An abdominoplasty with Sydney plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Rizk seeks to restore the youthful, toned figure you lost following pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss, or naturally through gravity and ageing.
If you have recently experienced the joy of pregnancy or have lost a significant amount of weight, you may have excess fatty tissues or unsightly skin folds around the abdominal region, waist, and hips. A tight, firm stomach can be very difficult to achieve when saggy excess skin is present. At Dr Joseph Rizk Plastic Surgery in Sydney, you can get the help you need to achieve a firmer, enhanced profile with our Sydney abdominoplasty.
Dr Rizk has performed many of these procedures for people with all types of bodies, so he has the experience you can trust to get the shape you’re looking for. With a modern, state-of-the-art Sydney clinic and experienced professionals, Dr Rizk provides you with a safe, personalised abdominoplasty to achieve that much-desired aesthetic, natural look for your stomach.
Abdominoplasty surgery aims to remove fat and extra loose skin from the abdomen and to restore the integrity of the core abdominal muscle (rectus abdominis). In most cases, it will restore weakened or separated muscles, and change the shape and tone of the abdomen to create a firmer and smoother profile. This change is made by surgically removing the excess tissue, correcting the structure of the underlying muscle, and then priming your body to heal itself well.
The surgery may take a day, but the positive results can last for years. It’s important to keep in mind that an abdominoplasty cannot stand alone as a replacement for a weight loss or exercise program. Abdominoplastys also generally do not get rid of stretch marks from pregnancy or excess weight, but these marks may be reduced if they’re in the area of excess skin that can be removed.
It is encouraging to know that there are several options when it comes to abdominoplasty. Each technique has benefits and drawbacks.
Patients considering an abdominoplasty are often uncertain of what type of abdominoplasty they may need. If you are a candidate, Dr. Rizk can advise you as to whether a mini abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty, extended abdominoplasty, fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty, or body lift is the right approach. During your in-person consultation, Dr. Rizk will listen carefully as you voice your aesthetic concerns. He will then examine the pertinent areas to determine if you are a candidate. Drawing on decades of plastic surgical expertise, he will then curate a bespoke treatment plan that best reflects your cosmetic goals.
Mini abdominoplasty is a limited technique. It is reserved for patients with only a modest amount of excess skin and fat below the navel. The results are not as dramatic as a full abdominoplasty, and it does not include abdominal muscle repair. However, the scar is shorter, and the recovery tends to be easier.
Perhaps the most common abdominoplasty procedure is the full abdominoplasty. This method treats laxity on both the upper and lower abdomen. It includes muscle repair, making it suitable for a broad range of patients that have experienced moderate weight loss or pregnancy. The results are more dramatic than a mini abdominoplasty, and the incision is generally concealed in the underwear line, so the scar is not visible in most styles of swimwear and lingerie.
The extended abdominoplasty is useful for treating laxity on the flanks as well as the upper and lower abdomen. This technique may include repairing abdominal muscle separation if needed. As the name suggests, this technique has an elongated incision across the lower abdomen and above the hips. The tail ends of the scar may be visible from the back as well, depending on the extent of the loose skin. While the results are more dramatic than a full abdominoplasty, patients must consider whether they are willing to live with a scar that may be visible in certain styles of undergarments and swimwear.
After extreme weight loss, some individuals find they have excess skin and pockets of resistant fat on the upper abdomen, lower abdomen, sides, and middle. In these situations, Dr. Rizk may advise fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty. Named after the water lily, this technique has two incisions: One horizontal cut across the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just like a full abdominoplasty, and an additional vertical scar on the central abdomen. The final scar resembles an inverted T. The vertical aspect of the scar will be apparent in two-piece swimsuits.
