Abdominoplasty: All What You Need To Know About The Procedure

image_3Are all your efforts at reclaiming your pre-baby tummy leading nowhere? Are you just fed up with those tiring daily sit ups which are not doing your abdomen any good in terms of size and shape? Are those stretch marks bothering you?

Although a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty might appear like a rather drastic step, it could be your best solution, especially when conducted by surgeons certified by the Australian Medical Council and fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

What Causes Abdomen Stretching?

Usually, your abdomen gets stretched by either a baby inside or your intra-abdominal contents, usually fat. Once the abdomen stretch is eliminated surgically, how far the retraction goes to its former state will be dependent on several factors. These will include genetics, position of remaining muscles, exercise and tone.

Another important factor will be the fat amount between your muscle and skin and the structural integrity of your skin.

What Does the Surgical Procedure Entail?

Similar to any surgical procedure, for a tummy tuck to realize the best outcomes, it has to address a number of surgical components. To address only a single component without taking into consideration the others may end up giving you sub-optimal outcomes.

A comprehensive tummy tuck entails:-

  • Shifting your six-pack or rectus muscles back into your midline
  • Surgically removing excess fat through liposuction
  • Removing your stretch marks and excessive skin in the lower abdomen
  • Replacing/shifting your umbilicus into a more normal position

Which Technique is the Best One for You?

Two main techniques are commonly used. Though using the same approach, the main differences occur in the skin and fat excision pattern, and the direction in which the tension is placed during the final wound closure.

  1. The Pitanguy procedure gets rid of more fat and skin in your midline than closer to your waist. Mostly, the surgeon closes the wound in a top to bottom style.
  2. The Lockwood method eliminates a more evenly distributed amount of fat and skin across your abdomen width and closes up with tension going from the waist in the direction of your midline.

What will establish the best technique for you will be your fat distribution, and to some degree your personal preference.

When is the Ideal Time for Abdominoplasty, Sydney?

Closeup photo of a caucasian woman's abdomen marked with lines for abdominal cosmetic surgery

If another pregnancy is part of your future plans – better wait! This is because your repaired abdominal muscle won’t cope with the stretching that comes with another baby.

The most ideal tummy tuck time is after a period of weight stability, say after about a year. The results will be better when the surgery is done when you are closest to your desired or ideal weight. The results will last longer and of course the happier you are likely to be!


Studies have shown that the more advanced training your surgeon has received, higher are the odds of a having a very satisfying surgical outcome. You can achieve this by searching for the online Board Certified Australian Plastic Surgeon LipoSite to verify their credentials.

Additional recommendations would be to check with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who normally maintain updated records of certified surgeons in Australia.