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Abdominoplasty surgery eliminates excess skin from the abdominal area


Abdominoplasty surgery eliminates excess skin from the abdominal area


Dr Hunt's range of Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty Surgery

Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty procedures, address three key areas of concern – excess skin, persistent fat, and lax muscles. Dr Jerermy Hunt employs a variety of surgical techniques to counteract these issues:

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Tummy Liposuction

  • removes excess fat deposits around the tummy and flanks and helps to achieve a good silhouette contour. This option is right for patients without tummy sagging and good quality skin.

Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck

  • addresses excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage is a shorter, less visible scar.

Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

  • allows both the skin and the muscles to be tightened. This is often done through a shorter incision.

Full Tummy Tuck or Full Abdominoplasty

  • A Full Tummy Tuck/ abdominoplasty involves all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve optimal fat removal. This procedure achieves the maximum tightening of abdominal wall tissue. However, the scar usually runs from hip to hip.

Extended Abdominoplasty

  • An Extended Abdominoplasty is used if weight loss has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour. The scar is slightly larger than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.

Post Pregnancy Surgery – Breast Surgery & Tummy Surgery Combined

  • Tummy surgery can be combined with breast surgery in a popular procedure known as the post pregnancy surgery. Click here if you’d like to learn more about Post Pregnancy Surgery, or read on to find out more about Tummy Tucks/ abdominoplasties.

What is a Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty?

The abdominoplasty is the plastic surgery intervention performed to help you get a contoured tummy without excess skin. The procedure is performed on patients with skin sagginess at the level of the inferior abdominal area. If you are dealing with a “belly apron” that covers partly or entirely the suprapubic area, the abdominoplasty might be just what Dr Hunt recommends.

The procedure is also known as abdominoplasty in medical terms and can completely change the aspect of your tummy and midline when performed in combination with liposuction. Depending on the needs of the patients, there are different types of tummy tucks/ abdominoplasties that can be performed, from a mini abdominoplasty to a Fleur-de-Lis tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty.

The abdominoplasty is a suitable procedure for you if you have a normal weight, but the tummy is not flat or firm. During this procedure, Dr Hunt also corrects diastasis recti (a condition that can occur during pregnancy – the right and left abdominal muscles are distended, and a gap is created between them).

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How is the Tummy Tuck/ abdominoplasty done?

The abdominoplasty is often performed with the patient under general anaesthesia, as the procedure can take one to three hours, depending on the complexity of each case.

The number and length of incisions are dependent on the type of abdominoplasty to be performed. For example, in the case of the mini abdominoplasty, there is just one small incision placed on the inferior part of the abdomen, over the suprapubic area. A full tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty often entails a larger incision on the lower abdominal area and another one used to reposition the navel. The extended tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty requires incisions on the flanks, too, that allow Dr Hunt to eliminate excess skin from the sides.

After the incisions are performed, Dr Hunt will detach the skin tissue and bring together and tighten the abdominal muscles for a firmer-looking tummy (not performed in case of the mini abdominoplasty). The skin is then redraped over the underlying tissues, and the excess skin is eliminated. The incisions are sutured, and compressive bandages are used.

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Benefits of the Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is a complex plastic surgery intervention that aims to recontour the abdominal area. The procedure is performed to tighten weak abdominal muscles and eliminate excess skin. Among the benefits associated with the procedure we can mention:

  • Strengthens weak abdominal muscles
  • The tummy is firmer and flatter
  • Eliminates saggy skin from the inferior abdominal area

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Recovery after Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty

The recovery period after a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure and whether the procedure was performed alone or in combination with other interventions. Bruising and swelling can naturally occur at the level of the tummy after undergoing abdominoplasty procedures.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty and returning to the gym is only possible after six to eight weeks. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms, saunas, hot baths and pools for a few weeks
  • Sleep with your knees and upper body slightly bent
  • Avoid coughing, sneezing and even laughing too hard
  • Avoid ample body movements

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Tummy Tuck Cost Sydney - How much does an abdominoplasty cost Australia NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty surgery in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the results you want and the time required in theatre.  Your tummy surgery total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

The type of tummy tuck – abdominoplasty that’s performed and how much excess skin and fat need to be removed will play a role in the total cost of this surgery. For example, not all patients need to repair their abdominal muscles during surgery and not all patients require a full, traditional tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty. Since a general anaesthetic is required for the majority of tummy tuck – abdominoplastysurgeries, the cost of an anaesthetist will need to be factored in.

