A tummy tuck, also called Abdominoplasty, is designed to give you a smoother, flatter abdomen. The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and usually reduces fat and tightens the muscles of your abdominal wall.
The operation is performed to correct the muscle weakness and loose skin that can occur following multiple pregnancies, significant weight loss or abdominal surgery.
Abdominoplasty will be performed as an inpatient in hospital. Usually you will stay for 3 days. Generally, a horizontal incision is made just within or above your pubic area. The contour of this incision may vary. The resulting scar is permanent, but your cosmetic plastic surgeon will try to place it within the lines of a bathing suit or undergarments that you typically wear.
To correct loose skin above your navel (belly button), your surgeon will make a second incision around your navel so that the skin can be pulled down and the excess removed. The position of your navel will not change. If there are stretch marks on your lower abdomen, these may be removed. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened, but don’t expect a dramatic improvement.
Abdominoplasty sometimes may be combined with liposuction to achieve the best results, but this may need to be done at a second stage. If your skin laxity and muscle weakness are limited to the area below the navel, you may be a good candidate for a modified (Mini) Abdominoplasty that leaves a shorter scar and requires no incision around the navel. Another technique for minimizing scars uses an endoscope; this procedure may be an option if you only have a minimal amount of excess skin and muscle laxity.
The day after surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed and walk for short periods to promote blood circulation. You will be instructed to wear a support garment for several weeks. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a while but should be able to return to work after 2 weeks.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.