Cosmetic surgery’s sole focus before was to alter a person’s aesthetic appearance through surgical or nonsurgical treatments. With the advancements modern technology entitle our plastic surgery experts and professionals, they also come up with functional reasons on how to use cosmetic surgery to address what goes beyond aesthetic reasons. Let us explore tummy tuck surgery, its kinds, indication, how surgeons perform it, and its risks and complications.


What is tummy tuck surgery?

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that removes excess abdominal skin, fats, and tissue as well as tightens abdominal muscles to create a flatter, smoother, and more toned abdomen. Abdominoplasty is a popular procedure for men and women in Australia, especially those who have undertaken dramatic physical changes caused by weight loss or pregnancy.



What are the kinds of tummy tuck surgery?

People have different kinds of body issues, so it is just right to have different methods on how to undergo abdominoplasty.


Full tummy tuck surgery

This type is the main variant of abdominoplasty. During the procedure, your surgeon makes a horizontal pelvic incision that extends from hip to hip. He releases the belly button as he makes an incision around it. Access to the abdominal muscles gives him the chance to stitch them together to tighten weakened muscles. Excess abdominal fat and tissues are then removed as well as the skin, and your plastic surgeon finishes up the procedure with repositioning the navel to fit the newly shaped abdomen and closing the horizontal incision.


Mini tummy tuck surgery

This kind of tummy tuck surgery is literally the more straightforward and smaller version of abdominoplasty that addresses excess abdominal fat, skin, and tissues on the lower part of the belly. The procedure still entails a horizontal pelvic incision, but an umbilical repositioning is not performed. Plastic surgeons recommend this surgery for patients who only have little excess abdominal issues located on the lower abdomen.


Extended tummy tuck surgery

An extended abdominoplasty is the combination of a full tummy tuck and a thigh lift. The horizontal pelvic incision found in complete abdominoplasty gets extended to the back of the hips to allow surgical improvement with the flanks and address unappealing love handles and muffin tops.


“Lipotuck” surgery

This surgical procedure is the combination of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery. This procedure allows the overall contouring of the abdomen and its surrounding body areas, such as the thighs, flanks, hips, and buttocks.


What are the risks that you can expect from tummy tuck surgery?

All surgeries have risks and complications, and tummy tucks are not different. Under an inexperienced surgeon, these potential risks and complications may become serious and life-threatening. It is up to you and your choice of plastic surgeon to prepare and avoid the occurrence of these unwanted scenarios.

The following are common risks and complications that may happen during and after the tummy tuck surgery:

  • Infection
  • Formation of blood clots
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Anaesthesia-related complications
  • Scarring or keloid formation

Talk to your plastic surgeon about these unwanted risks and complications, let him address each one, and explain in detail how these conditions can be prevented.

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