Abdominoplasty Before and After - Journey 13


An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce excess loose skin, primarily from the lower part of the abdomen or stomach, as well as tightening the remaining skin.

This amazing 52-year-old woman lost over 50kg after bariatric surgery and sought Avery in regards to abdominoplasty surgery.

As can be the case with significant weight loss, excess skin remains and not only hides the results of the weight loss but can contribute to uncomfortable physical symptoms. Dr Avery recommended a traditional abdominoplasty to remove the excess skin and tissue. Abdominoplasty surgery (commonly known as a tummy tuck) consists of the removal and tightening of the abdominal skin, removal of excess fat where appropriate, and repositioning or tightening of the rectus abdominis muscles if needed. The extent of these three components is tailored to the individual requirements of the Avery patient.

For this Avery patient, 400mls of fat was removed by liposuction prior to the removal of 2725g of skin and tissue from the abdomen. The clinical after photographs were taken 7 months after her surgery.

Surgical garments are always recommended to be worn for a number of weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and to support the wounds. All Avery patients are supported following their surgery with an extensive scar management regime that includes Healite treatments (LED light therapy), recommendations for regular massage of the area and topical treatments such as Strataderm. The final scar maturation usually occurs 12-18 months following surgery.

For patients who have had significant weight loss and symptoms such as skin irritation and interference with activity, Medicare allocates the item number 30177. This in turn means that health insurers will contribute to the cost of the surgery should the level of cover be sufficient.

The team at Avery are here for you throughout every step of your journey. To help you with your initial research before deciding to go ahead with surgery, you can discover our wonderful patients' journeys here.

You can also see more of before and after images, here. Dr Avery has extensive experience performing surgery and as we take our patients’ privacy very seriously, we do not display our full gallery online. All patients with photographs in the gallery have provided written consent.

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These photos are of a real patient of Dr Avery’s who has given their consent for their photos to be shown.

Please note that individual results will vary, and all surgeries have associated risks. Before proceeding with any surgery, it is advisable to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner such as a Plastic Surgeon. 

Plastic Surgeon is a regulated term that can only be used by surgeons who have completed specialty training within plastic surgery and are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). The specialty training undertaken by Plastic Surgeons includes the surgical skills required for excellence in aesthetic surgery.