What is a Tummy Tuck?
For adults, hanging skin and unwanted fat throughout the abdominal region can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to reduce it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the main reasons why someone may be unable to tighten and slim their tummy. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a body contouring procedure that often successfully transforms the area, creating attractive results. Dallas, TX board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas performs abdominoplasty for patients based on the amount of excess skin and fat present in their abdominal area. This popular surgery at CosmeticGyn Center offers patients the chance to attain a more youthful shape and renewed confidence. Both women and men can benefit from this extremely effective body contouring surgery.
Rarely can diet and exercise restore the abdominal wall to its flat, desirable shape after the skin and muscles have been stretched to their limit. After losing weight, both men and women can have difficulties regaining a youthfully flat abdomen. Liposuction can be ideal to contour the abdomen for those with firm skin. The tummy tuck is often a better procedure for those with loose abdominal skin. To find out which one might work best for you, call us to schedule a private consultation at CosmeticGyn Center.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Wonderful experience! Doctor Huertas and his staff are very professional. I had several consultations with different Doctors before I made the decision of choosing this one. He has all the credentials and all the experience for me to trust him. He's really knowledgeable and he makes you feel comfortable and not like another number. I had a liposuction and a tummy tuck a month ago and my results were great..... I didn't had any complications... I was back to work after 4 days after the procedure. I am already scheduling my next appointment for a Vaginal Rejuvenation. I'm really grateful that I found Dr. Huertas!"- M.M. / Google / Apr 04, 2015
Do I qualify for a Tummy Tuck?
If you intend to lose a lot of weight, wait until after your weight loss to schedule abdominoplasty. If you plan on future pregnancies, you should wait to have surgery until you're finished having children because pregnancy will stretch out your abdomen again. You're at increased risk for complications if you have diabetes; poor circulation; heart, lung, or liver disease; a family history of blood clots; smoke; take certain medications; or are obese. We can offer tummy tuck surgery to both men and women. If you find yourself upset about sagging skin and pesky pockets of fat in your abdomen, this cosmetic surgery can help to provide a tighter and slimmer look. Dr. Huertas recommends you to be at a healthy, stable weight before undergoing this treatment.
Our Tummy Tuck surgical Technique
For abdominoplasty, patients will be under general anesthesia. There are a number of surgical options to consider for this surgery. To start, Dr. Huertas will determine the incision shape based on the amount of excess skin present. Some patients with an abundance of sagging and loose skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck, which places an incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. Other patients who have minimal skin laxity may be better candidates for a mini tummy tuck. These patients still benefit from skin tightening but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of the technique selected, all abdominoplasty procedures at CosmeticGyn Center involve the excision of hanging skin, fat removal, and tightening of abdominal muscles. Serious complications after tummy tuck surgery are uncommon. However, any surgery carries risk, and there are specific complications associated with this procedure. We can talk about the risks and benefits in-depth at your consultation.
What to Expect
After your tummy tuck, we'll monitor you before releasing you to recover at home. You'll need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Walking and standing will be slow-going for a while, so you should rest for several days. Walking should get easier once your muscles relax and the incision heals. You should be able to resume most of your normal routine about two weeks after surgery. You should wait to exercise for about eight weeks or until Dr. Huertas clears you to do so. The abdominal area will likely feel tight and uncomfortable, but you should feel normal after you recover.
Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
What will my scars look like?
A tummy tuck does not remove stretch marks on your mid or upper abdomen, but it will shift them lower on your abdomen. There will be a scar extending across the lowest part of your abdomen, just above the bikini line, as well as a second scar around your belly button if it requires transposition. These scars can usually be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Scars may worsen during the first 3 – 6 months as they heal, but this is normal. It generally takes about 9 – 12 months for scars flatten out and lighten in color. Regardless, you're more likely to look and feel better with a flat abdomen and visible scars than you are with a bulging belly.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you can still get pregnant after an abdominoplasty, it will alter your results. Dr. Huertas recommends that you be done childbearing before you get a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant following a tummy tuck, we can perform a second surgery to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients add a second body surgery to a tummy tuck to give them more dramatic results. At your initial consultation, talk to Dr. Huertas about your concerns so that he can create a comprehensive surgical plan to match your goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for all-over body contouring. If you're trying to rejuvenate your whole body after pregnancy or after losing a lot of weight, you might be a candidate for body lift surgery or a mommy makeover.
For a Tauter, Transformed Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdomen with hanging folds of skin and loose abdominal muscles. We understand that it can be a daily struggle to live with loose skin. Abdominoplasty is usually the only way to overcome this situation. If you're bothered by the lax skin in your abdominal region, regardless of the severity, a tummy tuck by Dr. Huertas in Dallas, TX may help you get the look you want. We invite you to call CosmeticGyn Center to learn more.