With aging and loss of elasticity, we start to notice saggy areas all over the body, including the abdomen. The stretched skin may not return to its original state. Even well-toned muscles from hours at the gym will not show.
In some patients, the abdominal muscles may also separate (divarication of recti) and cause a bulge, contributing to an unpleasant-looking waistline. Unfortunately, the stretched skin and separated muscles cannot go away with just diet or exercise. That’s where an abdominoplasty comes in.
During an abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat around the abdomen is removed and the muscles of your abdominal wall are tightened using sutures. Individuals with saggy skin either due to pregnancy or significant weight loss are the main recipients of an abdominoplasty.
An abdominoplasty can also be used to remove stretch marks at the area just below the belly button.
There are different types of abdominoplasty procedures, but they all achieve the same thing—a tighter and firmer looking tummy and waistline. The following are the different types of abdominoplasty procedures available:
During your first consultation, Dr Vincent will go through the following details with you:
It is important to give honest answers with regards to your medical history. This allows your surgeon to make accurate and safe decisions with regards to the procedure. Inform your surgeon about any medications, surgeries, or allergies you have/had. You may also be asked about your reason for choosing an abdominoplasty.
Your surgeon will conduct a physical examination of your abdomen and help to identify any problem areas that can be treated with an abdominoplasty. After this, you and your surgeon will discuss the options available and the possible results with each option.
Once the treatment plan has been decided for you, your procedure will be booked. Before the procedure, you must:
Stop smoking: smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and hinders the healing process. It also increases your risk of tissue damage.
Stop some medications: medications such as aspirins and anti-inflammatory drugs are blood thinners which may increase bleeding during and after the procedure.
Maintain stable weight: an abdominoplasty is a solution for excess skin in individuals who have achieved significant weight loss. You must maintain this weight for at least three months and not lose any more significant weight after the procedure.
The duration of the procedure depends on what your problem areas are and how much skin/fats must be removed; it also depends on which type of abdominoplasty you have chosen to do. Generally, an abdominoplasty can take anywhere from one to five hours.
With Dr Tay’s technique, less tension is placed on the scar, making it less noticeable. The scar is also precisely placed across the pelvis and can be easily hidden by your swimsuit or underwear. When a full tummy- tuck is chosen, a small scar is also located within the navel after it has been moved to its new aesthetic position.
Deciding which procedure is right for you depends on several factors. Dr Tay will be able to advise you on the most suitable procedure for your needs.
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The procedure should be carried in a safe environment and in an accredited clinic. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome could occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
who is a candidate
Individuals with the following issues are suitable for an abdominoplasty:
What to expect?