Tummy Tuck Surgery in Melbourne Plastic Surgeons near me
Abdominoplasty (called a Tummy Tuck procedure) is a Plastic Surgery procedure
What happens during a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
During a tummy tuck, surgical adjustments are made to skin and tissues in the lower torso region (waistline area). This typically reduces sagging skin above the mons pubis and ‘lower beltline’ to around the navel area, or just above the belly button.
Tummy Tuck Surgery | Abdominoplasty Overview
Why get a Tummy Tuck?
There are 3 KEY REASONS to get a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty and to choose from our best-practice Plastic Surgeons.
- Much of the body becomes misshapen during pregnancy or severe weight fluctuations.
- Hanging skin folds (skin bulges) are a frequent complaint by women after pregnancy AND by men and women after weight loss.
- Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery can reshape and re-flatten the abdomen by reducing excess tissues (redundant skin and underlying fat).
- A full Tummy Tuck by a Plastic Surgeon who uses advanced abdominoplasty methods also helps repair your torn abdominal recti/rectus muscles.
- These Plastic Surgery techniques correct for problems related to diastasis recti, such as
- weak abdominal area muscles (lack of core strength)
- low back pain
- postural instability
- urinary incontinence
- Many post-pregnancy or post-obesity/post-bariatric surgery patients feel uncomfortable or embarrassed by having bulging skin or skin folds on their abdomen.
- They may avoid intimacy, avoid the gym including swimming, and feel unable to wear fitted clothing or swimwear.
- Life can become extremely limited if this is the scenario under which you exist; but after surgery, many patients find these activities more comfortable because they feel more confident about their body shape; this has many carry-on effects in different areas of their lives.
Be aware, however, that all patients are unique and results vary.
What areas of the body does a Tummy Tuck treat?
Each Tummy Tuck is customised to suit the patient. Treated areas include lower abdomen, sagging skin, underlying muscles torn during pregnancy or childbirth.
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Who performs Tummy Tuck Surgery in Melbourne near me?
- Our team has some of Melbourne’s most respected Plastic Surgeons for Tummy Tucks and body contouring, including Dr Rubinstein, Dr Wyten, Dr Barnett, Dr Sackelariou, Dr McManamny and Dr Maxwell.
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Is tummy tuck a replacement for exercise?
- No, Tummy Tuck surgery is NOT a replacement for a healthy lifestyle.
- It is, however, often the best solution for over-stretched skin and skin folds along the abdomen, which impedes with physical comfort, torso appearance and skin health.
Tummy Tuck Results can change over time in response to weight changes, hormonal changes, skin ageing, future pregnancies and/or illness.
How long does a Tummy Tuck last?
- To sustain your results, you’ll need to sustain a healthy lifestyle
- This means sustaining a stable weight and muscle tone through good nutrition and regular fitness regimes.
Getting a great result from a Tummy Tuck procedure
Like all surgeries, abdominoplasty surgery involves costs, risks and recovery considerations before proceeding.
Abdominoplasty surgery involves various surgical shaping techniques and liposuction cell reduction to address issues of concern. Surgery strategies aim to address underlying muscle damage, unwanted adipose tissue distribution, and reduction of over-stretched skin resulting from pregnancy or weight gain.
The best results from a Tummy Tuck come from fully customised procedures performed by an expert Surgeon on a healthy patient with a stable BMI.
- The fitter you are before you have surgery, the better your results are likely to be
- But remember, surgery results can vary, and all surgery has risks to consider
- Keep your expectations realistic and choose your Surgeon wisely
- Talk to other patients who have had the procedure
- Read online reviews
- Consult with an expert Plastic Surgeon to be sure you understand what a Tummy Tuck CAN and CANNOT accomplish for you (you may need just a mini tuck or a more extended version, e.g. a Belt Lipectomy)
Sometimes, patients will need to lose weight before a tummy tuck in order to get a good result.
- For other patients, having a Tummy Tuck makes it easier to exercise again, and to become fitter.
- Generally, your BMI will need to be under 30 (and ideally under 25-28 or less)
- Your Surgeon may recommend reaching a certain BMI before proceeding
Won’t exercise help? Do I really need a Tummy Tuck, and if so, how much will it cost?
Redundant, sagging folds of skin can’t be exercised away – it needs to be excised.
- Exercise and diet have a big impact on your body; including muscles and fitness levels.
