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Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck", is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.


This type of procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually requires between 1-2 days in hospital after the procedure. The length of skin incision and therefore the type and position of the final scar will be determined by the amount of loose skin you have. The looser the abdominal skin and the more pendulous the fatty tissue apron of the lower abdomen, the longer the scar. Most scars, however, are kept low and can be hidden in both underwear and a swimming costume.

A lesser or mini abdominoplasty can sometimes be offered to patients who have less loose skin. This is performed through a shorter (Caesarean) length scar. The wounds on the abdomen and around the umbilicus (if required) are sutured and often only dissolving sutures are used. This wound is supported with plastic skin or micro pore tape for up to six weeks to give it every chance to develop a fine scar.


One week following the procedure, you will be at home and will not be able to perform any work or household duties. It is also not preferable to drive.

Two weeks following the procedure, you may return to walking or cycling on a stationary exercise bicycle. You are also permitted to drive. You will need to protect the muscle repair for a further four weeks (6 weeks total) and will need to wear a compression garment for this time.

Funding access

Yes. Please check with your health fund as some procedures are considered medical when there has been pregnancy and significant weight loss.


What is a dog ear?

A dog ear is a gathering of excess skin/fat at the edge of the abdominoplasty scar. We advise that massage of this will usually be sufficient to allow the dog ear to gradually diminish. If it is still present at 6 months following the procedure, we will offer a no-cost revision under local anaesthetic in our office.

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