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Tummy Tuck in Singapore

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Weight changes and pregnancy can cause our skin to stretch

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.

What is an abdominoplasty?

An Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is a procedure in Singapore that reshapes the abdomen, and creates a smoother and flatter waistline.

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.

How does an abdominoplasty work?

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:

Traditional abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck)
  • Suitable if you want to address both the upper and lower abdomen
  • Involves adjunct liposuction and surgery on your navel/belly button (i.e. umbilicoplasty)
  • Useful for patients who have multiple problem areas
  • Results in a dramatic and natural looking change in body contour 

Mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck)
  • Suitable to improve only the lower abdomen—below the navel/belly button 
  • Ideal to address stretch marks over this area
  • Moderately tightens the separated abdominal muscles 
  • Small scar and fast recovery

Benefits of an abdominoplasty

  • Smoother and flatter abdomen and waistline
  • Sculpted appearance with loss of saggy skin and fewer stretch marks
  • Restoration of weakened or separated abdominal muscles

What should I expect before the procedure?

During your first consultation, Dr Vincent will go through the following details with you:

Medical history

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.

Physical examination

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.

What should I expect during 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.

Traditional abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck)
  • General anaesthesia is administered.
  • Incisions are made at your bikini line and belly button.
  • Excess skin and fat are removed from your upper and lower abdomen.
  • Abdominal muscles are tightened.
  • Drainage tubes may be placed if necessary and removed after a few days.
  • Belly button is placed in a new position and incisions are sutured up.
Full Tummy Tuck
Mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck)
  • General anaesthesia is administered.
  • An incision is made at your bikini line.
  • Excess skin and fat are removed from your lower abdomen.
  • Lower abdominal muscles are tightened.
  • Drainage tubes may be placed if necessary and removed after a few days.
  • Incisions are sutured up.
Mini Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty with Dr Vincent Tay 

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

for Abdominoplasty

Individuals with the following issues are suitable for an abdominoplasty:

  • Loose or saggy skin at the belly or waist.
  • Abnormal relaxation of the abdominal wall muscles due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, or prior surgery.
  • Weight-stable for three months prior to the procedure.

What to expect?

for Abdominoplasty

  • After the procedure, the site of incision will be bandaged up.
  • You will have to wear a compression garment for six weeks post-surgery for optimal results.
  • Your surgeon will also instruct you on the proper way to lie down, get up, and sit down to minimise pain.
  • You must limit all strenuous physical exercise for four to six weeks, but light activity may be resumed in 7-21 days, per your doctor’s advice. 
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