Large weight loss, pregnancy, and excess fat can all cause the abdomen to develop a flabby and bulging appearance. The loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles that result cannot be corrected through diet and exercise alone, but require surgical repair. In a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Newall removes excess skin and repairs the weakened muscles in order to restore a flat, smooth appearance to the abdomen.
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During the 2-5 hour tummy tuck procedure, a horizontal incision is made beneath the bikini line. Loose skin is trimmed away, and the loose underlying tissues and muscles are tightened by bringing them together with sutures. A second incision may also be made around the navel to correct loose skin in the upper abdomen. It may be possible to improve the appearance of stretch marks if loose skin that has stretch marks is removed from the lower abdomen, although a dramatic change should not be expected.
To reduce swelling, a compression garment will be worn for approximately 4 weeks after surgery. To help promote blood circulation, you will be encouraged to get out of bed and take short walks. Most patients find they are able to return to work and driving in 2 weeks and exercise in 6 weeks.
The results from a tummy tuck are long lasting, in most cases, if a stable weight is maintained. If you are planning substantial weight loss or pregnancy, you may wish to postpone abdominoplasty surgery to avoid fluctuations in weight that could impact your results.
Dr. Newall is a nationally recognized expert for his ability to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to achieve a toned and tightened appearance that some thought could only be achieved through a more extensive body lift. You may be a candidate for this procedure if you have pockets of unwanted fat in addition to loose abdominal skin.
To schedule your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Newall, contact his office today by calling 713.799.9999.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure is suitable for both men and women who are in good overall health. Women who have muscles and skin stretched by pregnancies may find this procedure useful to tighten the underlying muscles and reduce the excess fat. The procedure is also a good fit for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, yet still have loose skin in the abdominal area.
On the other hand, if you are a woman who is still considering to have children, then you may want to postpone the tummy tuck surgery until you are done having children. The reason being, during surgery, the vertical muscles are tightened and future pregnancies can divide those muscles.
The three main types of tummy tucks include the mini tummy tuck, standard tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck removes a smaller portion of the skin. This procedure is best for individuals with a small amount of belly fat that won’t be reduced by diet and exercise.
The standard tummy tuck is ideal for both men and women who are in good physical health but have a mediocre amount of loose skin in the abdominal area. This form of a tummy tuck is suitable for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, or are women who have excess fat and/or weak muscles after pregnancy.
The extended tummy tuck is best for patients with a large amount of loose skin on their abdomen, hips, and along the sides of their lower back.
During consultation, the board certified plastic surgeon will thoroughly examine you and determine the best procedure(s) for you.
Similarly to any other type of surgery, there will be associated risks and complications. It is crucial for the patient to be in good overall health before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Typically, the physician or surgeon will conduct blood/urine tests on the patient to check for medical clearance.
The possible risks of abdominoplasty include scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, fluid accumulation, blood clots, numbness, pain, swelling, bruising, recurrent looseness of skin, fluid accumulation, and anesthesia risks.
We perform all of our surgeries in an AAAASF-certified surgical facility. The day of surgery, you will receive medications to keep you comfortable during the surgical procedure. A board certified anesthesiologist will be present to administer the sedatives or general anesthesia. Various monitors will be set up to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
Your surgeon will follow the surgical plan discussed in consultation. He or she may change the technique to ensure the best results. Surgical drains may also be placed, and surgical dressings use will depend on the procedures you undergo.
After surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will be monitored by a nurse. You may be able to go home the day of surgery or spend one or two nights in the recovery suites with a nurse. You will certainly need some help from a family member or friend during the recovery period.