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Dr Douglas McManamny

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

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Tummy Tuck

It can be difficult to achieve your ideal abdominal contour. Sometimes diet and exercise fail to adequately treat stubborn fat and excess skin. For these patients, liposuction also may not be enough if you have moderate to severe skin laxity or weakness of your abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove excess tissue from the abdomen and to tighten loose abdominal muscles.

Who Can Benefit?


There are a variety of tummy tuck techniques available to help you achieve the abdominal contour you desire.

Excess Skin
from Weight Loss

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Patients who have either naturally lost a significant amount of weight or who have undergone bariatric surgery

These individuals are closely within their ideal weight goal and have kept their weight off for over six months. Additional weight loss or weight gain after your tummy tuck can affect the quality of your results. Post-weight loss patients usually benefit from an extended tummy tuck in which excess skin from the abdomen, hips, and back is removed. An extended tummy tuck can correct abdominal skin that hangs over the pubic mound. For qualified patients, liposuction can be used to eliminate excess fat, and loose abdominal muscles can be tightened.

Stomach Pooch
Post-Pregnancy

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Women who have loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin following pregnancy

These women have had children at some point and are now experiencing abdominal muscles and skin that cannot be toned through diet and exercise. Weak abdominal muscles and sagging skin are common following pregnancy due to rapid, prolonged stretching. After pregnancy, these women would benefit most from a mini tummy tuck, which utilizes a shorter incision along the lower abdomen. Through this incision, loose abdominal muscles are sutured together, and excess skin is trimmed away to restore a firmer abdominal contour.

Age-Related
Belly Flab

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Patients who have skin laxity due to genetics or aging, which is resistant to toning through exercise

These individuals may experience mild to moderate skin sagging around the abdomen. They typically have skin laxity of the upper and lower abdomen as well as some troublesome fat deposits. Liposuction or direct excision can remove excess fat. An incision in the lower abdomen that extends from hip to hip and up around the navel provides access for tightening weak abdominal muscles and removing excess abdominal skin.

Understanding your body type and trouble areas will help you better identify which tummy tuck technique is best suited for you.

What Do You Desire?

Your Pre-Baby Abdomen


The rapid and prolonged expansion of abdominal skin and muscles can make it difficult to restore the body you had before your pregnancy. Many women struggle with body-image issues following the birth of their child. Tummy tuck surgery can restore the firm, attractive abdominal contours that you had before pregnancy.

Addressing Your Concerns


Recovery

You may expect to experience some mild bruising, redness, and swelling following your tummy tuck. During the first week following your procedure, you will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and improve healing. Most patients can return to work within two weeks with your surgeon’s permission, but patients must refrain from strenuous activity and exercise for at least four weeks. After six weeks, most major swelling should have subsided and your final results should be visible.

Scars

The extent of scarring will depend on the tummy tuck technique utilized. Whenever possible, incisions are placed on the lower abdomen where they are easily hidden by clothing or swimwear. Resulting scars will usually continue to fade over time.

Cost

The cost for a tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the technique used and the amount of correction needed. Surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees will also affect the cost of your procedure. Dr. McManamny will provide you with the specific cost for your tummy tuck procedure. Some Medicare or private health insurance rebates may also be available for you; it is recommended you check directly with your health insurance.

Pain

It is common for patients to experience abdominal discomfort for several days following a tummy tuck, but prescription medication will help alleviate this.

Before & Afters


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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck

What type of anesthesia is used for tummy tuck surgery?

Most patients require a general anaesthetic to ensure comfort and safety. For qualifying patients, an epidural anaesthetic with local anaesthetic may be used.

How long will I need to stay in the hospital following my procedure?

A one to two-night hospital stay is recommended following a tummy tuck. This time allows trained professionals to monitor your recovery and ensure patient safety.

What if I have a low hanging navel as a result of my weight loss?

Displaced navels are common with sagging abdominal skin. Dr. McManamny may reposition your navel during your tummy tuck to restore a more natural and pleasing abdominal appearance.

How long does it take to perform tummy tuck surgery?

The length of your tummy tuck will depend on the extent of correction needed. On average, tummy tuck surgery lasts around two hours.

What are the possible risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?

While complications are rare, it is possible that they may develop. The most common risks are excessive bleeding, infection, development of a seroma, or pulmonary embolism.

Dr. McManamny recommends his patients walk slowly in the days following their tummy tuck to improve blood circulations and minimize their risk of blood clots.

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