Tummy Tuck

A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure which involves the removal of excess fat and loose skin from the abdominal region and/or the tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles.

Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss treatment, however it can be an effective method to create a firmer and smoother abdominal profile following a period of significant weight loss or to restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles following pregnancy.

While the results of tummy tuck surgery are permanent, weight gain is still possible following the procedure. For this reason, we recommend that tummy tuck surgery only be considered after you have achieved the desired underlying body shape through diet and exercise.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

There are two types of tummy tuck surgery—a partial abdominoplasty (such as a mini tummy tuck or an endoscopic abdominoplasty) or a full abdominoplasty.

A full abdominoplasty will generally achieve the best overall improvement to the physique, however a full abdominoplasty may not be required. Your surgeon will recommend the most suitable tummy tuck method based on your individual condition and what you want to achieve.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is ideal for treating loose or sagging skin below the belly button where the underlying muscle does not require tightening.

During the procedure, excess skin between the belly button and bikini line is removed to produce a flatter and smoother abdomen. The belly button remains in place and the underlying muscle is left untouched which typically results in less scarring and a faster recovery.

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

Where the abdominal skin is in relatively good condition, an endoscopic abdominoplasty allows the underlying abdominal muscles to be tightened without removing any excess skin.

During the procedure, a single incision is made near the public bone and the underlying muscles are tightened and sutured into place while ensuring any scarring will be minimal and discreet. The recovery period is also significantly quicker when compared to a full abdominoplasty.

Full Abdominoplasty

A full abdominoplasty can be performed to treat loose or sagging skin below the belly button while also tightening the underlying abdominal muscles.

During a full abdominoplasty, an incision is made along the bikini line, the abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured in place and any excess skin and fatty tissue is removed. If necessary, the navel may also be repositioned. The procedure will result in some scarring which is not generally visible when wearing underwear or a bikini.

In most cases, tummy tuck surgery can also be combined with liposuction to achieve the optimal result.

What to Expect After Tummy Tuck Surgery

Immediately following tummy tuck surgery, you may feel drowsy from the anaesthetic so it is important to have someone drive you home and stay overnight while you rest. You will be provided with our after-hours support contact number if you have any concerns.

In the days following surgery you should expect to experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some discomfort around the abdominal area. 

While the recovery following tummy tuck surgery largely depends on the surgical method used, here is a general overview of the expected recovery time frames:

  • Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck or Endoscopic Abdominoplasty): Most patients can expect to resume non-strenuous activities within 1-2 weeks following a partial abdominoplasty. Patients should avoid more strenuous physical activity for six weeks.
  • Full Abdominoplasty: Following a full abdominoplasty, patients usually require at least one week away from non-strenuous work and should allow around 6-8 weeks before attempting any more strenuous physical activity.

Your surgeon will fully explain what you can expect following tummy tuck surgery and the anticipated recovery time frames.

To aid a fast recovery, it’s important you follow the instructions provided by your surgeon and rest as much as possible. Compression stockings should also be worn for several weeks following the procedure to reduce swelling.

Your recovery will be monitored through a number of post-operative check-ups and our surgeons and nurses will be available at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Tummy Tuck Results—Before and After

While the results following tummy tuck surgery will vary between patients, most patients can expect to achieve a firmer abdomen with tauter skin. Depending on the method used, tummy tuck surgery can restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles and even reduce itching and skin infections caused by excess sagging skin.

At Me Clinic, we’ve produced excellent results for the hundreds of tummy tuck patients we’ve treated. Here are some before and after examples of what we’ve been able to achieve.

 

Case Example - Full Abdominoplasty

 Tummy tuck on a female

 

Case Example - Full Abdominoplasty

 Tummy tuck female

 

Case Example - Full Abdominoplasty

 Tummy tuck on female before after

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a tummy tuck leave a scar?

Tummy tuck surgery will leave a scar which will fade over time but not disappear altogether (it can take up to one year or even more to see the final result). Some patients may also notice some creases or ‘puckering’ around the edge of the scar. Your surgeon will endeavour to make any incisions below the bikini line to ensure the scar is as discreet and inconspicuous as possible.

Will I be awake during tummy tuck surgery?

No—tummy tuck surgery is usually performed in a hospital under general anaesthesia. In some cases where general anaesthesia is not suitable, the surgery may be conducted with the use of local anaesthetic and sedation.

How long does it take to recover from tummy tuck surgery?

The recovery following tummy tuck surgery can vary according to the patient and surgical method used, however most patients can expect to resume light physical activity 1-2 weeks after the procedure. You should avoid more strenuous physical activity for at least 6 weeks following surgery.

How does a tummy tuck compare to liposuction?

While both treatments can be effective for use on the abdominal area, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery do not treat the same issues—while tummy tuck surgery provides an effective method to tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin, liposuction works as a fat removal treatment.

Find out how the two treatments compare

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

As a general guide, you can expect a tummy tuck procedure at Me Clinic to cost between $12,800 and $19,500.

Thecost of tummy tuck surgery is influenced by a range of factors including the type of tummy tuck being performed, the theatre time required for the procedure and whether it is being combined with an additional treatment such as liposuction. It’s important you arrange a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons to obtain a personalised quote.

Find out more about the cost of tummy tuck surgery

Tummy Tuck Surgery at Me Clinic

At Me Clinic, we provide a discreet and understanding environment where you can find out more about the various treatment options available to you.

Our skilled and experienced surgeons have over 35 years of cosmetic surgery experience to share with you and have performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures.

To find out more about undergoing tummy tuck surgery at Me Clinic, contact us to arrange a personal consultation with one of our surgeons.

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Tummy Tuck is a Cosmetic Surgery Procedure to remove fat and excess loose skin from the abdomen. In most cases, it will restore weakened or separated muscles and change the shape and tone of the abdomen to create a firmer and smoother profile.

At the Me Clinic we have over 30 years of Cosmetic Surgery experience and we have performed hundreds of Tummy Tuck procedures.

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Surgical Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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