Weight loss and pregnancy can leave excess flab in the abdominal area that can’t be corrected by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Loose, stretched abdominal skin can be effectively removed to reveal a flat, smooth stomach with an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck in Houston.
The Tummy Tuck in Houston
During your consultation, Dr. Norris will examine your abdomen or “tummy” area and map out where the incisions will be placed during your abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Dr. Norris will answer any questions you have about the procedure as well as provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions.
Before surgery, it is important to avoid alcohol, tobacco products and certain medications that thin the blood. You will also need to have some lab tests and blood work done beforehand to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo a tummy tuck in Houston.
During your tummy tuck, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Norris will make incisions across the lower abdomen and around the belly button. Hanging, excess skin is cut away, your stomach muscles are tightened and your belly button is repositioned. Liposuction may also be performed along with your tummy tuck to further improve abdominal contours and reduce stubborn fat deposits.
Recovering From a Tummy Tuck in Houston
You will need some help caring for yourself after a tummy tuck in Houston, especially the first few days after the procedure.
Drains will likely be placed to help prevent excess fluid buildup at the surgical site, so be sure to monitor fluid collection. Also, keep your incisions clean and dry. You will need to wear a compression garment around your abdomen for several weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and avoid exposing your scars to sunlight as this can cause scars to darken.
Dr. Norris may advise you to walk as early as 24 hours after your procedure. Movement will help speed your recovery, but be careful not to overdo it. Medications will be prescribed to help manage your pain. You may not be able to stand up straight for about a week after surgery, but this is normal and will resolve on its own.
Heavy lifting and abdominal exercises should be avoided for several weeks to ensure these activities do not damage your abdominoplasty results. Most patients with desk jobs are able to return to work within two weeks. Patients with more physically demanding jobs may require more time to heal before being able to return to normal work duties. Strenuous physical activities are usually resumed within 4 – 6 weeks after surgery and sometime around the 8th week you should be expected to resume all normal activities.
Tummy tuck recovery typically involves some discomfort, bruising and swelling, expected surgical side effects that will wear off over the next few weeks. After 3-6 months you will begin to see your final tummy tuck results and your slimmer, firmer lower abdomen.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Dr. Norris will be able to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for surgery during the consultation process. Ideal candidates will be within their desired body weight and possess good overall health. It is important for candidates to have realistic expectations prior to surgery.
What are some of the risks associated with a tummy tuck?
As with all surgical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with a tummy tuck. The procedure is considered safe and complications are rare. Some complications may include bleeding, infection, loose skin, or poor healing.
Will I have significant scarring after a tummy tuck?
Some scarring is inevitable with all surgical procedures. After undergoing a tummy tuck, there will be a visible scar at the site of incision. The scar resulting from a tummy tuck usually runs from hip to hip and can be easily concealed by undergarments or bikini bottoms.
Is pregnancy safe following a tummy tuck?
Pregnancy is safe after having a tummy tuck. In most cases it will permanently alter the original results of your tummy tuck. The stomach muscles may stretch out and resemble the stomach you had prior to surgery, in which case a second abdominoplasty can be done.
To find out more about a tummy tuck in Houston or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morgan E. Norris III, call us at (713) 383-6400.