Sometimes simply dieting and exercising are not enough to take care of waistline concerns. In such cases, you may wish to consider a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles to achieve a tighter and more contoured form. This bodily enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy. Depending on the amount and distribution of your excess tissue, you may benefit from a belt lipectomy which addresses circumferential excess. Dr Goh will consider your individualised needs and advise the best approach for you.
Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. 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 abdomen muscle is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. 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. With proper diet and exercise, the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.