Tummy Tuck Perth WA

Do you have excess fatty tissue or loose skin that won’t budge even with a strict diet and exercise regime?
If you want to achieve a flatter abdomen area, an abdominoplasty (otherwise known as a tummy tuck) may be a suitable treatment for you.

“Weight loss, pregnancy and the process of age leaves many patients with unwanted, excess loose skin.”

If you have been steadily losing weight and need some help to remove those last few areas of loose skin and fatty tissue around the midsection and back, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed by our surgeon Dr Anh may be your solution to a tighter, flatter tummy.

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What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall, tighten the abdominal wall muscles and to re-contour the torso.

It is not an alternative to diet and exercise but it can help you achieve a flatter and tighter tummy. Generally it is a preferred option for patients who cannot shift stubborn areas of flabby excess skin with diet and exercise alone and cannot flatten a tummy bulge due to separated abdominal wall muscles, that can occur after pregnancy.

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types of abdominoplasty procedures

Every patient is different, and some people need more skin and fat removed from their abdomen than others. Dr Anh may perform either a full or mini tummy tuck, depending on your area of concern and aesthetic goals.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is designed for patients with large amounts of loose skin and excess fat and who also have concerns with separated abdominal muscles. This procedure requires a long incision from hip to hip, which allows for maximum improvement of abdominal strength and shape. In addition to removing excess skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty also tightens weakened abdominal muscles, often occurring after pregnancy. A full tummy tuck provides the most dramatic results for complete abdominal restoration.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure suitable for patients with a small amount of skin looseness, primarily in the lower abdomen (below the belly button). This procedure is particularly beneficial for those with concerns of a ‘muffin top’ or bulging skin above a caesarean section scar. A mini abdominoplasty requires a much smaller incision, placed just above the pubic area, and does not require an incision around the belly button. Since this procedure usually does not tighten separated muscles, the recovery time is usually much quicker.

Before & after Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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What you can expect from your tummy tuck consultation

TDr Anh understands that your initial consultation at her Perth practice can be daunting. It is only natural to feel nervous about revealing your concerns about your body, especially with someone you have never met before. Dr Anh understands that you may feel this way and will try to make the consultation as comfortable for you as possible.

Dr Anh and her cosmetic consultants will spend about 45 minutes with you to better understand why you seek an abdominoplasty, the results you hope to achieve, and your expectations of the procedure. Dr Anh will obtain a medical and surgical history and then examine you. After that, she will discuss with you what options are available to you, the pros and cons of each, the recommended treatment, the risks, complications, aftercare and expected post-operative recovery.

Dr Anh will also show you before and after photos of previous abdominoplasty patients, answer any of your questions and provide you with written material about abdominoplasty for you to take home. At the end of your consultation, you will be given a comprehensive quote, and our practice manager will explain all the costs involved with tummy tuck surgery.

What happens during the procedure

During your tummy tuck procedure, Dr Anh will follow the below steps:

Step 1 – Administering anaesthesia

For your comfort and safety, Dr Anh always performs abdominoplasty under general anaesthesia. We work with highly qualified and experienced anaesthetists who will administer your medication during the procedure.

Step 2 – Making an incision

During your tummy tuck consultation, Dr Anh will discuss your incision options and whether you will benefit best from a full or mini abdominoplasty. For a full tummy tuck, Dr Anh will make a horizontal incision across the pubic hairline, from hip to hip. You may also require a second incision around the belly button. 

Step 3 – Reshaping the abdomen contour

Once Dr Anh has made your incisions, she will first repair any weakened abdominal muscles. Next, she will pull the abdominal skin downwards to trim excess skin and remove fat deposits. Dr Anh will also reposition the navel to a more natural point on the abdomen in some instances. 

Step 4 – Closing the incisions

Once Dr Anh has created a smoother, tighter abdominal appearance, she will close your incisions with sutures. Following the procedure, you will be moved into a recovery area to begin the healing process. 

What can I expect during my recovery?

Following your tummy tuck procedure, Dr Anh will apply dressings to your incisions and, if needed, may insert drains to collect any excess blood or fluid. You will also be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks to reduce swelling and support your new abdomen contour as it heals. Abdominoplasty surgery usually requires a one to two-night stay in the hospital.

You can expect to experience some pain, swelling and bruising during your tummy tuck recovery. This can last for a few weeks; however, our team will monitor your healing process during this time. Dr Anh will also prescribe medications that can alleviate most discomfort.

Ultimately, recovery times for abdominoplasty surgery vary from patient to patient. However, we recommend that you take at least one to two weeks off work, and you should avoid any vigorous activity for a minimum of four weeks after surgery. To ensure the best results, it is essential that you follow all of Dr Anh’s pre-operative instructions carefully. 

How much does a Tummy Tuck cost in Perth?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to tummy tuck surgery, as the procedure can vary widely from patient to patient. As such, we simply cannot provide a cost without first seeing you for a personalised consultation. 

Similar to most surgical procedures, you can expect your abdominoplasty to be broken down into several cost components:

Initial consultation fees

When you first visit Dr Anh for a tummy tuck consultation at her Perth practice, you will need to pay a fee. 

Surgeon’s fees

Surgeon’s fees can vary dramatically, depending on their qualifications, surgical expertise, professional recognition, experience and even popularity. The fee charged by Dr Anh to perform your tummy tuck will depend on the extent and difficulty of your procedure. 

Hospital fees

Both surgeons and anaesthetists are considered “independent contractors” who use the facilities of private hospitals, meaning that Dr Anh has no control over your hospital fees. Again, hospital fees can vary from facility to facility, although most charge by the hour. As an abdominoplasty usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital, this usually adds a lot to your total cost.

Anaesthetist’s fees

During your abdominoplasty, your anaesthetist quite literally watches over your life and vital functions. The fee charged by your anaesthetist will depend again on their qualifications and experience. 

Post-operative care

In addition to the actual procedure costs, you may also need to pay out of pocket for compression garments and post-operative visits. 

As a cosmetic procedure, abdominoplasty is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. However, sometimes tummy tuck is considered medically necessary, in which case you may be eligible for a rebate. This will require a referral from a GP. Dr Anh and her team will give you a detailed breakdown of tummy tuck costs during your consultation.

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