Tummy tuck surgery requires the skills, expertise and artistry of a leading plastic surgeon.
While you’ve no doubt heard people say that diet or exercise is the solution, unfortunately there is only so much self-repair our skin can do. In reality, the only solution for stubborn excess skin is surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, address three key areas of concern – excess skin, persistent fat, and lax muscles. Dr Jerermy Hunt employs a variety of surgical techniques to counteract these issues:
- Liposuction removes excess fat deposits and helps to achieve the ideal silhouette and contour.
- Mini abdominoplasty, also called a mini tummy tuck, addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage is a shorter, less visible scar.
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty allows both the skin and the muscles to be tightened. This is often done through a shorter incision.
- Full abdominoplasty involves all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve optimal fat removal. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of abdominal tissue. However, the scar usually runs from hip to hip.
- Extended abdominoplasty is used if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.
Tummy tucks are very often combined with breast surgery in a popular combined procedure known as the mummy makeover. This targets the two areas most effected by pregnancy and breast feeding – the tummy, and the breasts. Click here if you’d like to learn more about mummy makeovers, or read on to find out more about tummy tucks.
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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 15 years experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.
Is it for me?
Dr Hunt will perform your tummy tuck surgery in the hospital of your choice, under a general anesthetic administered by one of his hand-selected anesthetists.
Based on what you have agreed prior to your surgery, he will use one of the following techniques:
- Mini abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty
- Full abdominoplasty
- Extended abdominoplasty
When can I go home?
You will stay in hospital for three to five nights following your surgery. You can go home as soon as you’re comfortable and able to get to and from the bathroom.
When you get home, you should limit your movements to around the house for two to three days to ensure a complete recovery.
Will I have to return for post-operative care?
Dr Hunt will see you weekly for the first month after your surgery. Time between your visits will get longer as your recovery progresses.
How long will I be off work?
You’ll be off work for around three weeks.
When can I resume my normal activities?
It will take around three weeks until you are fully recovered and can resume all your normal activities.
For the first 10 days after surgery you’ll be stooped and will have to walk carefully. However as the skin stretches and gets used to its new position you will slowly straighten up.
When will I see the end result?
The benefits of your abdominoplasty will be immediate, although it may take up to two months until you can appreciate the full results. It will also take at least a year for your scar to mature and fade.
How much will a tummy tuck cost me?
The final cost of a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient. The type of tummy tuck that’s performed and how much excess skin and fat need to be removed will play a role in the total cost of this surgery. For example, not all patients need to repair their abdominal muscles during surgery and not all patients require a full, traditional tummy tuck. Since a general anaesthetic is required for the majority of tummy tuck surgeries, the cost of an anaesthetist will need to be factored in. In some cases, some of the costs associated with a tummy tuck is covered by insurance. This is mostly the case for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin that could cause health concerns and impact their quality of life. The best way to determine what your tummy tuck will cost you is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt.