ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK)

Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) involves removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightening the muscle layers of the trunk to improve tone and the overall shape of the area.

With time, many factors can lead to loose and sagging skin and fat, as well as weakened and separated abdominal muscles. Some common factors leading to this may include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Significant weight loss from exercise, diet or weight reduction surgery.
  • Previous surgery, which may lead to muscle weakness, separation or hernia formation.

Aims of surgery

  • Remove the excess tissue (often called a abdominal apron or “pannus”) which can cause skin irritation, rash, infections, difficulty with walking and exercise, and difficulty with cloth fitting.
  • Restore a more normal appearance and contour of the abdomen.
  • Improve function of abdominal muscles.

What is involved with the surgery?

  • Surgery is performed in the operating theatre of a fully accredited hospital.
  • The operation generally takes 2-3 hours and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
  • A wedge of tissue (skin and fat) is removed from the lower abdomen.
  • Usually the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and any separation or hernia repaired.
  • Liposuction is often used during the surgery to improve the contour of the flanks and sometimes upper abdomen.
  • Surgical drains are frequently used.

What to expect after surgery

  • Patients usually require at least one to two nights in hospital.
  • Generally there will be some tightness and discomfort for the first 1-2 weeks.
  • Mr Lin will see you within one week after discharge to check on the healing of your wound.
  • You should be able to perform most day to day activities after two weeks.
  • Most people allow 3-4 weeks off work; however, you may require additional time if your job is more physically demanding.
  • We recommend no heavy lifting/exercise for at least two weeks e.g. attending the gym, aerobics or running.
  • An abdominal garment is often fitted and used for the first six weeks for comfort and support.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.