Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you are concerned with abdominal fat, loose muscles and sagging skin, the Eden Institute can help you with a Tummy Tuck procedure, which reduces excess fat and skin, while tightening and flattening the anterior abdominal wall.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck surgery is useful to restore firmness after pregnancy and it can help re-contour the abdominal region following major weight loss. For some of us, the years have left us with this tell-tale little ‘apron’ 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 the ‘bikini line’. 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 will be noticeable immediately after surgery, but more so after swelling and bruising have gone down. While you will have a noticeable scar, this will be hidden beneath your underwear. Scars also improve over in the weeks following your Tummy Tuck Procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

A tummy tuck is most effective if you are close to your ideal weight but have loose abdominal skin and weakened muscles from pregnancy, weight loss or the effects of ageing.

A tummy tuck usually takes around 3 to 4 hours under general anaesthetic.

Yes, tummy tuck Surgery generally requires a hospital stay of 2 to 3 days.

Recovery normally takes a few weeks, with a full return to physical activities in 6 weeks or so. It is important that you rest during this time to allow your body to heal and recover effectively. Because you will have stitches, it is important not to exert yourself or move around more than you need to for the first couple of weeks. Once your stitches have been removed and Dr Edinburg has consulted with you, you should be able to get back to most of your regular activities. Typically, you should be able to return to work within 10 to 14 days after your surgery.

You will have stitches as well as a drain to remove fluid so you may experience temporary pain and discomfort, however it will be managed with painkillers.

The extent of scarring depends on how major your procedure is. Dr Edinburg is an experienced, and fully-qualified cosmetic specialist and reconstructive surgeon, and takes great care to minimise any scarring and its visibility.

Cost will depend on the method and extent of surgery but start from $9500 - surgeon’s fees only. There are Medicare and health funds rebates associated with this procedure. Total gap costs usually start at $9500.

From January 2016, new Medicare guidelines resulted in patients eligible for the Medicare rebate for tummy tuck surgery being limited to those who have had substantial weight loss (>5 BMI points); have had weight stabilised for 6 months or more; had daily living activities affected; and who suffer from associated skin rashes.

If you do not qualify for these rebates, total gap costs start at $18,300.

Body surgeries can be undertaken individually or as a combination of treatments to maximise optimal results. For example, some patients may only need a tummy tuck whilst others are better suited for a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck. As each patient presents with unique needs, surgeries will be customised and prices may vary accordingly.

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.

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. Click here to find out more about Dr Edinburg’s qualifications and training.

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We offer a range of procedures for rejuvenating your body, including Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery, Liposuction, ‘Mummy Makeover’ Surgery, Arm Lift Surgery, Female Aesthetic Genital Surgery, Breast Augmentation Surgery, Breast Lift Surgery, and Breast Reduction Surgery.