- But they won’t necessarily help with skin or uneven fat distribution.
Many people end up with skin concerns that will not be helped by other methods – the only long-term solution to excess skin, for some patients, is a Tummy Tuck.
What can a Tummy Tuck do?
Results vary, but in general, here are some potential benefits of a Tummy Tuck Surgery
- smoother, flatter contours for the abdomen and waistline
- reduced bulk in the abdomen area
- redefined waistline
- reduced back pain or incontinence caused by torn abs, excess skin and/or excess tissue volume in the lower abdomen (skin folds)
- reduced skin infections
- fewer skin concerns
Tummy Tuck Surgery vs alternative options to an Abdominoplasty
- There are so-called ‘non-surgical’ options instead of a tummy tuck
- Thee may include tissue cooling or other methods aimed at reducing adipose CELLS
- However, most non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck don’t address the problems of loose skin (loose or saggy abdominal skin or skin folds) the way an Abdominoplasty procedure helps.
- Overall, Abdominoplasty DOES address the skin as well as underlying structural concerns (torn abs, mal-distribution of body fat creating bulges)
- It’s often considered after getting back in shape after having children, or when venturing out into the dating world again after a divorce or bereavement
Loose Skin or Sagging Skin on the Abdomen/Waistline or Belly
- You CAN change your body weight through good nutrition and exercise
- Exercise and dieting can even help firm up your contours
- But it won’t help with everything if you have an over-abundance of over-stretched skin
Exercising and losing weight DOESN’T mean your over-stretched skin “suddenly bounces back” to normal after having children or going through menopause or weight loss surgery.
So what are some of the BEST surgical methods for reducing the bulges around your belly?
The answer might just be a TUMMY TUCK (Abdominoplasty) surgery with extra liposuction shaping.
TUMMY TUCK SURGERY can help to flatten and re-shape or re-contour your abdominal area.
When combined with surgical diastasis recti repair, an Abdominoplasty can reduce lower back pain, reduce mild urinary incontinence and help give you a stronger core.
How an Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) procedure WORKS
- repairs torn abdominal recti muscles
- corrects underlying tissue distribution
- re-shapes your lower abdominal area
- repositions the navel (and reshapes the navel)
- reduces skin folds in the abdomen
IF exercise has failed to reduce the bulges on your abdomen, and your belly skin still sags, a Tummy Tuck is likely to be your best long-term solution.
- That’s because dermal tissues – your overstretched skin – will NOT respond to exercise.
- Muscles, YES – exercise can tone and strengthen.
- Skin, NO. There’s only so much you can do with stretched-out skin.
Are you feeling depressed that your gym sessions or diet plan has had far too little effect on your abdomen or skin? Consider Surgical Body Contouring Options for reducing excess skin and firming up the contours.
Who are the BEST Surgeons for a Tummy Tuck in Melbourne?
It’s usually a good idea to do your research into Surgeons before you choose one.
Second opinions by one or more expert Plastic Surgeons can be helpful, and be sure you recognise that:
- Results can vary from patient to patient
- Results change if you gain or lose weight, or get pregnant again after a tummy tuck
- It’s NOT a replacement for a healthy lifestyle
- All surgery has risks so be sure you understand and accept them before you consent
Recommendation: Look for highly-respected Specialist Plastic Surgeons with FRACS recognition. Review extensive before and after photos of Tummy Tuck procedures before you choose, and follow your intuition or recommendations from friends or family members. Avoid using a less accredited Surgeon (check with AHRPA to be sure you’re getting a Specialist Plastic Surgeon).
- A Plastic Surgeon will often operate in accredited private hospitals versus back rooms (cosmetic doctors do not have hospital operating rights)
- They are very skilled at using the most advanced plastic surgery techniques to reshape your abdomen
- You’ll gain a firmer, flatter look to your waistline/lower torso
- Image having a distinguishable waistline again – and a flatter belly – so you can stop wearing baggy clothing and ‘trackies’
Tummy Tuck surgery AIMS to give you a smoother, flatter, fitter physique.
It also includes navel relocation to a more aesthetic shape and position, based on your personal preferences.
Abdominoplasty Surgery (a Tummy Tuck) is often your BEST solution for reducing skin folds and bulges caused by over-stretched skin, body fat redistribution and damaged abdominus recti muscles (torn abs).
