Tummy Tuck Surgery at Our Dallas Cosmetic Surgery Center
Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, is used to tighten and smooth the abdominal region, many times in conjunction with a liposuction procedure. Many people have the goal of a flatter, more attractive-looking stomach. Unfortunately, with loose abdominal skin, toning the underlying muscles may not be enough to provide a noticeable improvement. Both men and women can often achieve the results they desire through tummy tuck surgery. An informative consultation at our Dallas / Fort Worth – area practice with Dr. Alfred Antonetti can help those considering tummy tuck surgery to determine if this body contouring procedure is right for them.
Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck
It is important to consult a cosmetic surgeon to determine if the abdominoplasty procedure can be expected to achieve the results you desire. During your cosmetic surgery consultation, your body type and goals for surgery will help Dr. Antonetti determine if the tummy tuck procedure at his Fort Worth-area practice is right for you. Individuals who may benefit from a tummy tuck include those with:
- Loose skin around the abdomen
- A protruding abdomen
- Weak or separated abdominal muscles
- Excess fat in the abdominal region
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
For those considering tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Antonetti and his staff serving the Dallas / Fort Worth area provide extensive information regarding every aspect of the procedure – from the initial decision making process to the final days of recovery. During the tummy tuck procedure, excess fat is removed, the muscles of the abdomen are tightened, and the overlying skin is pulled taut. This process can be performed from the pubic area up to the navel in what is called a partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck. With the more extensive version, called a full abdominoplasty, the area as far up as the bottom of the rib cage can be treated.
The tummy tuck procedure typically begins with a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. The incision may extend almost from one hip to the other. In a full abdominoplasty, a second incision will be placed around the navel. The skin is then separated from the muscles and tissue underneath. Fat is removed, and the abdominal muscles may be pulled in towards the center of the body with sutures. Then, the skin is pulled downward and the excess trimmed off at the bottom. In a full abdominoplasty, a new hole is created for the navel.
Tummy Tuck Recovery (Pre-/Post-op Instructions)
For individuals who are troubled by loose skin and isolated fat deposits in the abdominal area, abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can sculpt the abdominal profile, making it appear smoother and flatter. The results of a tummy tuck can be very exciting, but it is important to take excellent care of yourself before and after your cosmetic surgery to achieve the best possible outcome with abdominoplasty. During your consultation at our Plano TX cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Alfred Antonetti will provide detailed pre- and post-operative instructions and address any questions or concerns you may have.
- The night before your surgery, take one antibiotic.
- Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight on the night before your abdominoplasty, including food, water, tea, coffee, juice, mints, or gum. Medications prescribed by your physician are fine.
- For 24 hours before and after surgery, do not drink alcoholic beverages. Aspirin products, blood thinners, vitamin E supplements, herbal medications, and herbal teas must also be avoided for two weeks before and two weeks after abdominoplasty surgery.
- A responsible adult must be present to drive you home after surgery and spend the night with you.
- You should shower the morning of your surgery and wash your hair, but please do not apply any lotion, powder, cream, or deodorant product. Please wear a button or zip-up outfit that is loose and comfortable, nothing that needs to be slipped over your head. You may wear glasses, but not contact lenses. Please leave all jewelry at home.
- Do not wear anything tight on your abdomen. Tight clothing can hinder proper healing after abdominoplasty and cause lines.
- You should start with a clear liquid diet, such as soup and crackers, and drink plenty of fluids. Progress slowly to your regular diet. This helps prevent nausea and vomiting.
- Sleep with two pillows behind your back and two pillows under your knees. This takes the pressure off your abdomen. Some patients sleep in a recliner for the first week. You can start to straighten your posture after five to seven days following tummy tuck surgery. Let your body tell you when it is time.
- If you have drains, sponge bathe until your drains have been removed. You can shower 12 hours after the drains are removed.
- Do not smoke until released by Dr. Antonetti. Smoking delays the healing process.
- For six weeks after your abdominoplasty procedure, or until given approval by Dr. Antonetti, do not exercise or engage in any activities that raise your blood pressure.
Learn More about Abdominoplasty with Dr. Alfred Antonetti
If you would like to request further information or if you think you might be a candidate for a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty, contact Dr. Alfred Antonetti at our cosmetic surgery practice in Plano TX today to schedule a private consultation.