Improve Your Appearance with a Tummy Tuck in Houston
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, can help correct the appearance of a “pot belly” which, if due to stretched or weakened abdominal muscles, may be impossible to remedy through diet and exercise alone. The best candidates for tummy tuck are individuals who are in good shape aside from excess belly fat or weak abdominal muscles. Depending on the amount of skin and/or fat to be reduced, this surgery can be performed simultaneously with liposuction surgery.
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Before undergoing any type of surgery, whether cosmetic or medically necessary, it’s important to consult with your physician. At the Texas Center for Breast & Body, Dr. Schusterman meets with each of his patients to discuss their expectations for the procedure as well as any special pre- or post-operative instructions. During your consultation for a tummy tuck in Houston, Dr. Schusterman will perform an evaluation and determine whether this procedure can provide you with the look you want.
Preparing for the Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are certain steps you must take before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Specific instructions will be provided during your consultation to ensure you are ready on the day of your procedure. Some of these instructions may include:
- Not smoking for at least two weeks prior to the surgery. It is best torefrain from smoking for two weeks afterward as well to speed up the healing process.
- Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun.
- Eating well and avoiding dieting in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
- Staying health because any illness, even a cold, can delay your surgery.
- Maintaining an exercise routine. Good muscle tone will speed up the healing process.
- Asking someone to come with you to drive you home.
Any additional recommendations will be made at the time of consultation.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tuck surgery usually takes two to five hours and is performed in either a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Most patients are given general anesthesia, although some receive intravenous sedation. During the tummy tuck surgery itself, Dr. Schusterman separates the skin from the abdominal wall, tightens the abdominal muscles by pulling them closer together, then sutures them into this new position. The skin is stretched down and additional skin may be removed.
After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Patients should expect to experience pain and swelling for the first several days following surgery, which can be alleviated with medication prescribed by Dr. Schusterman. Some patients return home the day of surgery while others may require an overnight hospital stay. Most patients miss five to seven days of work. After tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Schusterman suggests waiting at least six weeks before resuming vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, or other strenuous activities. However, it is important to begin walking as soon as possible after surgery to help encourage healing. Light exercise may also be recommended. Scarring, while permanent, should fade over time. Due to post-operative swelling in the abdomen, results may not be visible for several weeks. However, unless the patient undergoes a pregnancy or considerable weight gain, results from tummy tuck surgery are long-term.
Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Interest You?
If Tummy Tuck Surgery interests you, and you would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.