• 17 November 2020
  • Dr Masood Ansari

Pregnancy, significant weight gain/loss, genetics, age, and lifestyle choices all play a role in how your body looks, especially your abdomen. If you’ve been trying to sculpt your body and tighten your belly, only to fail time after time, your midsection can be addressed in the form of a tummy tuck from My Cosmetic Clinic in Crow’s Nest and Sydney.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Sometimes referred to by providers as abdominoplasty, this is an elective cosmetic procedure designed to tighten and flatten your midsection by removing loose skin, excess fat, and addressing any lax muscle tissues in your abdominal wall.

Many adults find that abdominoplasty is the go-to procedure when it comes to revitalizing and rejuvenating their body after pregnancy or significant weight loss. While many abdominoplasty patients are women, increasing numbers of men have been looking at the procedure to sculpt their bodies to better fit their aesthetic goals.

What Should You Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

The procedure begins by administering general anesthesia to the patient to prepare them for surgery. Next, through an incision, your provider will use sutures to tighten your abdominal wall and will then proceed to remove excess tissue and reposition your belly button to sit higher on your abdomen.

After the procedure is complete, you should notice a flatter, tighter abdominal area than you had before surgery. Additionally, if you had stretch marks below your belly button beforehand, they can be addressed during the procedure to reduce or sometimes eliminate their appearance altogether. You may find that your clothes fit much better, and your belly will most likely no longer protrude when wearing form-fitting garments.

Understand Your Options

People come in different shapes and sizes, and not everyone will require the same procedure to meet their aesthetic goals. Over time, surgeons have developed different types of abdominoplasty procedures to better serve a more diverse population.

Mini-Tuck

Mini-tuck procedures are the least invasive abdominoplasty option that focuses on your lower abdomen. If you are concerned primarily with a small belly, minor loose skin, or stretch marks on your lower abdomen, this procedure may help you address these issues.

Traditional Abdominoplasty

The traditional abdominoplasty is a more comprehensive procedure than the mini-tuck and can address issues on both your upper and lower abdomen. If your belly is small but round, and/or you have excess skin folds both above and below your belly button, you may be a good candidate for a traditional abdominoplasty.

Extended Abdominoplasty

The most comprehensive option you have for addressing cosmetic issues with your abdomen is the extended abdominoplasty procedure. The surgery was designed to help address a significant amount of loose skin around your abdomen and your flanks. Women who have undergone several pregnancies or patients who have gained and lost a lot of weight are often good candidates for an extended abdominoplasty.

Is the Procedure a Weight Loss Solution?

No matter which type of abdominoplasty you choose, from the mini-tuck to the extended abdominoplasty procedure, some amount of excess skin and fat are removed from your body, resulting in weight loss. However, these procedures are intended to help sculpt your body and move you further toward your aesthetic goals – not as a weight-loss option. As such, relatively little tissue is removed, resulting in more or

To achieve the best results, you’ll want to be within 6 to 9 kilos of your ideal weight. Choosing to undergo the procedure when you’re too far from your goal weight can lead to less satisfactory results.

Can You Pair It With Other Procedures?

Patients enquiring about abdominoplasty procedures often have additional areas of their body that they would like to address with surgery. Abdominoplasty surgery is intensive, and if you’re interested in any of the following procedures, you should ask your provider if you can have them performed at the same time as your abdominoplasty.

Breast Lift

Sagging, deflated breasts are a common issue that stems from weight fluctuations, pregnancies, genetics, and lifestyle choices. If you’d like to alter the shape and location of your breasts to create a perkier, more youthful-looking bust, combining a breast lift with your abdominoplasty can help provide more comprehensive results than either procedure on its own. If larger breasts are your goal, it’s possible to have implants inserted to increase the size of your bust with or without a breast lift.

Liposuction

Liposuction is an excellent option if you have specific areas around your body that hold excess fatty tissue. Common liposuction areas include the upper arms, thighs, neck, under the chin, thighs, flanks, and buttocks. Speak to your provider about which area(s) they would be comfortable performing liposuction on in combination with your abdominoplasty.

How Long Do the Results Last?

Abdominoplasty procedures, whether mini or extended, are intended to be permanent. Your abdominal wall will be stronger and more stable, and the excess skin and fat that have been removed will not be an issue unless you experience a large weight fluctuation or decide to undergo subsequent pregnancies.

To maintain your results, it’s important to follow a lifestyle that is conducive to weight stability. If you’ve recently lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise, you should continue to do so. Additionally, it’s always best to make sure you’re finished having children before undergoing abdominoplasty, ad subsequent pregnancies can negatively affect your results.

Always Be Informed

While abdominoplasty procedures are conducted hundreds of times a day all over the world and are considered to be safe, routine procedures, there’s always a level of risk associated with invasive surgery. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of your procedure, make sure to discuss your questions or issues with your provider.

Redefine Your Body’s Contours Through Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is a procedure that was designed to address sagging skin, stretch marks, and unwanted fat in your belly. The surgery will remove unwanted tissues and stretch marks, tighten your abdominal wall muscles, and result in a smoother, tighter midsection.

If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance and you think that a tummy tuck is right for you, call My Cosmetic Clinic in Crow’s Nest and Sydney at 61-1300-854-989 to schedule a consultation today.

Dr Masood Ansari
About The Author

Dr Masood Ansari

Dr Ansari has undergone nine years of extensive surgical training around the globe. He received his initial surgical training under the auspices of the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom and obtained Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2006. Due to his particularly keen interest in surgical research, Dr Ansari has been involved in multiple academic research projects and was awarded a Masters (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

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