A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is most effective if you are close to your ideal weight but have loose abdominal skin and weakened muscles. You may also have excess fat in the area, and surrounding areas (hips, back). These problems may be due to multiple factors, including lifestyle, pregnancy, weight loss, or the effects of ageing. Patients are unhappy with their look, and experience discomfort in many aspects of their lives, like doing exercise, buying clothes, skin irritations around the excess skin folds, loss of self-confidence and resulting issues with relationships. A recent Australian Study has also shown benefits to back pain and bladder problems after Tummy Tuck Surgery.
A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) usually takes around 3 to 4 hours under general anaesthetic. Dr Edinburg works with specialist anaesthetists and a team of theatre personnel. Your surgery is treated seriously and with respect, as is the case with any type of surgery undertaken by Dr Edinburg and his team. You will be admitted to a registered Hospital, compliant with all Australian Health Standards. Full details – medical, surgical, logistical, and financial – will always be discussed with you before your surgery, and we give you time and access to ask and process all the information.
Yes, Tummy Tuck Surgery (abdominoplasty) generally requires a hospital stay of 2 to 3 nights. Dr Edinburg will check in with you on a daily basis (at least), and he will discuss your surgical plan with you prior to your surgery. Our RN at Eden follows up with you after discharge, and you have regular contact with us, both by phone, and postoperative appointments.
As with most surgeries, it is common sense to expect some degree of pain and discomfort afterwards. You will have stitches as well as a drain to remove fluid for a few days. However, you will be encouraged to mobilise from Day 1, and you will be well managed with pain relief medication. A common sense attitude to pain or discomfort and a positive attitude to recovery will help you. Our patients mobilise progressively from Day 1, and we are on hand to assist you with your exercise and mobilisation progression over the coming few days and weeks.
The extent of scarring depends on many factors, including type of procedure, and your body’s age, condition, lifestyle and genetic makeup. Dr Edinburg is an experienced, and fully-qualified specialist cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and minimising scarring, along with best surgical practice, is integral to his profession. Scarring is also affected by each person’s unique makeup and lifestyle. Scarring and expected outcomes are always discussed with all our patients in detail, so that each person approaches surgery informed.
The Mini Tummy Tuck treats the minor pouching out of the lower belly – the area underneath the belly button – caused by stretching of the lower abdominal muscles. It is primarily a muscle tightening procedure for people who are already at a stable weight but who have loose abdominal muscles and a minimal amount of excess skin confined to the lower abdomen. A full Tummy Tuck, on the other hand, involves the areas both above and below the belly button and can remove a greater amount of excess skin and fat than the Mini Tummy Tuck.
Compared to a full Tummy Tuck, the treatment area for a Mini Tummy Tuck is smaller and therefore a smaller incision is required just above the pubic area. The procedure only takes 1-2 hours, and, unlike the Tummy Tuck, does not require repositioning of the belly button.
The Mini Tummy Tuck procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital and recovery takes approximately 1-3 weeks with a full return to physical activities in about 6 weeks.
Although it sounds like a faster and perhaps more cost-effective way to achieve a flat stomach compared to a full Tummy Tuck, the reality is that very few patients are “true” candidates for this approach. The majority of patients presenting to a Plastic Surgeon will require a full tummy-tuck to get the results they are looking for.
It is important to make sure you are well informed before choosing a plastic surgeon. Specialist plastic surgery qualifications are imperative in the decision-making process, and choosing the right plastic surgeon will help you to feel more relaxed and confident about your impending surgery. It is your body after all.
Be aware when doing your research. ‘Cosmetic surgeon ’ is a term and not a specialisation. It can, and is, used by doctors who have, say, a few hours and weekend-workshop training in some cosmetic techniques. If your doctor does not have FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons) behind his name, then he is not a Specialist Surgeon trained or recognised by RACS (which is the national Australian Surgeon training body). There are other societies, but they do not follow RACS guidelines. Is your surgeon a member of ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) and ASAPS (the Aesthetic arm of the ASPS)? These are important factors for you to know as your surgeon may not be a Specialist Surgeon, or may be trained in another field of surgery.
Dr Edinburg, Medical Director of The Eden Institute, is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Sydney for cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is also a specialist hand surgeon and skin cancer surgeon. He has over 20 years of outstanding medical service and achievements, positioning him as a pre-eminent plastic surgeon in both Sydney and Australia. Dr Edinburg is well known for delivering outstanding results for surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body sculpting procedures, skin cancer surgery and skin health treatments.
Dr Edinburg has completed a full fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (FRACS – Plastic Surgery), which is the only statutory recognised body for training of specialist plastic surgeons in Australia. Find out more about Dr Edinburg’s qualifications and training.
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