Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck FAQ

Abdominoplasty usually takes 2 hours

Yes.  You would normally stay in hospital for one or two nights

You need to keep your wound clean and dry for 2 weeks

Don’t exercise for 6 weeks and avoid gym and heavy lifting for 12.

You can drive after 3 weeks. The key is to avoid twisting movements, and hence getting in and out of a car will be difficult. Ideally you will get someone to drop the kids off at school for the first month after your operation.

Almost always – most often to your hips

A miniabdominoplasty only targets the tissue under your belly button, whereas a full abdominoplasty corrects all the tissue up to your rib cage.

That is correct. The government has removed abdominoplasty for the medicare schedule and you can only claim if you have lost a large amount of weight and have ulceration of your lower abdomen.

In most cases you will need a drain for the first week to 10 days after surgery. The more you rest post operatively, the quicker we can remove them.

For the best results it is important you allow time for your body to heal and rest. You will need  someone to help with house hold chores and looking after the children for a minimum of 2 weeks post op.