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.