In this healthy culture, it is important to maintain a balanced lifestyle, mental well-being and to stay fit. Despite disciplined efforts, having a toned tummy becomes more difficult as we age.
Wonderful events such as child-birth can also lead to a permanent change in your body structure, increasing the laxity around your core muscles, making it nearly impossible to re-attain a slim abdomen. And you may even experience back pain post child birth.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight, unwanted lax skin can surround your chest and torso, making it difficult to exercise, find clothes and go about your daily activities.
Abdominoplasty is an operation that removes unwanted love handles around your tummy and waist, and the scar is hidden below your waistline. In this operation the loose skin and fat (love-handles) are removed, and your central core muscles are reconstituted to the midline with surgical repair. This issue is often the result of the stretch from child birth and the rectus sheath (around the 6-pack muscle) stretches further apart, and often resulting in back pain and a wide girth. This procedure is usually done with liposculpturing around the waist and mid upper abdomen to really accentuate your tummy and waist line with the aim of placing the scar along your lower abdomen, usually below the waistline.
If you are generally quite fit and is only looking to remove some loose skin on the lower part of your abdomen, you may even be suitable for a Mini-Abdominoplasty.
It is important to remember that the tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss surgery but is most suited for patients who have already lost that unwanted weight and is weight stable for 6 months. This surgery can take between 2-4 hours and it is advisable to take at least 2 weeks off from work and 6 weeks from strenuous exercise.
Every care will be taken to deliver the best results, with compression garment for 4 weeks and starting silicone scar therapy around week 2.
If this is the procedure that you desire or you have any questions, we invite you to come in and have a private and confidential consult with Dr Kwei.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. Please contact Dr Johnny Kwei to discuss the best options for your individual situation.