Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
Do you want to reshape and contour your body after significant weight loss (or post-pregnancy or post-menopause) – to get a flatter stomach and a more defined waist?
Choose from our Team’s Top Tummy Tuck Surgeons – we have some of Melbourne’s leading experienced Plastic Surgeons to help you with your Tummy Tuck procedure.
Our Australian Specialists are highly-regarded for their body contouring and breast enhancement surgery expertise including Breast Lift with Implants, breast reduction procedures, implant removal & replacement and Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Body Contouring techniques.
Our Team’s top Surgeons for Breast & Tummy Tuck Surgery include Dr Rubinstein, Dr McManamny, Dr Barnett, Dr Wyten, Dr Maxwell and Dr Robbins. Dr Burt is our eyelid rejuvenation and eyelid modification expert, and several of our team also specialise in liposuction/body contouring, facial surgery and nose reshaping. Find out which SURGEON is best for your specific surgery goals by phoning our Patient Care Advisor team on (03) 8849 1444 or send an enquiry form today.
Our Team’s Top Melbourne Tummy Tuck Surgeons are FRAC qualified Specialists for Abdominoplasty Surgery
Read their Bios and Qualifications at the links below.
- Dr Craig Rubinstein – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
- Dr Douglas McManamny – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
- Dr Richard Maxwell – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
- Dr Rebecca Wyten – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
- Dr Geoff Barnett – Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
- Dr Tom Robbins – Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
See also our Sydney pages for Tummy Tuck Specialists.
Our Specialist Surgeons and their Top Support Teams
- Our highly-experienced Plastic Surgeons for Abdominoplasty will prioritise your safety, care and healing optimisation your surgery journey.
- Our Plastic Surgeons operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne using only experienced Anaesthetists and a top Surgical Support Team.
- Our Surgeons focus on getting you a superior result through precise planning and strategic surgery strategies, including liposuction contouring with your Tummy Tuck procedure for selected surgeries or patient requests.
- Body Contouring and a flatter, firmer Tummy after surgery helps patients feel happier and more confident to wear any type of clothing they used to love wearing before pregnancy or weight changes altered their body contours.
- Find out more about our quality team of caring Abdominoplasty Specialist Surgeons on Our Surgeons page.
Abdominoplasty Surgery for Removing Loose Skin and Excess Tummy Fat
- Abdominoplasty is a surgical option for reducing exercise-resistant stomach fat and loose skin after weight loss, pregnancy, menopause or a hysterectomy.
- Tummy Tuck Surgery is a generic term for Abdominoplasty surgery.
- There are many different types of body contouring abdominal surgeries, including at least 2 to 3 main types and several variations.
- Liposuction is often included as part of body contouring during a tummy tuck.
- Your navel can also be reshaped or repositioned during a tummy tuck.
- Although a tummy tuck doesn’t eradicate stretch marks, if the stretch marks are in the area of skin reduction, they may appear less prominent after your tummy tuck procedure.
- You’ll end up with a flatter, smoother belly area after a Tummy Tuck (remember that all patient results are unique, however, and life events such as weight change, future pregnancy or other scenarios may change your results over time).
- Most women who have a full Tummy Tuck have damaged abdominal muscles repaired, and find exercising is easier and more comfortable after their surgery (after the healing process)
Are you a good Tummy Tuck surgery Candidate?
Do you miss having a more contoured waistline?
- Do you have saggy, droopy and loose stomach skin after pregnancy or weight change?
- Would you like to remove tummy flab that is exercise resistant?
- Did you suffer abdominal muscle separation during childbirth?
- Do you have saggy fat and skin folds hanging from your stomach after gastric banding surgery for weight loss?
- Would you like your overhanging ‘tummy apron’ stomach fat removed?
- Feeling sad or depressed about your body shape or physique?
- Wearing baggy clothing instead of more form-fitting fashions?
- Feeling you look less feminine without a defined waist contour?
- Not wanting to wear swimwear or go to the beach?
You may be an ideal candidate for an Abdominoplasty or a Mummy Makeover
Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Breast Reduction surgery as well as a Tummy Tuck
You’ve reached your goal weight, the dedication in the gym, focus on nutrition and healthy lifestyle have paid off. Or perhaps following pregnancy, you’ve worked hard to get your body back into shape. But your body shape does not show all your hard work, and how you look on the outside, does not reflect how you feel on the inside.
That’s where a Tummy Tuck surgery can really help. Surgery can:
- redefine your waistline and restore more natural looking body contours – the kind of body shape you had before children came along or before your weight changed over time
- give you a firmer, tighter abdominal area
- repair torn abdominal muscles, making it easier to exercise
- lighten your body weight be removing redundant skin and fat from the belly area
Tummy Tuck surgery is NOT a substitute for weight loss, however. It simply helps where exercise and diet have failed to yield a smoother, fitter looking tummy area.