LOWER BODY LIFT
Rapid, massive weight loss through bariatric surgery, dieting, or exercise frequently causes lax skin circumferentially around the torso. The skin folds can lead to physical discomfort, rashes, chafing, and even limited mobility. For patients with a significant amount of redundant skin on the abdomen, hips, flanks, buttocks, and thighs, Dr. Rizk may suggest a lower body lift. Also known as a belt lipectomy, this technique yields a dramatic result since it removes the most tissue of all abdominoplasty procedures. However, it is considered a major surgery associated with a lengthy downtime. Because of the extensive nature of the surgery, it is sometimes performed as two separate procedures spaced several months apart. If additional areas, such as the inner thighs or arms, are of concern, Dr. Rizk may lay out a plan for a series of staged procedures.
Rarely, a patient may only have excess skin and fat on the upper abdomen. A reverse abdominoplasty may be recommended in these cases. Unlike most abdominoplastys, which leave a scar on the lower abdomen, this technique has an incision hidden in the natural breast crease. Dr. Rizk removes the excess tissue through the incision and pulls the skin flap upward. Ideal candidates have laxity on the upper abdomen only. In addition, they should have good skin elasticity on the middle and lower abdomen and not require abdominal muscle repair.
An abdominoplasty might be needed after one or multiple pregnancies, massive weight loss, or obesity. Some men and women who have put in the long hours at the gym can also benefit from the aesthetic reshaping of their midsection. The symptoms one might present with include:
If you currently struggle with any of these issues, Dr Rizk can assess you and determine if you would benefit from an abdominoplasty procedure. To further discuss your needs, book a consultation using the quick consult form on this page. The consultation will attract a Medicare rebate if you have a referral from your General Practitioner, lessening your costs.
Here are some photos to illustrate the results some of Dr Rizk’s clients have achieved:Before and After Abdominoplasty
An abdominoplasty is a highly customised procedure. Because every person’s body is different, Dr Rizk knows that every abdominoplasty he performs needs to be tailored to every person’s individual condition, needs, and desires.
During your consultation, Dr Rizk will take a history and perform an examination. He will find out many things. Some points that are important include:
Good candidates are generally in good health overall and are non-smokers. They don’t have any major health issues like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Also, they don’t have any active infections.
Women and men who are best suited for abdominoplasty are usually at or very near their ideal weight, and they are in a healthy state of mind. They understand the potential benefits and possible limitations of the surgery and maintain realistic expectations for their results. Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Abdominoplasty procedures are highly individualised, so your exact procedure will follow the steps determined by Dr Rizk during your consultation and preparation visits.
There will be some steps you will be asked to take leading up to your surgery. These may include ceasing smoking (if you smoke) for a few weeks leading up to your procedure, as well as adjusting some medicines or supplements (if you take them) that are known to lead to complications during and after the operation. Dr Rizk performs abdominoplastys as either an in-patient or out-patient procedure.
If your surgery is in-patient, you should plan to stay in the hospital or clinic for two to three days. If it is outpatient, you should be able to have a friend or family member take you home after the operation. However, in either case, you will need to arrange for someone to help care for you during the first 24-48 hours after you return home.
After the sedation has taken effect, Dr Rizk will make a long incision below your stomach, usually just above the pubic region. A second incision is sometimes needed around the belly button if there is significant skin to be removed from the upper abdomen.
The length and shape of the primary incision entirely depend on the location and quantity of excess skin and fat to be removed. Once the skin has been opened, Dr Rizk will proceed to repair your abdominal muscles. Usually, this is done by using permanent stitches to tighten the weakened muscles into a stronger configuration. He will then trim away excess skin and suture the belly button into its natural position in the repositioned abdominal skin. Finally, Dr Rizk will use stitches to close the primary incision. He’ll then dress and bandage the wounds to ensure they’re protected and ready to begin healing. In some cases, Dr Rizk may insert small tubes to help fluid drain or apply a compression bandage to help limit the swelling.
During your recovery, you can expect some pain and discomfort in your abdomen for the first week or two. Dr Rizk will provide you with prescriptions for any pain medication, anti-inflammatories, or antibiotics needed for your healing process.
