Tummy Tuck Sydney NSW

Abdominoplasty surgery, also referred to as a tummy tuck, is ideal for men or women with loose and excess skin around the belly. The causes of this loose skin can be numerous. For women, loose skin is often the result of one or more pregnancies. Men and women who have had dramatic weight loss, either through gastric sleeve surgery or diet and exercise, are usually left with large areas of loose skin that can only be addressed with abdominoplasty surgery.

Many patients believe liposuction and a tummy tuck are similar procedures, however, they are different. Dr Laniewski often performs the two procedures together, to restore optimal shape. It is also possible to combine other procedures with your tummy tuck so that other areas of concern can be addressed. You will decide this in consultation with Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Laniewski prior to surgery.

There are several benefits to undergoing tummy tuck surgery. The surgical procedure will remove excess skin that may be susceptible to infection and cause discomfort and chafing in extreme cases. Tummy tuck surgery may also address separated abdominal muscles by reconstructing and tightening the muscles, resulting in an improved silhouette and flattening of the abdomen.

There may be functional benefits as well as improvement of total well-being as well as improvement in self-esteem from this type of procedure.

A thorough consultation with Dr Peter Laniewski can help you determine the best solution to achieve your health and aesthetic goals. Whether that involves liposuction, undergoing a modified abdominoplasty with a smaller scar, or having a more extensive abdominoplasty and body lifting procedure.

Tummy tuck Surgery

Abdominoplasty surgery removes loose and excess skin, along with stubborn fat deposits that may not otherwise respond to diet and exercise. Your surgeon will make an incision to remove the excess skin. Liposuction may also be used, to remove stubborn fat deposits and create a natural silhouette. Healthy skin is repositioned and the deep layer of SMAS is reconstructed to ensure a tension-free closure.

The abdominal muscles may also need to be restored when the surgery is done to repair damage to the body after pregnancy. Skin that has been significantly stretched will not be elastic enough and will need to be excised. It is quite common for women who have had several pregnancies or twin pregnancies to have loose skin that no amount of diet and exercise can address.

During the surgery, your surgeon will excise excess skin to restore contour and it also addresses any divarication (separation) in abdominal muscles in order to achieve the best functional and cosmetic results.

Tummy tuck surgery is the ideal choice for people that have had mixed results with diet and exercise. It is also a good option for those who would like to remove excess skin and achieve a flat belly after extreme weight loss.

It is important that patients are in good general health and are as close to their ideal goal weight as possible, as tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure. It is extremely important to discuss any health conditions with Dr Laniewski.

Tummy Tuck Before and After

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Recovery after surgery

The tummy tuck procedure is an invasive yet effective procedure when performed by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr Laniewski. Patients may require a hospital stay of typically three to five days. Recovery once home should be assisted, and you should not drive for at least two weeks. A compression garment should be worn for at least six weeks post-surgery.

There will be postoperative swelling that will obscure the final results. A flatter tummy and removal of excess skin will be appreciated immediately after surgery. Scarring is also an inevitable product of surgery. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is highly skilled, and will always work towards minimising scarring. You will be given post-surgical scar advice. It is important to note that it can take up to 12 months to see the final result of your scar. You may need surgical drains for a few days after surgery to drain away excess fluid while you are healing. This is fairly common and should not cause you any additional discomfort during the recovery phase. Dr Laniewski will also provide you with the details that you need to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. This includes support and information regarding the healing process, surgical dressing care, staying comfortable, and of course expected outcomes during the following months.

Recovering at Home

You will need to plan well prior to your abdominoplasty. Stock up on the supplies that you will need upon your return home. Fill any prescriptions in advance so that you have them on hand when you get home. Ensure that you will have meals ready, or someone to help you to prepare meals. Put the tight-fitting clothes away for now, as it may be several weeks before you are feeling comfortable enough to wear anything form fitting. Loose clothing with breathable fabrics will be the most appropriate for ultimate post-surgery recovery.

You may also need assistance with showering, once you are able to shower. You will need a friend, family member to take you home after surgery as you will be unable to drive and you will require monitoring of your post anaesthetic recovery.

How much does a tummy tuck cost in sydney?

The costs associated with a tummy tuck can vary considerably between patients. There are a number of factors that can be unique to each individual, and that can have an impact on how much your tummy tuck procedure will cost. The amount of excess skin and fat that needs to be removed will definitely factor into the cost, as will the type of surgery that Dr Laniewski decides to perform for you. A more extensive surgery that requires extensive repair may cost more than a straightforward or mini tummy tuck.

