Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure that aims to eradicate the excess skin and fat around the abdomen. It also repairs separated and weakened muscles, thus resulting in a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.

The Tummy tuck procedure is often requested by:

  1. People who have stubborn fat sitting around their waste despite their best efforts with diet and exercise;
  2. People who have undergone massive weight loss;
  3. People with normal body weight that have a sagging or protruding abdomen caused by aging, pregnancy, hereditary, and prior surgery.

The Procedure:

An incision is made around the hips above the pubic hair, in the bikini area. Using a stitch, the abdominal muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In order to remove the excess fat and refine the contours, liposuction may be utilized. The navel may also need to be repositioned, after which it will be closed.

Risks and Complications:

  • Anaesthesia reactions
  • Pulmonary reactions
  • Cardiac Reactions
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pain that persists
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Skin discolouration
  • Skin loss
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Seroma or fluid accumulation
  • Loss of skin sensation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Asymmetry
  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic result that may lead to revision of surgery
  • Fat necrosis – where the deep down fatty tissue dies.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How long does the tummy tuck procedure last?
Tummy tuck usually takes 3 hours but it would also depend on the patient’s case or other procedures that may go along with the tummy tuck.

2. Will I see results right away?
In the process of healing, you will be able to see that your abdomen is now sleeker and firmer.

3. Are the results permanent?
It should be permanent depending on your eating habits and lifestyle. Exercising and proper diet should make the results last. However, pregnancy will shorten its effect as it will cause the abdominal muscles to be stretched again.

4. What is the recovery like?
There will be moderate pain for a few days. A pain reliever can help ease the pain.

5. How long is the recovery?
It usually takes 1- 2 weeks depending on the extent of the procedure that was performed.

6. When can I go back to my usual workout or sports activity?
Light to moderate activities can be done after 1 to 2 weeks. However, for the intense and strenuous activities, you may have to wait for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery before doing vigorous activities.