About Abdominoplasty Surgery
For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat surrounding the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to get rid of it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the main reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a tighter and slimmer stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a cosmetic procedure that redefines the stomach area, achieving youthful-looking results for patients. Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Phi P. Nguyen performs abdominoplasty that is based on the amount of excess skin and fat present. This popular surgery at MIA Plastic Surgery allows men and women the chance to have a slimmer, tighter tummy and increased confidence.
Abdominoplasty can be offered to both women and men. If you are frustrated with loose or wrinkly skin as well as pesky pockets of fat in the lower abdomen, this body contouring procedure can help reclaim a tighter and slimmer silhouette. For those considering this surgery, we advise patients to be at a normal weight. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss — it removes loose skin. Liposuction is generally implemented during surgery to eliminate fat. If your lower stomach has healthy skin laxity, but you are still unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise has failed, we may recommend liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be be past pregnancy to make sure the surgical outcomes are not compromised.
Plan Your Procedure
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options that come into consideration when performing this surgery, which is unique to the patient's current condition. For starters, the incision size is determined based on the quantity of skin that is required to be removed. Some patients with an abundance of lax skin may require a full tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip just above the pubic region. Other patients who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling but are still upset by the look of their abdomen may be better suited for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit abdominoplasty, but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the type, all tummy tuck procedures involve the removal of hanging skin and fat removal.
What to Expect
After abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling. Standing upright and walking will be a bit painful at first, so you should rest for several days. Moving about becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision becomes less inflamed. Most patients generally can resume a normal routine in about 2 weeks. Exercise can occur later, closer to 6 weeks. The abdominal area will feel some discomfort and tightness, but after healing you will feel healthy and normal again. You will see and love your redefined shape!
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out abdominal area, creating hanging and wrinkled skin. We know it can be a troubling problem to have — tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdomen, whether it is significant or not, abdominoplasty can help you attain or get the look you wish to have. Please contact MIA Plastic Surgery to learn more.