Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you’re concerned with abdominal fat, loose muscles and sagging skin, Dr Edinburg and the team at the Eden Institute in Sydney is able to help you with a Tummy Tuck procedure, or Abdominoplasty.


Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) for Men

Growing numbers of men have shown concern with their stomach region and flabby skin. Either they have lost weight or they have started a fitness regime and they are looking specifically to reduce loose flaps of skin over their tummies or to remove pockets of unsightly fat.

Tummy Tuck surgery is useful to re-contour the abdominal region following major weight loss. For some us, the years have left us with this tell-tale little ‘spare tyre’ around the middle which we cannot get rid of, even with diet and exercise.

During Tummy Tuck surgery, an incision is made from hip to hip above the pubic area, in line with where your underwear would sit. Abdominal muscles and their connective tissue (fascia) are tightened with stitches. Liposuction may be used to remove fat and refine the contours, and excess skin is removed. The navel may need to be repositioned and then the area is stitched closed.

Following surgery, you will wear a compression bandage, and you may have temporary tubes in place to drain excess fluids and minimise swelling. Most people can return to work 1 to 2 weeks after Tummy Tuck Surgery, but strenuous activity is best avoided for up to 2 months. Results should be noticeable immediately after surgery, but more so after the swelling and bruising have gone down. You will have a noticeable scar. However this will be hidden beneath your underwear. Scars also improve in the weeks following your Tummy Tuck procedure.

Dr Edinburg will work with you to determine which tummy tuck procedure will help you achieve the look you want.

In our experience, a tremendous amount of self-confidence is gained by our patients. They report standing more upright, walking with more confidence, and feeling better about themselves. The physical improvement also leads to a psychological improvement.

Both men and women are appropriate candidates for this type of surgery, and Dr Edinburg will use his considerable specialist experience to assist you in making the appropriate choice for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens the connective tissue overlying the abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother, flatter tummy. You may be asking the question ‘what is tummy tuck surgery’ or ‘how does tummy tuck surgery work’. In that case, a consultation with Dr Edinburg, with over 20 years’ experience, can help guide you to make the best choice for your body, lifestyle and concerns. We invite you to peruse our questions below.

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.

 

Recovery normally takes 4 weeks with a full return to physical activities within 6 to 8 weeks.

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 toward 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 cost will depend on the method and extent of surgery and whether you qualify for a Medicare rebate. To qualify you must meet the following new criteria as of January 1, 2016:

  • Have had significant weight loss (greater than 5 BMI units or 14kg for a 170cm person)
  • Have been at a stable weight for 6 months or more
  • Have experienced skin irritation that has failed 3 months of treatment
  • And have skin folds that are interfering with the activities of daily living.

It will be our pleasure to help you determine your costs when you speak with us or read more about male tummy tuck cost here.

Interested in our tummy tuck surgery? Contact our specialist plastic surgery team at the Eden Institute in Baulkham Hills, Chatswood and Richmond in Sydney.

Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery (Mini-Abdominoplasty)

If you’d just like to improve the look of your lower stomach, Dr Edinburg offers a Mini-Abdominoplasty, or Mini-Tummy Tuck, to restore firmness in the lower abdomen in both men and women. This procedure removes excess skin and fat associated with weakness in the abdominal wall beneath your belly button. It results in a much smaller scar and shorter down time.

During a mini tummy tuck, a small incision is made below the bikini line. Skin and fat are detached from the muscle, which may itself be tightened. Liposuction may be used to contour the area. Excess skin is removed and then the two skin sections are stitched back together.

Afterwards, you will wear a compression bandage for a few weeks to assist healing. Initial recovery depends on the extent of the procedure, but is generally around one to two weeks after which you can return to work.

Dr Edinburg will help you to decide the best way to achieve the results you want from a mini tummy tuck.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your loose skin and muscles are confined to your lower abdomen, a mini-tummy tuck is a simpler procedure with less surgery and a shorter recovery time. In addition, your belly button should not have to be repositioned, as may be the case with a full tummy tuck. Of course, Dr Edinburg will help you assess which type of surgery is appropriate for your body.

A mini-tummy tuck usually takes about 2 hours under general anaesthetic.

Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery normally requires an overnight stay in hospital.

Recovery normally takes a few weeks, with a full return to physical activities in 6 weeks or so. You should be able to return to work in 10 to 14 days.

The cost of mini-tummy tuck surgery will depend on the method and extent of surgery and whether you qualify for a Medicare rebate. To qualify you must meet the following new criteria as of January 1, 2016:

  • Have had significant weight loss (greater than 5 BMI units or 14kg for a 170cm person)
  • Have been at a stable weight for 6 months or more
  • Have experienced skin irritation that has failed 3 months of treatment
  • And have skin folds that are interfering with the activities of daily living.

Health fund rebates also apply to this procedure. You can find the price information about mini-tummy tuck surgery cost on "How Much does It Cost" section.

Interested in our Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery? Contact our practice today for a consultation. We are conveniently located in Baulkham Hills, Chatswood and Richmond in Sydney.