Abdominoplasty, more commonly called tummy tuck surgery, is designed to eliminate stubborn fat and loose, sagging skin from the midsection of the body. When needed, diastasis recti – abdominal muscles that have separated due to weight gain or multiple pregnancies – can be addressed during abdominoplasty as well, helping to draw in the waist and improving the general contours of the frame.
If you are interested in learning what tummy tuck surgery can do for you, please call Yash J. Avashia, MD at469-249-9615 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Dallas, Dr. Avashia serves Fort Worth, Garland, and all surrounding areas.
Types of Tummy Tucks
There are three primary types of abdominoplasty:
- Mini. Mini tummy tucks are designed to address excess fat deposits and loose skin in the abdominal area. Less invasive than other options, recovery from a mini tummy tuck may be shorter
- Full. Full tummy tucks address excess skin and fat in the stomach, waist, and hips. Diastasis recti may be corrected during full tummy tuck, often making it ideal for women undergoing the mommy makeover procedure
- Extended. The most involved, extended abdominoplasty is also the most comprehensive. It is ideal for patients with significant amounts of loose or sagging skin and may be necessary after massive weight loss
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Each abdominoplasty is unique. Your procedure will be customized to meet your specific concerns. However, some common steps in the procedure include:
- Making an incision
- Using liposuction to remove excess fat
- Suturing separated abdominal muscles
- Excising unnecessary skin
- Placing a surgical drain
- Closing the incision
Depending on the type of tummy tuck you are having, the procedure may take several hours. It is important to arrange for a ride to and from surgery. Even with a mini tummy tuck, you will require assistance both in getting home and during the recovery phase.
Which Plastic Surgery Procedures Can be Combined with Abdominoplasty?
Plastic surgery procedures that are often combined with tummy tuck include:
- Thigh lift
- Buttock augmentation
- Breast augmentation
- Arm lift
Dr. Avashia takes time to know his patients and fully understand their needs. During your initial consultation, he will carefully listen to your concerns, evaluate your problem areas, and provide you with honest information about the best procedures for your needs.
Recovery from tummy tuck will be influenced by the type of procedure you have had, your body’s natural healing response, and how well you follow pre and postoperative instructions.
As a general rule, some swelling and bruising will be unavoidable. We will provide you with compression garments along with instructions on effective ways to deal with swelling. Bruising will subside on its own.
Some discomfort should be expected. We will provide you with medications to assist with this as needed.
Most people can resume work within five to seven days and light cardiovascular exercise within two weeks. It may be six to eight weeks before you can resume more demanding forms of labor or exercise.
During your follow up visits, we will carefully evaluate your state of recovery, address any questions you have, and help you determine when it is safe to resume all normal activities.
Are Tummy Tuck Results Permanent?
Removed fat cannot “grow back.” Nor can removed skin. In this sense, abdominoplasty is permanent. However, failure to lead a healthy lifestyle will allow new fat to accumulate, which may stretch the skin and undo your results. As such, tummy tuck surgery is as permanent as you make it.
Choosing nutritious and healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise, and taking generally good care of yourself will help your abdominoplasty results last for years. We can provide additional direction, as needed, during your time in our care.
Tummy Tuck Risks
Surgical risks that can accompany any procedure include bleeding, infection, and poor reaction to anesthesia. We take every care to avoid these and all other surgical risks.
In addition to general risks, those exclusive to the abdominoplasty procedure include:
- Tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Fluid accumulation
Dr. Avashia is meticulous in his planning and thoughtful in his approach, helping to prevent serious risks. Following all of our pre and postoperative advice will assist in reducing your risks as well.
Will Tummy Tuck Leave a Scar?
Abdominoplasty incisions are carefully placed to avoid being highly obvious. You can reduce risks for thick scarring by avoiding nicotine, keeping your incisions clean and dry, and not using blood thinners during the recovery phase. We can provide additional information on preventing highly visible scars during your time in our care.
Contact Us Today
To schedule your tummy tuck consultation at our Dallas office, please call 469-249-9615. Dr. Avashia serves Dallas and all surrounding Texas communities.