Post-Pregnancy and other Weight Changes
Women often find following pregnancy or large weight loss, they are left with excessive loose skin, stretchmarks or deposits of fat around the abdomen. These stubborn areas can be hard to shift with exercise and weight loss alone.
An abdominoplasty may be able to help improve this, and help you achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen. It should also be noted that long term lifestyle changes are recommended in order to achieve and maintain a more permanent result from your tummy tuck surgery.
Different Approaches for Abdominoplasty Surgery
Lower Tummy Tuck, Upper Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck
There are several different types of Abdominoplasty procedures available depending on your condition, presenting problems and history.
You may be suitable for a:
- Mini Abdominoplasty (Mini-Tummy Tuck)
- Lower Abdominoplasty (Lower Tummy Tuck)
- Upper Abdominoplasty (Upper Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty Surgery involves the surgical removal of loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen, and tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles. That’s why it’s commonly called a “Tummy Tuck.”
Depending on how your body is shaped, the condition of your abdominal muscles after pregnancy or surgery, and your appearance goals, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon may also recommend liposuction OR liposculpture for further removal of excess fat about the stomach. Additional surgical sculpting procedures can further help you to achieve your ideal shape.
Our Images of Abdominoplasty (Stomach Contouring) Surgery Results
Before & After Images of Tummy Tuck Surgery Results – Abdominoplasty Surgery for Removal of Loose Stomach Skin and Exercise-Resistant Fat Stores
See our Tummy Tuck before and after photos of some of our abdominoplasty surgery patients.
What is Abdominoplasty Surgery?
An Abdominoplasty is a Surgical body contouring procedure that focuses on removing excess fat and loose skin around your stomach area.
During a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty surgery, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon also generally repairs the abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy to help you achieve an abdominal shape that is smoother and flatter than before.
Has Pregnancy wreaked havoc with your body and your belly?
Pregnancy stretches the skin around your abdominal areas. Pregnancy, child birth and breast feeding can all take a serious toll on how your body feels, and looks, after you have your children.
Once you finish your family, having a Mummy Makeover surgery may be exactly what you need to get the body contours you want (and once had). From breast surgery to abdominoplasty to liposuction, there are some bodies that simply won’t go back to ‘normal’ after having children.
For some women, their bodies have changed so significantly they no longer feel body confident or happy within themselves. It may not matter to some women, but for many women, how they feel about their bodies makes a difference in their day to day quality of life.
Feeling GOOD about their bodies after pregnancy is important to many women.
You may have loved being pregnant, but not loved what pregnancy and child birth have done to your once recognisable waist line or body contours. Yet alone your breast tissues.
So what can be done after pregnancy to get your body back to ‘normal’?
There are many ways to get fit again after pregnancy; but sometimes exercise and dieting just don’t work to get the body you wish you had. Excess skin, unfortunately, cannot be exercised away.
Exercise isn’t always enough to get a flatter stomach after pregnancy or significant weight change: sometimes you need Surgery to get the look you want
You may have been told that staying in shape and maintaining your body weight is the best way to achieve a flat and toned stomach (abdomen). But sadly, exercise and good nutrition alone are NOT always enough to effectively reshape your stomach — not if the abdominal muscles and your skin’s elasticity is damaged after childbirth, hysterectomy or significant weight loss.
If you need additional help to shift your stubborn fat deposits and tighten your stomach skin that has lost its natural elasticity, our leading Specialist Abdominoplasty Surgeon’s can help.
The most common causes behind these changes include significant fluctuations in weight, following pregnancy, ageing, or inherited factors in your family.
What Abdominoplasty Won’t Do
The ideal patient for Abdominoplasty Surgery is someone who is feeling fit and well, is in good shape, and has concerns about loose skin around their stomach area.
It’s important to remember that while tummy tuck surgery may help you achieve the look you’re after, it should not be considered a substitute for your usual weight loss program or exercise routine. The two should work hand in hand.
Women who are thinking about future pregnancies are advised to delay having tummy tuck surgery until after they have finished having children. This is because of the large changes the body goes through during pregnancy, which may have adverse effects on the results of a tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty surgery is also unable to correct stretch marks. Following surgery, you may see an improvement to stretch marks IF they are located in the area of excess skin to be treated by tummy tuck surgery.
Are you a candidate for an Abdominoplasty surgical procedure?
Abdominoplasty may be a good option for you if you:
- Are a non-smoker
- Have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve
- Are physically fit and healthy
- Are at a stable weight
The desired outcome of an Abdominoplasty procedure is that that results are permanent.
However, these results may be significantly reduced if your body goes through large weight fluctuations following surgery, or if you are considering having children in the future.
Women who are planning future pregnancies are advised to delay their abdominoplasty surgery.
The decision to undergo an abdominoplasty procedure is a personal one, at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Medici Clinic, we’re here to help you understand all your options, and answer your questions to ensure you feel confident about your decision.
Abdominoplasty Procedure Information
Medications and general anaesthesia are administered for your comfort during tummy tuck surgery.
