TOOWOOMBA PLASTIC SURGERY, Toowoomba
When considering a cosmetic procedure post-childbirth or following dramatic weight changes, it’s important to have all the facts so you can make a choice that best suits you and your body.
The quest for cosmetic enhancement can often be confusing, and at times overwhelming. The professional and experienced team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery offers confidential consultations to anyone considering cosmetic surgery and help patients explore all of their options to find the right fit.
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
More commonly known as a ‘Tummy Tuck’, abdominoplasty is an increasingly common surgical procedure designed to address changes that can affect the lower abdomen as a result of age, pregnancy or weight loss after significant weight gain.
The causes for these changes are a combination of lost skin elasticity, excess of skin and fat and stretching of the muscle layer of the abdomen. For those of us slogging it out at the gym and counting the calories, no amount of diet and exercise can reverse these permanent changes, so a tummy tuck is the most viable option to provide real results.
These issues can be exacerbated in women who have had a caesarean section, as the loose abdominal tissues can fold over the scar creating a small apron, leaving many women uncomfortable and embarrassed. A tummy tuck can be very effective in reducing the lower abdominal bulge and address the changes due to lost skin elasticity and hanging skin.
Aims of surgery:
- Correct abdominal shape changes as a result of pregnancy, age, weight loss or prior surgery
- Improve the function of the abdominal muscles by correcting the stretch between these muscles
- Rejuvenate the appearance of the abdomen
- Improve hygiene in the case of the ‘apron’, as this may be associated with chronic skin conditions beneath the fold.
While this surgery will undeniably improve the shape and strength of your stomach and pubic area, some patients experience a prominent scar from the incisions made during surgery. Scarring depends on a patient’s skin type and the individual operation, with surgeons performing procedures aimed to minimise scarring and most scars fading over time.
Liposuction is a procedure to remove localised pockets of fat beneath the skin. The most frequently treated areas are the hip, outside thigh, inner thigh and flanks. Liposuction is a form of body contouring and as such, it is designed to improve the outline of your body, especially in clothing. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool.
Often patients will request if liposuction can be used to treat lower abdominal bulges. In short, the answer is no.
Liposuction is often not effective in treating conditions such as excess stretched skin, a loss of skin elasticity and changes to the muscles of the abdomen. Liposuction isn’t appropriate in many of these circumstances as it only addresses fat content. A tummy tuck is often the appropriate method of dealing with this problem surgically.
Patients request liposuction, as it is associated with small scars that are usually very difficult to find once completely healed. It is understandable that this has a greater appeal than the prominent scar associated with a tummy tuck.
However, liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck for some patients, in order to reduce the length of the scar and obtain ‘the best of both worlds’ from the combined procedures.
It is important to have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic procedure. Experienced and professional staff at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will talk with you about what to reasonably expect of your post surgery body.
It is important to work together with your surgeon to find the procedure that is right for you, however the final result will depend upon your body shape, age, fat volume and skin elasticity.