One of the most common reasons for getting a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the presence of stubborn fat deposits and excess skin in the abdomen area.
These can appear either post-pregnancy, due to weight loss, or the natural aging process. Dr. Ortegon routinely performs Tummy Tuck surgery in his San Antonio operating room for a large number of both female and male patients. The tummy tuck is in fact, among the most popular and commonly sought procedures performed by Dr. Ortegon for the simple fact that his patients love their results - slimmer & toned abdominal contours.
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.
Oftentimes, the deposits in the abdomen area don’t respond to strict dietary plans or exercise routines. In addition, ungainly flanks or love handles also add to an unshapely appearance. If these are issues that you are facing, then Dr. Ortegon can perform a tummy tuck procedure to give you a well-contoured, flatter, and shapely abdomen and flanks.
While diet and exercise are critical for maintaining a healthy figure, they often will not help to resolve excess skin. Loose skin left over due to aging, pregnancy, or weight loss is the result of the loss of elasticity. This loss of elasticity makes it impossible for the skin to tighten up on its own, even with a healthy lifestyle.
Flattening the belly
Tightening the abdominal muscles
Removing excess skin from the abdomen
Reviews such as these have helped establish Dr. Ortegon as the go-to-expert and surgeon for a variety of plastic surgery procedures including tummy tuck. Dr. Ortegon’s surgical skills and expertise in performing advanced plastic surgery procedures definitely add to his popularity among patients.
However, it is his down-to-earth, friendly, and approachable nature which really sets him apart and is the number one reason why his patients feel immediately at ease when they come in for a consultation. In addition to the surgical skills and expertise of your surgeon, the success of a procedure also depends on your goals and expectations. Which is why you need a surgeon like Dr. Ortegon who takes the time to understand you.
No question will go unanswered – if you have a query or are apprehensive about the procedure in any way, Dr. Ortegon will patiently and happily address any concern. It is this attitude of his which has won him the hearts and trust of his patients.Meet Dr. Ortegon
“Having surgery was not an easy decision for me at first, however after speaking with Dr. Ortegon it became clear that I was making the right decision for myself. Finding the right doctor is key and I'm glad I chose Dr. Ortegon. This was my first surgery and he was able to answer all my questions and concerns. I'm extremely happy with the outcome and recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery!”
— Satisfied Patient
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
If you are in relatively good overall health, are not excessively overweight, and have medical clearance for general anesthesia – then you can be a good candidate for a tummy tuck surgery.
The Difference Between Tummy Tuck and Liposuction
The key difference between a tummy tuck and procedures like liposuction is that the tummy tuck is designed for addressing problems with excess skin, not just the elimination of excess fat.
Your tummy tuck will be performed under general anesthesia so that you will sleep through the entire surgery. Your surgeon, Dr. Ortegon, will begin by making a horizontal incision placed just above the pubic area. 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.
A typical tummy tuck recovery takes one to two weeks before you will feel comfortable returning to work.
Dr. Ortegon 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. If you are ready to lose the extra skin left hanging around your belly, contact us at San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery to find out more or schedule a consultation for a tummy tuck in San Antonio.
Tummy tuck cost varies for each patient and their specific needs and goals. The average tummy tuck cost in the US is around $6,000.
A tummy tuck is done under anesthesia with an incision along the bikini line. Through this incision excess, skin and fat will be removed as well as slack muscles will be tightened.
No. A tummy tuck is done under anesthesia, so patients feel no pain during the surgery. During the healing time, patients may feel some pain and discomfort which can be managed with medications.
Dr. Ortegon highly recommends that women wait until they have had children and don’t plan on expanding their family before opting for their tummy tuck surgery.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation with the renowned San Antonio plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Delio Ortegon. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
4910 Golden Quail Suite 140, San Antonio, TX 78240