A “tummy tuck” refers to the procedure called an “Abdominoplasty.” An abdominoplasty is an operation designed to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. It also is used to tighten the abdominal muscles which have become loose and weak with time.
The tummy tuck procedure is a good option for individuals who may have experienced rapid weight loss or after child birth developed loose skin in the lower abdomen which cannot be treated with liposuction.
Most tummy tuck patients tend to be women who have had multiple children and as a result developed weakened muscles in the abdominal area.
Tummy Tuck surgical technique
Some patients may have relatively little excess skin and fat that may not be adequately treated by liposuction alone. In these cases, a “Mini” abdominoplasty may be a good option. In this procedure, less skin and fat is removed and less dissection is performed. The same incision for a “Full” abdominoplasty is used.
For those patients with a significant amount of skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty is needed. This operation also facilitates tightening of the abdominal muscles. Most patients seeking this operation would benefit from a full abdominoplasty.
Please appreciate the exact procedure for each individual is determined only after a full examination and consultation is completed.
Patients are instructed to rest for the first 24 hours after surgery. Light walking is recommended as soon as possible. Most patients will engage in light activities after about 5 days.
Drains may be used to help remove excess fluid from the site of surgery. These are usually removed after one week. A compressive abdominal binder is also worn during this time.
Most patients return to light chores and activities after a week and a half. Patients tend to return to full activities after approximately 4-6 weeks.
How much does it cost?
The surgeon’s fee for a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is $7,700. Additional fees for theatre/bed fee, anaesthetist fee and post surgery compression garment will be given you at your consultation. The theatre/bed fee and the anaesthetist fee is based on duration of the procedure.
Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a slightly different operation than others. Rest assured, you will receive a specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff are always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.