Abdominoplasty FAQ

How long does surgery take?

Abdominoplasty usually takes 2 hours

Do I stay in hospital?

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

Can I shower?

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

When can I exercise?

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

When can I drive?

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.

Do I have liposuction as well?

Almost always – most often to your hips

What is the difference between a mini and a full abdominoplasty?

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

Is abdominoplasty covered by my health fund? I heard the government changed the rules.

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.

Do I have drains?

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.

What about family support? I have heard I need someone to help me.

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.