Tummy Tuck Procedure

Lady with Flat AbdomenAlthough a flat, firm tummy is always desirable, it can often be very elusive despite all the sit-ups and dieting you do. This happens because very often the abdominal muscles have been stretched, owing to pregnancy or weight loss. Therefore, a tummy tuck is the only way to get back its normal form. A tummy tuck surgery will get rid of the excess fat and skin around the midsection, and make the abdominals taut again.

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is performed under local anesthesia with a sedative, or under general anesthesia. It is regularly done with an incision usually made very low on the abdomen, just above the pubic area. During the procedure, excess skin and fat tissue is removed, and the muscles of the abdominal walls are also tightened.

Depending on the extent of the work to be done, a liposuction may also be recommended alongside a tummy tuck. Patients that have excess fat only in the lower portion of the abdomen can choose to have a mini tummy tuck, rather than a full one.

Suitable for Me?  

  • You have excess fat around the midsection that does not respond to diet and exercise.
  • Your weight is normal, but you have a protruding tummy due to pregnancy or weight loss.
  • You are not overweight.
  • A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.

Is Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty only for Female? 

NO! It is for both Male & Female.

Benefits of  Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty 

  • Aesthetic Gain – Gain back a flat abdomen. The pubis and groin area will also be lifted and the body shape will be improved with the reduction in abdominal circumference. 
  • Functional Gain – Provides more stable & support to the spine and core muscles, preventing spine degeneration and improving in the pelvic floor and urinary function. 

Types of  Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty 

Different Types of Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty & Different Incisions  

There are a varies type of abdominoplasties depending on which is the most suitable one for you. There are a few indications when deciding which will be the best approach for you depending on

  • how much skin one presents
  • the distance of umbilicus  against the upper abdomen and local abdomen
  • if there is only an abdominal bulge that results in Rectus Diastasis
  • placement of scars

What is Rectus Diastasis? 

Rectus Diastasis refers to the Rectus Abdominal Muscles Separation Gap between the left and right abdominal muscles also known as the linea alba. Or it is a separation of the rectus abdominal (abdominis) in the midline of the core muscles.  The separation gap can be larger than 2 cm.

To know more about Rectus Diastasis and how is the surgery performed, click here for more information.

How is the Robotic Tummy Tuck surgery performed? 

For this technique,  it is the best suitable for those who present with no excess abdominal skin but has an abdominal bulge which is known as Rectus Diastasis.

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Tummy Tuck & Pregnancies 

Although it is best recommended for one to complete having children before undergoing a tummy tuck abdominoplasty surgery, there are cases of exceptions especially for those who have lost sever weight  (due to post bariatric) or other reasons.

Yes, you are able to get pregnant after a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty. But we do advise you to wait until at least after 1 year after your tummy tuck/abdominoplasty to get pregnant again.

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Can I Use Insurance for  Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty Surgery? 

Costs incurred from a tummy tuck surgery may be eligible for insurance claims, for instance for surgery components such as the repair of rectus diastasis as well as the repair of umbilical hernia. Insurance criteria for approval for tummy tuck surgery vary from insurance company to insurance company. Contact your insurance company for specific details, criteria, and requirements of eligibility for insurance claims.

What is the downtime for Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty?

A minimal of 1  to 3 days stay in the hospital is recommended.  You are advised to stay quiet for the next 10 to 14 days, and you are able to go back to work within  10 to 14 days  (depends on the individual) and you can resume light exercise after  3 weeks. Any vigorous exercise such as playing tennis or running marathons, after 2  to 3 months is recommended.

You are also advised to wear a support garment for the first 2 to 3 weeks, or longer to help reduce the swelling.

What is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty Surgery? 

The fee for this surgery will depend on the individual case and its complexity. You are advised to contact our clinic for more information.

If you are contemplating doing a tummy tuck, why not set up a consultation at our office in Singapore?

Dr. Marco can help you learn more about the procedure. Call our clinic at 65-6464 8075.