Trim Your Midsection with Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is ideal for patients with excess skin and fat around the stomach area. During tummy tuck surgery at our Melbourne plastic surgery practice, Dr. David Ross makes an incision across the lower abdomen, and then trims away loose or overhanging skin. The muscles beneath the abdominal wall are tightened, and the remaining skin is lifted and reattached. In some cases, the navel is repositioned to create a more attractive shape. Following a tummy tuck procedure, patients can expect their abdomens to look tighter and feel smoother. After the loose, unattractive skin is removed, the body will take on a more pleasing shape.
For further information about abdominoplasty, or to schedule your initial consultation with plastic surgeon David Ross, please contact our practice today.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is appropriate for patients of normal weight who are self-conscious about loose, sagging skin around their lower abdomen, or unattractive scars near their stomach. Candidates for a tummy tuck from Melbourne plastic surgeon David Ross, M.D., include anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight, women who have given birth multiple times, and patients who are uncomfortable with abdominal scarring from previous surgery.
Though a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction, the goal of the procedure is not weight loss. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are as close to optimal body weight at the time of surgery. Younger patients with excess fat in the abdomen may be better suited for liposuction if their skin remains in good condition. Women who may become pregnant are advised to hold off on the procedure, as subsequent pregnancy will diminish the results of a tummy tuck. After pregnancy, however, tummy tuck may be combined with such procedures as breast lift surgery and body lift to restore the figure to a more youthful shape.
What can I expect during and after a tummy tuck procedure?
Occasionally, a tummy tuck can be performed as a day surgery procedure, but most patients will require a brief hospital stay. After a tummy tuck, the shape of the body will be dramatically improved. Results are permanent, barring any rapid body changes from further weight loss/gain, or pregnancy. However, expectations of surgery should be realistic, as the goal of tummy tuck surgery by plastic surgeon David Ross, is an improvement in abdominal contour.
Following a tummy tuck procedure, scarring will be inevitable. Dr. Ross uses the least invasive surgical techniques to minimize incision lines whenever possible. It is recommended that you look at some patient outcomes to see if tummy tuck surgery may meet your expectations. Side effects may include numbness and a feeling of tightness in the abdomen, and possibly post-operative infection.
During your tummy tuck consultation at our Melbourne practice, Dr. Ross will describe the appropriate procedure for you and answer any questions you may have about the surgery.
Endoscopic Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Endoscopic abdominoplasty is a relatively new procedure aimed at improved abdominal contour with minimal scarring. The procedure has benefits in both male and female patients with abdominal contour deformity due to laxity of the abdominal wall musculature, without excessive abdominal fat deposits or skin redundancy.
Who is a candidate for an endoscopic abdominoplasty?
Dr. Ross can assess whether you are a candidate for an endoscopic tummy tuck by comparing your abdominal contour on relaxation and contraction of the abdominal muscles. If this leads to a significant difference in abdominal contour, then an endoscopic abdominoplasty should be beneficial in correcting your concerns. This procedure is particularly beneficial to women soon after completing their child bearing to tighten their abdominal musculature or in men to remove that middle age spread resulting in a flatter, tightened abdominal contour.
What can I expect during and after an endoscopic abdominoplasty procedure?
The procedure is performed in hospital under general anaesthesia. Incisions are made around the umbilicus, in the suprapubic area or a pre-existing scar is used. With the use of the operating endoscope the anterior abdominal musculature is exposed through a minimal incision. The muscle is then plicated and strengthened with reinforcing sutures to create an internal girdle effect of a flatter, tighter looking abdomen.
You will probably require one or two nights in hospital to rest. When you leave the hospital you will be placed into a compression garment to prevent bruising and swelling and protect the healing wounds. It is best to rest for the first two weeks following surgery to avoid swelling, bleeding and infection. As your recovery proceeds you will be able to increase your activities to be driving after three weeks and light exercise after six weeks. Due to the abdominal muscle repair it is recommended that you wear an abdominal support garment for at least three months following your endoscopic abdominoplasty procedure. It may be four to five months before you are able to return to full sporting activities.
Learn More about the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from tummy tuck surgery, then Dr. Ross would welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a confidential, one-on-one consultation. He will take the time to evaluate your case, address your questions and concerns, and advise you honestly of your options. For further information about abdominoplasty or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ross, please contact Bayside Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria today.