What is abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

An abdominoplasty, also commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic, surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens muscles in your abdominal wall. This flattens and tones the appearance of your tummy, and can help remove and improve the appearance of stretch marks. Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction of other areas.

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and the procedure takes approximately 3 hours. 

Why do you need an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

If you have loose, excess skin and fat after several pregnancies, you can consider an abdominoplasty to tighten your muscles and reduce the excess skin. 

For men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight but still possess excessive fat deposits or loose skin in your abdominal area, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty too. 

While an abdominoplasty is permanent, fluctuations in your weight can diminish its effect – so if you are a woman who is still planning to have children or if you are still planning to lose a significant amount of weight, you may wish to postpone the abdominoplasty until your weight has stabilised. 

What can you expect when undergoing abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

Preparing for Abdominoplasty

Depending on the type of abdominoplasty you choose to undergo, the procedure will vary slightly.

  • Complete abdominoplasty: Your plastic surgeon will cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and contour your skin, tissue, and muscle. The procedure will involve moving your belly button, and you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days.
  • Partial or mini abdominoplasty: Partial or mini-abdominoplasties are usually done on people whose fat deposits are located below the navel. As such, the plastic surgeon will most likely not move your belly button and the procedure will take a shorter duration of time compared to a complete abdominoplasty. 

During Abdominoplasty

Your plastic surgeon will cut or make incisions on your abdomen to remove most of the skin and fat between your belly button and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape. Connective tissue that lies over the abdominal muscles is then tightened with permanent sutures.

Depending on the amount of excess skin removed and the type of procedure you have, the shape and length of the incision will vary. There will be a scar left behind that falls along the natural crease within the bikini line. The skin around your belly button will also be repositioned.

After Abdominoplasty

You will experience pain and swelling after the procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications as needed. You will also experience soreness that may last for several weeks. Numbness, bruising and tiredness are also common effects experienced. 

An abdominoplasty leaves scars that may fade slightly over time but will never completely disappear. Your surgeon may recommend certain creams or ointments to use to help with the healing.

Why choose Novena Surgery for abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

Doctors who choose to perform an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo an abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
Evan Woo Breast & Plastic SurgeryDr Evan Woo101 Irrawaddy Road #14-05/06, Royal Square Medical Centre, Singapore 329565
Mon -Fri: 9am -6pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Picasso Plastic SurgeryDr Matthew Yeo#11-53, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Mon -Fri: 9am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm
Covette Plastic & Cosmetic SurgeryDr Gavin KangRB Capital Building
Level 6, 22 Malacca Street, Singapore 048980

Thong Teck Building
#03-08, 15 Scotts Road, Singapore 228218
Mon -Fri: 10am -7.30pm
Sat: 10am – 5.30pm
Sun & Public Holiday: Closed