An Abdominoplasty is used for correction of the abdominal wall and excision of excess skin while a tummy tuck or apronectomy / mini tummy tuck are generally for excision of excess skin only. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something that many people are striving for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve the expected goals, but a tummy tuck procedure could.

Tummy Tuck - Enhancing your appearance

A tummy tuck procedure will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
The most common causes of this include:
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Significant fluctuations in weight
  • Heredity
  • Prior surgery
If your stomach has been stretched beyond the limits of natural repair by weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck procedure may be the solution for you. The benefits to your appearance include a firmer, flatter belly with a smoother stomach contour, and a narrower waist.

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

Is it for you? - Benefits of Tummy Tuck cosmetic surgery

The benefits of tummy tucks are more plentiful than most people realize. Excess skin removal and the tightening of abdominal muscles will give your stomach a flatter, firmer appearance in addition to decreasing the width of your waistline. Often, the appearance of stretch marks, particularly beneath the line of the navel, can be dramatically improved if not eliminated by the procedure. Other tummy tuck benefits may include a boost in self-confidence and an improvement in the way your clothes fit.

Tummy tucks also benefit many patients with abdominal stretch marks. In many cases, stretch marks below the navel are removed along with the excess skin at the close of the procedure and the appearance of remaining stretch marks is often improved when the skin of the abdomen is pulled taut.

Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Tummy tuck surgery is a good option for you if you.
  • Are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large

The Tummy Tuck procedure

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Fleur De Lis Technique

This surgical option is often better suited to weightloss patients who have experienced greater loss of skin tone. You will still have the traditional horizontal incision, but your surgeon will also make a vertical incision. This added incision allows the surgeon to tighten your skin from the sides as well as up and down, which will drastically improve the look of your abdomen.

The payoff for this treatment is a flatter and tighter result on the severely damaged skin from weightloss but the downside is a vertical scar that cannot be hidden beneath underwear.  The same healing time and restrictions apply as for the traditional abdominoplasty.

The Tummy Tuck cost

Your tummy tuck surgery is as individual as you are and we will ensure that you are given the correct information about what tummy tuck procedure is best for you as recommended by your surgeon.

The Tummy Tuck Surgery Packages start from approximately AU$6.900 and includes:

  • Pre and post consultations with your surgeon
  • Private Hospital Fees
  • Theatre and surgery costs
  • Surgeon’s and anaesthetist’s fees
  • Private ward room and nursing care
  • All inclusive treatments eg. bandages, dressings
  • Prescribed medications – cremes, antibiotics and painkillers
  • 24 hour on-call post-operative assistance
  • Pathology and X-ray fees if needed, maybe chargeable depending on which hospital you are having your surgery.

Please be aware: that if you are wanting multiple surgeries these may need to be split over 2 sessions 5-7 days apart. Also if you are 100kg+ or have a BMI 40+ you may incur a risk surcharge by the hospital. This is optioned with your health, well being and your healing as our most important focus and concern.