What does a good Tummy Tuck involve?
Tummy Tuck Surgery methods and best-practice patient care involve:
- using a FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has ISAPS, ASAPS and ASPS memberships
- look for SPECIALIST surgical qualifications according to AHRPA (the Australian regulatory board of health professionals including Surgeons)
- having your operation in an accredited, well-known private Australian Hospital (not a clinic back room)
- using general anaesthetic as well as pain-blockers and local anaesthetic for your comfort
- diastasis recti repair – surgical repair of torn abdominal muscles damaged during pregnancy and/or weight loss
- surgical shaping including excisions and liposuction
- repositioning your navel (your belly button), and restoring it to the desired shape (usually a more circular or smaller shape)
- flattening of your mons pubis area if it became misshapen during pregnancy or weight change
- adjusting your waistline and lower torso contours with additional liposuction shaping
- attaining a more inward curved (versus bulging), firmer and flatter appearance to the torso
- helping distinguish your actual waistline from your hips and/or upper torso
Does a Tummy Tuck REMOVE STRETCH MARKS caused by pregnancy?
- The areas of belly-area skin that are removed during a Tummy Tuck excision OFTEN contain stretch marks, meaning you may have a reduced surface no which stretch marks exist.
- The surgery itself, however, is aimed at shaping, contouring and tightening/flatting the belly area RATHER than on removing scars or stretch marks on the belly.
- For reducing the
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visibility of scars and stretch marks, advanced skin treatments may be good solutions.
- These skin or scar treatments may involve:
- FRAXEL lasering
- skin needling/DermaPen
- LED treatments
- Find out more by phoning us on 0388491444.
Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Procedure?
If you’re on this page, changes are you are concerned about :
- excess, baggy skin hanging around your tummy area
- lax abdominal muscles after pregnancy
- a protruding belly that lacks a defined or feminine waistline (the square or bulging look)
- a bulging ‘stomach apron’
- stubborn fat and saggy skin tissue around the belt area (or a ‘muffin top’ look)
- an indistinguishable waistline or protruding stomach that leads some people to ask if you’re still expecting (we know, it’s incredibly insensitive – but it does happen as a post-baby body sometimes still looks pregnant for years to come)
If so, and you’re healthy – at a stable weight – and a non-smoker – then a tummy tuck can help.
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Tummy Tuck Surgery Benefits
Will a Tummy Tuck help? BENEFITS
Abdominoplasty surgery involves a surgical reduction of abdominal area bulges with additional liposuction to help smooth out crepey-looking, stretch-marked skin that droops below the navel.
- Tummy Tuck surgery reduces skin folds and abdominal area bulges, flattens the overall belly area and provides a firmer, fitter looking waistline.
- It can be particularly helpful if you experienced over-stretched belly skin and damaged abdominal muscles during pregnancy or weight changes.
- Secondary benefits or medical indications for Tummy Tuck involve urinary incontinence and back pain caused by damaged or disrupted abdominal rectus muscles.
What about STRETCH MARKS?
- Stretch marks are not necessarily removed, but because there is now LESS SKIN after a Tummy Tuck, there will be less areas of stretch marked skin (ask what to expect and recognise this varies, be sure you talk with our other patients to learn what they discovered about their stretch marks after having a tummy tuck).
- Remember, as noted above, this surgery is more about shaping, contouring and tightening/flatting the belly area RATHER than removing stretch marks.
- However, there is LESS SKIN after surgery SO there is likely a reduction in the volume of skin containing stretch marks.
- Other options for treating stretch marks include lasers (Fraxel or DOT), skin needling/DermaPen or LED treatments as well as certain active skin solutions.
What are the expected APPEARANCE changes after a Tummy Tuck?
Results vary from patient to patient and some life events will impact your results.
General Benefits of Abdominoplasty surgery include:
- flatter or firmer stomach contours
- smoother, tighter belly skin
- reduced skin wrinkling/skin folds or loose skin
- reduced crepey looking skin along the torso
- a curvier, natural looking waistline
- a tighter or taught-looking tummy (less skin sagging)
- a more attractive and natural-looking navel
- custom belly buttons are an option if you want to improve the shape or appearance of your belly button
Are there any HEALTH benefits to having a Tummy Tuck?
Again, every patient is different but there are usually HEALTH benefits to removing redundant skin and repairing torn abs. Conditions treated successfully by a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty include low back pain, urinary incontinence and postural issues.
