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WHEN EXPERIENCE MATTERS: HAVING AN ABDOMINOPLASTY IN BRISBANE

Specialist plastic surgeon Dr David Sharp performs abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’ surgery to improve abdominal wall strength, reduce hernias and reduce loose skin. Read on to learn more about the benefits, risks and recovery involved with this procedure – as well as our ethos for patient care and postoperative support.

What is an abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’?

Abdominoplasty surgery – often referred to as a tummy tuck – tightens the abdominal area by surgically removing skin and fat, while restoring weakened or separated muscles. Dr Sharp is also able to offer his patients hernia repair within their abdominoplasty surgery, if required.

Cost of tummy tuck surgery in Brisbane: is abdominoplasty a medically rebatable procedure or cosmetic surgery?

It can be both! Abdominoplasty surgery can be cosmetic or reconstructive in nature.

Skin and muscles in the abdominal region can become separated or stretched by weightloss or weight fluctuations, pregnancy, age, genetics/hereditary factors, injury or previous surgery. This can make the stomach protrude, and most importantly can lead to functional concerns. In such cases, abdominoplasty can be considered to be medically required, offering functional benefits, including reduced back pain and pelvic floor weakness through improved core strength – while addressing hygiene and irritation issues caused by excess loose skin.

Abdominoplasty surgery addresses loose skin, pelvic floor and score strength weakness and hernias – achieving a firmer abdominal wall overall. When viewing before and after images on this page, please note they are only indicative of the individual patient’s result and outcomes vary depending on a number of factors including genetics, nutrition, natural body habitus and adherence to post operative instructions. To view scarring, please click here

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Left to right: patient one, before and 5 months after abdominoplasty surgery – patient two, before and 3 months after abdominoplasty surgery. Both procedures performed by Dr Sharp. 

What to expect at your abdominoplasty consult with Dr Sharp

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Prior to your consultation, our patient support team will provide you with our abdominoplasty education pack. This includes a copy of the Abdominoplasty Clinical Consent document, outlining the risks, benefits and recovery involved with the surgery. It also includes information issued by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding abdominoplasty surgery. Reading this educational material prior to your first consult will help you prepare pertinent questions to ask Dr Sharp. It will also provide some foundation knowledge about the procedure. Before your consultation, you will also be asked to forward your GP referral to us, and complete our patient information forms/questionnaire, to help us understand your concerns, motivations and expectations from the surgery. If you can’t view the video, please log into YouTube to confirm you are over 18.

Most importantly, your initial consultations will be with the surgeon who will be performing your surgery : Dr Sharp.

We appreciate that our patients have invested significant time and consideration in choosing to consult a surgeon and waited patiently for their consult – and so our clinic believes that having your initial surgery discussion with the surgeon himself is a defining feature of our patient care, rather than this consultation being ‘outsourced’ to another doctor, nurse or healthcare professional in the clinic.

After your initial consult, you will be provided with a quote and a second copy of the aforementioned Abdominoplasty Clinical Consent document to reconsider – as well as a copy of the postoperative instructions for tummy tuck surgery. Why do we provide this so early in your surgery consideration process? Because the recovery is a large part of your surgical decision-making, and self-care postoperatively is a large component of achieving a successful outcome.

We know that when patients are aware of postoperative requirements and restrictions, they are better able to make confident, informed decisions about undergoing surgery. A second discussion with Dr Sharp – followed by a cooling off period if your procedure is classified as ‘cosmetic’ instead of carrying an item number – will be observed, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Patients are invited to book as many consultations as they wish prior to surgery.

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TUMMY TUCK GALLERY: BEFORE + AFTER PHOTO

Scroll down to read more about tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery with Dr Sharp, after the image gallery. When viewing before and after images, please note they are only indicative of the individual patient’s result and outcomes vary depending on a number of factors including genetics, nutrition, natural body habitus and adherence to post operative instructions. To view scarring, please click here

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp; this patient also underwent fat grafting to her bilateral breasts during the same operation.

before and three months after abdominoplasty, mastopexy (breast lift) and augmentation surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty and breast lift (mastopexy) surgery with Dr Sharp

before and nine months after abdominoplasty and breast lift surgery with Dr Sharp; this patient also underwent a second stage breast augmentation six months after her initial surgery (shown her three months post ‘second stage’ breast augmentation).

before and three months after combined abdominoplasty and breast augmentation surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after combined abdominoplasty and breast augmentation surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient had undergone mastopexy (breast lift) surgery with another surgeon years prior.

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty and flank/torso liposuction surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp; please note tattoo is not present in ‘after’ photo as it was part of the excised skin removed during the surgery.

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp; note patient’s tattoo does not appear in ‘after’ photo as it was excised when excess skin was removed during her operation

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp

before and three months after abdominoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp