This is a surgical procedure, designed to eliminate excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and to tighten the abdominal muscles. This is also helpful to women who have stretched muscles and skin after pregnancy, or for those people who have lost a great deal of weight.
Healthy men and women who are at least 18 years of age are good candidates for tummy tuck Sydney. Candidates should have practical expectations, should be willing to maintain good diet and exercise practices, and should not use this procedure as a weight loss tool.
Depending upon the extent of the work needed, tummy tuck usually takes two to five hours. The surgeon makes a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Then the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall, lifting a large skin flap to expose the abdominal muscles. The muscles are stitched together to tighten the abdominal wall and narrow the waistline. The skin flap is stretched, and excess skin is removed. A new opening is cut for the navel, which is stitched in place. Incisions are stitched closed, and dressings are applied. A temporary tube may be inserted to drain off excess fluid.
After the tummy tuck surgery, the patient may stay in hospital or can be released shortly depending on the complexity of the surgery. Once at home it is the patients’ responsibility to ensure that all instructions given by the surgeon are carefully followed so that the risk of infection or complications is minimize and the healing process is speed up.
The complete time to recover from a tummy tuck Sydney can range from two to four weeks. The healing is dependent upon the extent of the surgery, the patients’ overall health and physical state before surgery.