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Tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles of the abdomen, resulting in a firmer and slender abdomen. Tummy tuck Singapore is usually done because of the after effects of pregnancy, major weight loss or simply ageing which leaves the skin around the tummy saggy.
This procedure is becoming increasingly common, and is usually done together with other plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction or breast augmentation.
Why undergo a tummy tuck?
Exercising is generally the best way to slim down naturally, and it is also the best way to increase one’s fitness as well as body sculpture. However, even after exercise, sometimes excess and saggy skin will still remain which can be very hard to lose naturally. Therefore in this case, it is a good idea to look for a Singapore plastic surgeon to perform the procedure to remove the excess and saggy skin.
Who are the best candidates for this procedure?
This procedure is suitable for men and women in good health. Women who have had several pregnancies would find this procedure useful for removing excess skin and tightening their abdominal muscles. This procedure is also suitable for people who have slimmed down considerably but still have excess fat and skin around their abdomen.
What to expect for the procedure?
There are basically two types – Full tummy tuck and Mini tummy tuck.
Full Tummy Tuck
This fully invasive option will have the plastic surgeon cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then fold the skin, tissue and muscle as much as needed. This surgery involves moving your belly button, and has a downtime of 3 – 6 weeks.
Mini Tummy Tuck
This procedure, as the name suggest, is a scaled down version of the full abdominoplasty. This works best for people who have fat deposits located below the naval. While this is a nice procedure for women who have C-section scarring and irregularities and very little loose skin, it is not for every patient.
Comparing the two procedures
Advantages of the mini tummy tuck:
not a major surgery so less risks associated with surgery
the recovery time is less, about 2 – 3 weeks
resulting scar is shorter
no scar is left around the belly button
belly button becomes more vertically orientated
more fat can be removed, especially from the upper part of the tummy
Disadvantages of the mini tummy tuck:
less skin tightening
less muscle tightening
Following the procedure, there will be swelling and pain. Numbness and tiredness may also result. Some of the complications from this surgery include blood clots and bleeding under the skin flap. There may also be insufficient healing which will result in significant scarring. This procedure also leaves scars, and while they will not disappear, the scars is usually below the panty line and some creams may be able to help lessen the scars.
Taking care after surgery
Whether you’re doing a full tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck, the area that is operated on will have stitches and will be bandaged. It is thus important that you take care of the wound to ensure you recover well. Avoid strenuous activities that may rupture the wound and rest as much as possible in order to ensure a proper recovery.
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