Abdominoplasty or a ‘tummy tuck’ removes excess skin and fat found around the stomach after weight loss, ageing or pregnancy. A tummy tuck improves:
Appearance of stomach and torso
tone and strength of abdominal muscles
body contour and shape
incontinence or pain experienced by muscle separation
If you come to Géniale for a tummy tuck procedure you’ll be in the incredible hands of Dr. Bill Lyon. An Australian born and trained cosmetic surgeon, he has trained at Flinders University, undertaken extensive surgical training throughout both Australia and England, won numerous prizes and scholarships for both clinic and research work, and has numerous publications in international peer reviewed journals. Dr. Lyon has also travelled to both Rwanda and Fiji as a part of the Open Heart International humanitarian agency. Dr Lyon will provide you with an honest opinion regarding your suitability for a tummy tuck, with your safety and wellbeing at the core of every decision.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
At Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a holistic approach to your goals. A preliminary consultation is recommended so we can assess both your abdominal structure and suitability for the procedure.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
There are two types of tummy tucks; a full tummy tuck and a circumferential body lift.
The full tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat and repairs any muscle separation, which often occurs after childbirth. Depending on the location of excess skin and fat, incisions are generally made from hip to hip above the pubic area. As these incisions are often made along the boxers or bikini line, any subsequent scarring will be as inconspicuous as possible.
A circumferential body lift is a more extensive tummy tuck and involves an incision being made around the entire lower body which also helps to lift buttock and thigh skin.
During your preliminary consultation, Dr Lyon will discuss which treatment is best suited to you based on your individual needs.
To reduce the risk of potential side effects, Dr Lyon will assess your situation and general health prior to surgery to decide the safest and most efficient treatment for you.
Some possible complications include:
pain and discomfort around incisions
haematoma (when blood accumulation around surgical site requires drainage)
temporary numbness around operated site
tightened skin resulting in constrained movements
excess fluid accumulation under skin
unhealed skin that require skin grafts
Is it suitable for me?
Everyone’s body is unique therefore prior consultation with Dr Lyon will determine the best approach for you.
A tummy tuck could be right for you if:
you are physically healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions
you are self-conscious about your body
you experience skin irritation or infections due to excess skin
you have been at your goal weight for at least 6-12 months
Do I need anaesthetic?
Most tummy tuck procedures require general anaesthetic. Although it can sometimes cause temporary stomach sensitivity and nausea, modern anaesthetic is effective and safe and most patients do not experience any side effects. Dr. Lyon will assess your suitability with anaesthetic prior to your procedure.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Arrange for a friend or relative to take you to and from the clinic and to stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours post surgery. You may also like to prepare your home for your recovery with ice packs, a thermometer and have your phone easily accessible.
Being as fit and healthy as possible reduces the risk of post treatment complications so focusing on diet and well being leading up to surgery will help to ensure your treatment goes smoothly. It is also important to discuss any allergies or medications that you may be taking before undergoing surgery. Dr Lyon may advise you to stop taking certain medicines such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and foods like garlic, which may affect blood clotting.
What happens after surgery?
Recovery varies with each person but usually takes between 3-4 weeks. We will guide you on how to care for your body post operation including symptoms to be aware of and whether you require medication to aid healing and decrease risk of infection. We encourage follow up appointments with Dr Lyon so he can monitor your healing progress.
Will I have scarring?
Although scarring is inevitable with any invasive surgery, Dr Lyon is highly trained in minimising scars and keeping them as inconspicuous as possible by locating incisions along natural skin creases and boxer and bikini lines. If you are prone to scarring, advise him during your preliminary consultations, however in the majority of cases these scars will fade with time.