What is a Tummy Tuck?

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Whether you have gone through a pregnancy or two, or you have seen your weight fluctuate considerably for other reasons, you may notice your midsection is not keeping up with the rest of your body contour. Time, age, and weight gain and loss can take their toll on your abdomen, resulting in loose muscles, loose skin and a profile that is less than desirable. Fortunately, there is a way to turn back time on your stomach with dramatic, long-lasting results. Dr Damon Thomas performs tummy tucks for his Victoria patients looking for a way to achieve what diet and exercise don’t seem to provide.

The Best Candidates

The first question to answer if you are considering a tummy tuck is whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. The best tummy tuck patients have achieved a relatively stable weight, but have isolated areas of fat or loose skin they have not been able to eliminate by their efforts. Patients are in relatively good health, and non-smokers or smokers willing to kick the habit for a few months in favour of a positive outcome.

The Anaesthesia

Tummy tucks are frequently performed under general anaesthesia, due to the extensive nature of the surgery. If you come into your operation in good health, general anaesthesia should not be a problem. However, those with some underlying medical conditions, smokers and a history of adverse effects to anaesthesia should not opt for this type of surgery unless medically necessary. Dr Thomas will discuss your medical history to determine whether general anaesthesia is safe and appropriate for you.

The Incision

An incision for a tummy tuck, depending on the amount of correction required, may extend from hipbone to hipbone. Dr Thomas will carefully conceal the incision within the panty line so that you don’t have to worry about a visible scar in clothing and bathing suits. However, to ensure the incision heals well, you will need to follow precise instructions on caring for the incision for many weeks and even months. Dr Thomas will explain what is required to ensure the best possible results from your procedure.

The Technique

Different techniques can be used to perform a tummy tuck, based on the level of correction you need. Some patients will need a full abdominoplasty to ensure all the excess fat, muscle laxity and loose skin is properly addressed. Other patients may not need as much skin and tissue removed, which might allow for a mini tummy tuck, a less invasive procedure that offers moderate correction of the midsection. Your surgeon will help you determine the best option for you based on your precise concerns and your expected outcome.

The Recovery

A tummy tuck is typically a more involved surgery than other cosmetic procedures, so a longer recovery time should be expected and accommodated. Planning for that time will ensure a more restful recuperation, fewer risks for complications and higher satisfaction with your outcome overall. Most patients resume non-strenuous activities within two to three weeks.

The Results

The results of a tummy tuck are both dramatic and long-lasting. However, that outcome is not seen overnight. In fact, it may be six months before the swelling subsides and the full results of your tummy tuck become evident. Patience during the recovery period is essential as you wait for that outcome to take shape. Once they do, adherence to a healthy lifestyle will ensure your results endure over the long term.

A tummy tuck is a dramatic way to sculpt your body profile, as long as you select an seasoned plastic surgeon for your procedure. Dr Thomas has been a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons since 2005, which allows him to place the coveted FRACS distinction in his professional title. When Australians choose surgeons with this credential, they know they are getting the best providers in the country for their surgery. To learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck or find out why Dr Thomas is the right surgeon for you, contact our office today on 03 9034 7738.