Tummy Tuck Information
Tummy Tuck Information
The tummy tuck, also known under the name abdominoplasty, is cosmetic surgery aimed to provide a more defined and smoother abdomen, so it falls under the category of body contouring. During this type of procedure, the cosmetic surgery focuses on the removal of excess skin or loose abdominal skin, which could be encountered by patients post-pregnancy or after a significant amount of weight loss.
To ensure all prospective patients are fully informed about the tummy tuck and what it entails, our team has created an overview with vital information about the tummy tuck or the mini tummy tuck procedure. If you wish to learn more about this treatment, please read the information provided to you by the Dr Lanzer team.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck can vary considerably from patient to patient. Costs can change according to the amount of loose skin that needs to be removed and the cosmetic surgery the patient has chosen. Some patients combine the tummy tuck with other procedures; this can include the removal of excess skin in other areas such as the arms and thighs. Naturally, this can influence the overall cost of the tummy tuck.
There are some cases where a surgical procedure such as a breast reduction, breast augmentation, or a tummy tuck is partially covered by medicare. This can happen when there is a medical reason to have a procedure. If you believe a rebate may apply in your case, be sure to speak to your cosmetic surgeon.
When prospective patients want to know how much their treatment will cost, we always recommend them to take advantage of a free no-obligation consultation offered at the Dr Lanzer Clinic. During this consultation, you can speak to Dr Lanzer about the procedure, determine if the treatment matches your aesthetic goals, and receive an accurate cost-estimate based on your surgical requirements.
How Should I Choose a Surgeon for a Tummy Tuck?
Even though the tummy tuck is quite a common procedure, the experience of a surgeon with this type of procedure is incredibly important. When the right amount of skin is not removed from the abdominal area, it could lead to complications for the patient. Therefore, a surgeon who has executed many of these procedures in the past will be the recommended choice.
Dr Lanzer is one of the most experienced surgeons in Australia when it comes to liposuction and tummy tucks. He has executed thousands of these procedures already and even educates other professionals on surgical techniques used during these procedures. Thus, Dr Lanzer could be the recommended choice for many patients.
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What Is a Partial Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Patients who have an excess amount of skin in the lower region of the abdomen might be eligible for the partial tummy tuck. During this procedure, only the lower region of the abdomen is targeted.
During a partial tummy tuck, the cosmetic surgery makes an incision across the lower abdomen. The skin underneath the belly button is then separated from the abdominal wall, allowing the surgeon to remove any excess fat and cut away excess skin. Once the skin removal is complete, the remaining skin is stitched back into its place.
What Is a Full Tummy Tuck?
The full tummy tuck is a surgery procedure more common for patients who have a considerable amount of excess skin all across the abdomen. Therefore, the entire abdomen is targeted during this procedure.
First, the surgeon will make an incision across the lower abdomen; this goes from one hip to the other hip, just above the public area of the patient. The cosmetic surgery also needs to make another incision to remove the belly button from its surrounding tissue; this so the surgeon can reposition the belly button later.
During a fully abdominoplasty procedure, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin, but also tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. In some patients, these abdominal muscles have become separated; this can be caused by significant weight gain or by a pregnancy. Once this is done, the cosmetic surgery will “create” a new belly button and stitch the remaining skin back into place. Since this cosmetic procedure can be rather complex, it is important to have your procedure done by a qualified health practitioner.
How Long Do I Need to Recover from an Abdominoplasty?
The recovery time is subject to the scope of the treatment. For example, patients who had a lot of skin and excess fat removed may need to recover longer than those who had less removed. Patients who had general anaesthesia tend to need a longer recovery as well.
Patients who had an abdominoplasty will not be able to drive for a couple of weeks. The skin around the abdomen may feel somewhat tight for a couple of weeks and the seatbelt can feel somewhat uncomfortable. Driving can only be resumed when the patient feels comfortable enough to drive.
Most patients have to wear a compression garment during the recovery process; this will reduce some of the post-operative bruising and swelling. It will also stimulate the natural healing process and let the abdomen conform to its new shape. So, it is important for patients to wear the compression garment as instructed by the Dr Lanzer Clinic; this information is provided to patients during their consultation.
Patients can resume their normal activities relatively fast after a tummy tuck, yet patients should avoid strenuous activity until they have healed. Not doing so could cause problems with underlying muscles and sutures. Evidently, this could lead to complications. By taking sufficient time off and giving yourself time to heal, the body can conform to its new shape. Good skin care during this time can also promote good skin laxity and subsequent skin tightening post-procedure.
Do you need more information about the abdominoplasty? Or do you want an appointment with Dr Lanzer? Contact the Dr Lanzer team via telephone, email, or the website contact form. By doing so, you can obtain an initial consultation where you can discuss the procedure. If you need a general anaesthetic during the procedure, you should also take the time to speak to your anaesthetist before the treatment.