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Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is the surgical technique used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. It also addresses the underlying musculature and is often performed with liposuction. Designed well it can also taper sides of your tummy.

After pregnancy, the changes that the abdominal wall has gone through may leave residual loose skin, fat deposits or a weakness in the abdominal muscles that cannot be corrected with however much targeted exercise. Abdominoplasty can solve this frustrating situation.

The procedure ranges from a mini to a full abdominoplasty dependent on your requirements.

For a mini-abdominoplasty, the incision is similar to a Caesarean incision, just above the pubic region. This smaller procedure is useful for treating the lower half of the abdomen. In a full abdominoplasty, the incision extends across the lower abdomen, hidden in the underwear line. Through this incision, all layers of the abdominal wall are addressed. The abdominal musculature is tightened and excess skin and fat are removed with the umbilicus returned to a natural position. I routinely use liposuction to areas particularly below the ribs and in the sides to improve contour, maximise good healing and limit the length of scars. Please refer to our abdominoplasty informational post, should you require further information.

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Time

The Abdominoplasty operation takes from 2-3 hours.

 
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Hospitalisation

After undergoing an abdominoplasty procedure, there is generally a 5 night stay so that you return home independent without drains.

 
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Risks

Risks are general to any procedure and specific to abdominoplasty. I will go through these with you in detail based on your individual risk profile and the ways we minimise the risks. This will also be included in your surgery pack that will be provided after your initial consultation.

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Recovery

Following a tummy tuck, most patients recover with little discomfort, being able to sit out of bed and mobilise 24 hours after the procedure. An abdominal binder (garment) is worn for up to two months after the procedure (on a decreasing regime). Patients resume most activities after 2-3 weeks except for directed abdominal exercises, which must wait 3 months.

 
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Cost

The initial consultation for an abdominoplasty is $300. If a second consultation is required, this is at no out-of-pocket charge.

The total cost of the procedure (surgeon, anaesthetist, hospital fees, garment) and any rebates you may be entitled will be calculated for you after your initial consultation and you will be provided a written quote. Post-operative consultations are not charged.

It is advisable to bring a referral as you will likely be eligible for rebates from Medicare and your health fund that will offset a proportion of the above costs.

 

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