If one or more of the following situations apply to you, abdominoplasty may be an option for you:
In good shape, are not overweight, but with loose abdominal skin.
Have a large fat accumulation on the abdominal wall.
What happens when I see Dr Lim?
Your first consultation with Dr Lim will take around 45 minutes and you are most welcome to bring a friend or husband/partner along to your consultation. During the consultation, Dr Lim will take the time to discuss the procedure with you, the changes you desire and any other issues related to the appearance of your abdominal area that you feel are important to you. This will help Dr Lim understand your expectations and determine if they are achievable. Dr Lim will explain the risks of surgery and discuss the procedure with you. During your consultation, your abdominal area will be assessed and a few measurements and photographs will be taken to plan the procedure. You will be given a written quotation and information to take home to read. You do not have to make the decision to proceed with the surgery at this initial consultation.
How will Dr Lim evaluate me for surgery?
Dr Lim will examine your abdomen and consider such factors as the size and shape of your abdominal area, the quality of your skin and the position. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions you may have, any medications you are currently taking, any drug allergies you have, other medical treatments you have received and any previous surgery you may have had.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Products that contain Aspirin, vitamin E or Evening Primrose Oil should be avoided for four weeks before surgery. Alcohol and smoking should also be avoided prior to the surgery.
On the day of surgery, the patient should wear comfortable, loose clothing preferably not clothes that need to be pulled over the head and face. No make-up is to be worn on the day of surgery, including nail polish.
Where will my Abdominoplasty surgery be performed?
Dr Lim performs the surgery in fully accredited hospitals: Castle Hill Hospital, Holroyd Private Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. Abdominoplasty procedures are performed under general anaesthetic and you can expect to be in hospital for between two to three days.
What will the day of surgery be like?
You will need to contact the hospital a day before surgery to confirm your admission and fasting time. On entering the hospital, you need to report to the admissions desk and the staff will direct you through the admission process. Dr Lim and the anaesthetist will both see you prior to surgery and Dr Lim will make some markings on your abdominal area. The surgery takes between 2-3 hours. Following the surgery you will spend some time in the recovery room where you will be closely monitored until you are fully awake.
How will I look and feel initially?
The first few days after surgery are generally the most painful, particularly when you are moving around or coughing. You will be prescribed pain medication during this period and Dr Lim will provide a prescription for you upon discharge. It is also normal to feel tired and a little slow for a day or two after an anaesthetic. You will be confined to the bed for the first 12 hours after the surgery.
When can I resume my normal activities?
The recovery period following this surgery varies from person to person but most people are back to their normal routine in approximately 1 month. The first 2 weeks are the most important with restricted movement encouraged. The abdominal area will be sensitive for 2-3 weeks or so following surgery and should be handled according to your own level of comfort. Returning to work depends on your job demands and Dr Lim will advise you regarding this. You may be able to return to light work (e.g. secretarial work) within 3-4 weeks. Once again, Dr Lim will discuss your individual situation with you.
How is the Abdominoplasty surgery performed?
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.
How long do I need to see Dr Lim for following my surgery?
Dr Lim will monitor your progress carefully and the staff will stay in contact with you during the post-operative period. You will be seen at frequent intervals over the first six months. Your relationship with Dr Lim and the nursing staff does not end once you have had the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns after your operation, you are always welcome to call and discuss these with us.