Tummy tucks ease incontinence and back pain

Abdominoplasty surgery is far more than just a cosmetic procedure designed to remove a small post pregnancy pouch of skin. Most tummy tuck procedures reshape and strengthen the abdominal wall, reducing back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancy. Earlier this year an Australian study found abdominoplasties provided significant functional and medical benefits to women post partum so… Why aren’t abdominoplasties considered a ‘medical’ procedure and subject to rebates after pregnancy? If you’ve lost 5 BMI points (outside of pregnancy) and have excess skin that can’t be conservatively managed, the Medicare Benefits Schedule criteria may deem you eligible for a ‘medical’ abdominoplasty - that is, one that is billed under an item number. However, since late 2015, if you’re a women experiencing rectus divarication, chronic back pain or urinary incontinence post partum, Medicare and health funds will consider the procedure to be ‘cosmetic’. So essentially, if a man undergoes extreme weight loss after bariatric surgery and has excess skin, some of his abdominoplasty costs will be reimbursed under Medicare (and private health insurance if he has an eligible policy), and yet a woman who has torn muscles, incontinence and back pain as a consequence of pregnancy cannot.   above: before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp Abdominoplasty repairs rectus diastasis (muscle separation after pregnancy), reconstructing the abdominal wall, removing hernias and restoring core strength - as well as removing excess skin from the lower abdomen. The authors of the 2018 Australian study highlighted the fact that this not only restores the abdomen’s shape, it can also improve core strength, and can impact back pain and pelvic floor control. The study...

Dr David Sharp before and after photos 2017 highlights

This is a small selection of our before and after photos from 2017! Thanks to all the lovely patients who permitted us to share their images this year, to help educate others about plastic surgery and the outcomes that can be achieved. Our patients come in all shapes, sizes and ages - and from the young to the mature aged, we believe it’s important to provide insight into the ‘real’ faces of plastic surgery; everyday patients! Despite the fact that much of what we see on social media probably reflects otherwise, the average plastic surgery patient is not a size 8 model with perfect breasts, a blogger’s body or celebrity with deep pockets; they’re everyday people investing in their health, wellbeing - and aligning how they look on the outside, with how they feel on the inside. This video provides an insight into the spectrum of procedures Dr Sharp performs every week. Happy New Year to all of our amazing patients, and thank you for making us part of your journey in 2017!...

Beast the festive season bulge

You’d have to be superhuman - or super anti-social - to completely avoid the overload of food, drinks and excess that is synonymous with the festive season. The combination of food high in sugar, salt and fat, along with the occasional sugary drink or alcoholic beverage - followed by hot lazy days - often sees the unwelcome expansion of love handles and spare tyres that looked, and felt, much smaller a few months ago. Certain areas of the body - such as the abdomen, flanks and back, naturally lend themselves to fat accumulating. Once these pockets of fat have formed, it can be difficult to eliminate them, even with a healthy lifestyle. It’s enough to make those new years resolutions of getting fit and healthy seem like a pipe dream. After you’ve finished adjusting your belt up a notch or diving into your comfy pants, consider some small, easy steps you can begin taking this week to get your body back to where you’d like it to be. Even the most stubborn of fat can be budged with the combination of a sensible diet, moderate physical activity and SculpSure fat removal. By now we all know the key to a healthy diet - but it’s a matter of sticking to it! Plenty of water, fresh vegetables and fruit, moderate amounts of lean protein and low-GI grains. If you are grocery shopping on a budget, try a local farmers market for great deals on fresh fruit and vegetables to last the week. For a reminder of what you should be looking for on your plate, click here or here. If joining a...