After having children, do you feel that no matter how many sit-ups you do, you just can't tighten your abdominal wall or the excess skin and fat of your stomach? Well, tummy tuck, a form of cosmetic surgery also called abdominoplasty, is most likely for you. During a tummy tuck, excess fat and loose skin are removed and underlying muscles are tightened and repositioned. Abdominoplasty can give you the toned, taut, flat stomach that exercise cannot.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are patients who are in good shape, are not overweight, but with loose abdominal skin. If there is a large fat accumulation on the abdominal wall, especially along the upper part, liposuction may be required during abdominoplasty to remove the fatty layer.
Women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched out from multiple pregnancies, as well as people who have a loss of skin elasticity due to age or weight fluctuations, are excellent candidates for abdominoplasty. Women who are planning future pregnancies may be advised to wait, as the vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery will tend to separate again during pregnancy.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic. The most common technique used involves an incision made across the lower abdomen, extending to the hip on each side. This incision can be angled to make the scar easier to conceal. Dr Lim will tighten the vertical muscles in your stomach by pulling them close together and stitching them into position. Extra skin and fat is also removed. Complications from abdominoplasty are uncommon, but like any surgery there are some risks.
Dr Lim will discuss with you in detail the possible side effects during your consultation with him.