Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is a common cosmetic surgery procedure that removes undesired fat and excess loose skin from the abdomen while tightening up the abdominal muscles if needed. Changes to the midsection may be caused by pregnancy, age or weight change, and can be resistant to even the most rigorous weight loss efforts. In most cases, an abdominoplasty will restore shape and tone to the abdomen, creating a firmer and smoother body profile. The procedure is commonly combined with liposuction to recontour and reshape the entire abdomen, waist, hips and flanks.
Dr Ansari has extensive experience in tummy tuck procedures and will tailor your surgery to your precise needs and desired results. By combining nearly all his tummy tucks with liposuction to help remove stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat, Dr Ansari can achieve the sculpted results sought by men and women alike. Schedule your initial consultation with Dr Ansari today and find out why so many Australians are choosing My Cosmetic Clinic for their body contouring procedures.
Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty tends to work best for men and women who are in relatively good health and are worried about excess abdominal skin and large fat deposits that have been resistant to diet and exercise. Women seeking a tummy tuck often complain that changes during pregnancy have led to a protruding stomach or excess folds of skin or fat. Men are often wanting to lose their “pot belly,” “spare tire” or “love handles.” A tummy tuck can address all these issues, with several variations of the procedure depending on the amount of correction needed.
A tummy tuck is not a quick fix for eliminating excess weight. Instead, this operation is best suited for an active, generally healthy individual who has sincerely attempted diet and exercise, but still has a midsection that remains stubbornly unresponsive to those efforts. Specific criteria for a tummy tuck include:
- Good physical health
- No wound healing disorders
- Healthy mental state
- Willing to accept having a scar, which will be positioned so it is hidden under your usual undergarments
- Not planning additional pregnancies
- Near your target body fat percentage and not significantly overweight
Dr Ansari will evaluate your concerns, overall health and desired results at your initial consultation to determine whether abdominoplasty is the right cosmetic procedure for you.
Options in Tummy Tuck Surgery
There are two basic techniques Dr Ansari uses when he performs abdominoplasty:
Mini Tummy Tuck (also known as skin-only abdominoplasty)
This option is recommended for patients who have maintained tight abdominal muscles but have a small amount of loose skin they would like removed. The procedure involves a smaller incision and a quicker recovery period, but the results will not be as dramatic.
Full Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is recommended for patients that have a considerable bulge around the middle, as well as stretched abdominal fascia and muscles. The full tummy tuck involves the relocation of the belly button and reconstruction and tightening of the underlying muscles to create a smooth, natural appearance.
Once Dr Ansari has performed a physical examination, he will be able to determine which of these tummy tuck techniques is more suitable to your needs. Please note that Dr Ansari almost always performs liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck to remove excess fat from not only your abdominal area, but also your hips and flanks. The combination approach ensures you receive the best possible results from your tummy tuck procedure, with just a single time under anaesthesia required.
About the Procedure
Abdominoplasty can be performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic, or under general anaesthesia. During your consultation with Dr Ansari, you will discuss the right type of anaesthetic for your surgery, based on your personal preference and the complexity of the procedure. Once the anaesthesia is administered, Dr Ansari will make an incision across your lower abdomen that extends from hipbone to hipbone if you are undergoing a full tummy tuck. Incisions for mini tummy tucks are usually shorter. The incisions will be placed low enough that they will be hidden underneath your clothing to minimise visible scarring after surgery.
Dr Ansari will then tighten your abdominal muscles while removing excess tissue and fat to sculpt a flatter appearance to the midsection. Loose skin will also be eliminated, so you are left with a smooth, natural result. When necessary, the belly button will also be repositioned to a more attractive location. The length of your surgery will vary, with mini tummy tucks taking around one to two hours, while a full tummy tuck usually lasts three to four hours. Dr Ansari will likely perform liposuction at the same time to sculpt a more attractive result without adding an extensive amount of time to your procedure.
Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
There will be some discomfort, swelling and tightening after your abdominoplasty, and you may not be able to stand up straight or lie completely flat for a period after your surgery. Pain is usually managed with oral pain medications, so you remain as comfortable as possible while your body heals. Some of these medications have a sedative effect, so you are advised not to drive or operate machinery whilst taking this medication. A full tummy tuck is an invasive procedure; however, the recovery time and discomfort will be worth it once you have fully recuperated and you can enjoy your new body profile.
After the first week following your tummy tuck, you can start performing light exercises, such as walking outside or on the treadmill. It is essential that you refrain from impact exercises like running or aerobics, until at least four to six weeks following your surgery, depending on how quickly your incision heals. If you work in an office, you can commence work after seven to 10 days, whereas more strenuous types of work should be avoided until four to six weeks following your surgery. A compression garment needs to be worn day and night for two weeks, and overnight for an additional two weeks, as it does not just promote better wound healing, but will also help your remaining skin better adhere to your new shape.
A tummy tuck produces dramatic changes around the midsection that will last as long as you maintain a healthy weight. After a tummy tuck, the treated area will not expand again so long as you maintain a healthy weight, simply because so many of the fat cells have been removed during the procedure and you maintain your weight. Dr Ansari advises his female patient to wait until they are finished having children before undergoing abdominoplasty since pregnancy can also alter results of the procedure. When these guidelines are followed, most patients will never need another surgery to maintain their slimmer contour.
However, keep in mind that both skin and muscles in the treatment area can stretch once again over time. Nevertheless, you will have much better contouring of your abdomen, regardless of how much time has passed following your tummy tuck and the subtle changes you might experience as a result of the ageing process.
If you would like to learn more about the potential benefits of a tummy tuck, contact My Cosmetic Clinic today on 1300 85 49 89 to schedule your private consultation with Dr Ansari.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Does a nonsurgical tummy tuck offer similar results?
Skin tightening effects of nonsurgical treatments using radiofrequency and lasers cannot give you the same significant improvement in your appearance. These procedures do not have any effect on the underlying muscles and fascia and any perceived benefits seen after the treatment will not have the same lasting results as a surgical procedure.
- Will my health insurance cover the cost of my tummy tuck?
Although very unlikely, there are instances where your health insurance company might cover the cost of anaesthesia or hospital admission fees, usually for a strong medical reason. Check with your insurance company before you schedule your procedure.
- Where will my scars be located?
Nearly all tummy tucks involve a low horizontal scar across your lower abdomen, just above the pubic hairline. You might also have a scar around your navel if your belly button is repositioned during your surgery.
- How can I minimise my scar after my tummy tuck?
Around two to three weeks after your surgery, you can begin to apply silicone sheeting or gel to your incision. These products have a proven track record of improving the healing of scars.
- Does abdominoplasty take care of stretch marks?
Stretch marks located in your lower abdomen will be shifted downward as the skin is relocated. Any remaining stretch marks are tightened and smoothed to some extent, but not necessarily eliminated.
- Does abdominoplasty take care of cellulite?
Cellulite consists of fat located just under the skin, which creates the rippled appearance or orange peel look. Abdominoplasty removes some of this cellulite fat, but it may be challenging to eliminate cellulite entirely. Weight loss in conjunction with abdominoplasty is often the most effective way to reduce cellulite.
- How can I book an appointment with Dr Ansari for an abdominoplasty?
There are a variety of ways you can book an appointment with Dr Ansari. You can call us on 1300 85 49 89 during our office hours. You can also schedule an appointment online via our website www.mycosmeticclinic.net, or you can send an enquiry through our website, and we will contact you as soon as possible.