Abdominoplasty (also known as the tummy tuck) is one of the most frequently performed procedures carried out by plastic surgeons.
Most patients are female and have concerns about bulging, floppiness, folds of skin, stretchmarks and weakness of the tummy region. These commonly occur after pregnancy and childbirth, but they can also be a problem in patients who have managed to lose significant amounts of body weight, either from diet and exercise, or after weight loss surgery (for instance “lap band” surgery).
Patients usually complain about skin irritation and rashes, difficulty fitting into clothes and being self-conscious in tighter clothes, especially swimwear. Many patients cite weak core strength (getting out of bed, performing a sit up, lower back pain) as also being associated with their lax abdomens.
David Ying specialises in and performs various tummy tuck procedures for his patients at hospitals located in East Melbourne and Glen Waverley.
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In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of male patients asking plastic surgeons to improve the appearance of their abdomen. Often they will be frustrated by a poor contour to the abdominal area, despite gaining improvements to other body areas in the gym.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that can address all of the problems mentioned above. In its complete form (called radical abdominoplasty), the surgery consists of tightening the abdominal muscles with strong sutures, excising a large amount of excess skin of the lower abdomen (leaving a long low scar, hidden below the underwear line) and repositioning the belly button.
Some patients require a smaller version of the procedure with even less scarring and a shorter downtime (‘mini abdominoplasty’ and its variants).
Many patients also require liposuction at the time of undergoing an abdominoplasty prcoedure, to help improve the contour of the flank region.
Some patients, especially men, can have an improved contour with liposuction alone.
A thorough assessment and discussion is needed to determine which procedure is most appropriate for each patient and the various risks, benefits and downtime need to be understood before proceeding with abdominoplasty surgery.
If you would like further details on tummy tuck surgery or wish to make an appointment with Mr David Ying, please contact us today!