Deakin Plastic Surgeon Discusses Benefits, Outcome of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Chandra Patel explains how abdominoplasty can enhance the body after weight loss or pregnancy and touches on what to expect from the procedure.
Deakin, ACT—Motivations for undergoing abdominoplasty are diverse, states Dr. Chandra Patel, a plastic surgeon in Canberra. He says this procedure, also called tummy tuck surgery, appeals to a wide number of people who experience dissatisfaction with their appearance despite being in relatively good shape. Designed to reduce excess skin and tighten the muscles around the midsection, where many individuals have unwanted tissue laxity, tummy tuck surgery can benefit mothers, patients who have lost a substantial amount of weight, and people with a genetic predisposition for loose skin. To help provide a resource for anyone researching abdominoplasty, he explains what to expect during and after the operation.
Dr. Patel indicates that patients considering tummy tuck surgery do so for many reasons. Pregnancy, weight gain and loss, and heritable skin laxity can often cause the skin and muscles on the abdomen to relax to a point that cannot be altered with diet and exercise, he states. However, he says abdominoplasty is intended to eliminate the excess skin and tighten muscles to help create a firmer, more contoured, and more youthful appearance that many individuals desire and may not be able to achieve through other, more conservative measures. In some cases, he notes, liposuction may also be utilised during the operation to reduce stubborn fatty tissue in the area.
As a surgical procedure, patients should be aware of what to expect from abdominoplasty before proceeding with the experience, Dr. Patel emphasises. The operation generally involves creating an incision low along the waist, tightening the underlying muscles, and trimming the excess skin. Recovery typically includes some discomfort, bruising, and swelling, although he says medication can be prescribed to help alleviate pain. The Deakin plastic surgeon says patients should expect to take approximately a week away from work, and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a month. He indicates the healed scar is generally well-hidden by the waistband of most garments, including swimsuits.
Ultimately, Dr. Patel advises patients to thoroughly research tummy tuck surgery and a plastic surgeon who is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons before considering the procedure. Abdominoplasty, he states, is a great way to enhance body contour and restore a more athletic appearance to the stomach, especially for women who have experienced childbirth and desire a return to their firmer pre-baby body.
About Chandra Patel, FRACS
Dr. Patel has undergone extensive plastic surgery training, beginning with earning his medical degree in the UK and continuing his education in the United States and Australia. He has held several senior positions, including Head of The Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Unit at the Canberra Hospital. An active participant in domestic and international cosmetic and plastic surgery conferences, he is also a member of several esteemed medical organisations, such as the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Patel is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Patel and his practice, please visit lotusclinic.com.au.
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77 Denison St.
Deakin, ACT 2600
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