Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

Pregnancy can take its toll on a woman’s tummy. Even after loss of the weight gained during pregnancy, many women find that their tummies bulge and they cannot get rid of it no matter how many sit-ups they do.

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 often some of this excess skin remains; it is like a rubberband that has been overly stretched.

A tummy tuck reshapes your tummy not only by removing excess fat and skin, but also tightening up the rectus abdominis which have stretched and separated during pregnancy. This procedure may be combined with liposuction to reduce 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. Hospital stay of 2-4 days is required. Sutures are removed after 1-2 weeks. You will need to wear a support garment after surgery.

What is the recovery time?
You should be able to return to work after 7-10 days.