In addition to traditional tummy tuck techniques, Dr Vlad Milovic offers the Brazilian tummy tuck or waist re-contouring technique in suitable patients. The Brazilian tummy tuck is a relatively new and advanced procedure in plastic and cosmetic surgery, and as always, you will need to ensure that your surgeon is qualified to perform it. Dr Milovic is one of the few experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons who are currently offering this procedure in Australia.
The Brazilian tummy tuck procedure was invented in 2008 and is an advanced surgical technique from the traditional abdominoplasty. There is faster recovery time, reduced risks of wound healing problems, and less loss of sensation above the scar. The difference between the techniques is related to a change in fundamental understanding by experienced surgeons in this field; however, the same amount of skin, from above the umbilicus to the top of the pubic hairline, is removed and the rectus abdominis muscles are tightened. The umbilicus is repositioned in both procedures.
The Brazilian tummy tuck is a surgical procedure most commonly performed on patients both women and men, who have excess loose skin and fat in the abdominal region. This can be caused by multiple pregnancies, substantial weight loss, or can be inherited and no amount of exercise can solve this problem. Dr Milovic will discuss this option with you at your first consultation. Your goals and expectations are most important and these will also be discussed during your consultation. Previous patients have been delighted with the outcome, and it is one of the most successful and life transforming operations in plastic surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it right for me?
A Brazilian tummy tuck is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing surgery. But if you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen because of sagging and excess skin, or the muscles have weakened causing the stomach to protrude, and you are considering surgery, Dr Milovic will examine your abdomen during your initial consultation. He will then evaluate whether a Brazilian tummy tuck procedure can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations. If you are planning to have more children it is advisable to wait to have surgery.
Will I need anaesthesia?
Abdominoplasty is most often performed under general anaesthesia and will require a hospital stay. The procedure can take between two to three hours to complete.
Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks. Ask Dr Milovic and your Anaesthetist for more information. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation and general anaesthesia.
Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
Will I have scarring?
Scars are an inevitable part of any surgery and there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Milovic will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Brazilian tummy tuck incisions are generally made on the bikini line but this can vary. After surgery, the scars are typically reddish in colour but these will fade in time to a light pink. After one or two years the scars become barely noticeable. And, in our experience, most of our patients believe that the aesthetic results of the procedure are well worth the resulting scar.
If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Milovic will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.
We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction. Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, virtually no infection risk, and little to no pain.
What are the risks with a Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Dr Milovic will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.
Where will the surgery take place?
Dr Milovic will only perform your Brazilian tummy tuck surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities.
What is the recovery period after Brazilian Tummy Tuck?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the surgery. But expect at least two weeks off work to allow for complete rest and another one week for all swelling and bruising to disappear. Light exercise may be resumed within two to three days, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two to three months. You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please speak to Dr Milovic and/or his Practice Nurse.
What are the costs?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery. This is called ‘informed financial consent’.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Post-surgery garments
- Medical tests
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our staff, who will take your pre-operative photos.
As Dr Milovic personalises each procedure for each patient, we are unable to provide you with a price estimate or “ball park” price range without first meeting Dr Milovic at an initial consultation and after he considers you to be a good surgical candidate.