Important Facts to Know about Tummy Tuck Surgery

By Sheryl Pilcher on May 25, 2014

A Woman with a Toned TummyLet’s talk tummy tucks, San Antonio. Before undergoing a tummy tuck, you must carefully consider what is involved with the procedure.

Officially named abdominoplasty, tummy tucks reduce the amount of excess skin surrounding the mid-section when sit-ups and diets fail to deliver the desired flat stomach.

Women who’ve given birth, and men and women who’ve dropped significant weight, often turn to the procedure as a way to remove extra tissue and tighten the abdominal muscles. The procedure is complex, and should be performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon.

Who’s Not a Good Candidate?

Women who plan to have more children should postpone abdominoplasty. During the procedure, Dr. Pilcher tightens the vertical muscles in the mid-section. While pregnancy after a tummy tuck is safe, the pregnancy tends to undo some of the work. 

The same advice pertains to people who are still on their weight loss journey. Wait until you reach your goal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. While the procedure isn’t complicated, all surgeries come with risk.

The Surgery

The specifics of each case guide the progress of a tummy tuck. Depending on the desired results and the complexity of each case, the doctor will schedule either an in-patient or out-patient procedure that lasts between one to five hours. Dr. Pilcher advises patients on how she will customize the surgery to best fit their needs, including whether a complete, partial, or mini abdominoplasty will work best.

  • Complete tummy tuck - Dr. Pilcher makes an incision, at the pubic hair line, stretching from hip bone to hip bone. Patients requesting optimal results benefit from a complete tummy tuck, which tightens the lower and upper abdominal skin.
  • Partial or mini abdominoplasty - This requires a shorter incision and works best for patients with fat located mostly below the navel.

Dr. Pilcher will tighten the tissue, muscles, and skin to provide you with the abdominal shape you desire. General anesthesia is used during the surgery.

Side Effects

A fairly safe surgery, tummy tucks carry a low risk for complications. After the procedure, most patients experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness for several days. Dr. Pilcher will prescribe a pain reliever, if necessary, to keep you comfortable during recovery. Some discomfort, along with tiredness and bruising, may continue for a couple of weeks. Swelling may take up to three weeks to fade.

Improve Healing

You can reduce your potential for a lengthy recovery by quitting smoking, as the habit increases the risk of post-operative complications and can slow the healing process.

Rest before the procedure, and eat a healthy diet to give your body the fuel it needs to heal.  If you take medication, Dr. Pilcher may discuss cutting back on some types of medicine, both before and after surgery.

Give yourself the time and freedom to heal slowly. Rushing the process and stressing the body too soon increases the likelihood of scarring and can increase the potential for post-surgical complications. Reduce physical activity until the swelling and tenderness subside. Once your body heals, you can enjoy renewed confidence in your appearance.

To schedule a tummy tuck consultation, contact Accent Plastic Surgery.

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