Abdominoplasty Brisbane

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Abdominoplasty, often known as a tummy tuck or “mummy makeover,” is a body contouring surgery that helps tone and shape the abdomen. The process gets rid of sagging skin as well as excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This leads to a leaner and more sculpted waist. By removing the bulge caused by excess skin, fat, and loose muscles, a tummy tuck gives patients a boost of confidence. The result is a flatter, firmer, and more shapely midsection.

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Dr Andrew Broadhurst in Brisbane will perform your procedure in order to improve your existing body shape. You will then have a flatter, firmer stomach. Book a consultation to find out more about this specialised procedure.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery aims to tighten the skin, remove fat, and strengthen the tummy muscles. This is a surgical operation that should always be performed by a qualified professional. Your surgeon will remove a portion of skin along with the underlying fat to give your body a smoother contour. The surgeon will also stitch and tighten muscles that are slack or separated. As a result, this process helps patients achieve the body sculpting and skin tightening results they desire. The exact placing of incision lines will depend on how much skin and fat are to be removed. You will discuss these things with your surgeon prior to the procedure.

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What Are the benefits?

Stretch marks and excess skin, as well as weakened stomach muscles, are common results of pregnancy. Many abdominoplasty patients are mothers who have finished having children and want their pre-baby tummy back. They are also patients who have lost a large amount of weight and now have excess skin that is affecting their daily lives. Age can also play a role in loose and sagging skin, since the older we get, the less our skin is able to snap back into place.

An abdominoplasty is not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Instead, this body contouring surgery is suited to people who are seeking to correct issues that cannot be fixed with diet and exercise. For this reason, ideal patients are usually men and women who are at their ideal weight. A tummy tuck can have a multitude of benefits for people who wish to remove stubborn fat as well as tighten their abdominal muscles and overlying skin. The procedure:

  • Restores separated muscles
  • Tightens skin resulting from pregnancy, obesity, and weight loss
  • Improves the function of muscles
  • Corrects structural issues in the abdomen
  • Improves the contour of the abdomen
  • Increases confidence in your overall appearance

Dr Broadhurst is happy to consult with you on what is a suitable goal weight prior to this operation and how best to achieve it if you are planning to lose weight. An abdominoplasty is also not a procedure for women who are planning to have children. Only women who are not planning to have more children should consider this procedure.

Consultation

Your Initial Consultation

Every patient has different needs and goals. This means your tummy tuck will be tailored to you and your body. Before surgery, you will need to have an initial appointment to find out if you are a good candidate and the best approach for your body. This will be a virtual meeting either over the phone or via FaceTime. You will speak to Dr Broadhurst about your medical history, concerns, and what you hope to achieve from your abdominoplasty. It is important to raise any health issues, current medications, or allergies. Dr Broadhurst will examine your body to figure out the exact area of skin and excess fat. After this virtual meeting, you will have a thorough understanding of what the procedure entails, as well as what to expect after surgery.

Your Second Consultation

Your second appointment will be a face to face discussion at one of our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, or Ballina locations. This will be scheduled a few weeks prior to your surgery date in order to ensure you have a good understanding of the tummy tuck procedure. The consultation is at no cost to you. Dr Broadhurst and our friendly nurses are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding abdominoplasty surgery. You can rest assured knowing your queries will be answered with highly-informed answers every time. You can reach out whenever you need. The team are here to help.

Procedure

What to expect during your procedure?

Abdominoplasty procedures take place at an inpatient hospital under a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will use different techniques depending on what type of tummy tuck you are undergoing. The surgery will take roughly 1.5 to two hours, and you will stay in the hospital for a minimum of two nights.

The surgical procedure begins with an incision made in your lower abdomen. The surgeon removes excess skin and fat in order to flatten the stomach. The process also involves tightening the abdominal wall muscles to improve the abdomen’s function, appearance, and long term outcome. After the procedure, the surgeon will stitch the incisions with internal dissolving sutures. He will also insert two small plastic drainage that will exit through the skin below your abdominal scar. This will drain any excess fluid. Similarly, the surgeon will bring your belly button out through the skin in its new position and stitch it with dissolving sutures.

A careful approach will ensure your incisions result in minimal scarring and your tummy tuck heals as quickly as possible. There are two different types of abdominoplasty techniques, including:

Standard Abdominoplasty

Sometimes referred to as a “full tummy tuck,” a standard abdominoplasty is ideal for patients who hope to flatten the abdomen above and below the belly button. The surgeon makes longer incisions, usually from hip to hip and just above the public region. He removes skin and tightens muscles across the whole abdomen, including around the navel. The process narrows the waist and improves the strength of your muscles.

