Abdominoplasty – Tummy Tuck Surgery Gold Coast & Brisbane
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is designed to give patients a flatter and smoother stomach. The surgery gets rid of surplus skin on patient’s stomachs and normally tightens and minimises the muscles of the stomach wall.
Can a tummy tuck help me?
Most commonly tummy tuck’s help people who have loose skin, and weak muscle that generally happen due to excessive weight loss, abdominal surgery or from having multiple pregnancies.
What happens during the Abdominoplasty?
The Abdominoplasty is done as an in-patient hospital stay; most patients stay a total of three days. A horizontal cut is made just above the pubic area. The shape of this cut may vary, and the remaining scar is permanent, but Dr. Scamp will try to put the cut within the lines of a bathing suit that you normally wear.
To fix loose skin over the navel, Dr. Scamp will make the second cut by the navel so the skin can be stretched down and the unwanted fat can be taken out. If stretch marks exist on your lower stomach area, they can be taken out too.
Tummy tucks are sometimes combined with liposuction for optimal results, but this method is done in two separate stages. If the laxity of your skin and muscle weakness are restricted to the area under the navel, you could be the right candidate for a modified abdominoplasty that leaves a smaller scar and needs no cut around the navel. Another method for minimising scars uses an endoscope; this approach may be an option but only if you have a small amount of extra skin and muscle laxity.
The day following surgery, patients need coaxing to move around and walk around for short periods to help blood circulation. Patients will also need to wear support garments for several weeks following surgery. It’s also recommended that patients stay away from strenuous activity for a couple of weeks but should be able to go back to work in a couple of weeks.
It’s not uncommon for patients to have questions after having an abdominoplasty, so if there are any questions or concerns you need answered you can always call us at our Gold Coast Clinic and our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you.