What Is Abdominoplasty Surgery?

Abdominoplasty surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to transform the appearance of your abdomen. It typically involves the removal of surplus fat and skin, along with the repair of weakened or loose muscles. This surgical intervention is often commonly referred to as a "tummy tuck."

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Abdominoplasty Surgery wait times in public hospitals

Waiting Periods For Abdominoplasty surgery

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The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Plastic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

Abdominoplasty SURGERY DETAILS

Who is Abdominoplasty surgery for?

For individuals who want to remove excess sagging fat and skin, and repair any separated or weakened muscles in the abdomen area caused by obesity, ageing, pregnancies or rapid weight loss.

What are the benefits?

Removal of excess skin and fat to improve the appearance of a flabby belly. Repair and tighten the loose abdominal muscles that are causing discomfort or skin irritation. Your abdomen should be firmer and have a better shape.

What happens During Surgery?

The operation may take between 2 to 5 hours. Depending on whether you have a full or partial (mini) abdominoplasty different techniques will be used.

You will receive a general anesthetic before the operation commences.

There are different types of abdominoplasty depending on how much skin, muscle and fat needs to be restructured, and your surgeon will make an assessment on which procedure will be right for you.

In both full and mini abdominoplassty surgeries, the incisions will be either stitched, taped or clipped together.  The wounds will be covered with dressings, and sometimes one or two small tubes will be inserted to drain any blood or fluid. The tubes may be left in for a few days.

How long will I stay in hospital?

You can return home after 2 or 3 days of staying in the hospital.

What is my recovery time?

You will spend a few days in recovery after the operation. Pain, bruising and swelling may be present after the operation. You might need to take over the counter medicine to reduce the pain and prevent blood clotting.

Lie down with your upper body raised and knees angled for the first few days after the operation. You may be asked even on the first day to walk around to prevent blood clotting.

Wear an elastic bandage or compression garment to keep the abdomen swelling down. Avoid any strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks. You should be able to return to light work in 1 to 3 weeks.

Mr Namal Munasinghe, plastic surgeon for Self Pay Surgery at Mulgrave Private Hospital
Mr Namal Munasinghe

Mr Namal Munasinghe is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, a graduate from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Namal began and completed Plastics and Reconstructive training in Australia and has worked with many reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons at hospitals in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth, he now calls Melbourne home.


Dr Yvonne Chow, plastic surgeon at Mulgrave Private Hospital Self Pay Surgery
Dr Yvonne Chow

Dr Yvonne Chow is a Plastic Surgeon with special interests in the areas of skin cancers, breast reduction surgery and breast cancer reconstruction surgery.Currently, Dr Chow is appointed to Medical panels, serves as a councillor for the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is the new Clinical Lead (Plastics) for the Australian Breast Device Registry.


SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You have a Body Mass Index under 28
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
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