Abdominoplasty is more commonly known as a tummy tuck.
There are 2 types of tummy tuck or abdominoplasty and mini. Both result in a flatter, firmer and shapelier abdomen.
This surgical procedure removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. One of the benefits of this procedure is it can actually tighten those muscles that have loosened, perhaps after pregnancy.
While a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flatter stomach, it is important to note it is not a weight loss procedure. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are already in good shape and close to their ideal weight, but still bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin.
For patient safety and the best aesthetic outcomes, the ideal candidates should have a body mass index of less than 30.
Key Questions about Abdominoplasty
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven't responded well to traditional diet and exercise. Tummy tucks can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to consider postponing this procedure until they are finished having children.
We also encourage patients who intend to lose weight to delay surgery until they reach their goal weight, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss. Ideally your weight should be stable for at least 6 months prior to surgery.
In terms of safety it is also important to consider your body mass index. Ideally your body mass idex should be less than 30 primary for safety and better aesthetic results.
Will my private health fund cover my Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery may be partially covered by private health insurance, however this will depend on your individual health insurance policy and specific medicare criteria. Please contact our office for more detailed information.
How long should I wait to get a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
Ideally a minimum of at least 6 months to allow time to get back to your ideal body weight. Allow your body a chance to heal following the strain of pregnancy and child birth and give your skin an opportunity to recover from the sustained stretching associated with pregnancy.
Tummy tuck cost
Dr Cheng's fee for a full tummy tuck starts from $6900 inclusive of:
Dr Cheng's surgical fee
Silicone gel for care of incision lines
Your post operative review appointments in your first post operative year.
Additional fees such as hospital and anaesthetist fees will be confirmed in formal estimate provided at the time of your consultation.
Will my private health fund cover my tummy tuck?
Private health insurance and medicare generally do not cover postpartum tummy tuck procedures, unless you meet particular medicare criteria relating to significant weight loss. Please ask our friendly team for more information about medicare criteria relating tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. Should you wish to check your health insurance policy - the relevant item number is item #30177.
Recovery after tummy tuck
After surgery, two surgical drainage tubes are inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Drains are usually removed after 3-7 days. A compression garment is worn consistently for 6 weeks. Recovery time ranges from 4-6 weeks to a several months. You should limit strenuous activities for at least six weeks, and may need to take up to a month of work depending on the nature of your occupation. Dr. Cheng will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.
Is a tummy tuck permanent?
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, results can be effected by significant fluctuations in weight or as a result of pregnancy.
Why do I need to wear a compression garment after a tummy tuck?
Following surgery and as part of your recovery, it will be necessary for you to wear a medical grade compression garment for 6 weeks. The compression garment will aid your recovery from the side effects of surgery, including bruising, swelling and general discomfort. It will also help to ease some pain as well.
How does it help?
1. By Reducing swelling or oedema:
The garment compresses and flushes potentially harmful body fluids away from the skin.
2. By minimising bruising by providing compression on small blood vessels and capillaries.
3. Reducing the possible risk of infection as potentially harmful fluids are not allowed to accumulate.
4.Aiding general body contouring and skin retraction by firm compression of the skin during the healing process.
5. Improved comfort by compression provided support.
How long do I need to wear a compression garment for?
On average this will be for a minimum of three weeks 24 hours a day and then until 6 weeks for as long as possible each day and overnight. It is recommended you purchase another garment so that one can be washed and air dried whilst you wear the other. This is extremely important in order to ensure the best possible surgical outcome.
Can I exercise after a tummy tuck procedure?
Yes, it actually helps to keep moving after your surgery to ensure that your blood keeps flowing. This helps with the recovery process and reduces the risk of blood clots developing in your legs. While we recommend that you rest as much as possible after your surgery, it is a good idea to go for a short gentle walk as regularly as you feel you can. You should, however, limit strenuous activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks.
Will I feel pain after a tummy tuck?
While every patient is different, it is possible that you will feel some pain and discomfort after your surgery. You may also experience some swelling and bruises for up to three months following the procedure. We will prescribe medication to help manage any uncomfortable side effects.
How can I reduce swelling after a tummy tuck?
It can be helpful to sleep on an incline after a tummy tuck to reduce swelling. We also recommend that you wear a compression garment for around six weeks following surgery. This will help to reduce swelling, avoid the build up of fluid, and support your abdomen while it heals.