Professional “Tummy Tuck” (abdominoplasty) surgery on the Gold Coast
Is your once-tight tummy now loose or sagging? Have your abdominal muscles separated or become weak due to pregnancy or significant weight loss? Our experienced surgeons are ready to answer all of your “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) questions.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a firmer, smoother and more sculpted torso. An abdominoplasty can be especially beneficial for those who wish to tighten up loose, or overhanging tummy which may have come about due to a number of reasons – genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or just over time.
Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) Surgery Gold Coast
What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin tissue and fat from the tummy, as well as to tighten and restore weak or separated abdominal muscles. It is a procedure that aims to give suitable candidates back their once-tight tummy.
The surgeon can modify the procedure, so you get the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) that suits your individual circumstances. Depending on your concerns, you can elect to undergo a range of tummy tuck surgeries, such as a mini-tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck.
Some patients may have excess skin that needs to be removed, while others may need their abdomen muscles tightened or restored. Your doctor will talk to you about your specific requirements.
Our clients have shared their tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) before and after photos – clients have consented to share these photos and they have not been altered in any way.
Who would be considered for tummy tuck surgery?
A good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure is any man or woman in good health who would like to remove excess loose skin from the tummy or tighten their abdominal muscles. You might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery if you meet the below criteria:
– Your abdominal muscles and skin have weakened after multiple pregnancies.
– You have loose or excess skin around your abdominal region due to ageing and skin elasticity changes.
– You’ve lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin along your waistline that you wish to minimise.
How can scars be minimised?
The incisions for the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be made so that they are not noticeable. Typically, scars will fade anywhere from several months to a year.
What is expected after your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) recovery will involve the use of drains to remove blood and excess fluids, as well as bandages over the incisions. It’s important to follow the strict instructions given by your surgeon for post-operative care to ensure a smooth recovery. The recovery period will take at least six weeks, during which strenuous activity should be avoided.
At the Lotus Institute we offer a complimentary consultation with our nurse/consultant. At this appointment she will discuss preparation for surgery, downtime, aftercare and costs, plus show you pre and post-operative photos.
What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
Potential risks and complications with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery include swelling and pain, bruising, numbness, and bleeding. It may take several weeks to months for the soreness and pain to subside completely. There will also be scarring at the incision areas, which will likely fade over time.
Before the surgery can be performed, the doctor may want to do a medical evaluation. This may involve tests and a physical exam to ensure candidates are of optimal health. Patients should stop smoking prior to surgery, and may be advised to stop taking certain prescription medications. A healthy, well-balanced diet should be followed.
During your complimentary consultation with one of the Lotus Institute’s nurses/consultants, we will discuss all pre-operation requirements in detail to ensure you are completely prepared for and at ease with the procedure.
How much does a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery cost?
The price of our plastic surgery services will largely depend on your unique case. Costs include the surgeon’s fees and all necessary pre- and post-operational care, anaesthetic and theatre fees. Indicative pricing will be discussed upon completion of your initial consultation.
This operation removes sagging skin and excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen.
It is useful for women:
- after pregnancy (particularly after a caesarean), when the stretched skin and muscles have failed to return to normal
- for people who have lost large amounts of weight and are left with excess skin: and
- for those with an excessively protruding abdomen that won’t respond to diet and exercise. This can be a natural result of ageing when skin elasticity and muscle tone are lost.
A ‘Tummy Tuck’ (abdominoplasty) is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually requires 2 nights in hospital. The size of the skin excision and whether the abdominal muscles require tightening usually determines the type of scarring and the position of the scar. In some cases a ‘mini abdominoplasty’ with a small incision is all that is required.
Medicare now supports medical abdominoplasty for muscle separation
From the 1st of July 2022, women who are experiencing muscle separation post pregnancy can now claim a rebate from Medicare for a medical abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Medicare will only cover a tummy tuck surgery if it is deemed a medically necessity and if the below criteria is met;
- The patient has a diastasis of at least 3cm measured by diagnostic imaging prior to this service; and
- has symptoms of at least moderate severity of pain or discomfort at the site of the diastasis in the abdominal wall during functional use and/or low back pain or urinary symptoms likely due to rectus diastasis that have been documented in the patient’s records by the practitioner providing this service; and
- Has failed to respond to non-surgical conservative treatment including physiotherapy; and
- Has not been pregnant in the last 12 months
To find out if you are eligible for Medicare item number 30175, contact us today to book a consultation and we can walk you through the next steps.
What do I need to know before booking a consultation for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
Anyone considering cosmetic surgery will be required to provide a GP Referral to their Plastic Surgeon from July 1 2023, in accordance with new guidelines from AHPRA (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). All patients will now be required to receive 2 consultations with their Surgeon before their procedure, including one face-to-face consultation. There must also be at least seven days between your face-to-face consultation with your Surgeon and your surgery.
Book your consultation for a mini tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) on the Gold Coast today
At The Lotus Institute, we are proud to offer our clients a wide range of aesthetic surgery enhancements and non-surgical procedures. Our clinic is located on the Gold Coast and we are renowned for having a skilled team of staff who provide excellent pre and post operative support and care to all patients.
If you are considering a tummy tuck on the Gold Coast, there is no better place to go than The Lotus Institute. Our team is highly trained and experienced in performing tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeries. We have a proven track record of delivering transformative results that’ll meet your body goals.
We understand that each client is unique, and we will work with you to ensure you achieve the look you desire. If you are ready to take the next step on your journey to a new and improved body, contact us today to book your tummy tuck surgery. We would be delighted to hear from you.VIEW GALLERY