Tummy Tuck Houston
The tummy tuck, otherwise known as the abdominoplasty, is an effective body-contouring procedure designed to rid the midsection of loose or stretched skin and unsightly belly bulges. This procedure is great for women who have been pregnant and are struggling to regain their pre-baby body.
There’s no denying that childbirth can do a number on a woman’s body. The skin is rapidly stretched out over the course of nine months and then instantly deflated overnight. Most of the time, that skin will struggle to rebound, leaving many women with stretched and loose skin.
It’s also common for tearing in the abdominal walls to occur. This is only correctable through a surgical procedure like the tummy tuck. No matter how much exercise you do, if the underlying tissues are not properly connected, the stomach won’t appear to be thin, trim, or contoured.
If you’re considering a tummy tuck procedure, it’s important to understand that you must be within a normal weight range for your frame. Patients who are far from their ideal weight may be advised to modify their diet. The tummy tuck is not designed to be a tool for weight loss, despite the fact that some fat is removed.
Dr. David Davila offers two basic forms of the procedure: the full tummy tuck and the mini-tummy tuck.
The mini tummy tuck is a less intrusive version than its counterpart, the full tummy tuck. During this procedure, limited amounts of skin are removed from the region just above the pubic region and below the umbilicus. The surgeon most likely will not move the belly button nor affect the area above it.
The mini tummy tuck typically takes around an hour to complete, while the full can run closer to the two-hour mark, depending on whatever other details are incorporated into the surgery.
One benefit to the mini tummy tuck is that it doesn’t require the incision to extend out to the hip areas like a full tummy tuck does. This means the partial abdominoplasty requires a shorter incision.
A full tummy tuck covers a larger area of the stomach and removes more skin. This also mean the belly button itself will have to be repositioned. However, with the full tuck, skin can be tightened all the way up to the rib area. In addition, tightening of the abdominal walls can also be more extensive with a full tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck is limited to the lower region when reattaching muscles.
Though each patient’s procedure is likely to have some customization, the steps for a tummy tuck are generally the same. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, thus rendering the patient unconscious. From there, excess fatty tissue and loose skin are carefully removed.
If needed, Dr. Davila can tighten the abdominal walls to help reduce the belly bulge commonly associated with a post-pregnancy body.
The remaining skin is then redraped and reattached using sutures, leaving a smoother, tighter midsection.
Recovery from a tummy tuck procedure is significant. This is one of the more invasive procedures and should require several weeks to completely heal.
In the first couple of days after surgery, expect significant discomfort, especially when attempting to sit up or move around. Mobility to and from the bathroom with assistance during the first 24 hours is actually beneficial for your circulation. Keep in mind that strenuous activities or heavy exertion should be avoided for at least a month following the procedure.
To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure, contact our office and arrange a consultation with Dr. Davila.