One of the most common body contouring procedures requested at our Perth and Waikiki (Rockingham/Mandurah area) offices is abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. Though recovery time for tummy tuck surgery is often a little longer than other body contouring techniques, our patients usually feel that the results are worth it.
Abdominoplasty surgery serves to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen while tightening the muscles underneath the skin. Many of our patients come to us for a tummy tuck after years of exercising and dieting fail to give them the flat, toned stomach they dream of.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty surgery are people who are healthy and relatively trim. Often, these people have managed to control their weight through nutrition and exercise, or weight loss surgery (Lap band) but still have excess skin or fat on their stomachs. Dr. Padovan routinely performs abdominoplasty surgery on women who have lost skin elasticity in their abdomens after weight loss surgery or after one or more pregnancies.
There are certain people for whom tummy tuck surgery is not an ideal choice. If you are planning on becoming pregnant in the future, or are trying to lose a large amount of weight, it may be best to wait until later to undergo abdominoplasty. In both cases, the benefits of a tummy tuck may be undone by changes in skin and muscle tone.
It is also important to consider that no matter how little or how much skin is removed, abdominoplasty surgery requires an incision that will result in a scar. In most cases, Dr. Padovan will be able to minimize the length of the tummy tuck scar and give you recovery instructions to help your scar heal as well as possible.
The only sure way to find out if you are a candidate for abdominoplasty surgery is to contact Emerge Surgical in Perth for a consultation.
There are two kinds of tummy tuck procedures. A partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, is useful if you only have excess skin and fat below the belly button, while a full abdominoplasty will also correct loose muscle tone and skin above the belly button.
After you are anesthetized, the abdominoplasty surgery itself will take from two to five hours, depending on the type of tummy tuck you are having done.* First, Dr. Padovan will make a horizontal incision between your hipbones. He will then lift this skin to access the muscles of your abdomen, which he will tighten and stitch into their new positions. Before closing the incision, the surgeon will stretch downward and remove any excess skin.
Partial abdominoplasty surgery follows the same steps, but omits tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Dr. Padovan is proud to offer, in addition to traditional tummy tuck techniques, a sophisticated type of abdominoplasty that helps to tighten and shape the waist and back in addition to the stomach. Patients seeking cosmetic surgery after weight loss benefit greatly from this type of body lift.*
Once the tummy tuck is complete, you will begin recovery by staying in the hospital for a few hours or a few days, depending on your current health and the extent of your surgery.
For the first few days after abdominoplasty surgery, you will likely experience some swelling and pain; be assured that this is normal.* Dr. Padovan will prescribe pain medication to help reduce your discomfort. Your stitches will be removed about a week after surgery, and the dressings covering your incision will be replaced by a support garment about a week later.*
Most of the patients visiting our Perth and Waikiki (Rockingham/Mandurah area) facilities have a common question about tummy tuck surgery recovery; they want to know how noticeable their scars will be. Every person’s body is different, and many factors contribute to scar healing. Non-smokers and those who follow Dr. Padovan’s directions have a better chance of their scars fading. In the first few months of tummy tuck recovery, you may not notice an improvement in the appearance of scars. Expect to wait at least nine months before your scars lighten in colour and become as flat as the rest of your skin.* Dr. Padovan is usually able to place incisions low on the abdomen, so your scars can be covered by your bathing suit.
Perth surgeon Dr. Padovan offers abdominoplasty surgery as either an independent procedure or as part of a more comprehensive body contouring regimen. To learn more about whether a tummy tuck is the right choice for you, contact Emerge Surgical today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Padovan.
For more information on cosmetic choices, Dr Padovan offers a broad range of treatments. Feel free to visit his additional website: www.timelesscosmetics.com.au
*Results may vary for individual patients. Please consult your surgeon.