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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)


Abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck”, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal region and tightening the abdominal muscles to create a flatter, smoother, and more toned appearance. This procedure is typically performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight often as a result of weight loss surgery, have undergone pregnancy, or have experienced a natural loss of skin elasticity due to aging.

About the Procedure

The abdominoplasty procedure typically involves making an incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. The surgeon will then separate the skin from the underlying muscles and remove any excess fat or tissue. The abdominal muscles will also be tightened to create a firmer, flatter stomach.

Once the excess skin and fat have been removed, the remaining skin will be repositioned and pulled taut, and the incision will be closed with sutures or surgical staples. A drainage tube may be placed under the skin to help prevent fluid build-up, and a compression garment may be worn to reduce swelling and provide support to the newly contoured abdomen.


Recovery from abdominoplasty can take several weeks, and patients may experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising during the first few days after surgery. Pain medication and rest are typically recommended during this time. Patients may also need to avoid strenuous physical activity for several weeks to allow the body to heal properly.


Abdominoplasty can have a significant impact on a patient's self-confidence and body image. However, it is important to note that the procedure is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Patients should maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain their results and ensure their overall health and well-being.

A/Prof Jaber performs abdominoplasty at Wollongong Private Hospital. He has undertaken specific training in the procedure.