Pregnancies or weight loss may cause the abdominal wall to slacken or place a strain on the muscles of the abdominal wall. Firming (abdominoplasty) strengthens the abdomen and reshapes it harmoniously.
This operation is performed in an inpatient setting, under a general anaesthetic.
The tummy tuck operation involves removing excess, sagging skin between the navel and the pubic area and tightening the muscle fascia wall with sutures to strengthen the abdominal wall and achieve a slim waist. The scars are below the bikini line and around the navel. We then insert two drainage tubes, which can be removed after 2 to 3 days.
A compression garment or girdle should be worn for 6 weeks after the operation to ease pressure on the abdominal wall. The sutures around the navel are removed after 2 weeks. Absorbable sutures are used on the lower abdomen so there is no need to have any stitches removed. Sporting activities should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks.
Reduced sensation in the abdominal wall area may occur, but usually improves after a few weeks. Any secondary bleeding, infections and unsightly scarring are treatable.