Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman’s tummy, and many women find that their tummies bulge even after the loss of the weight gained during the pregnancy.

The Tummy Tuck is a process that is used for women who have undergone pregnancy to restore their tummies to their pre-pregnancy state. The 2 central strips of abdominal muscle (rectus abdominis) separate during pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby. The skin of your tummy also stretches over this 9-month period and some of this excess skin remains. A good analogy would be a rubber band that has been overly stretched and loses its elasticity.

A tummy tuck reshapes your tummy not only by removing excess fat and skin, but also by tightening up the rectus abdominis which have stretched and separated during pregnancy. This procedure may be combined with liposuction for greater results by reducing the fat of the flanks and upper abdomen.

What is the procedure like?

A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthesia and takes about 3-4 hours. There will be surgical drains inserted which are removed after a couple of days. You will be required to stay in the hospital for a length of 2-4 days. Your sutures will be removed after 1-2 weeks and you will need to wear a support garment after surgery.

What is the recovery time?

You should be able to return to work after 10-14 days.

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