Answers to Your Tummy Tuck Pain Questions

tummy tuck austinLearn what to expect after your upcoming tummy tuck procedure

Modern technology and medical techniques have given us access to a wide range of body shaping procedures, including the type of procedure commonly known as “tummy tuck” surgery. However, even the minimally invasive surgical procedures that we offer at the Austin Plastic Surgery Center can result in some post-surgical discomfort that takes time to fade away. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions posed by our surgical candidates.

How Severe Is the Pain After a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Although pain can be subjective, most patients experience some skin numbness and pain for some time after their surgical procedure. For patients who aren’t used to skin and muscle pain, the discomfort associated with these sensations can be significant. It’s a good idea to record how you’re feeling at regular intervals to track your recovery and document the lessening severity of the pain.

Where Is It Centered?

For this procedure, post-surgical pain is typically felt around the area of the incision and the surrounding tissues. It may extend to the lower reaches of your chest and the lower region of your abdomen.

What Does It Feel Like?

The pain from a tummy tuck surgery is typically characterized by soreness with intervals of sharper pain. Many people describe the sensation as being similar to pain caused by muscular injuries or overuse.

Are There Activities That Make the Discomfort Worse?

Unfortunately, there are some activities that can temporarily exacerbate the pain associated with this type of procedure. These include standing and stretching, turning the abdomen from side to side, urinating and brisk exercise.

How Long Can I Expect Post-Surgical Discomfort to Last?

In most cases, severe post-surgical pain dissipates after two to three weeks. At this point, you should be able to return to a normal routine. However, some discomfort may remain for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

What Can I Do for the Pain?

After your surgery, you’ll have the option to take certain pain medications that work well for post-surgical discomfort. While many of our patients are reluctant to take pain medication regularly, we recommend that you use the medication as directed during periods of heightened discomfort. Don’t wait until the pain worsens in severity.

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Surgery in Austin

At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re proud to offer a range of options for those who want to enhance their appearance and live fuller, happier lives. Some of our proudest patients take advantage of our formidable experience in various body shaping procedures, including tummy tuck surgery. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online for a no-obligation consultation.

Accredited Plastic Surgery Artists Can Change Your Life

Choosing from among the very best surgeons

There’s a very good reason why surgeons enjoy near-universal respect: It’s very difficult to secure admission to medical school, graduate with distinction and complete a multi-year residency that tests the limits of human endurance. However, there’s another level of certification that not all surgeons and clinics have attained: accreditation. As you prepare for your procedure, learn why it’s important to select an accredited surgeon and facility.

What Is an Accredited Facility?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an accredited plastic surgery facility is one that meets “strict national standards for equipment, operating-room safety, personnel and surgeon credentials.” Although many plastic surgery facilities are now accredited, it’s important to understand the key distinction between accredited facilities like the Austin Plastic Surgery Center and their non-accredited counterparts.

Benefits of an Accredited Facility

There are several important benefits of an accredited plastic surgery facility, including:

•    The rate of serious complications is less than 0.5%
•    The overall mortality rate is vanishingly small at one in 57,000
•    Accredited facilities may be less costly than inpatient facilities like hospitals

Benefits of an Accredited Surgeon

Accredited surgeons like Dr. Sergio Maggi tend to practice at accredited facilities. There are a number of benefits to receiving plastic surgery from an accredited surgeon, including:

•    They typically employ trained staff members who regularly evaluate and adjust patients’ conditions
•    They have earned the respect and admiration of their peers, including other accredited surgeons
•    They and their core staff members have been trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) principles
•    They have hospital-grade equipment and supplies on site to handle potential complications without requiring a costly and potentially dangerous transfer to another facility
•    They adhere to strict, thorough emergency plans of action in the event of patient deterioration or transfer

Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Body Shaping and Breast Enhancements in Austin, Texas

Once you’ve made the potentially life-changing decision to obtain plastic surgery, you need to choose a surgeon with years of experience as well as the full confidence of his peers. At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re completely committed to providing access to the most respected professionals in the business and ensuring that your procedure has a high probability of success. To learn more about what we can do for you, call us at (512) 345-3223 or fill out our online contact form.

Is a Tummy Tuck Your Best Option?

There are several surgical variations of the classic tummy tuck procedureSummer is at the doorstep, and many men and women are ready to hit the beach in their most revealing swimwear. However, if you’ve recently experienced childbirth, massive weight loss or the effects of aging skin, you may lack the confidence to expose your midsection due to sagging or excess skin or abdominal fat that just won’t go away despite diet and exercise. Fortunately, abdominal wall surgery can help.

The Classic Tummy Tuck

The most common and familiar type of abdominal enhancement surgery is abdominoplasty, which is commonly known as a tummy tuck. The tummy tuck can produce a flatter and firmer midsection in several ways. It removes your excess skin and fatty tissues, and it sometimes includes tightening your abdominal muscles with sutures. A tummy tuck isn’t intended to be a weight loss procedure; its best candidates are those who are already at or near their ideal weight but whose excess fat and skin can’t be removed by diet or improved by toning regimens. Tummy tucks are sometimes combined with other body-shaping procedures such as breast lifts to improve symmetry and overall aesthetics.

Tummy Tuck Consultation and Procedure

Before your procedure, you’ll meet with a qualified surgeon to discuss your goals. After a full examination, you’ll receive details about how the procedure will be performed and the potential outcome. You’ll probably get to see before-and-after photos of other patients who’ve had the same procedure. In most cases, you’ll receive general anesthesia during the surgery. An incision is made from hip to hip above the pubic area. In some cases, an incision around the navel is also necessary. The surgeon will disconnect your abdominal skin from connecting tissues, tighten your muscles with sutures, and then remove excess skin and fat. Once the incision is closed, a drainage tube will be placed to prevent fluid buildup during healing. You should be able to resume most activities within 10 days, but you must avoid heavy lifting and exercise for four to six weeks.

Tummy Tuck Additions and Alternatives

The following procedures may be recommended instead of or in addition to a tummy tuck:

• Panniculectomy is the removal of the large, drooping, apron-like section of skin often seen in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery.

• Liposuction is the suctioning of subcutaneous fat deposits through a cannula inserted into small incisions. It may replace a tummy tuck in patients who still have skin elasticity.

• Abdominal etching involves using a cannula to create visible grooves in abdominal tissues, which creates the appearance of a well-defined abdomen.

• A body lift is similar to a tummy tuck in that it removes excess skin and fat, but it also involves the sides and back and doesn’t include suturing of abdominal muscles.

Trust Austin Plastic Surgery for Expert Surgical Enhancements

At Austin Plastic Surgery Center, our primary goal is understanding and meeting your needs. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained, experienced staff ensure our patients’ safety and the best possible results from every surgical enhancement we perform. To discuss which abdominal procedures would be most effective for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Under our care, this summer could be your best.