Tummy Tuck Gold Coast


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Tummy tuck surgery

“Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” removes excess fat and skin of the abdomen”

What is Abdominoplasty

It is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure. Most patients lose only a couple of kilos at most, but receive a lot better contour to their abdomen. It is best to lose as much excess weight as possible before this procedure. Dr Raja Sawhney can then contour your abdomen to a tighter and slimmer shape.

Underneath the skin and fat is your abdominal wall which Dr Raja will tighten with sutures for contour. Excess weight sits behind the abdominal wall around your bowels. Surgeons cannot remove this therefore preventing tightening of the abdominal wall. It is best to address this area through diet and exercise prior to your procedure.

Excess skin and stretch marks are commonplace after childbirth and extreme weight loss. This can cause problems with clothing and general comfort, and even restrict activities including exercise. Patients will find other areas of their body are affected by their weight loss. Dr Raja can speak to you about other areas that concern you at your first appointment.

When the stomach muscles separate through pregnancy, this causes stomach weakness and back pain overtime. A tummy tuck can reduce overall body pain and rejoin the stomach muscles. A tummy tuck can also improve post-pregnancy urinary incontinence.

The right candidate for a tummy tuck is those who have tried exercise and diet without losing stubborn fat. A tummy tuck is a medically invasive procedure. It is important to understand a tummy tuck fully before it is performed on you. It is important to wait six months to one year after childbirth to have an abdominal tuck. This is so you can return to your post-pregnancy size.

All about Abdominoplasty

When a healthy diet and regular exercise doesn’t produce the flat, toned tummy you want, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) may be the answer.

An abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss technique. Most patients lose only a couple of kilos at most but receive a lot better contour to their abdomen.

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Tummy tuck surgery model 02, Sculpted Clinic Gold Coast

How does an Abdominoplasty work?

In an abdominoplasty, doctors place the skin so that the scar sits low in the abdomen around the groin, and sits below undergarments and appropriate swimwear. If the excess skin follows around into the flank areas, the scars are repositioned to be slightly higher into the flanks. Clothing will not rub on the scars, causing problems.

Surgeons reposition the belly button by cutting around it. The skin and fat is lifted off the abdominal wall to the rib cage. Our surgeons leave the belly button and stitch the abdominal wall. The skin is stretched towards the pelvis and excess skin cut so the skin can be repaired under tension. The stomach is then firm and tight.

Our team measured the correct new position for the belly button. An incision made to deliver the belly button through, is then stitched up. Dr Sawhney will place surgical drains.

Mild skin laxity

If you have only mild skin laxity and stretch marks in the lower part of the abdomen, you may be a candidate for a mini-abdominoplasty. This smaller procedure only removes the excess skin and a small amount of fat in the area, leaving the belly button where it is. Liposuction is used to remove sagging, excess skin.

Large abdominal roll

When patients have skin irritation under their lower stomach roll, they are considered to be too high risk for a full tummy tuck. They may be a candidate for removal of just that tissue without a full tummy tuck, known as a “wedge excision”.

Major skin laxity

If you have a large amount of skin laxity you may need horizontal skin removal. Known as a Fleur De Lys abdominoplasty, this surgical technique leaves an anchor-shaped scar with an inverted T-shaped junction scar at the connection of the midline vertical and lower horizontal scars. This scar presents a higher risk of wound healing problems.

Immense weight loss

Patients with massive weight loss tend to have thin stretched skin with poor strength. If they have lost a lot of weight recently they may be at risk of poor healing. We like these patients to have completed their aimed weight loss and have stable weight for 6 months prior to body contouring procedures.

After weight loss, a patient’s tissue will be thin, poor in quality and under tension which means doctors cannot repair the tissue. This would tend to re-stretch somewhat after surgery and limit the results.

Significant flank fat

Finally, those with extra fat in their flank areas will benefit from liposuction in this area. Our doctor can do both procedures at the same time or at a separate sitting. You may also be a candidate for fat reduction and skin tightening in this area. Enquire with our Sculpted clinic staff about Non-surgical treatments.

If you also have skin laxity in the lower back with sag in the buttock areas, you may be a candidate for a combined abdominoplasty with buttock lift.

Model before abdominoplasty 03, Dr Sawhney

Preparing for surgery

When preparing for surgery there are several things to consider. For six weeks before and after surgery, patients should avoid smoking. Smoking causes a much higher rate of wound breakdown, as well as skin and fat death. Those with diabetes should make sure it is under control before undergoing a tummy tuck. It is important that patients begin practising good fitness habits in the months leading up to the procedure to strengthen their body. You will need to organise time off from work to allow your body to recover fully.

Another element to consider is maintaining a good diet leading up to the surgery to help the body fight infections. Your diet should consist of fresh fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamin D. Vitamin can help speed up the time the body takes to recover. Omega-3 rich food will help patients in their recovery process. Patients should avoid processed foods, carbohydrates and food high in sugar. In the lead up to the surgery patients should consume fluids rich in electrolytes such as gatorade and powerade. After 12pm the day before surgery, patients should not eat or drink anything.

Patients should organise help during the recovery period, including driving you to and from the surgery, shopping and doing housework. It is also important to prepare meals before your surgery as you will not feel up to cooking in the recovery process. You will need to shower before your surgery and avoid deodorant, perfume or makeup. You should not wear jewellery, contact lenses, cosmetics, body piercing and hair clips to your surgery. You’ll have to wear comfortable clothing and slip on shoes.