Patients should also consider potential postoperative costs associated with surgery. This could include the cost of prescriptions and the compression garments that are required to achieve the best possible results of your tummy tuck. You will also need time off from work, and will not be able to drive for some time. This may also factor into your ability to budget for the surgery.

Are there any risks with Abdominoplasty?

There are risks associated with any type of surgical procedure. It is extremely important to share your complete medical history with us prior to your abdominoplasty surgery. We will take all possible steps needed to keep you healthy and strong during your surgery.

There is also a very small risk of postoperative complications. However, you will be monitored during your hospital stay to ensure that your recovery from the tummy tuck goes as smoothly as is possible.

Occasionally, bleeding can occur directly after the operation. Your surgeon will monitor this constantly in the operating theatre and during your recovery. As with any surgery, there is also the risk of infection. Your surgeon and medical team will be able to provide you with the recovery assistance that you will need.

Smokers will need to stop smoking several weeks prior to surgery. Additionally, it’s important to refrain from smoking for several weeks after surgery. Smoking can result in complications during the surgery, and it can also slow down the healing phase.

You will need to tell Dr Laniewski if you routinely take any medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter supplements, as these can cause complications during the healing process.

Long term results of a tummy tuck?

Immediately after your surgery, you will notice the results. However, complete recovery and the return of smooth, comfortable mobility can take between a few weeks to a few months. Don’t get discouraged, as the physical and cosmetic improvements that you will see are ongoing and permanent. Some patients can return to work after two weeks of recovery. This, however, will be dependent on the physical nature of your work. Your personal rate of recovery will also play a factor in how soon you will be able to return to work and your normal active lifestyle.

It is normal and expected to experience numbness, bruising and tenderness during recovery. Bruising and discomfort will subside during your first week of recovery, however numbness may continue for several months. Your doctor will provide you with the appropriate pain medications to ensure your comfort levels are maintained from the moment your surgery is over, to the moment that you no longer need pain management.

If you would like to find out more information about a tummy tuck, or perhaps other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Dr Laniewski on 1300 278 972. Now is the right time to start planning for your healthier and more confident future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

You may be a candidate for abdominoplasty if:

  • You are physically and mentally healthy
  • You have realistic expectations regarding what surgery can achieve
  • You have a loose, sagging or protruding abdomen
  • You have weakened or separated abdominal muscles
  • You have mild excess fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to diet and exercise
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen
  • You have maintained your goal weight for at least six months
  • You do not smoke or are willing to stop smoking in the months before and after surgery

How do I prepare for an abdominoplasty?

Before your tummy tuck procedure, Dr Laniewski will provide you with a comprehensive list of pre-operative instructions. This will include things like quitting smoking, adjusting medications and preparing a comfortable recovery space.

Smokers will need to stop smoking several weeks prior to surgery. It’s also important to refrain from smoking for several weeks after surgery. Smoking can result in complications during the surgery, and it can also slow down the healing phase.

You will need to tell Dr Laniewski if you routinely take any medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter supplements. You just may be surprised at some of the adverse reactions that are possible from taking herbal supplements or even aspirin.

Dr Laniewski will also provide instructions regarding what to do the day before your procedure, such as fasting, showering and what to wear to the hospital. You should follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safety during the procedure.

Will Medicare cover the cost of a tummy tuck?

While Medicare will not cover an abdominoplasty performed for cosmetic reasons, you may be eligible for a rebate if you meet specific medical criteria. To receive this, you must demonstrate that:

  • You have lost significant amounts of weight (at least 5 BMI points or around 15kgs) and have maintained a stable weight for at least six months
  • You have large amounts of excess skin that are interfering with daily living
  • You have tried non-surgical treatments to treat skin irritation caused by excess skin without success
  • You have a hernia that can be documented in an ultrasound

If you’d like to learn more about whether you may be eligible for a rebate, please get in touch with the clinic.

How visible will scars be after my tummy tuck surgery?

Scarring is an inevitable part of any invasive surgery. While abdominoplasty scars can be rather long, Dr Laniewski will strategically position them below the bikini line. This means that any scars will be hidden when wearing underwear or swimwear. Regardless, incision lines will fade over time, and Dr Laniewski can give direction on how to care for your scars.

Does a tummy tuck hurt?

During your tummy tuck surgery, you will not feel anything, thanks to the general anaesthetic administered before the procedure. When you wake up after the procedure, you may experience some pain in the surgical area. However, Dr Laniewski will prescribe pain medication to help with this, and many patients find that they need just over-the-counter pain relievers after the first few postoperative days.

