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Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck surgery, offers a transformative solution for those seeking to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening underlying muscles. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or changes due to pregnancy, resulting in loose or sagging skin.

At Eastern Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, Dr Frank Lin combines advanced surgical techniques with personalised care to deliver exceptional results. Whether you're looking to achieve a more toned appearance or address specific abdominal concerns, read on to discover how Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Melbourne can help you achieve your goals.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. This procedure helps to create a firmer and more toned abdominal profile.

What are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?

The primary benefits of Abdominoplasty surgery include the removal of excess skin and fat, tightening of loose abdominal muscles and the improvement of abdominal contour. This procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or those with loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles due to pregnancy.

Am I a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery?

You may be a good candidate for Tummy Tuck surgery if you are in good health, have realistic expectations and have excess skin or fat in the abdominal area that does not respond to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates should have a stable and healthy weight and should not be planning significant weight loss or future pregnancies.

Are There any Risks or Side Effects to a Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

As with any surgical procedure, Abdominoplasty comes with potential risks and side effects, including:

  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Complications related to anaesthesia
  • Discussing these risks with your surgeon is essential before deciding to have the procedure. See here for more information about the Risks and Complications of Cosmetic Surgery.

    Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Melbourne with Eastern Plastic Surgery

    Consultation

    During your consultation, Dr Lin will discuss with you what must be considered before undergoing Abdominoplasty, including:
    • What is involved in the surgery
    • The likely recovery process
    • The potential problems with the surgery

    Abdominoplasty Procedure

    Abdominoplasty, or Tummy Tuck surgery, is performed under general anaesthesia at an accredited private hospital and typically takes 2-3 hours. During the procedure, a wedge of excess skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and any separation or hernia is repaired. Liposuction is often utilised to enhance the contour of the flanks and upper abdomen. Surgical drains are frequently used to aid in recovery.

    Recovery

    Post-surgery, patients usually stay in the hospital for one to two nights. Initial recovery involves some tightness and discomfort for the first 1-2 weeks, with most daily activities becoming manageable after two weeks. Patients typically take 3-4 weeks off work, with more physically demanding jobs possibly requiring additional time.

    Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks. An abdominal garment is often recommended for the first six weeks to provide comfort and support. Dr Lin will schedule a follow-up appointment within a week of discharge to monitor the healing process.

    Before and after results of Abdominoplasty in Melbourne

    Below you can see some images of patients who have had Abdominoplasty with us at Eastern Plastic Surgery:

    Some more examples of pre- and post-surgery results can be found on our results page.

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    Everyone’s anatomy and expectations are unique. Dr Lin will assess your individual needs during your consultation, and show you a larger selection of photos and videos which are more relevant and meaningful to your individual case.

    *Images are posted following patient consent. Results are only relevant for this patient and do not reflect the results others may experience. Results may vary due to multiple factors including genetics, diet and exercise. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Frank Lin (MED0001193706) Registered medical practitioner, specialist plastic surgeon (specialist registration in surgery-plastic surgery).

    Why Choose Us for Your Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Melbourne?

    Dr Frank Lin is a Melbourne-based specialist plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in Abdominoplasty and body contouring surgeries. At Eastern Plastic Surgery, we prioritise patient education and personalised care. Dr Lin’s expertise and commitment to using advanced techniques ensure that each patient receives the highest standard of care and achieves the best possible outcomes.

    Meet Dr Frank Lin

    Dr Frank Lin is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and founder of Eastern Plastic Surgery and EST Clinic. Dr Lin’s areas of interest include facial and breast aesthetic surgery, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments.

    Dr Lin currently serves on the executive board of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the Membership Committee of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) representing Australia.

    FAQs

    If you have any more questions about Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in Melbourne, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, you can find FAQs below that may provide the additional information you’re looking for.

    What are the different types of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) procedures?

    There are several types of abdominoplasty procedures, including the traditional abdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty and extended abdominoplasty. The traditional abdominoplasty addresses the entire abdominal area, the mini abdominoplasty focuses on the lower abdomen and the extended abdominoplasty includes the flanks or love handles. Dr Lin will discuss which option is best suited to your needs during your initial consultation.
    What can I expect during the recovery period?

    Recovery from a Tummy Tuck surgery typically involves wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. Most patients can return to light activities within two weeks, but full recovery may take several months. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing and optimal results.
    Will I have visible scars after the Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) procedure?

    Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure. The incisions for a Tummy Tuck are typically made in areas that can be easily concealed by underwear or swimwear. Dr Lin will provide advice on scar management to help minimise their appearance over time.
    Is Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery covered by Medicare?

    Tummy Tuck surgery for cosmetic purposes is generally not covered by Medicare. However, if the procedure is part of reconstructive surgery following significant weight loss or other medical conditions, it may be partially covered. It is important to check with Medicare and your surgeon to understand the specifics of coverage for your situation.
    How is excess tissue and fat managed during Abdominoplasty surgery?

    During Abdominoplasty surgery, excess tissue, including skin and fat, is removed to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. The surgeon may also use liposuction to remove excess fat from specific areas. Additionally, the underlying muscles are tightened to enhance the overall contour and strength of the abdomen, ensuring long-lasting results.
    Will my belly button be affected by the Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) surgery?

    Yes, the belly button is typically repositioned during Tummy Tuck surgery to ensure a natural appearance. After removing excess tissue and tightening the underlying muscles, a new opening is created for the belly button to maintain its natural look
    What weight considerations should I have before undergoing a Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

    It is crucial to be at a stable and healthy weight before undergoing a Tummy Tuck surgery. Being at a stable weight helps to achieve optimal results and minimise the risk of complications. Significant weight fluctuations after the procedure can affect the outcome and longevity of the results.
    Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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