The abdominal area and waist are subjected to a lot of changes throughout our lives, more than any other region in the body.
The skin and muscles are subjected to changes due to weight loss and gain, pregnancy and other experiences which can all take a toll on the skin, muscles, and other tissues of the midsection.
The tummy tuck cosmetic procedure is rapidly becoming more common as individuals see the ability of surgeons to shape the body and improve their self-esteem.
Tummy tuck surgery in Melbourne is not an alternative to weight loss; it should be a last resort for those individuals who have done their best to eliminate the extra skin but cannot seem to accomplish their aesthetic goals. Chelsea Cosmetics are well experienced in this procedure and are well equipped to answer any questions you may have if this procedure is something you are considering.
The best Candidates for our tummy tuck Melbourne
- Women who have excessive skin laxity, stretch marks, and weak abdominal muscles after a year or more from giving birth
- Patient with excessive fat in the abdominal area with moderate to severe skin laxity. In these cases, the liposuction procedure by itself will leave the patient with excessive unsightly skin
- Patients after severe weight loss or after bariatric surgery
Things To Consider Before Deciding On Tummy Tuck Surgery In Melbourne
Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne offer many procedures to help change the appearance of the body, however, as with any procedure, certain aspects should be taken into consideration before making a decision, including;
- Right, left, or bilateral upper abdominal scars
- Severe heart disease, diabetics, morbid obesity and plans for pregnancy
- History of DVT and pulmonary embolism
- Morbid obesity (BMI >40)
- Unrealistic patient expectations
Patients who tend to form keloids or hypertrophic scars should not undergo an abdominoplasty unless they are willing to accept the scarring associated with these conditions.
Before and After
The Recovery Process for Tummy Tuck Surgery
The recovery time varies for each patient. Before proceeding with this operation, you should consider the period of time off that you may need to recover properly. Plan to take time off work to give yourself the right amount of time for feeling better and more comfortable.
The majority of patients need about two weeks off while some may feel okay going back to their regular routine sooner. Generally, patients need between three to six weeks to recover, but complete healing can take longer.
Most patients that undergo this procedure must spend several days in bed, even if they do not return home the same day as their surgery. Compression garment and drainage tubes will be present after surgery to aid recovery.
Do not remove any garments or drains until advised or removed by your surgeon. Sutures or stitches will be removed after about one to two weeks during your follow-up visits. During one of these visits, some pictures might need to be taken to compare the tummy tuck before and after for determining its overall effectiveness.
For the first couple of days post-surgery, it is likely the patient will feel discomfort and pain. The cosmetic surgeon will provide pain medication to ease the pain and help make recovery easier and more comfortable.
Within the first 7-10 days, you will observe that:
- The swelling and bruising will peak
- Drainage tubes will be removed
- Stitches might be removed
After several weeks, you will see
- A gradual increase in activity and exercise
- Resuming non-strenuous daily chores
- A subsiding of the bruising and swelling
- The results will begin to show
- The final results will start getting noticeable
- The tightness around the area will go away
- Regular sensations may slowly start to improve
Chelsea Cosmetics Are Here to Help With Your Tummy Tuck
Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne have an experienced team who will gain your confidence and trust in handling this procedure.
Talk to us today and let our friendly team answer all of your questions to make sure that a tummy tuck is the right solution for you. From consultation to procedure, recovery and post procedure, we ensure that the experienced team at Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne takes care of and nurtures our clients.
Our free consultation process will assess your situation, and give you all of the information you require so that you can leave our practice with the peace of mind that you are in safe hands. Contact us now to book your free consultation.
“Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from another appropriately qualified health practitioner.”
There are different types of tummy tuck surgery depending on the severity of the skin laxity, the amount of abdominal fat and the severity of the abdominal muscle weakness. All abdominoplasty procedures are done under general anaesthesia.
the Mini Tummy tuck
It is a less invasive procedure where we remove a smaller amount of skin above the pubic area leaving a relatively short scar. The procedure can be performed with or without liposuction.
Complete abdominoplasty runs from hip bone to hip bone allowing your surgeon to contour the skin, tissues, and muscles along with exposing all abdominal tissue. After the skin has been removed, it will be pulled down, and the navel will be relocated to the appropriate position. The surgeon will then insert drainage to prevent fluid build up, and the incision will be closed up either with sutures under the skin.
What do you need to consider before the surgery?
Smokers are required to quit smoking at least one month before the surgery. Smoking increases the risk of complications during or after the surgery. A decrease of the blood flow due to smoking may result in skin loss, infection, increased scarring and poor wound healing. For the safety of both the patient and the doctor, smoking, as well as second-hand smoke should be avoided entirely before surgery. Before considering this surgery, you should attempt other methods that do not involve surgery, such as exercise and healthy diet habits. This is a very invasive procedure and should be your last resort.
Before considering this surgery, you should attempt other methods that do not involve surgery such as exercise and healthy diet habits. This is a very invasive procedure and should be your last resort.
What do you need to consider after the surgery?
Weight lifting can put a significant strain on incisions and sutures. Therefore, it should be restricted for a couple of weeks to prevent poor healing and scarring. Aerobic exercise such as running, jogging, walking, and biking may also be resumed after about six weeks. To keep in good shape for years to come after the surgery, regular exercise and healthy eating habits should be practiced.
Standing upright will also be restricted for about one week, but may take longer for some individuals.
Exercise should be limited for about a month. You may slowly ease into normal workout routines without pushing your body further than it should go. At about six weeks, you can gradually return to performing abdominal workouts.
What Is Involved With Abdominoplasty?
Most tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck procedures entail making a horizontal incision above the pubic / groin area. Care is taken to make this incision as low as possible – within normal swimsuit lines.
In the newer technique that we at Chelsea Cosmetics follow, the incision length is much smaller than the conventional Abdominoplasty incision.
If required as part of the procedure, Dr. Attalla will also tighten the abdominal muscles, with special stitches that pull them together and keep them in place.
Moreover, he will trim away excess skin from the lower abdomen area to enhance the contoured appearance. The belly button might also be repositioned if needed – after looking at the quality and quantity of loose skin, along with the laxity of abdominal muscle after the procedure. Another incision would need to be made around the belly button, which will also reposition the belly button to match the old navel position.
All of these points are discussed with our patients during the consultation period to keep them informed and well prepared, leading into the procedure.
If however, there is only a small, saggy fold of skin to be removed, and the patient has stronger abdominal muscles, then there would be just one lower abdominal incision needed, without moving the belly button. This technique is commonly called a ‘mini tummy tuck’ as described above.
However, we at Chelsea Cosmetics use a newer technique that helps minimize these scars as much as possible and keeps them low. Our surgeons use a technique where they fix the scar to the fascia (a strong layer beneath the skin), to ensure that the scar doesn’t get wider or higher in position.
Like any other abdominal procedure, the tummy tuck carries the risks associated with general anaesthesia, as well as the risks of hematoma, seroma, infection and insufficient skin excision.
This is why it is essential for anyone who’s considering a tummy tuck, to be in the know about the possible risks.