Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to three hours. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then lifted away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscle is then tightened.Finally, the belly button (umbilicus) is repositioned, and the skin incision is closed.
A belt lipectomy includes a tummy tuck, however the incision made will extend further to address excess beyond your abdominal region. There are several techniques which Dr Goh may employ to best address your individual requirements and will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure. The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved. A supportive abdominal garment is worn for several weeks after surgery. It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.