Tummy Tuck

After pregnancy, weight loss or for people with protruding lower abdomen despite exercises and diet, this is a good operation to remove the sagging skin, stretch marks and excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The overall body appearance is improved by reducing and recontouring abdominal skin and fat. It is neither a substitute for weight reduction nor a cure for obesity.
Remember – the desired result is improvement, not a perfect abdomen.

Surgical techniques

A tummy tuck is an extensive operation. A long incision is made from hip to hip on the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, and another is made around the belly button, leaving the stalk attached to the abdominal wall. Loose skin and fat are then lifted up, the muscles tightened using stitches, and the excess skin and fat are then cut away. The belly button is repositioned by bringing it out through a new hole made in the skin. Liposuction is performed on the flanks to enhance the final results. A long scar is inevitable, but is hidden below the bikini line in most people. The new belly button will have a different shape.

The operation     

Medical name: Abdominoplasty
Duration: 2-3 hours
Hospital stay: Day stay or 1 night
Anaesthetic: general
Drain tubes: 2 drain tubes removed at one week
Pain factor: tightness and moderate pain from sore muscles (similar to Caesarean)


Recovery time: 2-4 weeks off work, depending on your type of work. The first few days are spent sitting or lying in a semi-sitting position to take the tension off the wound. Bruising on the flanks where liposuction was performed to reduce the “love handles” will improve at 1-2 weeks.
Avoid strenuous activities, such as weights or heavy lifting, in the first 6 weeks.

Estimated costs

Total cost:  $11000 if insured   $12000 if uninsured

Risks and possible problems

  • Wound problems, such as infection or slow healing, may occur. Most are mild and usually improve with antibiotics and dressings.
  • About 10% of people develop a seroma, (fluid accumulating under the skin). Most are small and require simple aspiration with a needle. If it is large, a second operation for drainage may be required.
  • Scars are always pink and more obvious in the first few months, and become less noticeable after a year. In a few people, the scars may remain wide and thick which may need revision. Although scars are designed to be hidden within bikini lines, they may migrate outside these lines to become visible.
  • Just above the pubic region, the skin will have diminished sensation for several months.
  • DVT (clots in the legs) may occur due to immobility. This can be very dangerous, therefore you are encouraged to move the legs frequently and walk around the house in the first week.

If you need more information, please call 03 8769 8555 or email us at info@corymbiahouse.com.au and we will get back to you next business day.

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