Tummy tuck surgery helps flatten, tighten and sculpt your tummy after weight loss and/or pregnancy.
A tummy tuck is designed to:
- Remove loose and over hanging skin.
- Tighten abdominal muscles.
- Create a flat abdomen.
A tummy tuck resculpts your waist and stomach area to restore a natural-looking, more youthful appearance, allowing you the freedom to wear the clothes you like and making physical activity enjoyable once more.
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‘Tummy tucks’ are requested by both men and women, but generally for different reasons.
For women: Pregnancy is a common cause of loss of elasticity in the stomach for women. After birth, although the skin retracts, it may not return to its pre-birth tightness. Similarly, if you have lost a lot of weight and have excessive loose skin in the abdominal area you will usually benefit from a tummy tuck.
For men: Men are increasingly seeking this treatment to rectify loose skin around the the lower and middle abdomen. If you have undergone extensive weight loss and wish to tighten the stomach to remove the excess skin and ‘flab’ you will benefit from this type of surgery.
Our plan for you
4 steps to a successful tummy tuck
As a patient of Specialist Cosmetic Surgery, you will be guided through a 4-stage process designed to meet all your unique needs and expectations of surgery.
Dr Beldholm and his staff are here to guide you through and make sure that you get the best possible result. We focus on making you comfortable and answering all your questions.
We are here for you.
Having performed thousands of surgical procedures over the past decade, Dr Beldholm will recommend an option that is customised for you and your body based on his vast experience.
The decision to undergo any surgery will be made after it has been determined that it is safe for you to do so and that the results will match your expectations.
By the end of the consultation all your questions will be answered so that you can make a well informed decision. You will receive a detailed quote for the options that have been discussed.
If you decide to proceed, Dr Beldholm and his team will collaborate with you on designing a personalised treatment plan, scheduling a convenient date and location for your surgery. You will be provided with all pre-operative and post-operative information.
Your appointment with Dr. Beldholm can be scheduled at two convenient locations:
- 30 Belmore Rd, Lorn NSW 2320: a beautiful converted heritage building in the Hunter Valley.
- 18 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow, NSW 2292: a modern facility in the heart of Newcastle
It can be quite overwhelming when you consider having surgery and often it can be hard to remember all the information that we have provided you with. We therefore provide you with written information about your procedure as well as an option to come back and have further follow up consultations with Dr Beldholm at no additional charge.
Depending on the extent of the procedure you require, a tummy tuck procedure can take between 2-5 hours under a general anaesthetic.
Dr Beldholm performs his abdominoplasty procedures in two private hospitals in the Hunter Valley:
- Maitland Private Hospital
- Hunter Valley Private Hospital
There is a wide range of surgical options that are possible for a tummy tuck procedure. The options are customised to your unique body shape and the result you desire.
VASER Liposculpture tummy tuck
VASER liposculpture is used as part of your tummy tuck and has many benefits to more traditional liposuction.
Mini Sculpt Tummy Tuck
The “mini” in this tummy tuck refers to the fact that the belly button is not repositioned and the muscles are not tightened.
The scar is usually longer than a C-section scar but positioned in a similar location that can be easily hidden in your underwear line.
VASER liposculpture is used in the procedure to shape your abdomen. The end result will be the removal of loose skin and a sculpted abdomen.
Full Sculpt Tummy tuck
This is the most common tummy tuck that Dr Beldholm performs.
The incision is from hip to hip and can usually be covered in underwear.
Excess skin is removed and a new opening is made to reposition the belly button. The key difference is that the abdominal muscles are tightened creating a stronger abdominal wall and a smaller waist.
Extensive VASER Liposculpture is performed on the abdomen and sides to sculpt your abdomen and create a proportional shape.
Extended Sculpt Tummy tuck
This operation is very similar to the full tummy tuck. The difference between the two procedures is the length of the incision. This goes beyond your hips in order to remove loose skin around the waist area.
Recovery from a tummy tuck surgery will vary for each individual and will depend on the extent of your procedure.
With a ‘mini’ Sculpt abdominoplasty, you can generally return home on the same day as surgery, following a post-operative check by Dr. Beldholm; however, a full Sculpt abdominoplasty will require an overnight stay in the hospital.
A compression garment will be fitted after the operation, which you will be required to wear for 4-6 weeks following surgery.
You will be reviewed several times over the first few weeks. Most patients return to work and regular activities approximately two to three weeks after the operation.
We have created an Post-operative wound healing program after you leave hospital to maximise healing and recovery.
This includes a course of LED light treatments, silicon scar recovery strips and a course of Laser Genesis. The scars will heal, leaving only a fine line that is almost imperceptible.
Your procedure is not considered complete until Dr. Beldholm has met with you to follow up after your operation. He will ensure you are healing and that all the expectations discussed in your one-on-one consultation have been met.
You will generally see the doctor on the day after the operation and also in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months following surgery. These appointments are included in the surgical fee.
The refined surgical techniques result in strategically-placed scars that are hidden from view and will become almost imperceptible over the course of a year. The final result may take about a year to become fully apparent, as swelling subsides and the liposuction settles in the first six to twelve months.
“Every surgeon has their own way of approaching an abdominoplasty. Over the last few years I have improved my technique by adding VASER lipo to my abdominoplasty procedures. I’m constantly improving parts of the operation to give my patients the best possible results with the quickest recovery.”
Dr Bernard Beldholm FRACS
Dr Bernard Beldholm Specialist Surgeon
*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. All surgery carries risks and you should seek a second opinion before proceeding.