The abdomen is one area of the body where fat commonly accumulates as people grow older. In many cases, this fat resists changes in diet and exercise, stubbornly remaining whatever a person does. On the other hand, if a person does lose the fat, the skin may have become stretched to the point that it cannot be tightened through any amount of exercise. An overlap of skin, referred to as an apron often results.
Pregnancy can also result in significant deterioration of the abdomen with stretching of both muscles and skin. Women can work hard to get their shape back, but still have separated muscles and excess skin. I have had a patient cry with happiness after her abdominoplasty because she was now happy to go to the beach with her young daughters.
The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), a popular procedure among our Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast, and Central Coast patients, is designed to remove extra fat and skin and reposition the abdominal muscles, reshaping the abdomen entirely for a tighter, smoother appearance. Patients who have gained weight or were recently pregnant typically experience significant physical, psychological, and emotional benefits from a successful abdominoplasty. The apron can cause rashes, difficulty with clothing and social embarrassment. The muscle separation can cause back pain and stress incontinence along with a round fullness of the abdomen.
In order to perform the tummy tuck, Dr. Newton first makes an incision along the abdomen, below the bikini line, from hip bone to hip bone. Through this incision, Dr. Newton is able to tighten and reposition the abdominal muscles. After separating the navel from the abdominal skin, Dr. Newton stretches the skin downward, trimming off the excess. He creates a new hole for the navel, and then reattaches the skin along the incision and around the navel. The final result is a trim, sculpted abdomen and a more attractive body contour.
Corsette Abdominoplasty is a variant of full abdominoplasty where Dr Newton does 2 extra muscle tightening to help to narrow the waist in a woman who has widened laterally as well as protruded at the front. It can produce a very nice improvement in your waistline, but it is not suited to all patients.
Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. Patients should expect to spend a few days in the hospital after surgery. Any post-operative pain can be controlled with medication. Dr. Newton uses buried dissolving sutures that do not need to be removed. Full recovery may take several weeks, but most patients are able to return to work sooner. Patients may need to wear a compression garment around the stomach for a few weeks. Dr. Newton advises each of his abdominoplasty patients in detail regarding the steps to follow during recovery.
Abdominoplasty can produce a remarkable change to you abdomen. With a flatter tummy, no “apron” and better muscle tone it will look better, be stronger and make you more relaxed and comfortable.
Every patient is individually assessed and Dr. Newton’s fee will reflect the type and complexity of the procedure required.
At your consultation with Dr. Newton you will discuss the costs with our office manager. The costs will be explained and you will receive a detailed written costing. If a rebate is applicable it will be clearly defined in your costing.
Serious complications, including adverse reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection, are rare. Some scarring is unavoidable from the tummy tuck, but scars will fade considerably with time, and they will be positioned so that even most bathing suits will cover them completely.