Regardless of diet and exercise, the tummy ‘hang’ or ‘roll’ can be a distressing problem for both women and men.
Whether the result of pregnancy, substantial weight loss or other medical or genetic reasons, many find it can be impossible to reduce fat and excess skin in the abdominal area.
Abdominoplasty can be an effective procedure to remove excess skin and fat at the same time.
The Yummy Mummy Makeover – Featuring a Tummy Tuck
While many people seek out a tummy tuck, mothers are without doubt the largest cohort enjoying the benefits of this procedure.
Multiple pregnancies are known to result in separation of the rectus muscles and cause weakening of the core strength or bulge. Properly performed lipo-abdominoplasty addresses both these issues effectively.
It is recommended that you plan this surgery for when you know you won’t be having any more of those beautiful babies.
What are the Benefits of Having an Abdominoplasty?
The reasons to have a tummy tuck – and the benefits of this procedure – vary widely.
An abdominoplasty procedure tightens muscles that have become loose or split following pregnancy and, can also remove both fat and excess skin from the abdomen.
It is important to realise that a tummy tuck is not a substitute to diet and exercise. It can however be a wonderful supplement, especially for the many of us that find this region of the body difficult to improve.
An abdominoplasty may:
- Improve the appearance of the abdomen to create a firmer, flatter and smoother profile.
- Improve both the shape and the tone of the tummy area.
- Help restore any weakened or separated muscles.
- Help alleviate any associated pain with separated muscles. Improve stress incontinence that has been caused by weak core-strength due to muscle separation.
- Eliminate irritated skin and any skin infections caused by excess skin.
- Eliminate some stretch marks (in treated areas).
- May improve low backache, caused by weakened core-strength due to muscle separation.
- A recently published multicentre Australian study of which Dr Dilip has been a part of, has suggested possible benefits of improvement of stress incontinence and low backache in post-pregnancy abdominoplasty.
What Does the Abdominoplasty Procedure Involve?
The abdominoplasty procedure involves an incision at the lower abdomen. Dr Dilip performs extensive liposculpture during abdominoplasty procedure to contour the tummy and the hip area. This also reduces the length of the scar.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
It is important to know that we are all different and that includes how we recover from any surgery. Dr DilIp will discuss your surgical options and recovery times at your initial consultation to give you a clearer idea of how long your recovery may take.
As a rough guideline, you can return to work and light exercise after three weeks, your normal life after six weeks (but still avoiding anything strenuous on the abdominal wall).
Again, full and personalised details will be given to you by Dr Dilip at your consultation.
Medicare or Private fund benefits may be applicable subject to fulfillment of the Medicare criteria for this procedure.
Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips Include:
- Prepare! Get excited and go into surgery in your best possible health.
- Follow all the directions given to you by Dr Dilip for your recovery.
- Prepare in advance your transport, medication and any help you will require at home.
- Take all medications as directed by Dr Dilip.
- Manage your expectations. Everyone is different but expect some discomfort. Know that the more you look after yourself in the pre-surgery and recovery period, the sooner you will be out and about, enjoying your results.
Does Medicare Cover an Abdominoplasty?
With Medicare coverage, you can reduce the overall cost of the procedure. Medicare will provide a modest rebate if you satisfy the weight loss criteria introduced in 2016 (see below). First, you need a referral from your GP to see Dr Dilip.
- The Medicare item number (30177) for this procedure you would need to demonstrate a number of physical characteristics:
- You have had significant weight loss defined as 5 BMI points or more (unrelated to pregnancy). For women this would mean a weight loss of at least 15kgs or more, without weight fluctuations for at least six months.
- If you have a hernia which can be documented in an ultrasound – it can also assist in seeking coverage.
- The level of excess skin is interfering with your daily living.
- The use of non-surgical treatment for skin irritation caused by excess skin has failed to work for you.
Gold Coast plastic surgeon, Dr Dilip is an experienced abdominoplasty surgeon and will determine the procedure that offers you the best possible result to suit your expectations and personal circumstances. Contact us using the form below.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.