Adelaide Plastic Surgery

GP Information Regarding Body Plastic Surgery

Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

This is a procedure that is most commonly undertaken for redundant abdominal skin and adipose tissue and /or abdominal laxity after pregnancy and or significant weight loss The criteria for Medicare/ Private health insurance funded procedures has recently been revised. Please refer to the current Commonwealth Benefits Schedule for clarification of these indications.

Investigation
None required.

Treatment
Surgery involves excision of redundant lower abdominal skin, often accompanied by strengthening of a dehiscence/diastasis of the rectus sheath and linea alba and sometimes liposuction to supplement the skin excision and refine the abdominal wall contour. Full recovery may require 4–6 weeks off work.

Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.

Gynaecomastia (Male Breast)

This is a condition of excessive breast tissue development in males. Generally, it is most common amongst pubertal teenagers and generally regresses but can also be associated with obesity, use of some common medications and illicit drug use. It may also be associated with some testicular pathologies.

Investigation
Usually not warranted unless developing in someone of an unusual age group or where there are unusual examination findings eg significant asymmetry/ testicular abnormalities. These investigations may include appropriate U/S of the breast tissue or at testicular U/S and an endocrine screen for hormonal abnormalities.

Treatment
Surgical excision of excess tissue or use of liposuction or a combination of these procedures, (frequently these procedures can be performed as day surgery). Most patients can expect some bruising and soreness post-operatively for 2–4 weeks.

Refer to a Plastic Surgeon.