Many patients also find:
- their metabolism is improved because there is less fat on the body in the abdominal area
- it is easier to exercise as well as stay motivated to keep in shape
- they feel more confident and sexier or desirable again after regaining a firmer body shape again with skin fold reduction
- they have less skin irritation, skin infections or chafing conditions
References & Research articles – tummy tuck and back pain and incontinence
An additional benefit of diastasis recti repair during a Tummy Tuck improves incontinence and low back pain (see references below).
The HEALTH benefits from a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty may include reducing lower BACK PAIN, improving continence/reducing urinary incontinence, improving psychological well-being where a patient had negative perceptions or low fitness motivation due to having no core muscle strength, redundant skin, incontinence and/or back pain.
Tummy Tuck Price
What is the price of having a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty surgery?
Tummy Tuck PRICE – COST of Abdominoplasty in Australia by Plastic Surgeons
- Prices of Tummy tuck surgery vary. Abdominoplasty surgery costs reflect:
- the unique NEEDS of each patient
- the Surgeon’s EXPERTISE and SKILL (FRACS Plas qualifications are higher than a less-trained cosmetic surgeon)
- TYPE of tummy tuck needed
- FACILITY – where the procedure is performed
- HOW LONG – you stay in hospital
- if you have any COMPLICATIONS (be sure you DO NOT SMOKE as this greatly increases your risks)
Comparing Costs of Tummy Tuck Surgery in Melbourne
In addition to the TYPE of Surgeon involved in cheap or low-cost tummy tuck quotes (e.g., a real Plastic Surgeon vs a different type of doctor that is NOT actually qualified or tested for plastic surgery), surgery prices and advertised prices for a Tummy Tuck may be deceptive.
- Additionally, be sure you examine what’s included in your Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Price QUOTE.
- Is it a FULLY inclusive price?
- Or just the basics or surgeon’s fee – meaning your costs could be far higher than what you’re expecting?
- Know what you’re comparing
- Please review our cosmetic surgery cost pages for PRICE details for plastic surgery procedures in Melbourne hospitals.
Tummy Tuck Price Ranges
- In general, a less trained surgery and minimal procedure in a back room might range from $10,000 to up to $20,000 or more, for a complete tummy tuck with liposuction performed IN A HOSPITAL by an EXPERT Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has extensive tummy tuck surgery experience, and who is accredited by AHPRA in Australia.
How can I PAY for the PRICE or COST of a Tummy Tuck?
- Read the articles on Medicare, Health Funds and SUPER for Surgery to see if you have any eligibility for a tummy tuck (such as post-obesity weight loss)
- Save up or use an inheritance or settlement or other resources
- To reserve your ideal surgery date, select the theatre date with your Surgeon’s team, and pay $1000 towards your procedure.
- The balance is due 2 WEEKS prior to your surgery date.
- We accept cash, cheques, credit card payments and direct bank transfer.
- There are a number of options available – please read our Surgery Payment Methods page to learn more.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Health Care Cover and Medicare
Does Medicare or Health Insurance cover Abdominoplasty?
- Currently, Medicare does NOT cover abdominoplasty surgery after pregnancy, but lobbying by women’s health groups is hoping to change that.
- Because there are many benefits for abdominoplasty surgery after pregnancy or weight loss.
- Some belt lipectomy procedures may be eligible for rebates or health fund coverage if conditions meet strict criteria.
- Browse our blogs for medicare articles or phone us on 0388491444 to discuss.
- Read https://plasticsurgeons.com.au/will-medicare-cover-tummy-tuck-or-breast-surgery/
Can I use SUPER to pay for abdominoplasty surgery
- Post weight loss patients who need skin reduction may be able to apply to the ATO for early release of Super for Plastic Surgery.
- Read the BLOG on Super for Surgery.
Abdominoplasty Surgery Methods
Tummy Tuck Surgery – METHODS and TYPES
There are several types of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) that are common:
- Mini-Tummy Tuck and/or Apronectomy (‘apron skin’ only)
- Full Tummy Tuck
- Belt Lipectomy – Circumferential or extended Abdominoplasty
An Apronectomy or Panelectomy is NOT the same as an Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck and may leave some patients disappointed; ask WHY a full tummy tuck may be your best solution for sagging skin folds on your abdomen.
