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Outcomes Of An Abdominoplasty To Treat Loose Skin

Excess abdominal skin results from having children or losing weight. Unfortunately, you can’t always exercise away excess skin, stretched skin, and stubborn pockets of residual fat—especially after pregnancy or weight loss.

However, if you have excess skin, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy), rather than liposuction on its own, can help address this skin concern.

The Australian Government has reinstated a Medicare Item Number for a Tummy Tuck for some post-pregnancy patients suffering from Diastasis Recti (Split Tummy Muscles) if you are eligible and meet the new criteria. This new 30175 Medicare Item Number – is effective 1st July 2022. Read the 30175 Medicare Item Number factsheet.

If you qualify for the 30175 Medicare item number you may ,also get a subsidy from your Health Fund. There will still be a significant out-of-pocket GAP as Tummy tuck surgery is NOT FREE.

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Outcomes

Increased Core Abdominal Strength

  • After significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy, stomach muscles can become weak, distended or detached.
  • Flaccid stomach muscles don’t respond to diet or exercise and require additional help.
  • An abdominoplasty surgically tightens your stretched-out abdominal muscles to increase core strength.
  • Tightening the abdomen also tightens the mons pubis area (a rounded mound of fat tissue that covers the pubic bone).
  • In a study of 60 postpartum women with diastasis recti abdominis (DRA), an increase in core muscle strength and stability, back muscle strength and abdominal muscle strength were observed following abdominoplasty. [1]

Postural Changes

  • After an abdominoplasty, your abdominal muscles undergo repair.
  • This gives your spine better support and allows you to sit and stand up straighter.
  • Surgical removal of excess skin and residual fat stores also helps prevent the weight of your abdomen from pulling your torso slightly forward.
  • In a study of 15 obese patients who had abdominoplasty, postural changes were observed, as evidenced by an increase in postural stability. [2]

Reduced Back Pain

  • After reducing skin folds through abdominoplasty, reduced forward pressure on the spine can provide a straighter spine alignment.
  • Increased core muscle strength and straighter spine alignment may decrease pain complaints related to posture or excess belly skin.
  • A reduction in self-reported back pain was observed in a study of 338 patients who underwent abdominoplasty. [3]

Further Reading

Will Medicare cover my abdominoplasty surgery?
What is the recommended weight/BMI for abdominoplasty surgery?
Apronectomy to remove loose tummy skin

References:

  1. Olsson A, Kiwanuka O, Wilhelmsson S, Sandblom G, Stackelberg O. Surgical repair of diastasis recti abdominis provides long-term improvement of abdominal core function and quality of life: a 3-year follow-up. BJS Open. 2021 Sep 6;5(5):zrab085. doi: 10.1093/bjsopen/zrab085. PMID: 34518875; PMCID: PMC8438255. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8438255/.
  2. Grella R, Del Torto G, Nicoletti GF, DʼAndrea F. Postural Changes After Abdominoplasty in Morbid Obese Patients. Ann Plast Surg. 2019 Jul;83(1):89-93. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000001807. PMID: 30882418. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30882418/.
  3. Soteropulos CE, Edinger KM, Leibl KE, Siebert JW. Improvement in Back Pain Following Abdominoplasty: Results of a 10-Year, Single-Surgeon Series. Aesthet Surg J. 2020 Nov 19;40(12):1309-1315. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjaa032. PMID: 32003775; PMCID: PMC7676454. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7676454/.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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