Abdominoplasty

Body Procedures

Abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to remove excess abdominal skin and fat as well as tighten or repair muscles that have lost tone or separated during pregnancy, after massive weight loss, or as a result of ageing.

A key consideration is your weight, and the best candidates for Abdominoplasty surgery are those who are already within a healthy weight range and engage in regular exercise. An abdominoplasty is not suited to people who are overweight and wish to have their abdominal fat removed surgically.

Consultation

During your preoperative consultation, your specific situation, needs, and desired outcome will be discussed. Your medical history will be discussed, including previous abdominal surgery, pregnancies, other medical conditions, medications and allergies. A physical evaluation will be performed, and clinical photographs will be taken. You may need an abdominal ultrasound or CT scan to assess hernias.

The Procedure

Abdominoplasty is performed in an accredited hospital facility under general anaesthetic.
The procedure takes approximately 3 hours and requires a hospital stay, both of which are variable depending on what type of abdominoplasty is performed and your home situation.

There are a number of different types of abdominoplasty, and Dr Taylor will recommend the most suitable technique to meet your specific circumstances.

They include:

  • Mini abdominoplasty
  • Radical abdominoplasty
  • Extended abdominoplasty
  • Corset abdominoplasty
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Belt lipectomy

Risks and complications

All surgery causes bruising, swelling, some oozing or small amount of bleeding from wounds, new scars and carries a risk of wound infection and wound healing problems. Deep vein thrombosis and risks associated with general anaesthesia must be considered.

Some risks and complications specific to abdominoplasty surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Seroma – accumulation of fluid under the abdominal skin and fat which may become infected
  • Asymmetry, contour irregularities
  • Small lumps due to fat necrosis
  • Wound healing problems, delayed healing or wound infection, which may require antibiotics, ongoing dressings and occasionally surgical management
  • Poor scarring including hypertrophic and keloid scars
  • Need for secondary surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between fat transfer and fillers?
As opposed to synthetic fillers, the process of a fat transfer keeps the fat cells permanently where they are placed. They use a person’s own fat tissue for injection, rather than filler materials.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty surgery patients are those who are fit, have already achieved any weight loss goals. Abdominoplasty surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise and can be associated with increased risks in patients who are overweight or obese. Women who are planning future pregnancies should also delay abdominoplasty surgery.
How much does breast reconstruction surgery cost?
The cost for breast reconstruction is determined by the extent and complexity of the procedure, as well as surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and post-operative recovery costs. Because of its reconstructive nature, a portion of the procedure costs may be covered by Medicare or your private health insurer, but you will need to check what criteria you must meet to be eligible.
What is recovery from breast revision like?
Recovery from breast revision surgery will be similar to the recovery experienced following the initial implant procedure. It is recommended that you minimise strenuous activity and exercise after surgery. You should also avoid wearing underwire bras to facilitate proper healing of the underlying breast tissue.

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