An Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure that helps to flatten the abdomen.

Tummy Tuck removes excess fat and skin whilst also tightening the underlying muscle. If endless sit-ups and crunches aren’t giving you the taut tummy you are striving for, or you have a little too much flab or excess skin around your abdomen that won’t diminish with diet or exercise, then this might be the right procedure for you. Whilst not an alternative to a healthy weight-loss plan, abdominoplasty can help in tidying up an out of shape mid-section for both men and women and is subject to Medicare rebates.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

At your consultation with Dr Doyle, the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction will be explained in full as the two are often confused. Simply put, a tummy tuck is ideal for removing excess skin, while liposuction is ideal for removing excess fat. That being said, Dr Doyle will use liposuction during the abdominoplasty procedure to help with final contouring. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, we find that in particular women post-pregnancy (who are not planning future pregnancies), and both men and women who have experienced significant weight-loss, are suitable to undergo tummy tuck surgery.

What is the tummy tuck procedure?

An abdominoplasty begins with the patient being placed under general anaesthesia, after which an incision is made low on the abdomen, at about the same level as the pubic area. This incision usually extends from hip bone to hip bone. The skin will be separated from the abdominal muscles which will then be pulled together and stitched into place for a narrower waist and firmer abdomen. The flap of skin is that stretched over the newly tightened muscles with any excess skin being removed. The navel will be reattached to a more natural-looking position. The incisions will be closed, and a sterile dressing is placed over. The procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours under general anaesthetic and usually involves an overnight stay in hospital.

How long is recovery after a tummy tuck?

The exact recovery time for your procedure will be determined post-operatively.

For a few days after treatment, you will most likely feel uncomfortable. A temporary tube may be placed under the skin in order to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. A compression garment will need to be worn during recovery.

Often clients can return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery depending on the type of work done. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.

Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution. The ideal candidate for this surgery is someone who is close to his or her ideal body weight.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are non-smokers who are in the good physical condition and are at a stable weight. They also have pockets of fat or loose skin that does not move with diet and/or exercise. It is also ideal for women who have experienced muscle and skin stretching post-pregnancy. We don’t recommend that mums have this procedure until they have finished having children.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with liposuction?

Depending on your weight, and the state of your health, it is possible to combine these treatments. In some cases, you can have the liposuction performed during a tummy tuck, to find out if you’re eligible for this dual procedure you should book a consultation with Dr Doyle at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery.

When will I noticed tummy tuck results?

You should see the results immediately. However, because your body will need time to recover from surgery, we advise that you give your body some time to heal before judging the results. How quickly you see results will also depend on the extent of the procedure you undergo.

Tummy tuck on the gold coast

If you are interested in changing the appearance of your abdomen, Dr Doyle offers abdominoplasty from his surgery on the Gold Coast. To learn more about abdominoplasty, please contact our practice today.