Tummy Tuck- Frequently Asked Questions

Tummy tuck surgery is an effective procedure that eliminates stubborn skin and fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise attempts. Dr. Darrell Perkins believes that patient education is key to obtaining the most successful tummy tuck surgery results. Dr. Perkins is a skilled Plastic Surgeon who is very knowledgeable about the latest tummy tuck techniques. Serving patients from across New South Wales from his Sydney practice, he is always on hand to address any questions or concerns related to the abdominoplasty procedure. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding tummy tuck surgery. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our practice.

Who makes a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Patients who present for tummy tuck surgery at our practice range from those who may have just a small roll beneath the bellybutton to those who have undergone massive weight loss and have an enormous hanging roll. Each patient requires an individual assessment so that the appropriate operation can be planned to fit their specific needs and goals. Contact our plastic surgery practice to schedule an initial tummy tuck consultation.

Which is better — liposuction or tummy tuck surgery?

Patients often ask if they are more suitable for liposuction or if they require tummy tuck surgery. In general terms, if you have good, elastic skin and excess fat, liposuction may be the best choice. However, if you have lots of excess skin or masses of stretch marks, you may require an operation that removes the excess skin as well as excess fat. Tummy tuck surgery may be best for your needs. Dr. Perkins can assess your specific situation during your consultation and help you determine which procedure is best for your goals.

How long does it take to recover from tummy tuck surgery?

Mini tummy tuck surgeries can be performed as day-only procedures, but generally a patient who undergoes a full tummy tuck surgery at our Sydney, New South Wales practice is admitted to the hospital for a period of two to three days.

Most patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery require one to two weeks off work, depending on the extent of their procedure. It is possible that the patient may have a drain in for three to ten days, depending on how much drainage actually occurs after the procedure.

Will I have any visible scarring after tummy tuck surgery?

The tummy tuck procedure will leave scars. The size and placement of the scars vary between patients, but usually these scars are easily covered by swimwear and panties. Most tummy tuck patients find that the scars are a good cosmetic trade-off for the improvement in the contour of the abdomen.

Previous abdominal surgery is not a contraindication for a tummy tuck, and in many circumstances, vertical lower abdominal scars are able to be removed to rid the patient of these visible scars.

Who pays for tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure which would ordinarily attract Medicare item numbers. Thus, if you are in a Health Fund, a significant proportion of the costs would be covered by Medicare and the Health Fund.

Schedule an Initial Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

Dr. Darrell Perkins is a knowledgeable Plastic Surgeon who can answer all your questions and concerns regarding abdominoplasty. We invite you to learn more about the tummy tuck at our practice, serving patients from Sydney and throughout New South Wales. Contact our plastic surgery practice to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Perkins.