Contouring has become one of the biggest trends in beauty, redefining our ability to sculpt and refine our features to create a refreshed and rejuvenated look. So, why not apply this technique to our body too – not just our cheekbones! Tummy tuck surgery (also known as Abdominoplasty) can help to contour the abdominal region and create flatter stomach contours, smoother and tighter belly skin, and a curvier natural looking waistline without sagging folds of skin.
What causes saggy skin?
Many women also find that they experience severe skin sagging after pregnancy, that no amount of exercise is able to fix. This skin can also cause the same discomfort, including rashes and chafing, as mentioned above.
Individuals can experience excess skin in the abdominal area due to a number of reasons. A common cause of excess loose skin is significant weight loss experienced by the patient. Unfortunately, after losing a large amount of weight and leading a healthier lifestyle, many patients are faced with a large volume of skin which can be extremely uncomfortable, causing rashes, chafing and more. For many patients, after working so hard to achieve a healthier lifestyle and lose weight, this inability to achieve a flat stomach can be frustrating.
How long is the recovery time?
Following tummy tuck surgery, most patients can make a full return to physical activity in as little as six weeks, and typically are able to return to work within 2,3 or 4 weeks depending on your work situation. During this time, getting enough rest is important, to ensure your body heals and recovers effectively. This means it is important not to overdo it for the first couple of weeks because you have stitches, you’ve just had surgery and your body requires a healing and repairing period. Following surgery, you will wear a compression bandage. After your follow up consultations with Dr Edinburg, you should be able to get back to most of your regular activities. Results will be noticeable immediately after surgery, and although you will be left with a scar, this scar is usually strategically places under your underwear line, and this also fades substantially over time.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient depending on the method and extent of the surgery. Typically, prices start from $9000 (surgeon’s fees only). New medical guidelines from January 1, 2016 limit Medicare and Health Fund rebates to patients who have had substantial weight loss (>5BMI), stable weight, activities of their daily living affected, and have had associated skin rashes. If you qualify for these rebates, total gap costs usually are about $9000, otherwise total gap costs are around $18,000.
Is a Tummy Tuck a suitable solution for weight loss?
Tummy tucks are most effective for patients who are close to their ideal weight but have some loose abdominal skin or weakened or stretched muscles from significant weight loss, pregnancy, or the effects of ageing. Patients with weight loss goals are better suited to combination body surgeries such as liposuction and a tummy tuck or services like CoolSculpting, the revolutionary fat freezing treatment that requires no surgery or downtime. Tummy tucks should not be viewed as a weight loss solution, but a solution for excess skin and related underlying tissues.