Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) &
Mini Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that reduces the fat and loose skin around the abdomen, tightens and firms the abdominal wall, and if desired can enhance your hour-glass figure. It is often requested post-pregnancy or after significant weight loss. This procedure can also be requested to reduce the unsightly appearance of caesarian scars, or a droopy appearance of the stomach despite routine exercise. Restoring the shape and firmness of the stomach, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can be very satisfying to many patients.

The best time to have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is at a time when you have lost any extra weight and have kept it stable for several months. At this point the most ideal contouring can be performed. An ideal patient for a tummy tuck should expect to be able to wear a bikini without anyone being able to tell that you had surgery. In order to do this, Dr Shortt focusses on two key goals: to place the scar so low that it is hidden by your bikini or underwear; and to create a beautiful, natural appearing belly button. Dr Shortt has a particular interest in belly button beautification. Many of his referrals come from patients' high satisfaction with their belly button. He has recently been interviewed on the topic.

On occasion, some patients have some loose skin below the belly button but otherwise have a nice shape to their abdomen. In this setting you may be able to have a mini-tummy tuck (mini-abdominoplasty) which limits the amount of surgery, costs, recovery, and scarring.

As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt will take a thorough medical history from you, discuss your areas of concern and your goals. He will then discuss your options, explaining the associated benefits and risks and go over the general recovery time, as well as discuss what to expect pre and post tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery.

When to consider having this procedure?

In general, candidates for tummy tuck surgery are aged 18 - 70 years, are in good health and are able to have general anaesthetic, and may have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • loose skin around the abdomen
  • caesarian scars, sagging and or stretched skin due to pregnancy
  • excessive skin around the abdomen due to significant weight loss
  • desire to restore a firmer, tighter waistline

What is the recovery time?

In general, the recovery time following a tummy tuck procedure is approximately 3-6 weeks. As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt will be able to estimate the time he expects it will take you to recover, and how soon you can expect to get back to the different activities you usually do.

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