Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
The Sydney and Canberra Clinics to Trust with Your Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty – or a ‘tummy tuck’ as it is more commonly known – is one of the most popular plastic surgeries throughout Australia. As we age and our body changes, many people choose this procedure as a way to improve the look of their abdominal wall.
At Panthea Clinics, we specialise in abdominoplasty surgery. Passionate about helping our patients look and feel their best, we are proud to offer unparalleled results with our high standard of care. Recognised internationally and known throughout Sydney and Canberra as a name you can trust, we can guide you towards the results you’ve always wanted.
What is an abdominoplasty?
In order to understand what a tummy tuck is, it’s helpful to have a basic knowledge of the composition of the abdominal wall.
The walls of your abdomen have three layers; the outer skin, the middle layer of fat, and the inner muscle and fascial layer. There are many different reasons as to why each of these areas can begin to look different over time. Excess skin, fat accumulation and ageing can leave your tummy looking far different to what it once was. Many people seek abdominoplasty surgery to tighten these area to address the changes.
Simply put, a tummy tuck can be looked at as a procedure that takes away excess abdominal wall tissue. This removes the fat and repositions the umbilicus with a tight wound closure. Over the years, the development of surgical techniques has allowed surgeons to improve our understanding of how aesthetics and anatomy can maximised for the greatest outcomes. This allows for more nuanced and intricate procedures that achieve outstanding results.
The process of getting a tummy tuck
When you come to Panthea Clinics for an abdominoplasty, you will be guided through every step in the process to ensure the best care and experience.
At your First consultation, we will goe through details of your medical history such as:
- Previous abdominal surgeries
- Regular medications
- History of deep venous thrombosis
- Experience with diabetes
- Weight stability
- Any other details related to your medical history
During your consultation, we will discuss any concerns you may have about the procedure.Dr Farhadieh will also examine and assess the quality and redundancy of your fat, skin as well as the underlying layers. We will discuss all surgical options, such as full abdominoplasties, mini-abdominoplasties and associated procedures such as liposculpture with you. This allows us to find the right option for your particular needs. Regardless of which option you choose, your surgical incisions will be tailored to your preference to ensure that they can be concealed as much as possible.
An important aspect of successful surgical outcomes is to be realistic with your expectations. For example, some patients in our Sydney and Canberra clinics expect that their tummy tuck will remove their stretch marks. While surgery helps camouflage them, it cannot fix the underlying cause, rupture of collagen subdermal collagen bundles. Of course, we will discuss what is and isn’t possible to achieve with your surgery to ensure your expectations and our delivery are one in the same. Your medical records will include photographs prior to your surgery so you can compare the results once you have fully recovered.
Smokers will be requested to stop smoking for 3–6 weeks prior to surgery and to abstain for at least 3–6 weeks after surgery. On the day, you will be admitted to hospital where Dr Farhadieh will see you along with the anaesthetist so that any remaining questions can be addressed and we can again review our procedure check list. Surgical markings will be made just prior to surgery. It is a good idea to wear your preferred underwear so that the optimal incision site can be confirmed.
Once your surgery is completed, you will be monitored in the recovery room before returning to the ward. Already in a compression garment designed to reduce any swelling and make you should feel as comfortable as possible. The drains will be removed from the surgical area sequentially and you will be encouraged to begin walking as soon as you can, which usually occurs within the first few days. Following this, you will be discharged and have a follow-up appointment within 10-14 days.
After a couple of weeks, you should be able to resume most of your regular activities with the exception of any that place pressure on your abdominal wall. Within 8-12 weeks you will be able to resume all activities.
What you should know
Every surgery carries complication risks, no matter how small or trivial here at Panthea Clinics we discuss all of these with you at your consultation.
To ensure the highest quality outcome, we like to see our patients at regular intervals following the initial postoperative consultation. If at any stage you have questions or concerns about your surgery or healing process, we are more than happy to discuss them with you day or night. It’s our belief that the trust between you and your surgeon is the most important factor in the surgical process. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty transparency and patient welfare. We pride ourselves on making sure that our patients feel supported through each stage of the journey.
‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’
Get in touch with us today
If you’re looking to achieve a tight and toned tummy, Panthea Clinics can provide you with state of the art care. With abdominoplasty surgery at our Sydney or Canberra clinics, you can get the look you want while having peace of mind knowing that you’re getting the very best care available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days will I need to be in hospital for?
Usually you will stay in hospital for 2-3days. You will be often discharged with at least one remaining drain, which will come out usually by day 5-7 postoperatively.
Is the surgery painful?
There is some discomfort associated with surgery. Although most patients report a tightness rather than pain due to excellent pain control regime we utilise which includes local anaesthetic for the immediate postoperative period as well as powerful analgesics.
Will I have liposculpture and liposuction as part of the procedure as well?
Often this may be required to achieve the optimal aesthetic outcome. The abdominal wall will require varying degrees of treatment and this includes liposculpture and liposuction of areas not included in the tummy tuck.
When will I be able to resume normal activity?
Within 2 weeks you will be back at work and be able to resume most normal activities. Exercises which put strain on your core abdominal muscles should not be resumed for at least 8 and preferably for 12 weeks postoperatively.
Where will the scars be placed?
As part of the preoperative assessment Dr Farhadieh will tailor the incision sites in consultation with you depending on your type of preferred underwear, swimwear or previous surgery. The scars are not only camouflaged, but fade considerably within the first 12 months from surgery
What will my follow up include?
Dr Farhadieh believes that the doctor-patient rapport is amongst the most sacred and privileged relationships. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty, transparency and above all, patient welfare.
We pride ourselves on making sure that you feel supported through each stage of the journey. We will be available during all stages of your journey and will schedule short, medium and long term follow ups as part of our overall practice.