Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that reshapes the abdomen by removing excess fat, loose skin and stretch marks while tightening lax and stretched abdominal muscles. It is suitable for both men and women. Dr Safvat often combines abdominoplasty with liposuction of the abdomen and flanks to achieve the best results.
Abdominoplasty works best in men who have lost weight and are close to their ideal body weight, but still have a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that will not respond to diet or exercise. An abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss.
The procedure is done under a general anaesthetic in a fully accredited hospital. Dr Safvat only works with highly trained specialist anaesthetics accredited with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. The procedure ranges from a mini to a full abdominoplasty dependent on individual requirements which would be discussed at the time of consultation.
A full tummy tuck operation is designed to reshape the entire span of the abdomen. It works for people with significant amount of loose skin, subcutaneous fat and stretch marks. It also tightens the abdominal musculature to flatten the contour, reduce any bulges and give an “hour-glass” appearance to the waist. The belly button is also reshaped and placed in a more desirable location. Dr Safvat often combines this procedure with liposuction of the upper abdomen and flanks to yield optimal results.
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a lighter procedure and suits people with smaller amount of fat and excess skin in the lower abdomen only.
Immediately post-operatively and for six weeks afterwards, patients need to wear a medical garment (abdominal binder). While patients may not be able to stand fully upright just after their surgery, they are actively encouraged to walk for short periods and to do deep breathing exercises soon post-operatively to prevent complications. Exertion and heavy lifting are not allowed for 4-6 weeks.
In some cases, the abdominoplasty surgery has an item number and patients will receive a rebate from Medicare and their health fund. If there is an item number, the hospital costs are generally covered by private health funds depending on the patient’s level and type of cover. There are stringent guidelines from Medicare as to whether a patient qualifies for an item number or not. This will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Safvat.
Abdominoplasty for Men Complications
Any surgical procedure can be associated with some general risks and Complications. Having your procedure done in an accredited hospital minimises these risks. Although uncommon, these include, collection of blood (heamatoma) or other fluids (seroma), infection, clots (DVT), and risks associated with general anaesthetics.
What you need to do before the operation
Smoking and being overweight have been shown to cause more complications after abdominoplasty. Dr Safvat will insist that patients stop smoking at least 4 weeks before their surgery and lose weight as much as able to before their operation.