Often, women who have experienced pregnancy or weight gain find that returning to their previous body shape through natural means is difficult.
Abdominal muscles lose elasticity and stretched out skin in the midsection typically remains loose and cannot be repaired naturally.
This is why many women opt to undergo tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery.
Tummy Tuck Candidacy
Abdominoplasty candidates should have healthy expectations of the surgery to be discussed with their surgeon, be in good general health, and be willing to commit to maintaining the results with a stable diet and regular exercise.
Abdominoplasty candidates should not have serious medical conditions, plan to become pregnant or feel pressured into the procedure by another person.
Ideally, a suitable candidate is close to their ideal body weight with an abdomen that has not responded to natural methods.
Full tummy tuck vs mini tummy tuck
Abdominoplasties are broken down into a full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck.
Full tummy tuck
A full tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure for more extreme cases like post-pregnancy or getting back to your desired shape after a sizable weight loss.
Mini tummy tuck
A mini tummy tuck is focused more directly below the navel and aims to remove the loose skin. It’s best suited for women who don’t need significant reduction of extra tissue. Your cosmetic surgeon will determine what is the best procedure for you to give you your desired results.
Liposculpture / Liposuction could be a suitable alternative as it is a less invasive procedure with minimal scarring, making it more suitable for younger patients with good skin elasticity.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that entails separating the skin from the underlying muscles to tighten them and remove excess skin.
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Tummy tuck recovery & results
Though it varies from person to person, recovering from the surgery typically takes 3-6 weeks. Dr Goldman and his caring team of professionals will make sure your recovery process goes as smoothly as possible.
Women often expect their tummy tuck results to be permanent, but the outcome often hinges on the patient’s choices after surgery. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise will enable patients to enjoy longer lasting results, especially when combined with liposuction.
Not having another pregnancy should also prohibit your body from stretching out to the position it was in before the tummy tuck. As the ageing process continues things will loosen up over time, but that is a natural part of ageing.
Tummy tuck scars
It is important to realise that the incision lines will be permanently visible. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable, but in some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Most often, the scars heal well and over time slowly and progressively mature and fade. It usually takes 9-12 months for the scar to fade.
There are some modern scar management systems and processes to speed this journey, but these should not be used until 12 weeks after the surgery. Dr Goldman will discuss this with you at the time.
Fortunately, the scars from your tummy tuck surgery are usually in locations concealed by most undergarments.
The costs involved in an abdominoplasty can be broken into surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees, hospital/theatre costs, and the cost of compression support garments.
Prices vary depending on your starting point and desired results which Dr Goldman will discuss during your initial consultation.
You may find that your health fund may cover all or a portion of your surgery depending on your level of cover. You may also be eligible for the Early Release of Superannuation for Surgery.
Before proceeding with the operation, it’s essential to clarify with your insurance fund what exactly is and is not covered.