Partial Abdominoplasty

Also known as a “mini tummy tuck,” a partial abdominoplasty is ideal for slender patients with a small bulge in the lower abdomen. The surgeon removes excess fat and skin, as well as tightens the muscles, in the lower abdomen only. This process is less invasive and complex due to less skin and fat being removed. The incision is not as long, and the belly button does not have to be moved.

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How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Brisbane?

Undergoing tummy tuck surgery is a very personal decision that will be different for every person. Some wish to remove large areas of loose skin and fat, while others only wish to improve tightness and muscle tone in a small area. Every patient has different health conditions, concerns, and goals for their body. Due to this, many factors will affect the cost of surgery. Generally, the more work that needs to be done, the higher the cost will be. This means full tummy tuck surgery usually costs more than a partial tummy tuck. Also, patients usually need to stay in the hospital for at least one night, which can affect pricing. We will take hospital fees, medication, anaesthetist fees, and aftercare costs into account, along with the duration of your surgery.

This body contouring surgery is not covered by Medicare or health insurance if it is done for cosmetic reasons. However, some patients need to have their loose abdominal skin removed for health reasons. This can include people who have lost a large amount of weight or are suffering rashes, ulcers, or other health conditions. In such cases, Medicare may cover some of the cost. Since costs depend on the patient and their needs, we can answer further questions about costs during your initial consult.

Recovery

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Straight after your surgery, your surgeon will dress your incisions and insert drainage tubes to prevent fluid build-up. Some patients say they feel a slight “tugging” feeling in their abdomen. We can prescribe pain medication to reduce any discomfort after your body contouring surgery.

Recovery usually takes about four to six weeks. Not only will your skin need time to heal, but your muscles will also need to repair. For the first two weeks, any action that involves your abdominal muscles may be difficult for you. You may also find it hard to stand up straight because of a tight feeling in your muscles. We advise that patients get someone to help with lifting and doing other tasks around the home. You will need to wear a compression garment to help your muscles and skin settle into their new position.

Dr Broadhurst ensures that pain management is built into your recovery and you are well-informed about what to expect. You should be able to get back to work within two weeks. After six weeks, you should be able to return to all of your activities as normal.

Procedure Risks & Complications

Given that a tummy tuck involves surgical incisions, it does come with some risks. These risks can be increased if patients do not take proper care of their wounds after surgery. If you are thinking about having an abdominoplasty, it is important to be aware of the risks so that you can weigh the risks and benefits.

Due to increased risk, people who are not suitable for this procedure include:

  • Those who are prone to bleeding
  • People who are allergic to anaesthetic
  • Men or women who plan to undergo weight loss, since changes in weight can have negative effects on the outcome of surgery
  • Women who are planning to get pregnant
  • People who have health conditions that will interfere with healing

Complications after tummy tuck surgery are rare, but they can happen. In the event that you experience a severe side effect, you should seek medical attention. Dr Broadhurst in Brisbane will discuss the potential risks prior to your abdominoplasty surgery. Severe side effects can include:

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Slow healing
  • Poor scarring
  • Persistent pain and discomfort
  • Fluid build-up under the skin
  • Blood clots
  • Reactions to anaesthetic
  • Numbness in the area
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Heart or lung problems

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Good candidates for this procedure are typically healthy, non-smokers, and are at their ideal weight. The surgery can benefit people who are concerned about excess skin or fat pockets on the abdomen that do not respond to diet and exercise. A personal discussion will help us determine if you are a good candidate.

How can I prepare for surgery?

There are some things you can do before surgery to optimise your healing and results. These include refraining from smoking, drinking lots of water, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You should also check with your surgeon about any medications you are taking, as some may need to be stopped.

Will I have scars afterwards?

Scars are an expected consequence of surgery. Scars will fade over time, but they will not fully disappear. Your surgeon will take care to position your scars in places that are easily hidden under clothing.
You will also be provided with silicone gel that can be applied once our nurses have reviewed you at 2 weeks post surgery.

Will I need pain medication after an abdominoplasty?

Patients can expect some pain and discomfort during the healing process. As a result, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help you manage this and ease your recovery.

When will I see results?

If a large amount of skin and fat has been removed, this may be visible straight away. However, you may not see the full results until your body has had a chance to heal, which may take up to six weeks. It can also take up to a year for scars to fully fade.

How much downtime will I need after a tummy tuck?

It is advised that patients take a couple of weeks off work to allow their bodies to heal. You should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous tasks while your body recovers. Additionally, it is important to follow your personalised aftercare instructions to help your body have an optimal recovery.

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