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. A breast lift (or mastopexy) is when excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts.
After undertaking bariatric surgery and successful weight loss of over 50kg, this 47-year-old patient was referred to Dr Avery by her GP to discuss her options for the removal of her excess skin, or what is also referred to as body contouring surgery or surgery following significant weight loss.
Body contouring surgery can describe a number of surgeries to different parts of the body, all with the aim of removing excess skin and tissue as a result of significant weight loss. This means the type of surgeries completed can be different for each person, and therefore an individualised surgical plan is crucial.
Combined abdominoplasty surgery and breast lift surgery was completed for this patient. Abdominoplasty surgery, also referred to 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. The extent of these three components is tailored to individual requirements.
Over 1.3kg of tissue was removed from this patient’s abdomen and this was in addition to the nearly 500mls of fat removed via liposuction. Due to the degree of skin laxity, Dr Avery extended the excision of this abdominoplasty around the flank/hip area to provide a more sculpted result.
Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) aims to restore or create fuller and firmer breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining breast tissue to allow the breasts to sit above the inframammary fold. Dr Avery was able to reposition the breasts higher on the chest wall and also lift the nipples 6cms to a more favourable position in relation to the lifted breast, and the size of the areola was also reduced.
Combining these surgeries allowed one recovery and return to work and family duties sooner than if they were completed at two different times. Recovery from this combined surgery is estimated at 6-8 weeks, with the Avery team supporting you every step of the way.
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.
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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.