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No more crunches: all about tummy tuck surgery

Cairns Plastic Surgery - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Crunch after crunch, week after week, sweating it out at the gym… and you still can’t budge that stubborn tummy fat!

Why won’t it go away? You’re eating clean and working out! It just doesn’t make sense.

A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty, but for simplicity, we’ll refer to it as ‘tummy tuck’ and 'tummy tuck surgery' throughout this blog post!) is a popular procedure for that exact reason – removing fat that you otherwise cannot get rid of using diet and exercise.

There are a number of considerations plastic surgeons make to determine whether a person is the right candidate for a tummy tuck. The candidate should…

  • Be in good health
  • Not be overweight
  • Feel that exercise and diet alone is not

You should also not have any planned pregnancies in your future. Tummy tucks are therefore very popular amongst mums.

Tummy tucks are commonly split into two types: full and partial. We discuss both below, and also talk about ‘mummy makeovers’ – what are they, and why have they soared in popularity? Read on to find out!

Tummy tuck surgery from Cairns Plastic Surgery

Full tummy tuck surgery

In full tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic line (think just below where bikini bottoms will sit). The skin around the entire stomach – from just above the pubic line up to the bellybutton and as high as the ribcage – is lifted upwards, revealing your abdominals.

Your surgeon tightens your abs (and their connective tissue), then replaces the skin. As this skin is replaced, is hangs lower due to the flatter abdominals. This can drastically alter the position of your bellybutton, so we reposition it.

Excess skin and fat that hangs below the original incision is removed, giving you a flatter are more sculptured stomach.

Scarring is probable, but we will talk you through the likeliness of size and position prior to the procedure.

A full tummy tuck tightens the lower and upper abdomen.


‘Partial’ or ‘mini’ tummy tuck

A partial tummy tuck is also referred to as a ‘mini’ tummy tuck.

The main difference between this and a full tummy tuck is that the bellybutton is left in tact. A partial tummy tuck concentrates on the skin between the bellybutton and pubic line (unlike a full tummy tuck, which extends further north).

A mini tummy tuck tightens the lower abdomen only (below the navel). Scarring is still likely although it is normally slightly shorter than the scar from a full tummy tuck.


Tummy tuck surgery in conjunction with liposuction

Is it not uncommon for many patients to opt for multiple surgeries with their tummy tuck. Most commonly it is liposuction, but breast augmentation (or lift) as well as thigh wedge excisions have proven to be very popular accompaniments.


Mummy makeovers

After pregnancy and birth, many women find that they are unable to shift that stubborn, loose skin from their tums – even after they successfully dropped some baby weight.

Mummy makeovers have surged in popularity all over the world, where new mums and even mums with grown children opting to do away with problem areas and introduce some new self-confidence!

A typical mummy makeover usually consists of a tummy tuck as well as a certain breast surgery, commonly a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction. It might also comprise of liposuction.

Depending on your recovery, you might be able to return to work after just 10 days.

The best way to learn if a mummy makeover is right for you is to organise a consultation at Cairns Plastic Surgery.

Mummy Makeover Tummy Tuck

Quick facts about tummy tucks and tummy tuck surgery

  • Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss

  • They are designed to re-contour the abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight loss

  • A tummy tuck does not remove stretch marks, unless the marks are located on an area of the stomach that is to be excised

  • Tummy tuck surgery can help create a more defined waistline

  • Long-term results can be affected by pregnancy or weight gain or loss

  • Your bellybutton may be repositioned to look more natural


  • Read more important information about tummy tucks here, or contact us today - we look forward to having a confidential chat with you!


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