Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

image description 39 year old woman. 3 children. A full abdominoplasty was performed to provide a flat tummy and remove stretch marks, giving a much more streamlined appearance.

An abdominoplasty, is an operation that is designed to reshape the entire abdomen. Unlike liposuction or liposculpture which only works on fat, the modern abdominoplasty removes excess skin, fat and tightens any loose musculature. Tightening the abdominal wall also narrows the waistline. Tightening loose muscles of the abdomen is the only way to create a flatter tummy and waistline post-pregnancy if the abdominal muscles have separated. The level of abdominal wall separation can be gauged by ultrasound examination prior to any surgery.

There are essentially two type of abdominoplasties. A full abdominoplasty involves a full redraping of the abdominal skin as well as tightening of the entire abdominal wall musculature and waistline with the umbilicus (belly-button) being reshaped and moved into a more desirable location. A limited abdominoplasty is a smaller procedure which principally concentrates on tightening and reshaping the lower abdomen. It has a much quicker recovery period. Liposuction/liposculpture is an integral part of both types of abdominoplasty and is used to redrape the skin of the abdomen more effectively as well as feather out any contour irregularities which are common post pregnancy and weight loss.


Patient Requirements

  • You must be at a stable weight for at least 3 months prior to surgery
  • You must be a non-smoker or stopped smoking (and all other nicotine intake) for at least 2-3 months prior and 2-3 months after surgery

Abdominoplasties by Dr Miroshnik

Full/Extended Abdominoplasty (Full Tummy Tuck)


A full (or extended) abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck) is an operation which is designed to reshape the entire span of the abdomen. Loose skin, fat, scars and stretch marks are removed and the abdominal musculature tightened over the length of the entire abdomen to flatten the contour and reduce any bulges. The waistline is tightened in a corset fashion. The umbilicus (belly-button) is also reshaped and repositioned to a more aesthetically desirable location. Dr Miroshnik often combines the procedure with liposuction of the surrounding flanks/mons and back area to contour the result as well as move skin more effectively. The mons area is usually lifted as part of the procedure.


Recovery Milestones

3-4 night stay in hospital
3-4 weeks off work
Interstate patients: Min 2 weeks in Sydney

Mini Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)


A mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) is a smaller operation which is designed to principally reshape the lower abdomen. Loose skin, fat, scars and stretch marks in the region are removed and liposuction/liposculpture is usually used on the surrounding areas to further contour the result. The mons is usually lifted and any caesarean section scar/s revised. The umbilicus is usually not moved in this procedure and the recovery time is much shorter than a full or extended abdominoplasty.


Recovery Milestones

1 night stay in hospital
2 weeks off work
Interstate patients: 1 week in Sydney

Dr. Michael Miroshnik
Suite 701, Level 7, 28 Spring Street, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022.
02 9389 8108