An Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can give more defined stomach.
A abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) for post weight loss, also known as extended abdominoplasty for those requiring removal of excess skin and fat on their stomach. This procedure is suitable for patients who are looking to tighten the abdominal wall. During an extended abdominolplasty (tummy tuck), excess fat and loose skin are removed, underlying muscles are tightened and the belly button is repositioned.
The best candidates for an extended abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are patients who are in good shape and of stable weight, but have loose abdominal skin. This is commonly seen in 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.
Women who are planning future pregnancies may be advised to wait, as the vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened in surgery will tend to separate again during pregnancy.
If there is a large fat accumulation on the abdominal wall, especially along the upper part, extended abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction to remove the fatty layer. As everyone is different, Dr Lim will develop a personalised surgical plan that focuses on your current condition and desired goals.
When considering a abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), before and after images can be extremely helpful, so be sure to check out the gallery below.
The exact procedure used for an extended abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) will differ from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors including the expectatitions and the elasticity of the skin.
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. In some patients, the incision will be longer due to the amount of skin excess — in particular after massive weight loss. Dr Lim will tighten the vertical muscles in your stomach by pulling them close together and stitching them into position. Extra fat is also removed.
Dr Lim will do his best to minimise scarring, and the location and length of your incision will be discussed with you in the consultation process.
Abdominoplasty may take a few hours and is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. You will be required to stay in hospital for a few days following your surgery.
Patients who have a abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) require drains to be inserted during the surgery, to prevent the accumulation of fluids and blood within the surgical wounds. You will be able to go home once the amount of drainage output subsides and your pain has settled. You will usually go home with the drains and they will be removed about a week after surgery.
You will be provided with a supportive garment that will help decrease the bruising and swelling, which must be worn for six weeks after the surgery. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and will prescribe analgesia and antibiotics for you to continue at home.
My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, three weeks, one month and three months after surgery.
Our goal is to make your experience as supportive as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Lim’s 2023 Abdominoplasty Guide
Body Contouring Post Weight Loss – Extended Abdominoplasty
Before & After
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Outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. All surgery carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified medical practitioner.
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