Snapshot: Tummy Tuck surgery can help patients who lost skin firmness (skin ‘tone’) after pregnancy, significant weight loss, bariatric surgery or menopause. The procedure can take up to 3 hours or more to perform. In addition to removing redundant skin folds, Abdominoplasty performed by a great Plastic Surgeon will INCLUDE additional body contouring and waistline shaping techniques such as liposuction, abdominal muscle repair (diastasis recti surgery), relocation of your belly button/navel, and reducing bulges from the upper and/or lower torso.
What can I EXPECT after having a Tummy Tuck?
Every patient is unique and what you are starting with impacts your results.
- Results are typically LONG LASTING if a stable weight and healthy lifestyle are maintained.
- Results can change over time and in relation to life events such as future pregnancy, illness or weight changes.
But in general, what you can expect from a professionally orchestrated and well-planned Tummy Tuck surgery is:
- FLATTER and FIRMER abdominal region
- feel more confident about torso/belly appearance IN and OUT of clothing
- more choices for swimwear, lingerie, gym gear and other fashions
- feeling comfortable again wearing FITTED clothing and tighter jeans – not hiding out in BAGGY outfits and leggings
- postural improvements due to weight and body balance / re-distribution
- greater abdominal muscle control (which can help improve bladder weakness)
- easier to exercise/more motivation to stay fit as you’ll have lost excess skin folds
- less incontinence or reduced back pain
- a restored sense of femininity or desirability and self-confidence about your body shape
Abdominoplasty Surgery Choices: Tummy Tuck for DIFFERENT body shapes
Mini Tummy Tuck vs a FULL Tummy Tuck or extended lipectomy
- A mini tummy tuck may suit women who are generally fit, thin and simply have a bit of excess skin but no abdominal structure damage (no torn muscles underneath.
- The majority of patients benefit most from a full Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck NOT just an Apronectomy.
- Patients need to be cautious their surgeon does not perform the wrong operation which will not get them the results they are seeking.
- Ask your Surgeon for a consultation assessment to find out which procedures will help you most and what to expect for your healing and recovery time.
- A belt lipectomy or extended circumferential abdominoplasty may be required after massive changes in weight or redundant skin folds that require a more extensive skin reduction procedure.
What’s a FULL tummy tuck VERSUS a mini tummy tuck?
- Abdominoplasty is NOT simply the removal of the abdominal apron.
- An Apronectomy is typically the reduction or removal of just the front belly area skin.
- A mini tummy tuck may simply be skin reduction around the navel or lower abdominal region.
- Rather, a full Abdominoplasty properly performed is likely to include:
- abdominal muscle repair/core muscle strengthening
- abdominal hernia correction where required
- navel resizing, reshaping and/or navel re-positioning
- liposuction torso shaping
- waistline defining
- mons pubis liposuction
- incisions along the belt-line that may curve from hip to hip
- OR extended incisions around the hip/back for an extended abdominoplasty or belt lipectomy
- These are typically part of a FULL tummy tuck procedure by a genuine plastic surgeon
- A mini-tummy tuck is usually just skin reduction and may not involve much shaping or liposuction; but may suit selected patients with good tone, low body fat and just a bit of extra skin folding or crepey skin
- A belt lipectomy or circumferential abdominoplasty may be required after bariatric surgery, multiple pregnancies and massive weight changes or significant weight loss.
Do I need to have DRAINS if I get a Tummy Tuck?
Drain Free Tummy Tuck Options for your Abdominoplasty are a preferred approach by our Plastic Surgeons.
- Our Team aims for drain-free surgery to
- improve your comfort during post-op recovery
- reduce infection risks at drain insertion sites
- Most of our Team ALSO add contouring liposuction shaping to get you a firmer looking torso and mons pubis
- Our leading Plastic Surgeons for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery in Melbourne are experts in body shaping Abdominoplasty for women and men
- They provide NO DRAIN tummy tuck surgery procedures when warranted.
- Some patients, however, will require drains; which are typically then removed a few days after surgery.
Is Abdominoplasty suitable for loose skin after Pregnancy?
- The post-baby body and belly skin tend to be misshapen, droopy or bulging despite being at a healthy weight or BMI.
- Abdominoplasty Surgery can really help.
- However, your CURRENT weight (BMI) and Weight changes WILL, however, impact your results.