Abdominoplasty model 04, Dr Sawhney Clinic Gold Coast

How much does a Tummy Tuck cost on the Gold Coast?

Dr Sawhney will determine the cost of a personalised tummy tuck for each patient. To receive a personalised quote for your tummy tuck, book a consultation with Dr Sawhney prior to your treatment. A tummy tuck has several fees attached such as the fees of the surgery, the anaesthesia fee and the hospital fees. Contact our team at Sculpted to receive your personalised quote.

Cosmetic procedures do not receive a rebate. A patient can receive a rebate from their health insurance in cases of extreme weight loss, where the patient has lost five Body Mass Index (BMI) points. Medicare provides a rebate for some tummy tuck cases. In your consultation, Dr Sawhney will discuss your case and whether you qualify for a medicare rebate as well as how to apply for a rebate.

An abdominoplasty receives a Medicare rebate under items 30177 (skin removal after weight loss) and 30175 (skin removal for post-pregnancy issues). Medicare covers procedures that are deemed medically necessary. Medicare will not cover procedures that are for purely cosmetic reasons and will only cover reconstructive cosmetic surgery. Contact our team today to learn more about the price of your tummy tuck procedure.

What should I expect in terms of recovery?

The recovery process of body contouring surgery is a lengthy, in depth process. To hide the cut, it is made along the bikini line. We recommend patients wear a compression garment for a few weeks post-surgery to protect the incision and allow the stomach to heal. Recovery usually takes around six weeks to heal initially and return to your daily routine, however it takes around three to six months for the full tummy tuck recovery. This surgery is a painful procedure to recover from as the stomach is cut and the abdomen tissue is removed.

After the procedure, the anaesthesia will wear off and you will be brought to your room. The treatment site will have drains inserted to stop a build up of fluid and blood. After a few days these are removed. For the first night you will stay in bed to allow your stomach to heal. You will receive recovery instructions from Dr Sawhney upon your next day-discharge and he will organise a follow up appointment to check your progress. Patients sleep on their back or in a recliner for four weeks.

For a few weeks you will experience fatigue and post-surgery your body will focus on fighting infection and healing the abdomen. You will experience pain after your tummy tuck for around two to three days before it begins to improve. Dr Sawhney will prescribe you pain medication to reduce pain and discomfort. Patients can experience numbness and skin tingling after a tummy tuck due to damaged nerves. Numbness is temporary.

The body will begin to swell after a tummy tuck as the body’s response to injury. The body releases fluids when injured, causing swelling for a week before it reduces. The abdomen swelling will remain minimal for a few more months after the procedure. When the blood cells are damaged, bruising occurs. Bruises fade after three to four weeks, changing colour as they do.

Patients should rest and allow their body to heal post-surgery. They should plan help for the first week post-surgery. This is the hardest week in the recovery process as you will experience pain and swelling. It is important that you walk around during this time to reduce the ability of blood clots forming. Some patients feel a slight tugging on their stomach until they are able to stand.

You should only consume clear liquids and a soft diet until your stomach recovers and is able to consume more foods. Despite removing excess fat from the body, the remaining fat cells can still grow depending on what you eat. Therefore it is important you maintain a healthy diet post-surgery. Consume Omega-3 and vitamin C rich foods after your surgery to help the body recover.

In the second week, you can return to light duties as your pain and swelling will be settling. Sport, sexual intercourse and driving should avoided still. In week three and four your pain will reduce however you will still experience minor discomfort whilst driving and sitting up. During this period you can begin to drive but should avoid longer distances until your discomfort disappears. After a month, Patients can resume physical activity as the initial symptoms settle.

Risks and Complications

A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure and therefore there are several risks and complications associated with it. Some patients have a reaction to medication however your anaesthetist will monitor you during the procedure. Patients find their treatment site bleeds several days later, however our team will be able to treat this. Infection occurs at the incision site in rare cases. Occasionally fluid collects in the abdomen. Sometimes a skin graft is needed to repair areas of skin and fat death.

The scar from body contouring surgery is large and in rare cases it can heal poorly. In extremely rare cases, blood clots can occur or injuries to the internal organs. Rarely, asymmetry can occur with a tummy tuck. After a tummy tuck skin discolouration at the incision site can occur as well as prolonged swelling. Rarely, there are issues with the original surgery that require a second surgery to fix. Dr Sawhney aims to prevent these symptoms from occurring in your surgery. Contact our Gold Coast Sculpted clinic if any of these symptoms occur post-surgery or to learn more about the risks of a tummy tuck.

There are many ways to reduce the risk of having problems after a tummy tuck.Research your surgeon and learn about their experience and qualifications. Dr Sawhney will ensure you will have the most suitable type of tummy tuck for your individual case. For those who are nervous about the surgery, it is suggested that you only have the tummy tuck to avoid the chance of risks occurring. Follow the recovery guide you are provided with post-surgery to minimise risks.

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Dr Raja Sawhney will assess your individual situation, desires and risk factors. It is important to establish your concerns and ask any questions you may have in your consultation. It is also crucial that you discuss your concerns with your abdomen so Dr Sawhney can tailor the treatment to you. He will then explain the options, relative risks and benefits of each before coming to a decision with you on a plan for your chosen procedures.

Dr Sawhney is an experienced Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon that is happy to tackle any challenge given to him. He prides himself on supporting and uplifting his patients with his work to make them feel their best in their body. To enhance your natural beauty and feel younger take the next step in your cosmetic journey. To request your consultation with Dr Sawhney at our Gold Coast Sculpted clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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