Both men and women can be unhappy with the appearance of their abdominal areas; however, because of pregnancy, women tend to have more issues relating to the abdominal area, such as stretch marks, laxity of the abdominal wall, and loosening of the skin. Women also accumulate more fat because of hormonal changes incurred during pregnancy and breast-feeding. At our El Paso, Texas practice, we offer abdominoplasty, also called a “tummy tuck,” to improve the contours of the abdomen. Abdominoplasty removes the excess skin and fat that tends to accumulate around the abdomen, and tightens and firms the entire area that can be resistant to diet and exercise.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
If you have any of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty:
- An abdomen that is our of proportion with the rest of your body or that protrudes
- Sagging or excess abdominal skin
- Extra fatty tissue in the abdominal area
- Separated or weakened abdominal muscles
At your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will examine your abdomen to decide whether liposuction alone or a tummy tuck will be necessary to produce the desired result. The amount of stretch marks you have, the extent of skin elasticity, and the condition of the abdominal wall will determine the complexity of your abdominoplasty procedure.
Once the decision to proceed is made, we will make arrangements for your abdominoplasty procedure at our El Paso, Texas, office. We will then explain where the incisions will be made, and we also will obtain information about your medical history and any allergies you may have.
Tummy Tuck Side Effects
Possible complications of tummy tuck include infection, bleeding, problems with healing, the collection of blood or fluid under the tissues, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia.
Tummy Tuck Alternatives
Certain patients, depending on the extent of skin stretching, skin elasticity, and desired results, may be good candidates for an endoscopic tummy tuck or miniabdominoplasty. With an endoscopic tummy tuck at our El Paso, Texas, practice, the incision is limited in comparison to traditional abdominoplasty and produces outstanding results.
The best candidates for this procedure have laxity of the abdominal wall but absence of loose skin or stretch marks. For more information about tummy tuck options offered at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery, contact our West Texas cosmetic surgery practice today.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Recovery time following tummy tuck surgery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on your general physical condition and the extent of your abdominoplasty surgery, you may be able to return to non-strenuous activities from one to three weeks after surgery. Many patients can resume their normal activities, including mild exercise, within a few weeks. It is normal to experience mild, periodic discomfort and swelling during recovery.