Mr Kode has conducted his own original research based on successful Adominoplasty procedures and found that in addition to the standard benefits of Abdominoplasties, patients indicate a relief of back pain as well as improved pelvic floor function.

If you’ve lost a lot of weight, or had children, sometimes your abdominal skin and muscles can loosen, and no amount of ab crunches or dieting can give you the flat tummy you may desire. In these cases, an Abdominoplasty, or “Tummy Tuck” as it is popularly known, can help restore a firmer profile.

The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area, and tightens weakened or separated muscles for a flatter, firmer tummy and narrower waist that is more in proportion to your body type. However, Abdominoplasty is no substitute for a sensible diet and exercise routine.

Mr Kode performs two types of Tummy Tucks – A Full (Radical) Adominoplasty and a Mini (Umbilical) Adominoplasty, with several variations.

In a full Tummy Tuck, the skin and fat approximately from the top of the pubic hair line to the belly button, and hip to hip is removed. The upper tummy skin is lifted to the ribs after tightening the muscles; the remaining skin is pulled down to the lower skin and sutured in place. The belly-button is brought out through a new hole.

Women planning to have children should delay an abdominoplasty, because vertical muscles tightened in surgery may separate again during pregnancy.

After surgery, you may need to wear a compression garment for between two to four weeks to minimise swelling and support your abdomen as it heals. In the first week following surgery, you may be advised not to stand or sit straight, but to stay in a bent forward position to minimise any stretching on the wound. Most people are able to return to work after seven to 10 days.

Abdominoplasty may be performed in conjunction with other body procedures including Thigh Lift and Arm Lift (Brachioplasty). Contact our practice for a consultation with Mr Gary Kode.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The Mini Tummy Tuck addresses the pouching of the lower belly between the navel and the pubic mound which is caused by stretching of the lower abdominal muscles. It is primarily a muscle tightening procedure rather than a skin tightening procedure. Thus, it does not address stretch marks. If this procedure is combined with Liposuction of the ‘love handles’ it is able to reshape the natural curves of the waistline for a natural-looking feminine curve.  The scar is generally thin and small and easily disguised.

Surgical risks & complications although uncommon may include: pneumonia. Infection, bleeding, asymmetry, scarring, and muscle and/or nerve damage, DVT, Pulmonary embolus.

MEDICARE REFUNDS FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY

Depending on the reason for your Abdominoplasty, Medicare may cover part or all of your Abdominoplasty operation. Subject to a full medical assessment, some of these may include: defects of the abdominal wall, such as hernias, diastasis (separation of the muscles), or a trauma which results in muscle loss, weakness, or painful scar contracture. In certain cases, a large dense layer of fatty tissue growth, which is often seen after significant weight loss, is removed for purely functional reasons, and may be covered.