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If diet and exercise aren’t having any effect on your out-of-shape abdomen, a tummy tuck from Southlake plastic surgeon Dr. Ameen Habash can help. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck improves loose skin, excess fat, and sagging muscles. These changes result in a fitter and more toned appearance.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck offers several benefits. It can tighten the loose drooping muscles in the abdominal wall that often come about as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. This condition is called diastasis recti. It can also reduce the amount of sagging skin that occurs after childbirth and extreme weight loss.
Abdominoplasty also removes excess stubborn fat that is resistant to dieting and exercise routines. Finally, in some cases, it can remove embarrassing and frustrating stretch marks.
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Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
To find out whether or not you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, you will need to meet with Dr. Habash for a consultation. During an abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Habash, he will perform an examination to ensure that a tummy tuck is the proper solution for you.
Patients will discuss their aesthetic goals with Dr. Habash at this time and can ask any questions they may have. The doctor will explain the details of the procedure, including preparation and recovery. He will also go over the patient’s complete medical history.
Smokers are not ideal candidates for this procedure. This is because smoking makes it harder for the skin to recover after the surgery, resulting in a longer period of downtime and an increased risk of complications. Smokers who are interested in an abdominoplasty should quit smoking several weeks before their surgical session and continue to avoid it during recovery.
Details of the Tummy Tuck Procedure
An abdominoplasty begins with administration of either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The choice of anesthesia will be made during the consultation.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, an incision will be made. This curving horizontal incision will stretch from hipbone to hipbone. Another incision is often made around the bellybutton in order to allow Dr. Habash greater access to the underlying tissues.
After these incisions have been created, tissue alterations are performed. Sagging abdominal muscles are rejoined and tightened with the help of internal sutures. Loose skin is removed with a scalpel, and excess stubborn fat is suctioned out with liposuction.
Finally, the remaining skin is tightened and the incisions are closed using sutures. The incisions are then dressed to prevent infection.
Recovery After Abdominoplasty Surgery
Once the patient has returned home after their tummy tuck, it will be necessary to rest and recover for a time. During the abdominoplasty recovery process, patients must follow post-surgical care instructions from Dr. Habash as closely as possible.
Do not stand completely upright for one week, since this can cause complications. After discomfort and pain have faded, standing upright will be possible again.
It will be necessary to stay home from work for around a month. Heavy exercise, sports, and all other physically strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks so that the incisions and the abdominal tissues are not damaged.
Patients must wear an elastic compression garment during their abdominoplasty recovery. This type of garment helps to control post-surgical swelling and bruising while also encouraging the skin tissues to better fit the new underlying contours of the abdomen.
Though the results of the procedure will be immediately obvious, the full results will not be, since swelling will be present. Once all the swelling has ameliorated, the patient will be able to see their full abdominoplasty results.
Tummy Tuck Cost
Abdominoplasty surgery is generally not covered by one’s health insurance, since it is a purely cosmetic procedure rather than a functional one. If tummy tuck cost is an issue, we offer financing through CareCredit.
Learn More About the Tummy Tuck
Patients considering a tummy tuck in Southlake should contact the office of experienced medical professional Dr. Ameen Habash to arrange a consultation. Dr. Habash will be available to address any questions or concerns.