A tummy tuck involves making the abdomen thinner and firmer by removing extra skin and fat. This procedure can help restore weakened muscles in the abdominal area, allowing your profile to remain smoother and firmer. Exercise and weight control alone don’t work for everyone to achieve a flat abdomen. This is where our expertise can help you with a tummy tuck.
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent. However, it is important to recognize that a tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss. Women considering future pregnancies or planning significant weight loss should postpone a tummy tuck. After your pregnancy, we do offer tummy tucks as part of our comprehensivemommy makeovers.
Along with improving your self-esteem and self-worth, a tummy tuck can tighten the weak muscles that initially caused the issues you experienced in the first place. It can also help reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence and improve the tone of your abdomen. You might also find that your posture improves.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is cosmetic plastic surgery to improve the appearance of your abdomen (flatter and firmer tummy). Excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen area in order to tighten the muscles and tissues of the abdominal area.
The tummy tuck procedure is particularly popular with new mums and with those women who have lost a significant amount of weight and have been left with excess, loose skin. The surgery is carried out under IV sedation and is used to remove any excess skin and fatty tissue, reshape the area and create a slimmer, smoother and tighter abdominal area. A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction for those women who are looking to achieve a slimmer waistline.
Tummy tucks should not be thought of as a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program. The procedure cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be treated.
Depending on how much fat and skin require removing, and the type of abdominal reduction being carried out, the operation may take up to three hours under IV sedation.
The procedure starts with an incision across the base of the abdomen, from hip to hip, that generally follows the pubic lining (bikini line for women). A triangular area of skin and underlying fat is removed, the umbilicus is left attached on a stalk. A pocket is made underneath the skin and fat of the upper abdomen as far as the ribs. The tummy muscles are tightened to improve abdominal contour. The skin is then stretched downwards to join the lower incision. A moon-shaped incision is made at the new site of the umbilicus which is then sewn back in its new position.
Drainage tubes are placed under the skin to collect any excess fluid that may accumulate. Hidden stitches are used which are dissolvable and do not require removal. A compression garment may also be required to help the healing. Immediately after abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), the abdominal skin feels very tight and indeed it may be difficult to stand up straight for the first few days.
Having a tummy tuck will give you a flatter, firmer tummy that is more proportionate with your body shape. The changes can be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight after your surgery.
Within a week or two of your procedure, swelling will begin to reduce and you should be able to stand tall fully upright in 4 weeks time.
It may take up to 6 months for the swelling to subside completely to see the full results of the abdominoplasty.
We recommend 2 – 3 weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.
Call our Houston cosmetic surgery center at (713) 493-7397!