A tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that corrects the midsection for a slimmer body contour. The surgery reduces protruding fat and excess skin to flatten the abdomen. It may also remove stretch marks from the lower part of the abdominal area, depending on the technique used.
Dr Damon Thomas offers tummy tucks through the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery.
CANDIDATES FOR TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
- Excess, loose skin around the middle due to pregnancy or significant weight loss
- A protruding abdomen
- Isolated pockets of fat around the middle that will not respond to diet or exercise
- Stretch marks across the lower portion of the abdomen; a common by-product of pregnancy or weight fluctuations
A tummy tuck is usually recommended for patients who have achieved a stable weight and are in reasonably good health. Smokers should not undergo this surgery unless they are willing to stop smoking for six weeks before and six weeks after the operation.
Options in Abdominoplasty
Dr Thomas performs abdominoplasty one of two ways, depending on the level of correction required by his patients:
Mini abdominoplasty can be performed when there is not a significant amount of loose skin or stretch marks to remove. This procedure uses smaller incisions to remove fat and tissue while tightening up the underlying abdominal muscles. The smaller incisions mean less scarring after surgery, as well as a shorter, more comfortable recovery process in most cases.
Full or traditional abdominoplasty is advised when the patient has considerable skin laxity interfering with the overall body contour. While the incision for this surgery is more extensive than a mini tummy tuck, it allows for additional correction. The incision will run inside the panty line from hip bone to hip bone to allow for removal of more tissue as well as redundant skin. The navel may be repositioned during this procedure to ensure a proportionate outcome.
Dr Thomas performs tummy tucks under general anaesthesia. An incision is made across the lower abdomen so that underlying muscles can be tightened, and excess skin and tissue can be removed. Incisions are strategically placed so that post-operative scarring is hidden underneath most clothing and bathing suits. The procedure may take a few hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the procedure.See Before and Afters