Pregnancy, weight loss, or ageing can result in significant changes to the abdominal area. Loose skin, stubborn fat and significant muscle separation will only respond so much to diet and exercise, and surgery may be needed to restore a contoured midsection.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is designed to surgically remove excess skin or fat from the abdomen and tighten loose muscles to create a tight, smooth and contoured finish.

Tummy tuck model on the beach 02, Inigo Cosmetic Brisbane

A tummy tuck may be used to treat:

  • Excess abdominal fat
  • Sagging skin
  • Weak or separated abdominal muscles
  • Stretch marks

A full tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin above and below the navel.

A mini tummy tuck involves the removal of the ‘pouch’ under the belly button.

Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the sensation as mild discomfort rather than pain, and we ensure your post-operative comfort with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.

Patients will experience swelling, and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one-year mark. Compression garments will need to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.

Most patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Those with office jobs can usually return to work after one week; however, more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym exercises, by six weeks.

After your procedure, patients will require a dressing change at one week, two-week and three-week intervals. We provide Out of Town Patients with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if you cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.

We will schedule post-operative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Clinic or in person at our Brisbane clinic.

Scarring after a Tummy Tuck

Scarring depends on the extent of the work performed. The incisions are placed discreetly to minimise scar visibility and can be concealed with clothing. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

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All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, capsular contracture, implant rupture, dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Please request a copy of our information sheet and surgical consent for more information.

The cost of your abdominoplasty can be broken down into three main components: the surgeon’s fee charged by Dr Chinsee, anaesthetist fees and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Chinsee.