Deciding to have an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a life changing decision for many. It can restore confidence, particularly after childbirth, weight loss or ageing. Dr Briggs recommends patients come for a consultation to discuss their options in regards to the Abdominoplasty procedure.
About the Abdominoplasty Procedure
It is important to note that the tummy tuck is not designed to be a weight loss procedure; it’s main objective is to help you achieve a better defined and contoured appearance of your abdomen. It is suited to people who have excess skin and tissue in the abdominal area.
For women who have had children, the abdominal wall muscles can become separated. The medical term for this is diastasis recti. When these muscles are seperated it can cause a bulging appearance to the stomach and is impossible to remove with diet and exercise. During your Abdominoplasty procedure Dr Briggs will rejoin these muscles and tighten any excess skin, leaving your stomach flat and firm.
An Abdominoplasty can involve a number of different techniques within the same operation to produce certain results. The type of techniques used with vary from patient to patient depending on their age, weight, gender and individual anatomy.. This is a unisex procedure and can be performed successfully on both males and females.
Before Dr Briggs’ decides to perform abdominal surgery on any prospective patient, we arrange for the patient to take part in an in-depth consultation process. Dr Briggs will discuss in detail your suitability for surgery and the specific outcomes that you want to achieve by having an Abdominoplasty.
Your consultation will also include a discussion of your medical history, before and after gallery viewing and a quotation explanation.
An Abdominoplasty procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and consists of removing excess skin and fat from around the stomach and abdominal area. If required, Dr Briggs can also tighten your abdominal muscles. The surgery produces a smoother, firmer and flatter stomach. The procedure takes two to three hours to complete and will require minimum one nights in hospital.
Before surgery you will also meet your anaesthetist who will discuss with you his treatment. He will also prescribe you some pain medication to take following your surgery.
During and after your time in hospital, you will consistently be treated by the same medical professionals. Dr Briggs works with the same team to ensure that all our patients enjoy the same excellent continuity of care. We have worked diligently to establish best practice medical procedures so our patients remain confident in the standard of care and attention they receive.
After your operation, you will be in hospital for one two two nights. When you return home you may or may not have drains in. Drains are the device that ensures that there is no build of of body fluid under your new tightened stomach. The body will naturally produce fluid to the abdominal area in a reaction to surgery. This fluid build up is also known as a Seroma. Drains will be removed by Dr Briggs and his nurse when necessary. During this time Dr Briggs will be in contact with you to ensure you are healing and progressing well.
The week following surgery will be strange and uncomfortable as your body heals. This is normal and it will pass. After two weeks you will be able to return to normal activities however should not engage in any strenuous exercise. During this time you will be required to wear a compression garment for a minimum of six weeks. This also helps to avoid swelling and prevents a build-up of fluid around the surgery area.
We advise all our clients to take at least two weeks off work after surgery to give their bodies the time it needs to recover.
Even after full recovery, Dr Briggs will see patients regularly for up to a year and then annually after this time. This is to make sure that the healing process is proceeding as normal, and that all scars associated with surgery are fading and healing.
To ensure the scars heal well Dr Briggs will prescribe a scar care routine.
Trained and proficient in all areas of Plastic Surgery, Dr Patrick Briggs has over thirty years’ medical experience behind him, and also specialises in Plastic and Cosmetic surgery. He has built up a wealth of experience and knowledge, has performed many surgeries and enjoys a long list of satisfied patients.
Before you make a decision regarding Abdominoplasty please contact us at Dr Patrick Briggs clinic in Perth where we discuss all options that are open to you in a confidential space.