- It’s best to attain a stable healthy weight BEFORE having a Tummy Tuck AND to sustain your weight for long-term results.
- If your current Body Mass Index (BMI) is too high, you may not have an excellent surgery result from a Tummy Tuck.
- Ask us for details about WHAT a suitable BMI range might be for a good result from Abdominoplasty surgery.
Abdominoplasty after Pregnancy – the post-baby belly tends to be misshapen and droopy. But surgery can help.
Search our Top Ranked Cosmetic Surgery BLOG for stories about Tummy Tuck experiences including Diastasis Recti repair Plastic Surgery after birthing big babies – or even twins!
What are your Surgeon’s BEST TIPS for having a good Tummy Tuck outcome?
Our Surgeon’s BEST tips and patient resources are available online or in person at our clinic during a consultation.
- Download the GUIDE to Tummy Tuck Surgery e-book
- Browse our TOP 10 Plastic Surgery blog for abdominoplasty stories and planning resources.
- Read the Plastic SURGERY RECOVERY tips page.
- Attend a consultation as far in advance of your surgery as possible (also attend an EVENT to meet the team)
- Follow all instructions and be sure you use the Rapid Recovery Package we provide to speed up your recovery.
Will a TUMMY TUCK make my stomach FLATTER and my belly skin LOOK firmer?
Yes, a Tummy Tuck performed by a Specialist Surgeon for Abdominoplasty may help you regain improved body contours and a tighter-feeling, flatter-looking stomach.
Surgery is not, however, intended as a replacement for exercise and healthy eating.
Also, surgery has risks (these are listed further below).
Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos| Plastic Surgeons
Where can I find good BEFORE & AFTER TUMMY TUCK photos?
Best choices for your Tummy Tuck Surgeon
Be sure you choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is trained in the latest, best practice methods for Tummy Tuck surgery and optional liposuction shaping, so that you’re not disappointed in your results. You don’t want just a general apronectomy or a bit of loose skin removed; you want a flatter, firmer shapely waistline without the skin folds – and that’s what we achieve for patients!
Recognise that results vary from patient to patient and DO depend on what you’re starting with, but for information on what surgery CAN accomplish, see the BEFORE and AFTER TUMMY TUCK photos link below.
How do I choose the BEST TUMMY TUCK SURGEONS in Melbourne?
Surgeons with FRACS (Plas) recognition as Specialist Plastic Surgeons are often the best resource for patients wanting an effective Tummy Tuck. Our top Surgeons are experts in body contouring and flatter, firmer, smoother skin after abdominoplasty. They are caring, empathetic and excellent communicators you will instantly recognise as having YOUR safety and YOUR best interests in mind.
Our Tummy Tuck Surgeons include the following Australian Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Reconstructive Surgeons: Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Plas), Dr Rebecca Wyten FRACS (Plas), Dr Geoff Barnett FRACS (Plas) and Dr Richard Maxwell FRACS (Plas). Dr Richard Sackelariou, FRACS (Plas) is also one of Australia’s most respected surgeons for Abdominoplasty surgery with offices in Sydney as well as Melbourne.
You can phone our team on 0388491444 for information on choosing a Surgeon, or you can meet them at an EVENT.
TIP: Remember, doctors who call themselves ‘cosmetic surgeons’ but who are NOT FRACS – simply DO NOT HOLD the same qualifications or hospital operating rights as a genuine Plastic Surgeon so are NOT your best choice for a tummy tuck. Instead, choose a genuinely RACS and AHPRA qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon who uses best-method shaping and scar placement/scar treatment options – check their expertise by searching their online reviews.
- Making the BEST choice of Surgeon for your Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty procedure is crucial to getting a good result. Be sure you choose a PLASTIC SURGEON.
- We have SIX (6) of the best trained TUMMY TUCK surgery experts in Melbourne to choose from (and we can also provide a Sydney based expert if you are living in NSW).
Where do your surgeons operate? HOSPITALS in Melbourne VIC Australia
Australian Hospitals – Abdominoplasty Options
Depending on your choice of Surgeon, you may have an operation in one of the following facilities:
Tummy Tuck Recovery and Scars
How long is Recovery after Abdominoplasty?
- Whilst Body Contouring surgery requires planning and adequate healing time
- Our Surgeons and Skin Care team have advanced surgery post-op skin care protocols to help you reduce your scars.
