If you have a bit of excess skin or flab in your abdominal area that does not seem to go away with exercise or dieting, you might think of getting an abdominoplasty, also identified as a tummy tuck. An abdominoplasty should be your last resort having exhausted all other available non-surgical measures. This surgical procedure should not be viewed as an alternative to traditional weight loss and dieting programs.

This procedure works by flattening your abdomen through the removal of sagging skin and excess body fat and having the abdominal wall muscles tightened. It's important, however, to note that this constitutes a major surgery.

If you're serious about having the procedure, take some time to thoroughly educate yourself by reading authoritative and informative publications like the ANZ Journal of Surgery. Make sure that you critically analyze your own status, as well as future needs before you rush into making the final decision.

The Surgical Procedure

During surgery, your surgeon will remove loose and flabby skin, tighten up your abdominal muscles and get rid of those stubborn fat deposits. This treatment can be customized to meet your goals and unique needs.

An abdominoplasty can have several variations, each designed to deal with specific issues or areas in your abdomen. A qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, working within the confines of the 2009 Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, can explain all these options to you comprehensively. This will help you decide on the most suitable treatment plan that ensures the best results.

Above all, an abdominoplasty candidate bought to be in excellent health, have realistic surgery expectations and be fully committed to maintaining the surgery outcomes through regular exercise and a stable diet.

Side Effects And Complications

As would be expected of any surgical procedure, you'll have some swelling and pain in the days immediately after surgery. If needed, your doctor may prescribe some pain relieving medication and also give you instructions on dealing with the pain.

Soreness on the incision sites may last for a little longer but can be managed with good care and cleanliness. During that period, you may also undergo bruising, numbness, and overall fatigue.

Although quite rare, complications following surgery could include infection, blood clots or some bleeding under the flap of your skin.

Normally, surgical scars are reliably prominent and even though they could somehow fade with the passage of time, they will not disappear entirely. To cater for this, your plastic surgeon may suggest certain ointments or creams to use once you're completely healed.

It must be pointed out that the surgical procedure can not correct stretch marks on your skin, even though they could be somewhat improved if located on those areas where your excess skin is cut.

Cost Of Surgery

Take note that the Australian Medical Board (AMB) gives guidelines on medical services advertising. Because the AMB strongly dispourges service providers from quoting exact cost details, it's not that easy to obtain the precision surgery cost, although it's possible to get a ballpark figure. The most suitable approach is to visit your surgeon and get an estimate that is generated from your particular surgical needs.