Abdominoplasty is a very common surgical procedure. The procedure is designed to address some changes that affect the lower abdomen as a result of changes due to age, pregnancy or weight loss after significant weight gain. The causes for these changes are a combination of lost skin elasticity, excess of skin and fat and stretching of the muscle layer of the abdomen. This problem can be exacerbated in women who have had a caesarean section as the loose abdominal tissues can fold over the scar creating a small apron which many women consider unsightly.
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can be very effective for men and women in reducing the lower abdominal bulge and address the changes due to lost skin elasticity and hanging skin. It is often asked if exercise can address these problems, however while exercise can reduce body fat, it won’t address the permanent changes such as skin laxity and separation of the abdominal muscle wall that can occur during pregnancy and weight gain.
Medicare rebates are currently available for this procedure, and most private health funds will also provide additional cover, however we recommend you confirm this directly with your health fund.