Tummy tuck and breast lift are common plastic surgery procedures done by doctors

Tummy tuck and breast lift are common plastic surgery procedures in Malaysia done by doctors. Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty is a procedure meant for individuals who want a toned abdomen whereas breast lifts help enhance the appearance of the breasts. Both procedures are invasive because patients are required to be placed under general anaesthesia but patients are allowed to go home on the same day of the procedure after a brief consultation on the post-care instructions.

Tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty)

After an undue stretch of the skin due to various factors such as ageing, pregnancy and weight loss, collagen loses its elasticity to return to normal. The end result is loose, excess skin on the abdomen. Hence, this surgical procedure will involve the removal of excess skin and fat in the abdomen after which the connective tissue, also known as fascia as well as the skin from the upper abdomen is tightened and sutured. With regard to the formation of a long surgical scar, patients need not worry as the incision is done just beneath the bikini line. 

However, this procedure is usually not recommended for:

  • Patients who want to lose a significant amount of weight.
  • Patients considering for future pregnancy.
  • Patients with underlying severe chronic diseases.
  • Patients with obesity.
  • Patients who are chronic smokers.
  • Patients who have had previous abdominal surgery that caused significant scar tissue.

Breast lift (also known as Mastopexy)

A breast lift helps to restore the improved a previously drooping or sagging breast due to loss of breast volume especially among ageing or breastfed women. As a consequence, the excess skin and laxity of the Cooper ligament are not strong or resilient enough to support the weight of the breast, causing the breasts to sag. To help lift the breast for a perkier appearance, excess skin needs to be removed. That’s when mastopexy or breast lift procedure comes in handy. However, this procedure does not necessarily stop the sagging. 

This procedure is usually not recommended for:

  • Patients considering for future pregnancy.
  • Patients with breast implants.
  • Patients with a history of breast cancer
  • Patients with chronic diseases for instance diabetes and obesity.

When to seek a doctor?

  1. Painful and reddened site of incision which lasts for more than a couple of weeks.
  2. A reduced or abnormal sensation of breast tissue or from the abdomen for more than several weeks.
  3. Abnormal discharge at the site of surgery.
  4. High fever.
  5. Bleeding heavy from the site of the incision.

Post-procedural care 

After the procedure, the surgical site will be inflamed temporarily. Due to such invasive procedures, the recovery period will take time and proper post-care management. A surgical dressing will be covering the site of incision in addition to placement of drainage tube for removal of any excess blood or fluid. Doctors will also prescribe medications to overcome temporary post-surgery inflammation and clot formation. Patients are also required to resume mobility progressively as early as possible for better circulation. Nonetheless, patients are advised to resume strenuous physical activities after a few weeks slowly. To alleviate pain post-surgical and a more comfortable recovery period, patients will also be provided with supporting garments to be worn for a few weeks.

Before going on this procedure, please make sure to do thorough research regarding the procedures. As with any surgery, there are always risks and complications. However, a satisfactory outcome can only be achieved if the procedure is done by medical board-certified plastic surgeons. 


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