Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck): An Overview of the Procedure, Benefits, and Considerations

Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance and contour of the abdomen. It is a popular choice for both male and female individuals who wish to achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen by removing excess skin and fat while tightening abdominal muscles to help with functional concerns

Sydney based plastic surgery practice Ethique Plastic Surgery, located in Miranda and Concord as well as Bowral in the Southern Highlands, specialises in providing abdominoplasty procedures to meet the aesthetic and health goals of their clients.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, as well as the tightening of the underlying muscles. It is typically performed under general anaesthesia and can be customised to address specific concerns, such as loose skin, stretch marks, or muscle laxity in the abdominal area.

Abdominoplasty for the treatment of post-partum rectus diastasis is also an option, and as of the 1st of July 2022, eligible candidates can claim this treatment from Medicare.

Abdominoplasty surgery can be categorised into two main types: full abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty

  • Improved abdominal contour: Abdominoplasty can help achieve a flatter and more toned abdomen by removing excess skin and fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. In addition, it removes the abdominal pannus for Massive Weight Loss patients.
  • Muscle tightening: The procedure can address muscle separation or laxity in the abdominal area, which commonly occurs after pregnancy or significant weight loss.
  • Removal of stretch marks: In some cases, stretch marks located in the lower abdomen can be removed or significantly reduced during the surgery.
  • Repair of hernias: Abdominoplasty can be combined with hernia repair surgery, addressing both cosmetic and functional concerns.
  • Repairing functional impairments: Abdominoplasty can be implemented to treat post-partum rectus diastasis and repair the rectus muscle.

Considerations and Potential Risks

Surgical risks: Like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty carries inherent risks such as infection, bleeding, haematoma, seroma, scarring, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. However, these risks can be minimised by choosing a qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon and accredited anaesthetist.

Recovery period: Recovery after abdominoplasty typically takes several weeks, during which patients need to follow post-operative instructions carefully. During recovery, temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, and limited physical activity are common.

Scarring: Abdominoplasty leaves a scar, which is usually located horizontally along the lower abdomen, above the pubic area. However, skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeons, such as Dr Andre Safvat, aim to minimise scarring and make it as inconspicuous as possible.

Future weight changes: Significant weight fluctuations after the procedure can impact the results of the abdominoplasty. Maintaining a stable weight before and after surgery is advisable to optimise the outcome.

Emotional considerations: It’s important for individuals considering abdominoplasty to have realistic expectations and a thorough understanding of the procedure. A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon can help address any concerns and provide a clear understanding of the potential outcomes.

Abdominoplasty can provide significant aesthetic benefits, and address functional issues such as muscle separation or hernias. However, it is essential to carefully consider the potential risks and recovery period associated with the surgery.

Personalised advice and guidance based on your individual needs and goals can be provided Dr André Safvat at Ethique Plastic Surgery, who consults at our rooms in Bowral, Concord, and Miranda. Dr Safvat can assess your candidacy for abdominoplasty, explain the procedure in detail, and help you make an informed decision about whether it is the right choice for you. Remember to discuss all your concerns and expectations during the consultation process to ensure a successful outcome.

Disclaimer: Results vary. Cosmetic surgery is a serious decision and has risks. More information about the risks and recovery of each procedure is available on the procedure pages in our website.



Patients should discuss with their GP and Plastic Surgeon as to whether surgery is a good option for them. All surgery comes with risks which will be discussed during consultation. Your final results can take up to 12 months or more to be seen. Before proceeding, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Registered Medical Practitioner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic surgery).