Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to improve the shape and profile of the stomach.
A protruding abdomen can be caused by:
- weight gain
- post-pregnancy weight gain
- laxity of muscle in the abdominal wall
- excess fatty tissue of the abdomen
Many people who think they would need a tummy tuck can get great results with liposuction alone. However if you have lots of loose skin a tummy tuck would be worthwhile. Dr John Barrett can advise you of whether liposculpture or a tummy tuck is right for you. Dr Barrett performs the liposuction and he would refer you to a plastic surgeon if he felt a tummy tuck was the better option. The photos here are in fact patients of Dr Barrett who have had liposuction rather than a tummy tuck.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a tummy tuck right for me?
A tummy tuck may be an option if you have stubborn areas of fat around your abdomen that diet and exercise cannot shift. Or you may have excess skin in this area, resulting from over-stretching or rapid stretching, that has lots its ability to retract.
The best candidates are people who have 'stabilised' at a certain weight or size.Although it is a relatively common procedure, abdominoplasty is a significant surgery that requires due consideration. Many people will be satisfied with liposuction alone which carries much less risk and is a considerably cheaper option with great outcomes for most people unless you have a great deal of loose skin causing a large overhang.