The Abdominoplasty procedure, also often referred to as a tummy tuck, can flatten the stomach, with the removal of excess fat and skin. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles that may have separated as a result of pregnancy.

Dr. Hatem Elfieshawy partners with Dr. Michael Zacharia to ensure that every patient can achieve his or her appearance goals. Dr. Elfieshawy brings to the team extensive experience with a range of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Elfieshawy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) and has extensive experience working with patients to meet their cosmetic goals. Dr. Elfieshawy offers an artistic eye to the cosmetic surgeries he performs, producing results that exceed the expectations of his patients.

After receiving his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree with honours in Egypt (2002), Dr Hatem continued with his specialty training in general and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr Hatem continued gaining qualifications which include a Masters in Surgery (MscSurg).

Hatem then passed the Royal College of Surgeons England’s primary exam. In 2016, Dr Hatem started sub-specialty training in cosmetic surgery and medicine with the ACCS. He obtained his fellowship after 3 years of full-time training and working between Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney.

What is Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) Surgery?

The Abdominoplasty procedure, also often referred to as a tummy tuck, can flatten the stomach, with the removal of excess fat and skin. It can also tighten the abdominal muscles that may have separated as a result of pregnancy.

The Abdominoplasty procedure is not a replacement for a healthy diet and good workout regimen. It can, however, enhance your results by firming up your abdomen. Liposuction is often included with the tummy tuck procedure, in order to see better flattening results.

Am I a good candidate for Abdominoplasty Surgery?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for Abdominoplasty surgery could include the following.

  • Excess skin on the stomach after weight loss
  • Stubborn fat deposits on the stomach
  • Loose skin folds that are prone to infection
  • Restoration of a taut tummy after pregnancy
  • Muscle separation on the abdomen

Do you qualify for Abdominoplasty Surgery?

The ideal candidate for an Abdominoplasty surgery is an individual who is in good overall physical health. Good mental health is also important, as it can play a role in the expectations that patients have from the procedure.

Smokers should stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery. It’s also advisable to avoid drinking alcohol for a week prior to and after the surgery. This can help to contribute to a good rate of healing, and minimise any complications during both the procedure itself and the recovery period.

Patients should be at a stable weight for a minimum of six months, as any fluctuations in weight can have an impact on the results of your surgery. Women should not plan on future pregnancies, as pregnancy can alter the results of the procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will explain to you what needs to be accomplished in order for you to be eligible for the procedure.


How can Dr. Elfieshawy get the best in results for you?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy is your opportunity to discuss the concerns that you have about your abdomen. A physical examination will be conducted, and the patient’s complete medical history will be reviewed.

Plastic surgery is highly individualised, so each factor unique to you will be taken into consideration when your surgery is being planned. No two surgeries are alike, and Dr. Elfieshawy will use his experience and talents to ensure that your results help you to meet your cosmetic goals.

How much does the Abdominoplasty Surgery cost?

The costs associated with Abdominoplasty surgery will vary between individuals. The costs will be based upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the costs of anaesthetic, and hospital fees.

It’s important to note that surgeries performed purely for cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. Patients are encouraged to discuss their coverage with their insurance companies prior to scheduling the surgery.

How can I best prepare for Abdominoplasty Surgery?

During your surgical consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the procedure and potential risks involved with the surgery. He will also ensure you have realistic expectations and learn what is to be expected during the recovery process.

You will be provided with a preoperative checklist that will cover everything that needs to be accomplished prior to the surgery. You should ensure you are eating a healthy diet, maintaining your workout routine and stopping any medications that could otherwise lead to complications during surgery.

Preparing for your surgery will also require that you have the appropriate help during the recovery phase.

What you need to know about anaesthesia

General anaesthesia will be used during the Abdominoplasty procedure. If you have ever had a poor reaction to anaesethesia in the past, be sure to let Dr. Elfieshawy know. Most patients tolerate the anaesthesia well.

The procedure itself

The Abdominoplasty surgery can last between one and five hours, depending on the extent of work that needs to be done. Some patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Patients will be put under with general anaesthesia. Dr. Elfieshawy will make incisions that will best ensure individual results from the removal of the skin and muscle repair. Each patient is different. During your consultation Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the technique he will be using to ensure you get the results you’re looking for.

Excess skin will be removed; the belly button may be repositioned. Liposuction may be included in order to get the best in results.

What to expect after the surgery?

Patients can expect to see swelling and pain in the days immediately following surgery. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain. Bruising, stiffness and numbness can also often be experienced during the recovery phase. Patients may be quick to tire and should rest when they need to.

The tummy tuck procedure will result in scars. They may fade significantly, especially with the use of creams that can promote healing and scar fading.

What are the risks and complications involved in Abdominoplasty surgery?

No surgical procedure can be considered to be free from risks. There are some potential risks associated with the surgery, but they are minimal. Complications of the Abdominoplasty procedure could include infection, bleeding and blood clots.

How long is the recovery period?

The majority of patients will be on restrictive activity for six weeks recovering from the surgery, with most seeing a reduction in pain after the first week. An abdominal binder should be worn for those six weeks in order to reduce swelling and provide support for the healing abdomen.

The swelling will be drastically reduced by the twelve-week period. It can take up to six months for the final results of the Abdominoplasty surgery to be seen.

How long will I be out of work?

Most patients will be ready to return to work after two weeks of recovery, unless their jobs require lifting and physical activity. Patients will be cleared to resume physical activities by the eighth week of recovery.

What kind of scarring is possible after Abdominoplasty?

Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the techniques he will be using when performing your surgery. Every effort is made to minimise scarring, but scars are inevitable with this type of surgical procedure. Scars will fade in time, and there are aesthetic therapy options to reduce the visibility of scars.

How long will it take to see the final results?

Each individual recovers and heals at his or her own pace. The final results of surgery may take up to six months to be seen.

Are you ready to work with Dr. Elfieshawy? Call to book your consultation for your Abdominoplasty.


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