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Tummy Tucks in Perth: What You Need to Know

Christopher Allen - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ideal for both men and women looking to transform the appearance of their abdomen and entire figure, tummy tucks are growing in popularity.


Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, like all plastic surgery, shouldn’t be taken lightly.Dr Chris Allen, one of Perth’s most experienced abdominoplasty surgeons, provides you with the attention and care you need throughout the tummy tuck consultation process. Instead of consulting with nurses or patient educators, Dr Allen always consults with you personally.


By discussing expectations and questions thoroughly during your consultation, Dr Allen helps you make an informed decision.


What is Abdominoplasty?


The procedure is recommended to men and women who have large fat deposits, or loose overhanging skin from weight loss. It often benefits women, particularly those who have had multiple pregnancies where their abdominal muscles and skin have stretched. Despite dieting and exercise, they may have a persistent pot belly and stretched skin, or overhanging loose tissue which can cause embarrassment and difficulty in finding clothes or bathers to fit properly. The procedure can be performed alone on in a combination with liposuction to smooth the edges and improve the contour of the abdomen or waist line.


The Procedure


An excision is made low on the abdomen followed by a second incision around the umbilicus (belly button). Loose, stretched muscles are tightened with sutures and excess skin and fat are removed. The umbilicus is moved to a new position to suit the abdomen’s appearance. Skin excisions are sutured with dissolving sutures. Even the most revealing garments usually conceal scars.


For some individuals, a mini-abdominoplasty, involving removing skin below the umbilicus, may be more appropriate. A less extensive procedure, scars usually lie in the bikini line.


A Realistic Recovery


You’ll receive a general anaesthetic for the procedure that lasts around three hours. You’ll remain in hospital for 2-4 days and receive quality care from hospital staff. Dr Allen utilises postoperative drains that are generally removed after a few days.


Most patients experience moderate discomfort for the first two days but this can be controlled easily with medication. On your third day discomfort is significantly reduced and you’ll be able to shower. Dr Allen’s practice also provides a firm elastic support garment to assist in a smooth and comfortable recovery.


Dr Allen recommends rest and minimal activity during the first week. While you can increase your activity in the second week, you should take care not to exert yourself. When it comes to time off work, it depends on the nature of your job. Most patients return to work within two to four weeks and by week six you’re able to resume regular exercise.


The Importance of Getting Your Tummy Tuck Locally in Perth


By having your tummy tuck in Perth with Dr Allen, you gain access to ongoing support and expertise throughout your recovery. We recommend undergoing any plastic surgery procedure in a clinic close to your home for maximum convenience.


You’re able to recover comfortably while also knowing that Dr Allen and his team are close by - should you need any advice or have any questions.


Tummy Tucks and Liposuction: What’s Right for You?


For some patients, Dr Allen recommends liposuction performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty to assist in defining the waistline. If a patient has minimal sagging or excess skin, he may suggest only undergoing liposuction.


Dr Allen always consults with you thoroughly to discuss the right option for you and your body.


Book a Consultation


If you’re considering a tummy tuck in Perth, consult with a highly experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Book a consultation with Dr Chris Allen to discuss your expectations and the entire process. Dr Allen is able to provide you with advice and information tailored to your body, helping you to decide whether a tummy tuck is right for you.


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