What is a Tummy Tuck?
A common problem after major weight loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process is loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to tighten skin, remove excess fat, and achieve a slimmer contour of the midsection.
When Should I Consider A Tummy Tuck?
While diet and exercise are critical for maintaining a healthy figure, they often will not help the excess skin go away. Loose skin left over due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss is the result of skin that has lost elasticity. This loss of elasticity makes it impossible for skin to tighten up on its own, even with a healthy lifestyle.
Benefits of the procedure
- Flattening the belly
- Tightening the abdominal muscles
- Removing excess skin from the abdomen
The difference between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The key difference between a tummy tuck and procedures like liposuction is that the tummy tuck in San Antonio is designed for addressing problems with excess skin, not just the elimination of excess fat.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia so that you will sleep through the entire surgery. Your surgeon, Dr. Ortegon or Dr. Baumholtz, will begin by making a horizontal incision below your belly button and above your groin. This way, the scar can be easily hidden beneath your underwear or bathing suit.
From the incision, your board-certified plastic surgeon will trim away excess skin, and tighten and repair the underlying abdominal muscles using sutures. Liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat at this point, so make sure to be clear about your expectations during your consultation. The skin is then smoothed over your abdomen for an attractive, slim contour before closing the incision.
What to expect during recovery
A typical tummy tuck recovery takes one to two weeks before you will feel comfortable returning to work. Dr. Ortegon or Dr. Baumholtz will provide you with instructions for properly caring for your incision and any surgical drains that may need to be placed. Over time, your surgical scar will continue to significantly fade. Patients are often thrilled and cannot wait to show off their results.
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