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Tummy Tuck Surgery in Melbourne, Victoria

Many men and women desire to have a trimmer, firmer abdomen. For individuals who have found that diet and exercise are not enough to achieve these aesthetic goals. At Maxwell Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, the tummy tuck procedure, technically known as an ‘abdominoplasty’, is the most commonly performed procedure and can produce very dramatic results.

Fluctuations in weight can lead to many different aesthetic problems when it comes to body contour. After losing lots of weight, the skin of your abdominal area may be stretched out a considerable degree leading to sagging skin and stretch marks. These will not go away even with diet and exercise since this is the natural condition of skin laxity. It’s for this reason that so many people visit the  Melbourne plastic surgery  center of Mr. Richard Maxwell.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is an extremely effective  cosmetic body contouring surgerythat is performed to address contouring issues with the abdomen. Many times liposuction is used in combination with tummy tuck surgery to ensure the overall body contour is enhanced.

Not intended to take the place of diet and exercise, a tummy tuck can assist in getting rid of excess skin and fat found in the upper and lower abdominal region. This procedure is an excellent solution for:

  • Individuals who have attempted to tone their mid-sections without significant improvement or have reached a stagnant end point
  • Women whose  abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched by pregnancy
  • Candidates who have lost a substantial amount of weight

Mr Maxwell specialises in tummy tuck and other body contouring surgeries. To learn more about abdominoplasty costs and to determine whether a tummy tuck is the right choice for you, schedule an appointment with Mr. Maxwell, one of Melbourne’s leading cosmetic plastic surgeons, today.

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Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

There is no one way to perform a tummy tuck. Each patient has individual needs that have to be met, which means that each surgery needs to be tailored to meet those needs. When you meet with a Melbourne plastic surgeon, he or she will assess your situation and determine how best to proceed with treatment.

In general, there are three different kinds of tummy tuck surgery. The types of surgery are differentiated by the incision methods and sites. We’d like to look at these techniques right now so you have a good understanding of what to expect.

Traditional Tummy Tuck Surgery

During a traditional  Melbourne tummy tuck, three incisions are made. The first incision spans from hipbone to hipbone along the lower abdomen. The second incision is around the navel. The incision connects these two other incisions in something approximating an anchor shape. Through these incisions, excess skin and tissues are removed and underlying structures are revised.

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery

The mini tummy tuck is, as the name suggests, a less substantial surgery than a traditional tummy tuck. During a mini tummy tuck, the incisions tend to be smaller. In many cases, only a single incision need be made along the lower abdominal area. The size of this incision will depend on the needs of the patient.

Extended Tummy Tuck Surgery

An extended tummy tuck is for people who have lost a lot of weight and require an extensive  body lift and contouring after massive weight loss. During a tummy tuck, similar incisions are used as in a traditional tummy tuck. The incision along the lower abdomen is longer, however. This incision will generally start at the back of the hipbone, span along the side of the hip, then along the lower abdomen past the other hip to the back of the opposite hipbone.

Which one is best for me?

The best tummy tuck and body contouring options for your needs will be determined by your body contour and the extent of your weight loss. During the consultation with Mr. Maxwell, he will be sure to explain all of your options so that you can make the best possible decision about your appearance and your health.

Choosing Your Tummy Tuck

When it comes to any sort of cosmetic surgery, each patient’s needs will be different. This is particularly true with body contouring surgery. The amount of work that may need to be performed could be minimal, while in other cases, the amount of work required can be quite substantial. That’s why we tailor each surgery to meet an individual patient’s needs.

As with all surgeries we perform, there’s no one method of performing a tummy tuck. Generally, one could break down the options by the extent of the surgical work required. Let’s briefly discuss what makes each of these surgeries different.

Let us look at the traditional tuck  first. During a traditional tummy tuck, an incision is made that spans from one hipbone to the other along the lower abdomen. An additional incision is made around the belly button, and a final incision is made that connects the belly button incision to the incision made along the lower abdomen. It’s through these incisions that excess fat and tissue are removed and underlying structures are revised.

With mini tummy tucks and extended tummy tucks, the incision methods will differ from a traditional tummy tuck.

During a mini tummy tuck, an incision is made along the lower abdomen. This incision will not necessarily span from hipbone to hipbone, however. It may just be a few inches long. There will be no belly button incision required in a mini tummy tuck either. All of the surgical adjustments will be made through this small incision.

During an extended tummy tuck, the same incisions are made as in a traditional tummy tuck. The incision along the lower abdomen, however, is a little larger. Rather than spanning from hipbone to hipbone, these incisions will extend along the sides of the hips and possibly around the patient’s  back.

The surgery that is best for your needs will be determined during a consultation at our practice. For more information about tummy tuck surgery or other aesthetic enhancements,  contact our Melbourne and Victoria plastic surgery offices  today.

Schedule an Appointment for More Information

For more information about tummy tuck surgery and what it can do for you, be sure to  contact our Melbourne plastic surgery center  today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting with you and discussing your options in greater detail.

Tummy Surgical procedure

Performed under general anaesthesia, the placement of the incision is determined pre-operatively, designed to be hidden under bathing costumes and underclothes.

  • The incision extends from one hip to the other, but due to its favourable anatomical location and the fact that gravity is ‘helping’, the resulting scar is usually excellent, fading to a pale line over twelve months. The scar may widen somewhat over time, depending on how tight the abdomen has been pulled.
  • The tummy skin is then lifted up as far as the bottom of the breast bone providing access to the whole length of the vertical rectus muscles. Any gap between them is repaired by a running suture. In cases where the gap is too wide to be sutured together, synthetic mesh is used to repair the defect. With the patient flexed in the middle, the skin/fat excess is removed and the incision closed.
  • Lastly the belly button (umbilicus), which is detached from the abdominal skin at the start of the procedure, is brought out through a new hole and sutured in place.
  • Suction drains may be used

Depending on the amount of fat present, liposuction may be used during the procedure, especially at the ends of the incision in the hip areas.

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Discharge from hospital is usually on the third to fourth post-operative day.

  • Post-operatively the patient wears a compression garment for 6 weeks
  • Intravenous painkillers are used for the first 24 hours followed by oral medication
  • Early mobilisation is critical to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
  • The drain tubes may need to remain in place for up to a week.
  • A recovery period of one to two weeks is required before patients are able return to work.
  • Heavy lifting and working out should not be resumed until 8 weeks post-op to prevent disruption of the muscle repair or 12 weeks if mesh is required.

Mr. Maxwell has helped many individuals achieve a trimmer, firmer and smoother abdomen.  For more information on our tummy tuck procedure and the expected results or cost involved at our Melbourne clinic, please contact us  on (03) 8849 1462 or simply fill in the form on your right.

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Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

• Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1462 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 Consultation Fee (usually $300)

What to Bring to your Plastic 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

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