Pregnancy, ageing, weight gain or loss, and abdominal surgery can result in excessive abdominal skin, fat or muscle laxity. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can correct these changes.
At your first consultation with Dr Moko, she will listen to what you would like changed about your tummy. She will obtain a thorough medical history and physical examination, paying particular attention to previous abdominal surgery, pregnancy, presence of hernia and smoking. She will give you an honest appraisal of what can be achieved, outlining the details of the procedure and the possible risks.
Women intending to have more children should not have an abdominoplasty.
Photos will be taken before and after to record your results.
Dr Moko will draw skin markings on your abdomen before you enter the operating room. Redundant skin and fat will be excised. The resulting scar usually extends from hip to hip just above the pubic hairline and around the umbilicus. Liposuction is often used to remove fat. The muscle layer is repaired if necessary. Dissolving stitches are placed under the skin. Drains are placed to remove excess fluid.
You will stay in hospital 2 to 5 days. You will wear a compression garment and tape your scars for 6 weeks. Depending on your type of work you can return after 3 weeks, but no heavy lifting or sport for 6 weeks.