(tummy tuck)




Abdominoplasty in Sydney by Dr Naveen somia - specialist plastic surgeon


Abdominoplasty, also known as a 'Tummy Tuck' removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles.
Following pregnancy, the abdomen changes with excess skin, stretch marks and fat that refuses to move despite diet and exercise. Similar concerns can also present as a result of massive weight loss. 
In addition, the abdominal wall muscle may be separated (Diastasis recti) and a small hernia present. The benefits of this operation to the patient are less overhang of loose skin and repaired core muscles in the abdomen. 

Excess abdominal skin
Excess subcutaneous fat
Loose abdominal muscle



Tighten abdominal muscle


Improved core strength
Reduction in loose skin / stretchmarks
Reduction in lower abdominal fat


Assess skin and fat
Assess muscle tone
Check for hernias

Discuss your goals

Discuss what is possible


Abdominoplasty and lipo
Rectus muscle tightening


Reduction of redundant loose skin

Improvement in abdominal muscles

Improvement in abdominal subcutaneous fat 



You will generally see Dr Somia 3 times before your surgery.   If you prefer one of these consultations can be held via telehealth.    Two consultations are required by law before a date for surgery is scheduled.   This is to allow you plenty of time to ask questions and feel comfortable about the procedure.   Your third consultation  will assist us to prepare you for your surgery (ie paperwork, pre-operative testing). 



The surgery takes approximately  4 hours and requires a 3-5 night stay in hospital. Our fees include specialist plastic surgeon, specialist anaesthetist, fully accredited hospital theatre, hospital accommodation and 6 months aftercare. A formal estimate will be provided after you have discussed your goals and what is possible to achieve them with Dr Somia.  



Each patient recovers at a different rate and anothers recovery should not be compared with yours.

Generally, initial recovery from swelling and bruising is approximately 2-3 weeks.   A return to normal activities can usually be expected after 6 weeks.   Full results can be expected 3-6 months after.  Procedures such as abdominoplasty, liposuction, brachioplasty, gynaecomastia, breast mammaplasty (reduction) and rhytidectomy (facelift) require a compression garment to be worn for 6 weeks (this is to assist with swelling and to ensure the skin and tissue re-adhere to the skin layers disturbed during the procedure). 

You can return to work when you feel well and if your employer has lighter duties for you and will allow you to take time to rest and move around.    Most patients take at least 2 weeks off work if they work in an office context.   Patients working outdoors or in a physical capacity may need to take up to 6 weeks off work whilst they recover.   Talk to us about your specific occupation and surgery.   

You can drive when the anaesthetic has worn off, your vision is clear, and you are pain free getting in and out of the car and whilst performing an emergency stop.   You should check your vehicle insurance policy for their requirements in this situation.  



All surgery carries risks. When travelling overseas on a plane whilst the expectation is a safe journey and arrival, it is understood things could go wrong. The choice of the airline based on safety record and flight path are important elements in determining risk. Similarly, for your surgery, the experience and expertise of your Surgeon, the skill of your anaesthetist and the standard of the hospital will determine the risk. Risks, both general and specific, will be discussed during your consultations and written information will be provided for you to take home.    

General risks include pneumonia, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, allergies, awareness, death, bleeding, infection, sensation change, haematoma and seroma, skin contour irregularities, damage to deeper structures, firmness, delayed healing and tissue death, exposed sutures, dog ears or additional skin golds, dressing issues, asymmetry, scars, lymphoedema and unsatisfactory results. 

Risks specific to Abdominoplasty:  Umbilical appearance, pubic distortion, liposuction wetting solutions.


BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY:   Our practice privacy policy prevents sharing patient before and afters online. Indicative before and after photos can be viewed during your consultation.     

DISCLAIMERS:   All surgical procedures are performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Naveen Somia (MBBS PhD, FRACS - APHRA Reg:  MED 0001189889).  For full information on Dr Somia's qualifications and risk/recovery information on procedures please visit the procedure page on this website.  From July 1, 2023 all surgical procedures require a GP referral.
All surgery carries risks.  information provided is general only.  Outcomes experienced by one person do not necessarily reflect the outcomes of others given factors such as genetics, diet and exercise.  Please seek a 2nd opinion from a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.  

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