A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the tummy whilst at the same time, tightening the abdominal muscles.
4-6 weeks downtime
in hospital procedure
Removes excess skin
At Cosmos Clinic, Tummy Tucks are undertaken by specialist plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy operating out of Sydney & Coffs Harbour.
Procedure is for people with excessive loose skin and abdominal muscle separation. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.
Results in a scar from hip to hip which usually can be covered by underwear.
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*Results may vary from patient to patient.
At your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone.
For the first few days, your abdomen will be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may have to remain hospitalised for a few days. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible. Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin, will come out in two to three weeks. The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment.
If you start out in top physical condition with strong abdominal muscles, recovery from Tummy Tuck surgery will be much faster. Some people return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. Exercise will help you heal better. Even people who have never exercised before should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably. Your scars may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in colour. While they’ll never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.
Complications may include infection, hyperpigmentation and keloid scarring.
Dr. Choy operates out of Sydney & Coffs Harbour.
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