Abdominoplasty is also called Tummy Tuck.
“tummy tuck” is considered a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm and flat
A ‘full tummy tuck’ (standard abdominoplasty) is for patients who have difficulty losing their protruding tummy, no matter what diet and exercise regime they follow says doctor Tim from Cosmetic Culture based in Lane Cove and Penrith in Sydney.
A tummy tuck could also include liposuction in some cases.
Who is an abdominoplasty for?
Sydney Doctor Warwick Harper from Peninsula Plastic Surgeon with offices in North Sydney, Manly, Norwa and Dee Why says that Tummy tuck is an ideal procedure for women seeking to flatten their abdomen after pregnancy or men and women who would like to attain a more toned, slender midsection.
Abdominoplasty is more extensive than Liposuction
Cosmos Cosmetic Clinic based in Sydney (Double Bay) and Canberra (Deakin) whose Plastic Surgeon Medical Director is Dr Eddy Donna says that unlike Liposuction Surgery, which just removes fat, this operation involves removal of skin and fat, with tightening of the abdominal muscles. For this reason, it is more extensive than Liposuction. The actual extent of surgery will depend on the amount of excess skin and the laxity of the abdominal muscles.
What about the scar?
I contacted a cosmetic surgeon in Sydney to find more information about the scar and the lady that answered the phone said:
“There is a hip to hip scar, you will have to choose between having a flat ab or a big scar”
So I ask you: How comfortable would you feel with a scar?
That lady also informed me that you do have to be very carefule in the following two weeks after the surgery. If you don’t do silly things like carrying heavy stuff your chances of ending up with a nicer scar are higher.
Types of Abdominoplasty:
- Full Tummy Tuck
- Partial Tummy Tuck
- Exteded Abdominoplasty
According to Lavida Cosmetic Medicine based in Caringbah, NSW a partial (or mini) abdominoplasty involves:
-A smaller incision is made.
-The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia.
-The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
-Sometimes the belly button stalk is divided from the muscle below and the belly button slid down lower on the abdominal wall.
-Sometimes a portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is tightened.
-Liposuction is often used to contour the transition zone.
-The flap is stitched back into place.
Abdominoplasty can combine other cosmetic procedures
An abdominoplasty is a component of a lower body lift and sometimes it is combined with liposuction contouring, breast reduction, breast lift.
Abdominoplasty could be covered by Medicare
Sydney Doctor Dr Jeremy Hunt explains here that in some cases Medicare could cover the costs of Tummy Tuck.
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