Abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as tummy tuck) is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to make the abdomen appear slimmer and firmer. The primary targets are individuals who have recently undergone major weight loss or pregnancy and birth, and who complain of saggy, loose and flabby unattractive stomachs.

The actual process removes excess skin and fat from the mid-section, a phenomena comically known as the “muffin top” in everyday use. Depending on the level of complexity of the procedure, it can take anywhere in the region of 5 hours onwards for a complete abdominoplasty. A partial operation can take as little as 1 hour to complete.

All qualified plastic surgeons in Australia are mandated by the Australian Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and it is good to verify their credentials.

Types Of Abdominoplasty Surgical Procedures

The procedure has two main approaches done under several different methods of varying levels of complexity:

1. Complete abdominoplasty

A full procedure follows several neatly laid out steps:

a) The plastic surgeon creates a little incision that runs just above the pubic bone from the left hip to the right one.

b) The specialist then proceeds to create a second incision with the objective of freeing the navel from the adjunct flesh.

c) After the second step, the surgeon then carefully frees the abdominal skin from muscle and fascia which is to be systematically tightened. This tightening is achieved through the use of sutures that pull the fascia wall together.

d) In cases of excessive midriff fat, the doctor can come to the judge that liposuction is needed to further define the abdomen.

e) Any excess fluid is drained and during the recovery stage a surgeon may prescribe a compression garment to aid you.

2. Partial abdominoplasty

Also referred to as a mini abdominoplasty, the steps followed are roughly similar to the complete procedure with a few differences here and there:

a) As with the complete version, a smaller incision is created just above the pelvic bone.

b) The surgeon goes on to gently detach the abdominal skin from muscle and fascia, but to a limited amount when compared to the complete procedure.

c) Limited liposuction is transported out to further streamline the tummy region.

d) In some cases the surgeon may detach the stalk of the navel from the surrounding navel and move it lower on the abdomen.

Benefits Of An Abdominoplasty

This procedure offers several benefits:

1. Health Benefits Against Cancer

The operation may be necessary in removing cancer growths present in your abdominal region. For this reason, it is a procedure that has immense benefits in the fight against several forms of cancers affecting the stomach.

Furthermore, it can greatly improve the appearance of a chemotherapy patient's abdominal skin. Of course the surgery can only be performed after patients have completed their full dose of chemotherapy.

2. Improved Appearance

For patients who have struggled for what looks like forever to reduce the size of their mid region, this may be one way of getting the desired result.