There will also be significant swelling and bruising on and around your abdomen for a few weeks. You should take care to avoid straining your healing skin or muscles during the first six weeks. At first, even walking or sitting up may be painful and difficult, so make sure you have arranged for assistance. You’ll need to avoid quick movements that can strain the muscles and positions — including bending and stretching — that can put tension on your incision.
You’ll probably need to wear an abdominal support garment or compression band for at least six weeks as well. This will help limit swelling and fluid retention. Dr Rizk will provide all of the instructions you need to promote a smooth and speedy recovery. Make sure to follow these instructions closely to prevent complications and achieve the most optimal results possible.
After the swelling and bruising have subsided, you should readily notice dramatic results. Your flatter, firmer stomach should be obvious, and your regained contours should have you feeling more confident than you did before. Always remember that your long-term results are highly dependent on your maintenance of them. This means you will need to stay diligent with your balanced diet and regular exercise routine. Here are some before-and-after photos so you can see for yourself what your results could look like:Before and After Abdominoplasty
Many patients find the abdominoplasty scar is well worth the aesthetic improvements to their figure. That said, Dr. Rizk makes every effort to minimise the abdominoplasty scar as much as possible. In many cases, he can discreetly place the incision, so it is hidden by the bikini line. The resulting scar is all but invisible in most styles of clothing, undergarments, and swimwear, allowing his patients to enjoy a more shapely physique without displaying a prominent scar.
While abdominoplasty can produce a beautiful result, it is up to the patient to maintain those results. Lifestyle factors can significantly impact how long an abdominoplasty lasts. Diet and exercise are the best ways to keep the abdomen firm and toned. The goal is not to shed kilos, as this may lead to further skin laxity. Instead, patients should maintain a stable weight by eating a balanced diet rich in protein and exercising regularly. Dr. Rizk will advise you when it is safe to exercise after abdominoplasty surgery, as the healing process can take several weeks to months.
For patients wanting an abdominoplasty Sydney plastic surgeon, Dr. Rizk, will need to see you for an initial consultation. He will assess you and determine if you would benefit from an abdominoplasty procedure and if it has the potential to change your life for the better.
How much does an abdominoplasty cost and where does the consultation take place?
All of our consultations take place in Dr Rizk’s clinic in Sydney. He can, however, provide video consultations in some cases for an additional charge. For a guide on estimated costs, please contact our office on 1300 707 007 or email us using the quick consult form.
Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.Meet Dr Rizk
We find that a wide range of women, and some men, are candidates for abdominoplastys.
Not exactly. Liposuction and Abdominoplasty surgery are quite different procedures. To find out more about liposuction click here.
Of course! Abdominoplasty surgery is quite common in men who have had a successful weight loss journey, and who want to remove the excess skin so they can truly enjoy their achievements. Although we don’t get as many male patients for abdominoplastys simply because men don’t go through pregnancy changes in their bodies, we do cater to a number each year.
Much like choosing a service provider to help you with any area of your life, we suggest going through a 3-step process:
You may be entitled to a rebate on your abdominoplasty from Medicare or your private health fund. Dr Rizk will advise you on if you may be eligible after your consultation.
A mini-abdominoplasty is where the procedure is focused on removing loose skin below the navel. This results in a smaller incision, and not having to relocate the navel during surgery. Dr Rizk can help you determine which is right for you during your initial abdominoplasty consultation in Sydney.
The ultimate goal of an abdominoplasty is to help achieve the tight, firm abdomen that dieting and weight loss alone sometimes can’t accomplish. Expect the swelling and recovery to take up to six months to reduce and for you to fully recover after your abdominoplasty.
Recovery varies for every patient. On average your hospital stay will be two to four days. After your abdominoplasty, some pain and discomfort are usual. The abdomen will be tender during the healing process. You will be provided with postoperative antibiotics to help with the healing process.
For situations with extreme levels of excess skin, various forms of abdominoplasty can be used. One is known as “reverse abdominoplasty,” or a “reverse Abdominoplasty” which is used after excessive weight loss. This technique can be used when excess skin is concentrated in the upper abdomen, rather than the lower region.
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