Many women find it challenging to get their tummies back to their pre-baby state after pregnancy. They often complain about lax abdominal muscles, sagging skin around the waist, stubborn belly fat and bulges around the waist. Unfortunately, no amount of physical exercise and dieting can get rid of these conditions. Precision body contouring and tummy tuck procedures are the only solutions. They can help you achieve a firmer and shapelier tummy and a natural-looking naval area.
One reason why women find it troublesome to get their tummies back in shape is that pregnancy and childbirth cause something known as rectus divarification – a separation of the abdominal muscles. This condition can also cause lower back pain. Abdominoplasty eliminates these issues, it restores core muscles and leaves patients with a firm and rejuvenated mid-section.
A tummy tuck procedure can be done on its own or in conjunction with another body contouring procedure like liposuction. It eliminates sagging folds of skin, gets rid of loose belly fat and takes care of a bulging waistline.
Women who undergo the procedure, experience a renewed sense of self-confidence and feel more feminine and attractive. The tummy tuck surgery also repairs torn abdominal muscles and alleviates the symptoms including bladder weakness and constipation.
Types of Tummy Tucks
Tummy tuck surgery is undoubtedly one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. Dr Ellis Choy, one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons, helps patients achieve a curvier, natural looking waistline that’s free from stubborn residual fat. The procedure also helps in eliminating unwanted stretch marks below the belly button. A full abdominoplasty removes excess fat and loose skin. It also tightens muscles within the abdominal wall. A mini tummy tuck only removes fat and loose skin from the area just below the naval.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Entail?
To perform the procedure, Dr Choy makes an incision just above the pubic area and the naval under general anaesthetic. Once the skin and fat layers are separated from the abdominal wall, he sutures the abdominal muscles together to tighten them. The skin and fat layers are then pulled over the abdominal wall and sutured together. Dr Choy will also make another opening for the naval. Any excess skin that goes over the incision is removed. Modern abdominoplasty procedures now involve liposuction as well. It further improves the contours of the body and delivers exceptional results.
This procedure leaves you with a fabulous looking tummy, free from stretch marks, loose skin and bulges. Tummy tuck scars at the incision site remain hidden beneath your undergarments and fade over a period of time.
What to Expect After the Surgery?
Patients should take things easy for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Dr Choy places drainage tubes just below the incision. These tubes allow fluids to leak out as you heal. Patients must remain in the hospital for a minimum of 48 hours. The sutures are bandaged with a special tape, and they’re removed approximately a week after the surgery.
Pain, swelling and bruising are common and the symptoms might last for a few weeks. Most patients return to normal after 6 weeks. If you’re undergoing the procedure, you will have to refrain from lifting heavy items and performing strenuous activities for the first few weeks.
Tummy tucks give you the confidence to go out in swim suits and figure hugging clothes. They also give you greater abdominal muscle control. If you’d like to find out about tummy tuck costs, get in touch with Dr Ellis Choy’s practice. We serve all patients in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and neighbouring suburbs. Call us on 02 8962 9388 or complete the enquiry form.
Tummy Tuck Information Sheet
Download and print out the Tummy Tuck Information Sheet that includes a list of questions to ask Dr Choy during your appointment.
The Tummy Tuck and the Bikini Line
You might have heard about a bikini line tummy tuck. You may also have seen tummy tuck images where the scar is less visible and pronounced. So, what is this all about?
Bikini line tummy tuck plastic surgery uses an area below the bikini line as an access point. It still creates a scar running from hip to hip, but this scar is neatly hidden beneath the line of the bikini, and is completely invisible with most outfits, even those which display the midriff.
This is a popular choice at Dr Ellis Choy’s clinic, thanks to improved aesthetics and the ingenious way of disguising the scar.
Physical and Emotional Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery
The aim of a tummy tuck procedure from Dr Ellis Choy is both physical and emotional. On the physical side, a tummy tuck will help you regain a slimmer and more toned figure, particularly around the waist, and will also help you with weight loss in the short term and in keeping that weight off in the long term.
On an emotional and psychological level, tummy tuck cosmetic surgery removes excess skin and folds around the abdominal area, which can greatly increase the confidence and emotional well-being of patients.
The Role of Diet and Exercise in a Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck procedure is a fast-acting procedure with immediate and visible results being achieved, and with the added benefits becoming increasingly pronounced as the area continues to heal, the tummy tuck is an extremely popular procedure. However, if you are to continue experiencing great results in the long term, diet and exercise are essential.
First and foremost, it should be mentioned that a tummy tuck is a surgical process. Your body must be given time to rest and recuperate, which means no exercise other than walking immediately after the procedure.
Dr Ellis Choy or a member of his team will consult with you, about when you can start exercising again.
Once the required recovery period has passed, exercise and diet will play a major role in preserving the results achieved by a tummy tuck. Patients should aim for a well-balanced diet which includes plenty of protein, to build muscle strength and to support the initial weight loss.
However, the key to maintaining a healthy weight is to use more calories than we intake from our food and drink. Patients should be exercising every day, and should be mindful of the calories they are ingesting.
By combining a healthy diet and a high level of exercise, patients can get the very best out of their tummy tuck procedure. Long lasting physical and emotional benefits are what we aim to provide. Together, we can make it happen.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
A tummy tuck involves cosmetic surgery, so you will feel some grogginess and discomfort immediately afterwards.
There will be a degree of bruising and swelling around the abdomen, and some numbing of the area between your belly button and the surgical scar.
You may find it difficult to stand up and move around straight away, but this will get easier over time.
You can expect to see some drainage tubes to prevent fluid building up around the wound, dressings to prevent infection, and a compression bandage to reduce the swelling. These will be removed after a short time.
Before you leave the clinic, Dr Ellis Choy or a member of his plastic surgery team will perform an outpatient consultation with you, to let you know what to expect.
If you would like to learn more or to book a consultation, simply get in touch with the team today. To understand what the procedure can achieve, look at these before and after tummy tuck photos.