- You will, however, have an extended scar on the front of your body, from hip to hip or further around the back, after a Tummy Tuck procedure.
- Incisions are placed under the belt line or underwear line when possible, so as to be less revealing in most forms of clothing.
- But the incisions DO need to be placed where they will get you the best shape after an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck, so expect variability and scarring to be part of your procedure and recovery.
- Scars take up to 18 months to mature (12 months on average) or longer if you have a complication or infection.
- We offer scar reduction treatments – ALL included in your surgery.
- Ask us for a quote by meeting with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne.
What will my abdominoplasty SCAR look like?
Tummy Tuck Scars are somewhat extensive but they are strategically placed. They can also be treated to minimise the scar appearance.
You’ll want to follow your Surgeon’s instructions after surgery PRECISELY to avoid scar expansion.
It is, however, very important to have realistic expectations about surgery SCARS, results and surgical risks.
These depend partially on:
- your overall health
- your skin and BMI
- the extent of the damage to your abdominal muscles and
- other factors that can influence your surgery and healing process
- your genetics in terms of recovery and scarring
- your current skin condition, age and pregnancies
- The scars will last a lifetime but tend to fade a lot over the first 12 months of surgery.
- Incision line healing is also helped by special skin care treatments we offer our Tummy Tuck patients after their Abdominoplasty procedures.
How long will I need to wear a compression garment?
Compression Garment Recommendations after Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty Surgery
- Usually, you’ll be asked to wear the compression garment night and day, except for bathing, for about 2 to 3 months.
- Your Surgeon will advise you on when you can remove it at night and how long to continue wearing the garment.
- This may be more comfortable to wear if you have your surgery in winter.
Tummy Tuck Risks
Are there RISKS to having a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty?
Tummy Tucks incur risks like all invasive surgery. Your Surgeon will provide a list of risks and potential complications during a surgery consultation.
TIP 1: Stay informed, be sure you’re healthy and do not smoke before or after your procedure, and read and understand your risks. Only sign the consent if you are comfortable.
TIP: Don’t increase your risks by choosing an overseas surgery group with unknown doctors OR less trained surgeons who aren’t FRACS qualified. Instead, choose a surgeon you can trust.
Read the general surgery risks pages.
Download a Guide by our Specialist Plastic Surgeons who offer Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery in Melbourne, Berwick and Double Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get a Tummy Tuck if I’m planning to get pregnant again?
- A Tummy Tuck is best performed by your Plastic Surgeon AFTER you have finished having your children.
- Some women DO get pregnant again after a Tummy Tuck.
- Skin concerns may differ from earlier pregnancies because redundant skin is reduced, BUT future pregnancy WILL impact your results.
- A revision or second tummy tuck after a future pregnancy MAY BE required if you have skin stretching OR further abdominal muscle damage.
Is there a certain weight or BMI I need to attain before a Tummy Tuck?
- You should be at a stable weight or Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Ideally your BMI is under 25 and the maximum is usually 29 or below.
- Each surgeon may have different preferences or pre-surgery BMI criteria.
- If you need to lose weight, visiting with a surgeon about a tummy tuck AND/OR consulting with a nutritionist may be of assistance.
- Phone us on 0388491444.
Can I have a tummy tuck if I’m still overweight?
A Tummy Tuck can help you regain a flatter, firmer figure – it works BEST on individuals who are at a stable, ideal weight.
It can also help people who lost weight after:
- Bariatric Surgery such as a Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Balloon
- Weight loss surgery performed by a Gastric surgeon or Bariatric Surgeon.
Is there a special method for skin reduction after weight loss?
Some of our best body contouring Plastic Surgeons focus on post-bariatric surgery skin reduction and post-weight loss body contouring.
- Dr Barnett, Dr Sackelariou & Dr Maxwell have also dedicated a large part of their practice to helping Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery patients get their normal body contours back by reducing skin folds.
Exercise and nutrition are incredibly important parts of maintaining a healthy, firm looking body.
- But they can only do so much – and you cannot exercise skin.
- Once it is stretched out or saggy, it doesn’t tend to ‘bounce back’.
- If you have torn abs, they also may not heal properly and there may be a gap in the ab muscles that leads to an unsightly or uncomfortable belly bulge.
