Tummy Tuck Fort Worth
In age our skin begins to sag and muscles and fat likewise follow suit. The skin sags because it is losing its elasticity, which is what keeps it regenerating and tight. The abdominal muscles may become stretched and separated after pregnancy. Fat, for some people, can make a bee-line for the mid-section, as predetermined by genetics. Both weight loss and pregnancy can leave nasty stretch marks on the abdomen and wreck the elasticity of an otherwise young adult must earlier than would normally occur.
Both men and women of varying ages have been dissatisfied with their mid-section and sought out the results they seek through Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck. The Tummy Tuck is designed to decrease excess, sagging skin in the abdominal region, to correct an extended, protruding abdomen that may be disproportionate the rest of the figure, to tighten abdominal muscles that have become separated, and to eliminate extra, stubborn fatty tissue in the abdomen that has not been responsive to diet and exercise.
Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good health, both mentally and physically. It is important to potential patients to have realistic expectations for the procedure and the potential outcomes of the procedure. The best way to learn if you are a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. As with all surgical procedures, Abdominoplasty carries with some degree of risk and it is important to protect yourself as best you can by choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified, trained, experienced and recommended by fellow doctors and their previous patients.
Researching plastic surgeons these days is easier than ever thanks to the internet. Most plastic surgeons have their training, credentials, awards and bio on their website. Also on their website you can usually find before and after photos of their previous patients and testimonials from said patients, which is really helpful both to see the consistency and quality of results the plastic surgeon is capable of, but also to hear from the patient on the patient experience during every step of the procedure through to the final outcome.
Abdominoplasty may be performed using a number of various techniques depending on the needs of each individual patient. Typically an incision just above the pubic area is made, running horizontally from hip to hip. Your plastic surgeon will try to make the incision in as inconspicuous a position as possible so that any scarring that remains once healed will be easily hidden in the bathing suit lines. This incision my be all that is needed, however, is there is loose skin above the navel, a second incision may be made around the naval so that skin above can be pulled down and a new naval will then be re-created in it’s original place.
Abdominoplasty may be done in these techniques or others such as a mini-abdominoplasty, an endoscopic abdominoplasty, or it may be performed in conjunction with other body contouring procedures such as Liposuction. There is no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter procedure for abdominoplasty, it truly depends on the needs of each individual patient. It is important to keep this in mind when looking at the before and after photos of previous patients of any plastic surgeon. Each patient comes in with his or her own goals and concerns, which may be different from your own. When talking to your plastic surgeon about the results you desire for yourself, be as specific as possible.
Following the procedure some swelling, bruising and discomfort is to be expected and will subside while you heal. Your plastic surgeon may place a surgical drain to help keep swelling down and it will be removed within a week after surgery and your dressings changed. It will be important to the speed of your recovery as well as your safety to follow your doctor’s guidelines during recovery. Since no two patients are exactly alike, it’s important to also listen to your body during recovery and not push yourself too soon. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities a few weeks after the procedure.
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