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Is a Tummy Tuck for You?
Tummy tucks, one of the best known operations in Australia, have risks and benefits. Is a tummy tuck for you? Read on to find out more.
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How Long is Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Partial: this takes one to two hours
Complete: this takes two to five hours
Who Might Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?People who get tummy tucks are usually in good shape, but have too much tummy fat or loose skin on the tummy. They often try this surgery after healthy eating and physical activity doesn’t seem to work.
This surgery is also sought after by women who have given birth, don’t want any more pregnancies and want to firm their tummies. A tummy tuck treats stretched abdominal muscles and skin which has not returned to its pre-baby shape. Some elderly people get tummy tucks because skin elasticity declines with age or obesity.
A tummy tuck is not meant for people with a beer belly. They are encouraged to first try to lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The operation is technically done for medical reasons, so it’s possible to get a rebate through Medicare. The rebate is often between $600 and $800, depending on whether or not the operation is done in hospital. Hospital fees might be covered if you have private health insurance.
What are Some Possible Side Effects?
How Long Will the Results of a Tummy Tuck Last?
How Long Will it Take to Recover from a Tummy Tuck?Most people return to work after two to four weeks. Physical activity and lifting must be avoided for at least six weeks as an abdominal corset needs to be worn to support the area.
What Happens if People Lose Weight After a Tummy Tuck?People who have a tummy tuck and want to lose a lot of weight afterwards should postpone the surgery. Women who plan future pregnancies should wait as muscles in the abdomen that tighten during surgery can separate during pregnancy.
A tummy tuck might enhance your appearance, self-esteem and self-confidence. It probably won’t make people treat you differently nor ease all your worries. If you’re interested in the surgery, talk to a tummy tuck specialist about your goals, expectations and reasons for wanting the procedure.
This article was compiled in consultation with CalorieKing.com.au experts and in reference to the following sources:BBC, 'I wanted to look good in my clothes', www.news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7513233.stm
Ninemsn, 'Tummy Tuck', www.health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=2540
Sydney Tummy Tuck, 'Sydney Tummy Tuck & Cosmetic Surgery', www.sydneytummytuck.com.au
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Last updated: November 19th, 2008
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