The tummy tuck procedure
The surgery can be a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure. In most cases, at Inigo Cosmetic Clinic in Brisbane Dr Ian Chinsee performs the procedure to address the following concerns:
- Discomforts associated with loose abdominal skin
- Excess abdominal fat
- Weakened or separated abdominal muscles
During the procedure, you will be given a general anaesthetic. Depending on your skin condition, our cosmetic surgeon may perform one of the following:
Full tummy tuck
This technique involves the creation of an incision along the line of your pubic hair. The cut is usually made from hip to hip. Dr Chinsee will then remove excess fat and stretch the upper abdominal skin to tighten it. This technique is recommended if you have loose skin in the lower and middle regions of your abdomen.
Mini tummy tuck
This technique removes loose skin below your belly button. During this procedure, Dr Ian Chinsee will create an incision around your belly button. The “pooch” under your belly button will then be removed and the skin will be tightened.
In either version of the procedure, our doctor will close the incisions with sutures. The surgical wounds will be covered with sterile dressings to protect them. In some cases, surgical drains may be inserted to help remove blood and body fluids. Dr Chinsee will remove these tubes after a few days.
Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?
The recovery time may vary from patient to patient. Any discomfort that you may experience can be easily managed with medications.
After your tummy tuck procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising. The swelling usually subsides after three months. To reduce swelling, you will need to wear compression garments for 6 weeks. You may need to wait up to a year to see the final results of the procedure.
To speed up your recovery, you may need to take 1 to 2 weeks off work. If you have an office job, you can resume work after a week. However, you will need a longer recovery time if you have a physically demanding job. You can expect to return to your normal activities after 6 weeks.
To prevent infection, you will need to change your dressing as prescribed by Dr Chinsee. Out of town patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they are unable to attend dressing change appointments.
At Inigo Cosmetic your postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.
Scarring depends on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery. To reduce scar visibility, Dr Chinsee will make sure that the incisions are well hidden. Over time, your surgical scars will lighten and become unnoticeable.
The cost of a tummy tuck in Brisbane
The cost of tummy tuck surgery may vary. This is because every patient has a different skin condition and treatment goals. In general, the overall cost of your abdominoplasty procedure will depend on the following factors:
- Hospital fees
- Surgeon’s fees
- The amount of excess skin and fat removed
- The type of anaesthesia
- The type of tummy tuck
There are also other costs that you need to consider. These include medical tests, prescribed medications, compression garments, and equipment used.
You should also keep in mind that tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure. Most insurance plans will not cover the cost associated with it. Make sure to talk to your insurance provider to clarify coverage questions.
Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with surgery. These include surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fee, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All surgeries carry associated risks and complications. These include the following:
- Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
- Blood clots
- Fluid build-up under the skin
- Nausea and vomiting due to the effects of anaesthesia
- Pain and discomfort around the incision sites
- Raised and thickened scars
- Tightening of the skin
Please request a copy of our information sheet and surgical consent for more information.
During your abdominoplasty consultation with Dr Chinsee at his clinic in Brisbane, he will assess your general health and expectations. A customised treatment plan will be then created based on your specific needs.
In general, you are an ideal candidate for the procedure if:
- You are a non-smoker.
- You are willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.
- You have a stable weight.
- You have excess or loose skin in your abdomen due to pregnancy, weight changes, or ageing.
- You have good physical and mental health.
- You have realistic expectations and a positive outlook.
If you are planning to get pregnant in the future, then you may want to postpone tummy tuck surgery. Body changes during pregnancy can affect the results of the procedure.
You are also not a good abdominoplasty candidate if you are planning to lose a lot of weight by having the procedure. A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss and should be considered a last resort. The surgery reshapes your abdomen so that it will be slimmer. This means that it removes fat but it does not produce significant weight loss.
If you have unrealistic expectations, the procedure is not right for you. You should keep in mind that the results of the procedure may vary from patient to patient. Dr Chinsee will assess your expectations to create the best treatment plan for you.
To achieve a good clinical outcome with a lower risk of complications:
- Arrange for someone to stay with you and help you with your daily activities.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
- Get the required medical tests.
- Prepare a recovery area at home.
- Stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery.
- Stop taking medications or supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding.
After your tummy tuck surgery, Dr Ian Chinsee will provide you with specific instructions to help you heal faster. These include the following:
- Always wear your compression garments.
- Apply ice packs on your abdomen.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Avoid strenuous exercises.
- Clean your wound and change dressings regularly.
- Consult with your health care provider immediately if you experience any problems.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Rest as much as possible for at least 2 weeks.
A small amount of weight gain may not have an effect on the results of abdominoplasty. However, significant weight gain can lead to the development of abdominal fat. This in turn can have a negative impact on the results of the procedure. To maintain a well-defined abdominal profile, you should commit to a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, this will depend on several factors. These can include the extent of your tummy tuck surgery and how you care for your body after the procedure. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results should last for several years. However, the procedure cannot stop the effects of ageing on your abdomen. This means that you may need another surgery in the future to maintain the results.