John Crock
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Society of
Plastic Surgeons

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery Melbourne

Abdominoplasty is a term derived from the Greek term to “mould” the abdomen. The essence of the operation is to restore form and function to the anterior abdominal wall. We provide abdominoplasty in Melbourne to patients who require this procedure, and especially aim to help patients after massive weight loss (bariatric surgery) or after ventral hernia formation – particularly after childbearing.

The anterior abdominal wall is made up of vertical, horizontal, and oblique muscle groups that are connected in the middle by a dense fibrous band, which sometimes stretches and leads to herniation of the abdominal contents. Additionally, when patients have lost weight, the skin and fat on the abdomen that normally sits attached to these muscle groups instead stretches and hangs over the waist. This is because the fascial planes in the abdomen have been stretched and give way, leading to looseness of the whole anterior abdominal skin and fat.

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What is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

Abdominoplasty is the process of dissecting out the loose tissue and removing it. This usually (but not always) involves re-sitting the umbilicus (navel), which is preserved as a separate entity. A small window is cut into this new flap of skin and is pulled downwards to cover the defect, and the navel is repositioned. At the same time, the anterior abdominal wall is usually tightened and reinforced, to restore tone to the abdomen. This procedure usually improves the appearance of the waistline, as well as serving numerous functional benefits.

Patients with overhanging abdominal skin often struggle with rashes on their suprapubic skin, and abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) is the best way to address this problem. Patients with lax anterior abdominal walls often suffer from low back pain, and by tightening the “core” platform, the muscle imbalance can be helped after abdominoplasty, leading to reduced issues with low back pain.

When you visit for a consultation to explore abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck), we will endeavour to inform you so that you can decide if this is the surgery you need for your issues. The consult will cover:

  • Your surgery explained
  • Assessing to see if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to your specific questions.

Common reasons patients choose abdominoplasty

Patients usually present for this surgery in order to treat excess skin and fat on the anterior abdominal wall, skin rashes in the groin, anterior abdominal wall weakness, and bulging. Abdominoplasty can also help to alleviate lower back pain.