For those patients with significant extra abdominal skin following weight loss or following pregnancy, liposuction is not the entire solution. Liposuction is designed to remove fat cells from beneath the skin, but does nothing to tighten it. Excess skin that aprons over a cesarean section or hysterectomy scar is very common. In these patients an excisional procedure such as a tummy-tuck are necessary to tighten the skin to improve the abdominal contour to its greatest degree. During this procedure, sutures can be placed to improve laxity of the abdominal wall. The procedure is often performed in conjunction with liposuction surgery to offer the best results.

HOW IS HOUSTON TUMMY TUCK SURGERY (ABDOMINOPLASTY) PERFORMED?

Tummy-tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves removing the redundant skin using a low transverse incision that hides within the underwear. The belly button is circumscribed and the abdominal skin is drawn down and maximally tightened. The belly button is then brought back out to the skin surface and an umbilicoplasty is performed. If you already have a cesarean section scar, the tummy tuck incision can be used to improve the appearance of the scar and any lower abdominal stretch marks you may have. Sutures can be placed in the abdominal wall beneath the skin to improve muscular laxity. In some patients with extra skin only, this may be all that is needed. In others, who have some fatty deposits following pregnancy, the surgery is combined with liposuction performed using the low-level laser assisted (Neira 4 L ) technique. This involves use of an external laser to help liquefy the fat prior to removal so that the tissues experience less trauma and so that healing is promoted. The reduced trauma provides for less discomfort and an earlier return to normal activities.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PERIOD?

The recovery period varies with each patient and the type of procedure performed; however, the majority of patients are able to resume most normal activities within one to two weeks after surgery. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. After surgery, pain is relieved with medication. Tummy tuck scars will undergo a period of maturation that typically lasts a year or more.

WHERE IS TUMMY-TUCK SURGERY (ABDOMINOPLASTY) PERFORMED?

Tummy-tuck surgery is well-suited to our Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. Our facility is very private and is less expensive than hospital or public surgery centers. In some patients with more extensive surgical needs, the procedure will be performed in the hospital. Patients who have the procedure performed in the SurgiCenter are able to go home without undue difficulty after the procedure. Patients are required to rest quietly for a day after the surgery, but this can be carried out in the comfort of your home.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Thousands of tummy-tuck surgeries are successfully performed each year. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with tummy-tuck surgery. Postoperative complications such as delayed healing, damage to regional organs, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon. Other problems associated with tummy-tuck surgery include asymmetry, rippling or dimpling of the skin, fluid collections under the skin, poor scarring, and that the operated area is frequently numb for some time after the surgery. Smokers should be aware that smoking is not allowed for four weeks prior to and four weeks after surgery. Complications arise more frequently when a patient continues to smoke. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following Dr. McKane’s advice on follow-up care during the healing process. If you are looking forward to marketing agency, contact Medical spa marketing agency