Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)​

All bodies change over time, but some changes are more drastic than others. If you lose a large amount of weight or have a child, your abdominal area experiences some big changes. A common result of these changes is excess skin in your midsection, which can lead to poor body-image and lower self-esteem.

 

The tummy tuck procedure offered by Dr. Ricardo Vega at removes this excess tissue and tightens your abdominal muscles, improving your figure and helping to restore your confidence.

Why Have a Tummy Tuck?​

Although skin is highly elastic, it can only take so much stretching before the effects become permanent. For someone who has been pregnant or lost a large amount of weight, one of the after-effects is often excess skin and residual fat around the midsection. This occurs because the skin stretches to accommodate excess fat or a growing baby.

 

Unfortunately, after birth or weight loss, the stretched skin remains. Another related issue is that pregnancy often causes the abdominal muscles to stretch too, which further contributes to the appearance of a sagging or expanding waistline.

 

Stretched skin and muscles can’t be dieted away or tightened with exercise. The only way to remove the excess tissue is with a tummy tuck, a procedure that removes the tissue to create a smoother, flatter, trimmer waistline.

 

While a tummy tuck can improve the appearance of your body after you lose weight, this procedure isn’t a substitute for weight loss. If you’re carrying excess weight in your midsection, a tummy tuck may not give you the results you desire. It may be more effective to lose excess weight first.

Who Can Have a Tummy Tuck?​

This procedure is a good option for anyone who wants to remove excess skin and small fat deposits left behind after childbirth or weight loss. This includes people who have lost weight after having weight-loss surgery, as well as people who have lost weight primarily through exercise or dieting. The ideal candidate is:

 

In good overall health

Physically fit in general

At a stable weight

 

If you still have a lot of weight you want to lose, or are planning to have more children in the future, it may be wiser to put off having a tummy tuck. This is because losing more weight or having more children will further change your body, and that may undo some or all of the effects of the tummy tuck procedure.

What is a tummy tuck?​

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:

 

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

 

Tummy tucks can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan to become pregnant to consider postponing this procedure until they are done having children.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to wait before undergoing the procedure, because skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial  weight loss. 

Recovery after Tummy Tuck

After surgery, compression garments are worn and a temporary tube may be inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months. You should limit strenuous activity for at least six weeks, and may need to take off from work for up to a month. Dr. Ricardo Vega will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help speed up your recovery, and reduce the risk of any post-surgery complications.

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