Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty (or ‘tummy tuck’) is a cosmetic operation to improve the appearance of your abdomen. It may involve removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles. Your surgeon will assess you and let you and let you know if an abdominoplasty is suitable for you.  The technique is suitable if you have a lot of excess skin on your abdomen.


Watch Our Video Animation To Explain Abdominoplasty

After the Surgery

You will awaken after the operation with dressings and a gentle suction drain on each side of your lower abdomen. The drainage tubes will usually be removed the next day and the dressing checked. After the surgery you will need to remain in the hospital for approximately 3 days. This does vary slightly from patient to patient depending upon the size of the abdominoplasty and how quickly you recover.

Support Garment

An abdominal binder will be given to you whilst in hospital. We recommend that you wear this continuously for the first two weeks (you must remove this for showering) and as much as possible for the next 6 weeks.


It is important that the dressings do not get wet until 24 hours after the drains are removed. You may then shower and pat the dressings dry using a hair dryer on a cool setting. There may be slight ooze under the dressings. This is quite common.

Pain Management

We recommend you do not take aspirin or anything that contains aspirin for 2 weeks before your operation and 1 week after your operation. Regular pain relief is recommended and this will be prescribed for you by the anaesthetist.


First Post Operative Appointment
The dressings will be changed at your first post operative visit in the rooms one week after your surgery.

Second Post Operative Appointment
Your next post operative visit will then be scheduled for removal of remaining suture/staples.

When Can I Resume Activities?

Rest is very important after your operation. We recommend no lifting, strenuous exercise or driving or 6 weeks. You will need to take approximately 3 weeks off work and avoid any heavy lifting for a further 3 weeks when you return to work.

Report the Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound
If you have any of these post operative concerns or queries please ring the rooms on 9284 4966.