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A common complaint, especially from women who have had kids, is a tummy thats protruding, or has excess folds of skin or fat. Some women also suffer from back pain as a result of weak abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck operation is designed to solve this problem, and there are several variations of the procedure including the mini-tuck, for those who just want to tighten the lower abdominal area and only remove a little excess skin.
Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is one of the most powerful transformation operations in plastic surgery. By removing excess skin, contouring fat, repairing rectus muscle separation plastic surgeon can completely remodel the patient’s core region and waist line allowing exercise to have a more direct impact on shape. Of course the problem is not confined to women and post-pregnancy.
21st century has brought with it a wave of weight loss TV programmes and new surgical innovations aimed at combating obesity called Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery. With it there is the massive weight loss that leaves both men and women with the need for breast lift, tummy tuck, thigh lift and arm lifts.
Aesthetic Concept & S-Curve Formation: Breast reshaping and body sculpting refers to changes to improve a woman’s figure in a curvaceous way and add to the length of her legs in a more shapely way. Figurative representation is the foundation of human artistic endeavour and so with liposculpture, abdominoplasty and breast enhancement the aim is always to create harmony and balance.
What Is An Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is an operation designed to improve the appearance of an abdomen that may be overly protruding or may have excess loose skin and fat. There are variations of the standard abdominoplasty operation including “mini-tucks” or small abdominoplasty which may be of benefit to patients who require only tightening of the abdominal muscles or removal of a small amount of skin. On the other hand, patients with massive weight loss may require a more extensive abdominoplasty operation called Body Lifting.
Different Types of abdominoplasty procedures performed by Dr Tavakoli:
- Total Abdominoplasty (commonest operation, scar hip to hip), addressing upper and lower abdominal areas, translocation of Belly Button, Muscle Repair and Liposuction if needed.
- Lower Abdominoplasty or Mini-Tuck (smaller scar): Suitable for smaller slight patients needing the lower part of the abdomen improved only. The recovery is quicker however please note that the upper abdomen will not be improved.
- Extended Abdominoplasty (scar 180 degrees includes love-handles)
- The Fleur De Lis Abdominoplasty is used exclusively for massive weight loss patients where the horizontal incision will not be sufficient. An additional vertical incision (Inverted T-Scar) is made which runs down the midsection to correct the upper abdominal tissue and excess skin.
- The Body Lift is for major weight loss patients who require skin to be tightened on their abdomen and back. The scar is 360 degrees.
Case Study: Tummy tuck before and after photo
After having children I had stretch marks, separated stomach muscles, saggy skin, and an umbilical hernia – not to mention the fat deposits that wouldn’t shift. When I got the hernia it finally gave me the excuse I thought I needed to see Dr Tavakoli. He had been recommended to me by 6 different friends who had all had fantastic results from their surgeries with him. I tried to keep my expectations reasonable as I knew what a challenge my case was. However the results were beyond expectations. My flat, tight stomach and new belly button are amazing! The recovery was quick and the scarring very tidy and easily hidden. I would highly recommend Dr Tavokoli, especially to mums!
Frequently Asked Questions
Tummy tuck / abdominoplasty costs vary, depending on the detail of surgery that will be required. Please consult with Dr Tavakoli’s office for price guide prior to your consultation.
- Patients who are near their Ideal Body Weight with good diet and regular exercise routines.
- Body Mass Index of less than 30
- Men or women who have undergone significant weight loss and have hanging skin.
- Women with loose skin, stretch marks, excess fat and muscle laxity following multiple pregnancy or otherwise massive weight loss.
Abdominoplasty surgery is always performed under general anaesthesia. An incision is then made across the lower part of the abdomen. A circular incision is made around the navel that stays attached to the muscle. The skin is then separated from the muscle, up toward the ribs, so that it can be pulled down like a window shade. The tummy is then “tightened” (narrowing and flattening the abdomen) by stitching the muscles together.Liposuction is performed on the outer fat in order to contour the new shape. Dr Tavakoli will attempt to remove more than half the stretch marks during the operation.
The scar usually heals well and fades over a period of 2 years. Dr Tavakoli uses the latest Barbed Suture technology to achieve minimal length and maximum quality scar. We also have the latest FRAXEL laser technology to deal with scars.
Mini-tummy tucks can benefit patients who have a small amount of excess skin and fat or protruding of the lower abdomen. Mini-abdominoplasty does not usually involve moving the position of the belly button.
The abdominoplasty procedure requires a “hospitalisation” of 2-3 days The muscle repair can be painful and hence the need to have pain pump for up to 2 days after surgery.
After abdominoplasty surgery, the bed will be positioned so that you are bent at the hips (waist) to keep tension off the newly tightened skin. You will have a pain pump for a day or two.Within 24 hours, you will be walking in a bent-over position. Although strenuous activity and lifting more than 4 kilograms must be avoided for six weeks, some people can return to work and daily activities as soon as two weeks after abdominoplasty surgery. Driving is allowed after 3 weeks. Patients can commence jogging after 5 weeks. Serious weight work out and strenuous activity is usually avoided for 8 weeks.Softening of the surgical scars, return of sensation, and loosening of the tight sensation may take 6-12 months.
The scarring is very acceptable in most tummy tuck patients. Scars are located very low by Dr Tavakoli. Find below examples of the faded scar in Dr Tavakoli’s patients.
MEDIA: Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
Dr Tavakoli has featured in several plastic surgery articles discussing Abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty Case Study – Australian Cosmetic Surgery Magazine
Tummy Tuck and Plastic Surgery after Pregnancy – Mother and Baby
If you are looking for a tummy tuck in Sydney, Dr. Tavakoli is here to help through the process with pre-surgery consultation.
You can view tummy tuck before and after photos of previous patients as guides. With over 16 years of training and experience, you will be in safe hands with Dr. Tavakoli as your consultant and surgeon.
If you want to know how much a tummy tuck costs in Sydney or for more information on Medicare or other health funds that may cover a tummy tuck, please do not hesitate to ask Dr. Tavakoli as your consultant and surgeon. Please click here to contact us.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.