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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that sculpts and tones the midsection for a slimmer body contour. This procedure reduces protruding fat and excess skin to flatten the abdomen and create a sleeker look. It may also remove stretch marks from the lower part of the abdominal area. Tummy tucks are particularly popular with women after pregnancy, or men and women after significant weight loss. The procedure is offered by Dr Damon Thomas at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.

Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those that have one or more of the following issues:

  • Excess skin around the middle due to pregnancy or significant weight loss
  • A protruding abdomen that is interfering with your overall body contour
  • Stretch marks across the lower portion of the abdomen
  • Isolated pockets of fat around the middle that won’t respond to diet or exercise
  • Clothing does not fit as well due to excess skin and tissue in the tummy area

A tummy tuck is usually recommended for patients that have achieved a stable weight and are in reasonably good health. This procedure may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a lower body lift or liposuction.

About the Procedure
Dr Thomas performs tummy tucks under general anaesthesia and patients typically spend a few days in the hospital recuperating after surgery. An incision is made across the lower abdomen so that underlying muscles can be tightened and excess skin and tissue removed. Incisions are strategically placed so that post-operative scarring is well-hidden beneath clothing and bathing suits. Liposuction may also be used during the procedure to remove isolated deposits of fat cells for a smoother result.

Dr Thomas also performs the Mini-abdominoplasty on patients who have less skin excess and which to achieve an improved abdominal contour with minimal scarring.

See Before and Afters

What to Expect after Surgery
Tummy tuck patients will need some bed rest after surgery to recuperate and allow the midsection ample time to heal. Compression garments may be used to reduce swelling and oral pain medication helps patients remain comfortable in the early days after the procedure. Most patients are back to light activities within 2-3 weeks. Full results of the procedure can typically be seen after around six months, once the body heals completely. Results of a tummy tuck are considered permanent, as long as a healthy weight is maintained after surgery.

A tummy tuck offers dramatic results in body contouring for those that have experienced significant weight loss or simply want to achieve a firmer, leaner body profile. To learn more about your tummy tuck options, contact Dr Thomas on 03 9034 7738.

Dr Damon Thomas