A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall and all the way up to the ribs. The surgeon then draws the underlying muscle and tissue together and stitches them. This will narrow the waistline and strengthen the abdominal wall. Abdominal skin is drawn down and any excess skin is removed. A new opening is cut for the navel.
Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
See the results
Your tummy tuck procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature.
To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer Page.
The key to a smooth recovery after surgery is planning and support. Before your surgery, a specialist Nurse Advisor will develop a recovery plan with you. It will cover issues like caring for children, your return to work, follow up visits and a full set of patient information. By planning ahead and keeping you fully informed we can help make your recovery much smoother.
Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
After you leave hospital we will not charge extra for follow up visits, extra after care, laser treatments, nutritional supplements or anything else we provide during your recovery and after care. Sometimes patients need extra services we don’t provide, like radiology. If that happens we do our best to minimise or eliminate out of pocket costs. Your Nurse Advisor can give you more information.
* Generally patients require 2-3 nights’ hospital stay. We use top tier private hospitals for all our patients. They offer the highest level of medical support during the all-important early recovery phase.
* Your Surgeon will visit you the day after your surgery to check on your progress. If you need more support your Surgeon will be there for any many follow up visits as you need. Our surgeons pride themselves on being available for you.
* You will also receive a follow up visit from an experienced, specialist nurse from our rooms. You will receive further visits from our practice Nursing staff if you need more support
* You will experience some discomfort with swelling and tightness for several days. Laughter, coughing and getting out of bed will all be uncomfortable at first. Modern pain control techniques are very good and in many cases the discomfort is minimal.
* We will also provide you with an after surgery recovery pack that includes non-soap body wash and a range of very high quality bath products to use in hospital and during recovery.
* Where appropriate we offer free compression garments for our abdominoplasty patients. Generally if they are required they are worn for about six weeks.
* Everyone is different. Allow yourself 2-3 weeks off work.
* Medical certificates are available during your recovery period. If you have a really strenuous job you might need longer. We do everything we can to get you back to work as soon we can but going back before you are ready will delay full recovery. During your follow up visits your Nurse Advisor will monitor your progress
* Heavy or strenuous physical activity must be avoided for 1-2 months after your surgery. You can do light exercise during this time, but you will need to take care of how and when you do it. Our practice nurses can give you detailed advice.
* If you have young children our practice nurses can make some suggestions on how to manage looking after them during recovery. A little bit of planning goes a long way.
* You can drive at 2-3 weeks when traffic conditions are safe and when you feel comfortable.
* Your review appointments with your surgeon will be organised at one week, 6 months and 12 months post-surgery. If you need more support during recovery we offer a range of options including unlimited additional follow up visits with your practice nurse or Surgeon
* All patients receive a course of Fraxel laser scar treatment as part of their after care. There is no additional charge. These appointments also allow extra opportunities for you to seek advice and speak to a Practice Nurse.
The decision to have tummy tuck surgery is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your Surgeon will explain in detail the risks associated with the surgery and will then answer any questions and concerns that you may have. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.
General Anaesthesia – Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe. Our team will provide you with the details of your anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns.
Bleeding (Haematoma) – This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.
Infection – Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely.
Delayed Wound Healing – Your Surgeon and Nurse advisor will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or who have an infection.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Fluid build-up (Seroma)
Scarring – (every effort is made to place the scar within the areas covered by high cut swimwear or underwear). Initially there is almost always some contour issues or puckers. These settle over the months but sometimes may require a small revision often under local anaesthetic. Scars continue to mature and improve for up to 18 months after surgery. Stretch marks may not all be removed or new ones may be created. You will receive 3 Fraxel Laser treatments approximately 8 weeks post-surgery to manage and improve scarring with our Dermal Clinician.
Numbness – This will occur 100% of the time and mostly settles over the months and up to 1-2 years.
Asymmetry – There may be irregular ridges and crease to both sides. Scars may be slightly different on your right compared to you left side.
Umbilical Malposition/Loss – This is a very rare complication and may require further surgery.
Pain – This will be managed appropriately with pain medications and prompt aftercare.
All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications. Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care. Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have long term effect on an excellent final result.
Suction Assisted Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Suction Assisted Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is a procedure that:
- Removes loose skin from the abdomen (tummy)
- Tightens the abdominal muscles
- Smoothes out localized fat bulges
Thus creating a tummy that is:
- More contoured and shapely
It is a well accepted procedure commonly sought by those who:
- Have had one or more pregnancies
- Lost weight through diet and/or exercise
- Lost weight through Bariatric surgery
Most of our surgeons can use a technique that safely incorporates liposuction to the upper abdomen, resulting in a more shapely, curvaceous tummy that more closely resembles the tummy prior to pregnancy.
Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
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NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey
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How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Book a consultation with your Surgeon by paying the $200 consultation fee
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
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- Organise a phone call with Patient Advisor (FREE)
- Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our of Plastic Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
- Organise a Skype call consultation with a Surgeon (available for Interstate patients)
- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
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