In some cases, some of the costs associated with an abdominoplasty are covered by Medicare & your health insurance. This is mostly the case for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and have excess skin that could cause health concerns and impact their quality of life. The best way to determine your tummy tuck – abdominoplasty cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare coverage, a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty Payment Plan, or the costs for abdominoplasty surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt aims to deliver optimal results using different surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care which he offers every patient and that begins from the day of first consultation.

At your patient consultation, Dr Hunt will perform a comprehensive assessment, review your medical history, discuss any concerns & risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your tummy procedure as part of the informed consent process. You will also see Before and After Images of past patients.

Join the thousands of past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

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Do I need a Tummy Tuck - abdominoplasty?


If you have excess skin on the tummy and you would like it to be much firmer and tighter, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty.

What's an Abdominoplasty include?


Dr Hunt will perform your abdominoplasty in the hospital of your choice, under a general anesthetic.

Based on what you have agreed prior to your surgery, he will use one of the following techniques:

  • Liposuction
  • Mini abdominoplasty procedures or mini abdominoplasty
  • Endoscopic abdominoplasty procedures
  • Full abdominoplasty procedures
  • Extended abdominoplasty procedures

Which Tummy Surgery do I need?


Abdominal contouring, also known as tummy tuck – abdominoplasty surgery, can take a number of forms and each procedure is designed to address your specific needs. The right abdominoplasty for you is going to address three different issues; excess fat deposits, issues with your abdominal muscles, and any loose or excess skin. Each of these procedures will address one or more of the issues and will produce the best tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty result for you depending on the amount of skin & tissue that needs to be removed. One of these body surgeries will suit your abdominal contouring needs.

1. Mini Abdominoplasty or Mini Tummy Tuck – Skin Only

A smaller abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, addresses the excess skin below the belly button but does not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of this type of procedure is a shorter scar.

2. Endoscopic Abdominoplasty

An Endoscopic abdominoplasty allows both the skin to be tightened as well as muscles. This is often done through a shorter incision, which usually results in a smaller, shorter scar.

3. Full Abdominoplasty or Full Tummy Tuck with Muscle Repair

A full abdominoplasty will involve all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve the fat removal, and achieves the optimal tightening of the abdominal tissue. The scar is usually quite large and runs from hip to hip.

4. Extended Abdominoplasty – for excess skin in the hips and flank

If weight loss has lead to excess skin extending around the hip then an extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve the body contour. The scar is simply a longer scar that will extend over the hip.

5 Tummy Liposuction – for removing stubborn tummy fat but not excess skin

Liposuction can remove excess fat deposits and bring that troublesome tummy area back in line with the rest of the body. Remember though, liposuction relies on the skin springing back into place, so is usually more effective in younger patients whose skin has not been stretched.

Other Tummy Surgery for Massive Weight Loss Patients

For massive weight loss patients with lots of loose tummy skin there is also lower body lift, 360 abdominoplasty, belt lipectomy circumferential abdominoplasty or FDL – Fleur De lis abdominoplasty.

What happens during abdominoplasty Surgery?


On the day of the operation, the procedure will be performed in a fully accredited hospital, under general anaesthetic given by a fully accredited anaesthetist. Dr Hunt will meet with his patient on the day of surgery. The patient will then be marked, highlighting the appropriate areas for liposuction (if needed) and where excess skin will be removed. The final wound closure and scar will also be marked. It is extremely common for the patient to be anxious on the day of surgery and they are welcome to take a form of anti-anxiety drug to ensure their experience is as calm and positive as possible.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.