Walter D Gracia, MD, PA
Plastic Surgeon & Hand Surgeon located in Fort Worth, TX
Abdominoplasty is among the most popular procedures that bring patients to the care of Walter D. Gracia, MD, PA. At his thriving Fort Worth, Texas, practice, Dr. Gracia has helped many people achieve the abdominal profile of their dreams. If you’re curious about what a tummy tuck can do for your appearance and your confidence, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.
What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that alters the size and contouring of your abdomen. It’s among the most highly sought-after plastic surgeries — and for good reason. A tummy tuck can help flatten your belly and give you a far slimmer and more toned abdominal profile.
Abdominoplasty delivers results by removing excess fat, skin, and other tissue from your abdomen. In many cases, the procedure also involves repairing damaged muscle tissue across your stomach.
This procedure is a great option for people who’ve tried to tone their abdomen through diet and exercise but haven’t been able to achieve their desired results. It can also address loose or sagging skin on the abdomen, which often occurs after childbirth or significant weight loss.
What happens during abdominoplasty?
You’ll receive numbing medication as well as sedation to ensure you rest comfortably throughout your procedure. Once those medications take effect, Dr. Gracia begins by making an incision to gain access to the underlying tissue.
The incision is usually made horizontally just above your pubic hairline, which helps minimize the appearance of scarring. He then begins removing excess fat and repairing any muscle damage that causes your stomach to protrude or sag.
Once he’s happy with the shape of your abdomen, Dr. Gracia smooths the skin over your newly contoured stomach and trims away any excess. He carefully closes the incision, taking every precaution to ensure a smooth healing process and minimal scarring.
When is the right time to consider abdominoplasty?
Many women choose to have a tummy tuck after the birth of their last child. Abdominoplasty can restore the muscle attachments you had before pregnancy and can sometimes remove a portion of stretch marks in the lower abdomen.
Many people seek abdominoplasty after achieving significant weight loss. Even after you’ve lost the weight, your stomach will often have loose and sagging skin as well as poor muscle tone.
It’s important to note, however, that you should only pursue abdominoplasty once you’ve reached your goal weight and can maintain that weight loss. Gaining weight after abdominoplasty can mar your results.
Learn more about abdominoplasty during a face-to-face consultation with Walter D. Gracia, MD, PA. You can schedule an appointment online or call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff.