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Remove Excess, Loose and Sagging Skin What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the surgical process by which the separated abdominal muscles can be repaired, excess skin can be removed, and regional fat can be reduced, resulting in a firmer, flatter, more youthful, and more beautiful midsection contour.

Some patients may have relatively little excess skin and fat that may not be adequately treated by liposuction alone. In these cases, a “Mini” abdominoplasty may be a good option. In this procedure, less skin and fat are removed, and less dissection is performed.
For those patients with a significant amount of skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty is needed. This operation also facilitates tightening of the abdominal muscles.

Liposuction is usually performed as a standard part of all abdominoplasties and this is termed a “lipo-abdominoplasty”
Options included with a tummy tuck will be liposuction of the flanks, hips, thighs and lower back. We consider body contouring as being a 360 degree improvement in shape and the term “ 360-degree liposuction” is often used and is what we will apply to all of our cases as needed so that our patient looks their best from the front, and back as well as form the side.

The exact procedure for each individual is determined only after a full examination and consultation is completed.
Over time, the body gradually stops producing collagen and elastin. As this happens, the skin loses its elastic quality, causing it to sag. Major weight loss and pregnancy can compound this problem. Often, once the skin is greatly stretched, it cannot return to a smaller size or shape, no matter how frequently an individual exercises or follows a healthy diet. In addition, pregnancy can cause a woman’s abdominal muscles to become separated or severely weakened so some women cannot tone their midsection, despite all their efforts.

Thankfully, Contour Surgical performs abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” surgery to address sagging abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles and stubborn fat throughout the midsection.

Smoother, Flatter and Firmer Stomach The Procedure

Tummy tuck surgery is carried out in a private hospital under general anaesthetic. It involves a range of techniques, ranging from a mini tummy tuck with a short scar, to a full tummy tuck that can remove a lot of skin and fat, tighten muscles, and fix hernias. Your surgeon will discuss has specialised in this procedure and is a master at assessing the individual components of each patient’s problems and will work together with you in a step-by-step manner to create a custom operation for you. In this way, he hopes to provide the best outcomes possible for you.

The primary objective of an abdominoplasty is to create a slim, slender and beautiful abdomen. Many patients also have laxity in their pubic area and groin, or even their upper thighs.

Adjustments can be made to also improve these areas. The plastic surgeons at Contour Surgical consider the “total picture” and adjust the procedure to create the maximum benefit and restore ideal contours as they relate to your specific circumstance.

Why Choose Contour Surgical?

At Contour Surgical, all of our surgeons are specialist Plastic Surgeons. This is the highest qualification you can obtain in the field of aesthetic medicine. Our Surgeons have at least 10-15 years post graduate experience in Plastic Surgery. They are also accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeons with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. This gives all our patients the confidence and knowledge you will be receiving the absolute best in care, training, and experience.

  • We have plastic surgeons who specialise in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This means you can be assured that the surgeon you see will have further specialised in the field of body contouring and abdominoplasty surgery.
  • Our team has over 20 years of experience performing procedures and our guarantee is that we deliver best in class techniques with the highest level of safety. We are proud of delivering real results, provided by the most highly trained surgeons the country has to offer.

Recovering from Surgery

• Individuals should expect to take about two to four weeks off from work or their normal routine.
• Many patients require the use of pain medications for a short period of time.
• Patients might experience swelling and bruising in the treated area, as well as pain, discomfort, numbness or a tingling sensation throughout the abdomen.
• Patients can gradually resume their usual exercise regimen as directed by your surgeon. They should avoid crunches or other stomach exercises for at least six weeks after surgery.
• Patients are required to wear a compression garment over the midsection for four weeks following the procedure.
• Some of the aesthetic results of tummy tuck are visible immediately, but it takes about six months for the swelling to subside completely and for the full results to become realized.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can tummy tuck remove my stretch marks?

Tummy tuck can remove stretch marks so long as they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised. The remaining stretch marks may improve in appearance and become less noticeable once the remaining skin is tightened.

Will I have scarring?

Tummy Tuck involves cutting the skin and making incisions in the skin, which means scarring is inevitable. However significant scarring is rare. The incisions made for the procedure are located in discreet areas which are hidden by your underwear.
At Contour Surgical we offer best in class laser treatments to remove any scarring after the procedure. We provide a complimentary scar removal treatment for all our tummy tuck patients. We find that after our scar management and removal laser than any scarring is removed or fades to become not noticeable.

When are the results noticeable?

While you will see an improvement in your abdominal area immediately after the procedure, the final results may take up several months to appear. This is because it may take several months for residual swelling to disappear completely.

What are the side effects and risks of tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery, like all surgical procedures, carries some degree of risk. Possible complications include infection, bleeding, prolonged numbness, poor wound healing, and excessive scarring. Risks of anaesthesia are also present. Preoperative medical clearance from your primary doctor is obtained prior to surgery. Temporary side effects include swelling, discomfort, and bruising. Risks will be explained in detail by our Plastic Surgeon at your comprehensive consultation.

When can I go back to work after tummy tuck surgery?

Most patients are able to return to work two weeks after their surgery. We will monitor your healing progress during your follow-up consultations and may recommend more time off from work if he deems it necessary.

When can I resume exercise?

Vigorous activity, including exercise and heavy lifting, will need to be avoided for four weeks. Most patients are able to exercise lightly four weeks after surgery and exercise more vigorously (i.e., heavy lifting) eight weeks after surgery.

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Mia D Dec 20, 2020

The absolute best in Sydney. I would not go anywhere else to get anything done. Everyone I have encountered at this clinic has been so extremely warm and professional and put in so much time and effort to truly achieve your desired outcome. Can’t recommend this place enough, do not waste your money elsewhere.

Amanda K Feb 1, 2021

First time at Contour Clinics and was very happy with the whole experience. Easy to find, easy to park, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend and will be a regular from now on.

Rekka P Jan 20, 2021

Very happy with my experience at Contour Clinics Newtown. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my treatment. Dr Josh made me feel so comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.


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