Isolated excess fat and skin can conceal your best contours and are often unaffected by diet and exercise. When this happens, tummy tuck surgery offers the most effective means of achieving your ideal shape. The skilled and experienced team of renowned professionals at Westlake Plastic Surgery can help you reach your goals with tummy tuck surgery in Austin.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a major plastic surgery procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. If your fat deposits are limited to the area below the belly button, you may require a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty; also known as a mini-tummy tuck. One of the least talked about benefits of an abdominal tuck is the “lift” that is gained in the pubic area.
There is nothing more powerful than a tummy tuck to address loose abdominal fascia and excess skin seen in many women who have been pregnant or those who have lost a lot of weight. The trade-off for this procedure is a hip-to-hip scar on the lower part of the abdomen and one around the belly button. Many patients believe they only need a “mini-tuck” when, in fact, they need a full tuck. Liposuction is usually needed during a tummy tuck to obtain the best result. The recovery from a tummy tuck is not as difficult as people believe. It takes an experienced surgeon with an excellent artistic eye to know which option to choose for each patient (liposuction, full tuck, mini tuck, floating tuck, or nothing). Visit with several surgeons to know you are choosing the best for you.
A tummy tuck offers the most substantial body sculpting results of any surgical or non-surgical procedure. In contrast to other body sculpting techniques, a tummy tuck provides comprehensive contouring, addressing excess fat and skin for your slimmest and most refined results.
A tummy tuck is an excellent treatment option for patients of all ages and genders looking for a solution to excess fat and skin in their abdominal area. It is designed uniquely to each patient’s needs as a highly customizable treatment. While a tummy tuck does reduce fat, it is not a weight-loss treatment or suitable option for patients with obesity. Patients considering tummy tuck surgery should be in good general health and at or near their ideal weight. Significant weight change after a tummy tuck could impact your results.
The details of your procedure will be discussed during your private consultation. Depending on the extent of your concerns, your tummy tuck may involve a variety of anesthetic, incision, and technique options.
Temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, and fatigue for several weeks. Much less common complications include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and the need for a second operation.
For the first few days after your procedure, your abdomen will be swollen, and you will experience pain and discomfort that can be controlled by oral medication. We also infiltrate numbing medicine in the abdominal fascia that helps reduce discomfort considerably. All patients are sent home the day of their procedure. Though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible. As the tightness softens over the week, your posture will be normal.
In healthy, motivated patients, recovery usually lasts two weeks at most. Many patients return to work after one week and resume exercise in three or four weeks, depending on their tolerance. It’s essential to remain slightly flexed at your waist to be most comfortable and reduce the tension on your repair. Mild swelling can persist on the lower abdomen for 6 to 8 weeks. Drains are usually inserted during your procedure and will remain for several days.
Heavy lifting is avoided for the first two weeks (25 pounds or more). Extra help will be beneficial for the first seven to ten days, particularly if young children are around. (Having your mom around or other family members is special.) Sleeping in the flexed position for the first week will provide extra comfort. A recliner or hospital bed (rented) has come in handy for many patients.
Your scars may worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten and lighten in color. You should use silicone scar strips on your incisions for at least six months afterward to ensure the smallest scar. This must be worn for at least 12 hours a day. We encourage patients to wear store-bought compression garments for several months after the procedure for swelling control, general comfort, and scar softening. *Please note that abdominoplasty scars always look worse in photographs than in real life. Also, most postoperative photos are taken at four months when scars have not yet fully matured. Complaints about an abdominoplasty scar are uncommon.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Westlake Plastic Surgery offers the experience and expertise to deliver your best possible results. Book your consultation to begin your personalized treatment today.
Because a tummy tuck is a highly personalized procedure, the length of your surgery will depend on the details and extent of your tummy tuck. Most procedures are less than 90 minutes.
While patients may lose several pounds of excess fat and skin as a result of a tummy tuck, you should not expect significant weight loss. A tummy tuck aims to treat isolated pockets of fat to achieve slimmer contours. If you plan to lose weight, you should postpone your tummy tuck until you are at or near your ideal weight.
When it comes to improving your life, there’s no time like the present. The decisions you make today about your skin health, your body, and your beauty will impact you for the rest of your life. For more than three decades, Westlake Plastic Surgery has made the future brighter and more beautiful for patients just like you. Schedule your consultation today to begin your aesthetic journey at Westlake Plastic Surgery.Schedule An Online Consultation