Cosmetic surgical enhancement of one’s torso aims to restore youthful contours and modify body shape which is undesirable for the particular individual. Changes due to ageing and pregnancy may be reversed and youthful body contours restored without altering natural appearance and function.

 

BODY CONTOURING PROCEDURES:

Abdominoplasty / full tummy tuck

Tummy tuck operations are done to remove prominent unwanted abdominal bulges, excess skin and unsightly scars. A full tummy tuck involves repair of the lax and stretched muscle layers in conjunction with removal of excess skin and careful placement of scars to restore a youthful, athletic appearance to the abdomen. Strategic liposuction is often done to enhance the result.

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Lower/Mini tummy tuck.

If removal of a lower tummy prominence and unsightly scars below the belly button is required, a lesser tummy tuck can be done with shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery. Strategic liposuction is often combined to enhance the result.

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Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal prominence due to fat rather than lax abdominal muscles may be removed by liposuction via small incisions with short hospital stay and quick recovery. Abdominal skin has to be sufficiently elastic to contract after liposuction.

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Abdominal Scar revision

Unsighly abdominal scars with overhanging skin folds may be excised to restore a flatter tummy contour. Scar revision is often done in conjunction with abdominal liposuction or a tummy tyck. This operation can be done under conscious sedation on an outpatient basis.

 

Facial and neck liposuction

Unwanted fat collections and folds under the chin, in the neck and face can be removed by careful liposuction, often done in conjunction with fat grafting or facelift operations. This is usuallt done under conscious sedation on an outpatient basis.

 

Outer thigh liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure.

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Inner thigh liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure.

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Inner thigh lipectomy

In addition to reduction of inner thigh bulges by liposuction, excess inner thigh skin may be excised and lifted with the scars hidden in the groin and buttock folds. This operation involves general anaesthetic and overnight stay in hospital. Recovery to careful daily activity takes 2-3 weeks whereas physical activity and sport is not recommended for 6 weeks.

 

Lower thigh liposuction/contouring

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure. This leaves minimal scarring, is predictable and safe to do. Modern liposuction involves injecting tumescent fluid beforehand followed by multiple layer liposuction using thin cannulae to remove the fat, which gives better and more dramatic results with minimal irregularities and complications afterwards.

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Inner knee liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure.

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Hip/waist liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure. This leaves minimal scarring, is predictable and safe to do. Modern liposuction involves injecting tumescent fluid beforehand followed by multiple layer liposuction using thin cannulae to remove the fat, which gives better and more dramatic results with minimal irregularities and complications afterwards.

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Buttock contouring

Buttock shape may be improved and contoured by liposuction and sagging buttocks lifted by an open buttock lift operation, usually in patients after excessive weight loss.

 

Buttock augmentation

Buttock enlargement by injecting a patients own aspirated fat is possible. Buttock implants are not recommended.

 

Back fold liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure.

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Upper arm liposuction

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure.

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Upper arm reduction

Excess upper arm skin can be excised to reduce arm flabbiness if the skin is too inelastic to retract following liposuction. This operation is usually done under local anaestetic or conscious sedation on an outpatient basis.

 

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Hand rejuvenation

Ageing results in thinning of tissue on the back of hands which produces a “skeletonised” appearance which some patients find unsightly. Injection of patients own fat or hyaluronic acid fillers restores youthful plumpness to back of the hands.

 

Calf and ankle liposuction/contouring

Liposuction involves aspirating fat through minimal skin puncture incisions in order to reduce and contour unwanted bulges and restore balanced proportions to one’s figure. This leaves minimal scarring, is predictable and safe to do. Modern liposuction involves injecting tumescent fluid beforehand followed by multiple layer liposuction using thin cannulae to remove the fat, which gives better and more dramatic results with minimal irregularities and complications afterwards.

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Abdominoplasty / full tummy tuck

 

WHICH OPERATION IS BEST FOR ME?
The operation best suited for each patient is decided on at the time of consultation once the tummy has been examined.  Younger patients who have never been pregnant tend to require lesser procedures like liposuction whereas women who has had a number of pregnancies or has pre-existing abdominal scars and a lax abdominal wall, tend to need full tummy tucks to remove excess tissue and repair the muscle layer.

 

AFTER THE OPERATION the hospital stay varies from 1 to 3 days depending on the extent of the surgery and patient logistics. Lower tummy tuck operations can sometimes be done as day cases under conscious sedation. Full tummy tucks are relatively painful operations but adequate pain medication will be provided.

 

Most patients have drains in place which will be removed between 1 and 3 days after the operation. Supportive garments are worn for 6 weeks afterwards for the sake of comfort and to counter excessive swelling. Scars are taped for 6 months to help with maturation into less visible pale scars. Scars take at least a year to fully mature.

 

Patients recover from surgery to careful daily activity within 3 days after liposuction alone, 7-10 days after lower tummy tuck and 14 days after full tummy tuck. It will be 6 weeks before vigorous activity or sport can be attempted.