Tummy Tuck Questions
What is the difference between a tummy tuck and an abdominoplasty?
There is no difference. Abdominoplasty is the medical term used to describe a tummy tuck and is the surgical process of removing excessive fat and skin from a patient’s lower and middle abdomen. A tummy tuck is also used to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. This body contouring procedure is an excellent way to rid oneself of stubborn fat in the mid section that does not respond to diet and exercise.
What benefits are associated with a tummy tuck?
Because a tummy tuck extracts fat tissue and sagging skin, the procedure can produce a dramatically flatter and firm stomach and a slimmer waistline. This is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures available. Most patients are satisfied with the results of a tummy tuck and report a stronger self-image.
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck candidates are healthy men and women with realistic expectations about this procedure. Ideally, a tummy tuck patient will be within his or her desired weight but wishes to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in the mid section.
What is the tummy tuck surgery like?
During tummy tuck surgery, incisions are made along the abdomen above the pubic bones. The skin is then lifted and the abdomen muscles are pulled, tightened, and stitched into a new, firmer position. Excess fat may be excised manually or via liposuction. The skin is then stretched into place and sutured.
Normally, a tummy tuck surgery will take between two to four hours, but the exact time of the procedure will depend on the type being performed. A mini tummy tuck – or partial abdominoplasty – will require less time than a normal tummy tuck. At the time of your first visit, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Lapuerta will go over all surgical expectations with you.
Are there risks with tummy tucks?
As with any surgery, there are risks with a tummy tuck. Though rare, tummy tuck surgery poses the risk of blood clots, infection and noticeably loose areas of skin following surgery. Poor healing could potentially lead to a second tummy tuck operation. To avoid further possible complications any plans of future weight loss or pregnancy should be discussed before the tummy tuck procedure. A competent and qualified surgeon such as Dr. Leo Lapuerta will do everything to mitigate the risk of tummy tuck side effects.
What should I expect after my surgery?
The healing process after a tummy tuck can span two to four weeks. Additionally, the tummy tuck patient will be unable to stand upright for the first week following the procedure. It is important for tummy tuck patients to have a dependable friend or family member aid him or her during the initial week.
How long will the results last?
The results of this procedure are permanent with proper diet and exercise. However, significant weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and age may adversely effect your surgical results. After several years, a second tummy tuck can be performed to restore originally satisfying results.
If you live in the Houston area or surrounding areas such as Pearland, Sugar Land or Friendswood and would like to learn more about tummy tucks, please contact Pearland plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta, Jr., today to schedule your initial consultation.