Changes that can occur to the midsection over time do not always respond well to exercise and other weight loss efforts. Pregnancy can lead to stretching of the abdominal muscles, and isolated areas of fat can form that detract from your smooth body contour. When weight loss does occur – after pregnancy, bariatric surgery, or your dieting program – skin can fail to conform to the new body contour. This results in loose, sagging skin around the middle that makes clothing uncomfortable and leaves you less than satisfied with your appearance. The stretching of the abdominal muscles may also cause back pain as your core muscles are not working well.

Dr Teston offers abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, for patients that are unhappy with the abdomen and waistline. While this procedure involves a hospital stay and a longer recovery process than other body contouring procedures, the results are also more dramatic and long-lasting. In some cases, a tummy tuck is the best procedure to help you realise all of the aesthetic goals you are hoping to achieve.

Before Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is an effective procedure for addressing the following concerns:

  • Isolated areas of fat around the middle that won’t respond to exercise and diet
  • Abdominal muscles that have stretched, creating a bulge in the stomach area
  • Loose skin that creates deep folds around the waistline, which can be both uncomfortable and unsightly and develop rashes.

Dr Teston will discuss your concerns with you before surgery to determine whether abdominoplasty is the right choice for you. In some cases, liposuction may be performed at the same time as the tummy tuck to enhance results and create a smoother contour. Dr Teston will tailor your specific procedure to your unique needs in order to provide you with the best possible outcome.

During Abdominoplasty

Dr Teston performs her abdominoplasty procedures in an accredited hospital using general anaesthesia. An incision is made across the lower abdomen, underneath the panty line, which usually stretches from hipbone to hipbone. Through this incision, Dr Teston can remove excess fat, tissue and skin to create a smoother, flatter midsection. The incision is carefully sutured to ensure positive healing and minimal scarring after surgery.

Patients will typically remain in the hospital for two to three days after surgery to be closely monitored by an attentive nursing staff. Pain medication will be administered during this time as well, to keep you comfortable in the early days of your recovery process. Drains may also be placed into the incision for the first couple of days to prevent fluid build-up and infection in the surgical area.

After Abdominoplasty

It takes some time to recovery from abdominoplasty, in order to give your incision and the treatment area ample time to heal. You will probably be back to light activities within about four weeks and will be given the go ahead to resume your exercise regimen after eight weeks. Once swelling and bruising subside, your results will become evident and permanent as long as you don’t gain weight after your procedure.

Abdominoplasty is a surgical method of trimming the body that produces dramatic, long-lasting results. If this sounds like the right procedure for you, contact Dr Teston’s office today on (02) 9708 3511 to schedule your personal consultation.

*The information about Abdominoplasty was reviewed by Dr. Leana Teston. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

Procedures Offered

With more than two decades of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Teston is qualified to provide a broad range of plastic surgery procedures. Some of the choices available to her patients include:

Breast Enhancement

No matter what cosmetic goals you might have for your breasts, Dr Teston can help you achieve them. One of her specialties is correcting asymmetries between the breasts that cause a woman to feel self-conscious about her body. Other breast procedures offered by Dr Teston include:

Facial Improvements

Whether you are concerned about the effects of ageing or looking to correct an imperfection that has been nagging you throughout your adult life, Dr Teston offers procedures to enhance and refresh your appearance. She can customise any of the following to your specifications and facial proportions:

  • Facelift to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Eyelid surgery to correct drooping and rejuvenate the area around the eyes
  • Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping to create symmetry, remove imperfections, or restore the nose after injury
  • Otoplasty (or ear surgery) to correct ears that stick out or are disproportionately large
Body Contouring

Body contouring is an effective way to put the final touches on your body shape when you can’t get there with diet and exercise alone. Body contouring is usually recommended for patients that have achieved a healthy, stable weight and may include the following:

  • Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) to tighten and flatten the midsection
  • Lift procedures to shape and firm the upper arms and thighs
  • Liposuction to remove isolated, stubborn areas of fat from nearly anywhere on the body
  • Labiaplasty to correct discomfort due to either developmental or hormonal enlargements or scarring
Skin Treatments

As the largest organ of the body, the skin deserves special attention. When you want to get rid of unsightly moles, fatty lumps, or other concerns, Dr Teston is prepared to eliminate the blemish and leave the best cosmetic results behind. Some of the concerns Dr Teston can treat include:

Hand Restoration

Your hands are one of the most functional and visible parts of the body, and when they are injured or affected by a debilitating condition, the effects on your life can be dramatic. Dr Teston offers hand surgery to treat many of these concerns, with the following being some of the hand conditions she treats:

When you are in search of a plastic surgeon in Sydney, Dr Teston offers a valuable female perspective, extensive training and experience, and a commitment to the highest level of patient care. To learn more about our practice, contact our office today at (02) 9708 3511.