (or utilising your caesarean scar should you have one). The final scar is designed to fall discreetly within your undergarments, lingerie and/or swimsuit lines. If your abdominal muscles are separated (for example, after pregnancy) then these are sutured back together. The excess skin and fat is then removed, and your belly button is re-delivered through a new hole in your skin. Liposuction is often combined with an abdominoplasty to contour the abdomen and can be extended to include the hips, flanks and thigh regions.
Complications and Risks
If you are considering tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery in Sydney, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid them, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with Dr Kumar.
The risk include:
- Infection of the wound
- Incision site pain
- Haematoma (Blood clot)
- Skin/flap/umbilicus loss requiring a skin graft
- Seroma (Excessive accumulation of fluid) may occur under the incision site
- Temporary or permanent numbness of the incision site and surrounds
- A blood transfusion may be required
- Short term nausea and vomiting
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars.
Recovery after a Tummy Tuck
You will initially be nursed in a flexed position on your bed and you will slowly straighten up over the next few days prior to your discharge. There will be two drains in your abdomen which are removed as soon as there is minimal drainage. On average this is between seven to ten days post your operation.
You will wear a compression garment for a minimum of 6 weeks (or longer) after your surgery to enhance your results.
While recovery time will vary from patient to patient based on the extent of surgery undertaken, you should plan for the following:
- At least 2 weeks off work
- No driving for at least 1 week
- No heavy lifting (more then 5kgs) for 6 weeks
If you have young children then Dr Kumar strongly advises you have someone help with their care for at least the first 2-3 weeks post-operatively.
The abdomen feels “tight” for several weeks after surgery, as though you are wearing an internal corset. Numbness may be present around the incision and the belly itself and in some cases may be permanent. The scar begins to fade after 3 months and may take 1 to 2 years to reach its final appearance. The majority of bruising and swelling will resolve by 6 weeks but can persist for several months.
Maintaining your Abdominoplasty result.
Once the excess skin is removed, and aesthetically pleasing contours created, it is important to try and maintain this result. Even though the skin that has been excised and the fat that has been liposuctioned is removed permanently, this doesn’t mean that the remaining skin can’t stretch again or the remaining fat cells increase in size. As a result we advise that you continue with a good diet and exercise regime following your surgery. Abdominoplasty surgery should not be seen as a weight loss solution and a combination of healthy living via a healthy lifestyle is the best way to maintain your results.
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Tummy Tuck Costs
After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
We will also provide information on our tummy tuck payment plan plus other different ways to pay for abdominoplasty surgery.
Can private health insurance be used?
Weight loss patients
There is a Medicare Item (#30177) for patients who have experienced significant weight loss and are suffering from excess skin and tissue that resulted from that weight loss.
For the Medicare item number to apply you must demonstrate the following:
- That you have had significant weight loss defined as 5 BMI points or more (unrelated to pregnancy) without weight fluctuations for at least 6 months,
- The level of excess skin is interfering with daily living,
- The use of non-surgical treatment for skin irritation caused by excess skin has failed to work,
- If you have a hernia which can be documented in an ultrasound – it can also assist in seeking coverage.
All of the above should be discussed with your referring GP and documented in their referral to us. If you provide a referral, Medicare will provide you with a rebate of just over $75 from our initial consultation fee of $300
Women with children (who have NOT experienced significant weight loss)
Unfortunately the government changed access to the abdominoplasty Medicare item number in 2016, to the disadvantage of many women with children. Often these women have experienced significant muscle separation and resultant back pain and incontinence. The Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) has made a number of representations, to have the Government include abdominal reconstruction for post-pregnancy women, but sadly these requests have fallen on deaf ears to date!
This means that women who have not experienced weight loss will not have access to an item number. Many of these ladies still choose to have their tummy tuck procedure with Dr Kumar, but it is obviously frustrating for all concerned that they are not able to access the Medicare rebate or have their health insurance help fund the cost. We continue to work with our hospitals and our other medical professionals to keep the cost as low as possible for our patients while maintaining the high standard of safe and expert care that is synonymous with Dr Kumar.
Meet The Expert
As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to provide exceptional results that will leave you feeling proud and confident in your own skin.