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Body contouring

Body contouring surgery are surgical procedures performed for fat removal, excess skin removal, and tightening of deeper tissues to improve body shape.

Pregnancy and significant weight loss can leave behind unsightly loose and sagging skin. Surgery is sometimes necessary to help manage problem areas that cannot be resolved with weight loss and exercise.

Body contouring procedures are performed to remove areas of excess skin, at the same tightening the tissues and giving the body a “lift”.

Body Contouring Procedures Include:

Body contouring surgery is tailored to each individual’s needs.​ More than one procedure may be required to achieve the result that you are looking for.

All the procedures are performed under anaesthesia, and scarring is minimized by placing incisions in less prominent places. Though some down time is expected for body contouring procedures, the final outcome tends to be very satisfying.

Body contouring can be done to improve self-confidence when clothings fit better, and to feel more comfortable in clothes.

It is also performed for medical reasons such as to resolve some health issues like rashes from excessive skin folds.

Tummy Tuck & Lipectomy

What Is Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck or otherwise known as lipectomy or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure for removal of fat and skin that has collected around the lower abdomen. Deeper tissues and muscle layers are also tightened, making the abdomen firmer and flatter.

Tummy tuck surgery helps give a smooth contour to the abdomen by reshaping as well as tightening the skin. It is good for patients with previously stretched skin that has not shrunk back.

Who will benefit from a Tummy Tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck is suitable for people

  • After weight loss from diet and exercise
  • After massive weight loss after bariatric surgery
  • Women after multiple pregnancies
  • Individuals who have lost weight but have localized areas of fat that cannot be corrected with further diet or exercise

An ideal candidate should have no serious health problems, no upper abdominal scars, stable weight for some time, and realistic expectations.

How is the Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck procedure done?

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia with hospital stay.

Excess lower abdominal skin and fat will be removed, followed by stitching of the muscles back into position. The deeper layers are tightened before closure into a curved line.

A mini tummy tuck can also be performed if there is minimal excess skin or fat.

A detailed consultation will first be performed by our specialist to address your specific concerns and a detailed examination performed to make sure you are an ideal candidate for the operation.

Post-operative Tummy Tuck Recovery

There is a down time of about 2 weeks for wound healing. Strenuous activities should be limited for 4-6 weeks. Compression garments may be required.

A mini tummy tuck can also be performed if there is minimal excess skin or fat.

A detailed consultation will first be performed by our plastic surgeon to address your specific concerns and a detailed examination performed to make sure you are an ideal candidate for the operation.

Repair of Rectus Divarication

What is Rectus Divarication?

Rectus divarication or diastasis refers to the separation of the left and right core muscles, leaving a gap. It can appear as a bulge in the abdominal wall, making one appear “fat” even after weight loss, or after pregnancy. 

Diastasis or divarication of the rectus muscles is a common outcome of pregnancy, particularly if the baby was large, if the woman had had more than one pregnancy, or if the woman had multiple babies in one pregnancy. In such cases, the abdominal wall can get so stretched out that they lose their elasticity and the ability to retract back to their original state.

This problem of rectus divarication if left uncorrected for a long period of time, can give rise to other medical conditions like back pain from poor posture trying to balance the bulge. Core muscle strength is also reduced.

How does Rectus Divarication occur?

During pregnancy, the two core muscles split apart to accommodate expanding uterus in the abdominal cavity. The abdominal wall stretches out and lose their elasticity, sometimes not able to retract back to their original state.

Diastasis or divarication of the rectus muscles is a common outcome of pregnancy, particularly if the baby was large, if the woman had had more than one pregnancy, or if the woman had multiple babies in one pregnancy. In such cases, the abdominal wall can get so stretched out that they lose their elasticity and the ability to retract back to their original state.

What can be done to improve Rectus divarication?

Mild cases of rectus divarication can be improved by exercise and physiotherapy.

Severe cases may need surgery to address the problem by stitching the core muscle back together. This is usually performed with tummy tuck procedure. Excess skin is removed after abdominal muscles are stitched together, tightening the abdominal wall.

Surgery to correct the bulge may not necessarily be for cosmetic reasons. 

What happens in the surgery to repair Rectus Divarication?

This plastic surgery is performed together with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. Excess skin is removed, the abdominal muscles are stitched together, tightening the abdominal wall. The extent of surgery and recovery time will depend on the severity of the problem. Usually support garments are used after surgery to help in the recovery.

Liposuction Fat Removal

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which subcutaneous fat is removed by aspiration through a cannula passed under the skin via small cuts.

Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction Fat Removal Surgery?

Individuals who desire liposuction should have already lost weight but still have localized areas of fat that cannot be corrected with further diet or exercise.

There should be minimal skin laxity or skin excess.

Liposuction is not a solution for weight loss by fat removal. The procedure is good for patient who would like to modify their body shape or to improve the contour.

Liposuction does not remove cellulite or stretch marks.

How Long Is the recovery for Fat Removal surgery?

Liposuction is usually performed as a day surgery procedure.

Bruising, swelling and soreness if to be expected for a few weeks after surgery. Compression garments are recommended for about 1 month after surgery.

Dr. Ong is a fully accredited female Plastic Surgeon. She currently practices at WC Ong Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at Gleneagles Medical Centre, serving patients in all Parkway hospitals, Mount Alvernia and Farrer Park Hospital. With over a decade of plastic surgery experience, she will take time to understand your goals and determine a personalized plan to help you create natural and long-lasting beauty.