Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) and Liposuction at our Adelaide, South Australia Clinic

Stubborn fat that does not respond to healthy diet changes and increased physical activity may be readily eliminated through a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or by liposuction in conjunction with a tummy tuck. These procedures are among the most common and effective cosmetic treatments, and are available to women to remove or reduce unwanted fat, loose skin or a floppy midriff.

Dr. Richard Hamilton can re-contour your midriff and remove excess abdominal skin, as well as remove subcutaneous abdominal fat deposits, to give you a firmer, shapelier appearance. Please note Dr. Hamilton performs small to medium tummy tuck and liposuction procedures only, and he does not treat problems related to massive weight lost.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Despite dozens of daily crunches and abdominal exercises, many people find it impossible to lose excess fat and skin from their midsection. Performed by our cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Hamilton in Adelaide South Australia, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), is a designed to give you a tighter, more defined abdominal area. Abdominoplasty will not only ensure a flatter midsection, it can reduce your waistline and firm your abs (abdominal muscles).

Am I A Good Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure are within 10-15% of their IDEAL body weight. Many candidates we see carry a lot of fatty tissue intra-abdominally, which cannot be addressed by a tummy tuck. The only way to remove intra-abdominal fatty tissue is by conventional weight loss.

Candidates for a tummy tuck procedure need to be in as good a physical condition as possible before electing to undergo tummy tuck surgery.

Candidates in good health will see a better aesthetic result, face a lower risk of anaesthetic complications and heal faster than candidates carrying extra fatty tissue.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

An incision is made in the lower abdomen from one hip to the other and the abdominal wall is initially contoured by liposuction. Skin and subcutaneous fat is then separated from the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened by internal sutures, to narrow the waistline and flatten the midsection. Skin is then folded down and excess skin is removed. Lastly, the umbilicus (belly button) is repositioned, a tube drain is inserted and the incision is closed by stiches. The procedure takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on how much work is needed.

Recovery after Tummy Tuck

After undergoing tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) at our Adelaide, South Australia practice, patients experience some bruising and swelling, which typically subsides within 10 days. Mobilisation / walking is essential immediately following surgery to reduce complications such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Light activities can generally be progressively resumed after about 3 days. Scarring resulting from the procedure fades with the passage of time. To maintain our strict safety standards, patients with a BMI greater than 28 and massive weight loss patients are NOT suitable for a tummy tuck operation at Hamilton House Day Surgery. For more information about abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) performed by Dr. Hamilton, contact our office in Adelaide, South Australia to speak with our team or schedule an appointment.


While sticking to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen is the best way to lose weight, many people just can’t seem to eliminate pockets of fat, and some patients have a genetic disposition to localized fatty bulges from problem areas such as:

  • Abdomen
  • Outer Thighs (saddle bags)
  • Hips
  • Chin / Neck

Liposuction performed at our Adelaide cosmetic surgery centre is a procedure that targets these problem areas, leaving your body more sculpted and toned. It is not however a substitute for weight reduction by diet and exercise. Please note Dr. Hamilton performs small to medium liposuction procedures only and which can be safely performed in day surgery.

The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction begins with a small incision in the area to be treated. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into the incision and excess fat cells are vacuumed out and discarded. Liposuction is performed at our Adelaide, South Australia clinic on day surgery basis under local anaesthesia, and intravenous sedation for smaller localized areas to be treated, and under general anaesthesia for larger areas. The procedure can last 2 or more hours.

Recovery after Liposuction

A firmly fitting garment is applied after the procedure and needs to be worn for 6 weeks. Common after effects of liposuction include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness and sometimes a burning sensation, which usually subsides within a few days. Patients with occupations that do not require strenuous activity should be able to return to work in just a few days. Normal, daily activities can be resumed within two weeks. Once the area has fully settled after some months, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique.

Liposuction or liposculpture is a contouring or reshaping procedure, not a weight losing technique. To maintain our strict safety standards, patients with a BMI greater than 28 are NOT suitable for liposuction at Hamilton House Day Surgery. Please note Dr. Hamilton performs small to medium liposuction procedures only.

To achieve a full body makeover and a more pleasingly contoured and shapely form, Liposuction performed by our Adelaide plastic surgeon, Dr. Hamilton, is used with some other cosmetic treatments, including breast reduction and breast enlargement which are performed as separate procedures.


Contact us for a Tummy Tuck Procedure

Sometimes, no matter how much exercise and dieting you undertake, stubborn pockets of fat in the stomach and other areas of the body just won’t go away. A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, performed at Hamilton House in Adelaide, South Australia can eliminate areas of excess fat for the purpose of reshaping your body. To book an appointment to discuss the procedures, please contact Dr. Richard Hamilton at Hamilton House Day Surgery.