Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that tightens abdominal muscles and gets rid of excess fat and skin.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
A tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia, although in some cases it can also be performed using a local anesthetic with a sedative. Westlake Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery has earned a “Gold Seal Approval” outpatient surgery center accreditation by the Joint Commission. All abdominoplasty surgeries are performed on-site at our Westlake location on Bee Caves Road in West Austin.
A tummy tuck begins with an incision across the abdomen that can range from a few inches to one that goes from hip bone to hip bone, and then another incision that frees the navel from the attached abdominal tissue. The surgeon can then tighten slack muscles and eliminate excess skin. The remaining skin is re-draped over the abdominal area and sutured into place.
What kind of recovery should be expected?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, some patients may not need an overnight hospital stay. For about a week after a tummy tuck procedure, the abdomen will be swollen and sore and there may be some difficulty in standing upright. Most patients require one to two weeks before returning to work and a normal schedule, and can expect to be fully recovered in about six weeks. It is a good idea to exercise after surgery, but only after enough healing time has passed so that you can exercise comfortably. There will be a scar from the procedure that may appear to worsen during the first three to six months, but after about eight or nine months they will flatten and lighten in color.
Who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck procedure?
Patients who have lost elasticity in the skin or whose muscles have become stretched, often due to significant weight loss or pregnancy are good candidates for abdominoplasty.
The purpose of a tummy tuck is not to lose weight, but rather to change your body shape. If fat is localized in the abdomen, but there is no excessive skin, then liposuction is probably a better alternative to tummy tuck. Liposuction and tummy tuck are not usually done at the same time, but may be incorporated at a later date to achieve a smoother contour.
Where are the surgeries performed?
Tummy tuck surgeries are performed on-site at our Westlake and Four Seasons locations in Austin, Texas.
Our Westlake facility has earned a “Gold Seal Approval” outpatient surgery center accreditation by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Our Four Seasons facility has been certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. after an extensive quality assurance and patient safety accreditation process to ensure 100% compliance of safety standards.