- Body reshaping surgeries, on their own or with added liposuction, are sometimes necessary to get a flatter looking tummy after:
- weight fluctuations
- prior abdominal surgery that failed to repair stomach muscles
- hernias/ abdominal hernias or apronectomy that was insufficient in removal of tissues/fat/skin
- Bariatric surgery that resulted in weight loss PLUS residual skin folds
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are leading Specialist Plastic Surgeons on our team as well as experts in Tummy Tuck procedures and Mummy Makeovers. They are extremely dedicated to helping you to get a flatter, firmer and contoured abdominal area (waistline) and remove the excess skin folds and stubborn fat from your Tummy Area, so that you feel great about your body again after having children.
Find out what our Surgeons can do for YOUR sagging belly skin or torn abs after having children.
Phone us or email us IF:
- You miss having a defined waist contour and you’re generally fit and healthy – but exercise doesn’t seem to make much difference in your belly area
- You want your waist to be smaller than your hips
- You want to reduce the tummy-pouch appearance of a bulging post-pregnancy or post-menopausal belly
- You want to reduce loose, baggy-looking stomach skin folds after weight change
- You have a stable weight, are a non-smoker and are in generally good health
- You care about improving your appearance and want to get your body-confidence back again after becoming a Mum
Abdominoplasty Surgery After Care and Good Nutrition: Sustaining your results
- Remember, surgery is NOT intended to replace good health habits.
- After surgery, healing and sustainable results depend on good nutrition.
- It also helps to follow a healthy eating plan, portion control, and to keep your BMI STABLE after surgery.
- If you need help with weight loss before or after a tummy tuck, visit NewBodySpecialists.com.au
Abdominoplasty Terms – Glossary of Medical Terms
- Full Tummy Tuck – a surgical procedure that involves reducing excess skin and shaping the waistline, including diastasis recti repair of torn abs, additional liposuction shaping and relocation and resizing/shaping the belly button, resulting in a more shapely waist/torso and flatter, tighter looking belly skin.
- Mini Tummy Tuck – a surgical procedure that may be:
- skin reduction only without extensive additional shaping
- not typically suitable for most patients
- may suit generally thin patients with excess skin but minimal body fat
- Apronectomy – removal of skin only in the ‘apron’ area of the lower torso or abdomen, but not adjusting for shape, bulges and body fat
- Panelectomy – post-bariatric body contouring similar to apronectomy
- Plastic Surgeon – a Specialist for cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures, who has studied for at least 12 years and undergone substantial training and examination
- Cosmetic Surgeon – usually a GP, skin doctor or dentist who has NOT had specialist qualifications in plastic surgery and does NOT have operating rights in accredited private Hospitals; may have taken a year long course as opposed to the extensive training of a Plastic Surgeon, who is FRACS (Plas)
- FRACS – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – a body that oversees surgical recognition and testing for Specialists in Australia who pass extensive exams
- Liposuction – suction-driven methods and cannulae devices used to remove adipose tissues (such up fat stores) to minimise volume and reduce fat cells in certain areas of the body
- Mons Pubis – the ‘pubis mound’ – meaning the area above the vaginal region of the body; this area can also appear fuller after pregnancy, weight gain or childbirth, but may be liposuctioned and reshaped or reduced and flattened using advanced surgical techniques
- Waistline – the area between your hips and rib cage
- Navel – your belly button
- Excision – surgical removal of tissues
- Incisions – surgical cuts made by a sharp instrument such as a surgical knife, laser or other instrument
- Scars – marks left after the skin heals from an incision or tissue excision
- Sutures – stitches
- Surgical markings – marks your surgeon makes on your body and skin, BEFORE your tummy tuck procedure
- Risks – health concerns or potential risks of having surgery or of having a complication
Next Steps on your Exploration of Surgery for Your Abdominal Area or Belly Bulge
Visit our FAQs pages, learn more about your procedure, have a look at our photo galleries and patient reviews.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
- A Referral from your GP or from your Specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.
- DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure or contact us
- Attend a FREE MONTHLY INFORMATION EVENING and hear from our Team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons and past patients.
- Please Contact Us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444
- Visit our FAQ pages, learn more about your procedure and also have a look at our BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS.
What to Bring to your Tummy Tuck Surgery 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
Additional Surgery Resources
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Find specialist plastic surgeons), Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Patient Safety Regulated by Plastic Surgery Regulation Laws), Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Information for patients), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA (Register of practitioners), Health Victoria (The Department of Health and Human Services)