Tummy Tuck for a Flatter, Firmer Abdomen
The abdomen is a problem area for many. If no amount of diet or exercise efforts is giving you the flat stomach you desire — particularly after having children or losing a significant amount of weight — Dr. Adrian Sjarif can help in Sydney or Wollongong.
The tummy tuck surgeon can create a better-looking abdomen by removing excess skin and, fat and tightening your abdominal muscles. Your waistline will improve, your clothing will fit and flatter your body, and your confidence will skyrocket. Almost every tummy tuck patient is extremely satisfied with their decision to undergo surgery; most only wish they had done it sooner!
Is Abdominoplasty a Good Option for Me?
You could benefit from abdominoplasty if you are bothered by loose, stretched-out abdominal skin, excess fat and separated abdominal muscles. This happens most commonly to women that have had children (especially more than one child) or adults that have lost a significant amount of weight, possibly via bariatric surgery. Abdominal skin that has stretched out due to a growing baby or weight gain, will not always contract over the smaller stomach following delivery or weight loss. Abdominoplasty is often combined with breast surgery in a mummy makeover treatment plan to restore a woman’s pre-baby body.
Keep in mind that abdominoplasty is not a quick fix to achieve weight loss or a substitute for diet and exercise. You will see the best results if you are at, or close to, your target weight, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and yet simply cannot get rid of a stubborn lower abdominal pooch or saggy skin.
Abdominoplasty is an surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Sjarif begins the procedure by creating a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline. This incision will be low enough that the resulting scarring can be concealed beneath normal underwear and swimwear.
Through the incision, Dr. Sjarif will use liposuction techniques to remove excess pockets of fat throughout the upper abdomen and flanks. He will repair damaged or separated abdominal muscles, suturing them together in a corset-like fashion. He will also trim loose skin (which sometimes eliminates stretch marks) and pull the remaining skin down for a smoother and flatter contour.
If needed, Dr. Sjarif will create an additional incision around the navel and relocate it higher on the abdomen.
After abdominoplasty, a binder-like garment will be placed around your abdomen to support the healing tissues and reduce swelling. Your abdomen will be bruised, swollen and tender, but the worst of the side effects should resolve within a few days. Plan to avoid bending, lifting or straining for a few weeks.
Dr. Sjarif can advise how long to take off from work and when to resume normal activities and exercise. Most patients take about two to three weeks off from work and resume light exercise about four to six weeks after surgery.
Schedule an Abdominoplasty Consultation
For more information about abdominoplasty, plastic surgeon Adrian Sjarif invites you to book a consultation at one of his locations. He serves Wollongong, the surrounding Illawarra, and Sydney and its surrounds in New South Wales.