How long does the procedure take?

Tummy tuck surgery at Dr Laniewski clinic in Sydney usually takes between two to three hours to complete, depending on the complexity of the case. Once you are out of surgery, you may need to stay in hospital for two to three nights so that we can monitor your condition during your initial healing.

How long will my tummy tuck results last?

While abdominoplasty results are permanent, changes to the body afterwards can have a negative impact on your results. For instance, future weight fluctuations can cause the remaining abdominal skin to lose elasticity and begin to sag once more. Pregnancy can also cause further sagging and damage to the abdominal muscles.

To ensure that your tummy tuck results are long-lasting, you should be at a healthy, stable weight prior to surgery. For female patients, you should ideally wait until you have finished having children to consider surgery.

Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?

Depending on your overall health and aesthetic goals, you may be able to combine your tummy tuck with additional cosmetic procedures. For example, you may choose to add liposuction to your procedure to reduce excess pockets of fat.

Many women who wish to restore their bodies after pregnancy choose to combine their abdominoplasty with breast surgery, commonly known as a ‘Mummy Makeover’. Combining procedures can create a more dramatic result and can minimise costs and recovery times. If you are interested in combining procedures, please discuss this with Dr Laniewski during a consultation.

What is the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction?

Abdominoplasty and liposuction both aim to change the appearance of the midsection, however they are two completely different procedures. Liposuction is designed to remove stubborn fat deposits and improve the body’s contour. On the other hand, a tummy tuck is a far more complex surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, as well as to repair separated abdominal muscles. If you aren’t sure which procedure is best suited to your goals, please schedule a consultation with Dr Laniewski.

When is the best time to have an abdominoplasty?

For his female patients, Dr Laniewski typically advises that you wait until you have finished having children before considering tummy tuck surgery. To give your body time to recover from the changes of pregnancy, you should wait at least a year after having your last child.

If you are a weight loss patient, the best time to have an abdominoplasty is once you have reached your goal weight and have maintained that for at least six months. If you believe that you are ready for a tummy tuck, please get in touch today.

Do I need to have anaesthesia?

Yes. Abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure, and as such, is always performed under general anaesthesia. This means that, during the procedure, you will be fully asleep, with no sensation of discomfort during surgery and no recollection of what happened during surgery when you wake up. General anaesthesia is regarded as the safest and most comfortable option when performing a tummy tuck.

When can I resume my exercise regime?

As you heal from your abdominoplasty surgery, you will need to avoid any strenuous physical activities. A general guideline of when you can resume exercise may look like this:

  • Immediately after surgery: We encourage you to begin some light walking to improve circulation and prevent blood clots.
  • Three to four weeks after surgery: You may start some light exercise, such as walking and cycling.
  • Four to six weeks after surgery: You can resume most exercise, with the exception of heaving lifting and contact sports. Ensure to take it slow.
  • Six to 12 weeks: You can resume weight training and contact sports, pending Dr Laniewski’s clearance.

When can I return to work after tummy tuck surgery?

Following your tummy tuck surgery, expect to take at least two weeks off from work. Most patients can return to desk work within ten to fifteen days, however, occupations that require strenuous movement and lifting may require anywhere from two to six weeks off. Dr Laniewski will discuss how much time you may need to take off during your initial consultation.

Are there any risks with abdominoplasty?

There is, of course, a small risk with any surgical procedure. This is why we encourage you to share your complete medical history with us prior to your tummy tuck. We will take all possible steps needed to keep you healthy and strong during your surgery.

There is also a very small risk of postoperative complications. However, you will be monitored during your hospital stay to ensure that your recovery from the tummy tuck goes as smoothly as is possible.

Occasionally, bleeding can occur directly after the operation. Your surgeon will correct this both in the operating theatre and during recovery if needed. As with any surgery, there is also the risk of infection. Your doctor and team will be able to provide you with the recovery assistance that you will need.

Some of the other potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery may include:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Haematoma
  • Visible and prominent scarring
  • Numbness
  • Constrained movement
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Blood clots
  • Skin discolouration
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Poor wound healing

If you notice anything amiss following your tummy tuck surgery, please get in touch with Dr Laniewski immediately.

If you would like to find out more information about a tummy tuck, or perhaps other cosmetic surgery procedures, contact Dr Laniewski on 1300 278 972. Now is the right time to start planning for your healthier and more confident future.