Abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a cosmetic procedure to recontour the stomach by removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, while tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. If your stomach is affected by obesity, skin laxity following pregnancy or weight loss, muscle repair following pregnancy, or scars from previous surgery, then abdominoplasty may be suitable for you.
A tummy tuck can create a more visually appealing body shape, although is not a substitute for weight reduction nor a cure for obesity. It is ideal for people who are in relatively good shape but suffer from loose abdominal skin that does not respond well to diet or exercise.
Tummy Tuck in Perth
Abdominoplasty achieves a much smoother and firmer profile and the body’s overall appearance is improved. Results are immediate and will be long lasting if a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Tummy tuck surgery is ideal if you are in relatively good shape but suffer from some laxity of the abdominal skin, a slight excess of fat or bulging of the abdominal muscles. You will see immediate results and your new look will be permanent unless excessive weight changes or future pregnancies undo some of the benefits of the surgery.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
In Perth, abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightening of the abdominal muscles. In some patients, the navel is repositioned. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will explain what to expect with your surgery.
Modern post-operative treatments are becoming increasingly popular in fast-tracking the healing process of a tummy tuck and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Assure Cosmetic Centre offers LED Therapy as a simple, non-invasive skin treatment to accelerate recovery.
In Perth, abdominoplasty is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic. You can expect to be discharged after a short stay of a few days in hospital. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice.
You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately 5-7 days after tummy tuck surgery, and again 7-14 days after surgery with subsequent post-op visits if required.
A pressure garment is to be worn for 6 weeks after surgery.
Scars are an inevitable result of any surgery. However, with abdominoplasty your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will make every effort to ensure any scars are as inconspicuous as possible. In some circumstances, scars can be hidden inside the bikini line where they may be easy to conceal. Most scars fade considerably with time, although there is individual variation in healing time and scar formation. Occasionally, thickened scars may develop, which require specific treatment by your Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Although no major complications are expected with a tummy tuck, you may have some bruising and swelling after surgery. You may have a feeling of tightness in the lower abdomen and there is usually an area of diminished sensation which can persist for several months. Other possible side effects include a collection of fluid that may form under the skin and require aspiration. Infection is rare and is treated promptly with antibiotics should it occur. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss what you can expect from this procedure. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to reduce the risk of complications.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after the procedure. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter, and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Many patients return to work within 2-4 weeks, and to normal activity and exercise (with no heavy lifting) after 4-6 weeks. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon may advise the use of a supporting girdle to assist with optimal healing and body contour.
The initial consultation will cost approximately $220 (fees vary slightly per surgeon) and take about 30-45 minutes.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $5,000 to $7,000 excluding GST. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
There may be Medicare and private health insurance rebates available for certain types of tummy tuck procedures in Perth (e.g. following weight loss or muscle repair after pregnancy) depending on strict Medicare eligibility criteria. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.