Tummy Tuck Surgery in Austin, TX
A “tummy tuck,” or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that offers a dramatic improvement to an aging midsection. This procedure is the most effective way to eliminate loose skin and stubborn areas of fat on the abdomen, as well as repair muscles that have separated due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations or other factors. These concerns cannot typically be addressed satisfactorily with dieting or exercise, leaving many women (and men) who undertake sensible weight loss programs still feeling frustrated and self-conscious about their appearance. A tummy tuck offers the outcome many are looking for in tightening up the abdomen and creating a sleeker, leaner body contour overall. As an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in body contouring, Dr. Christine Fisher can tailor your tummy tuck to your precise needs to achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact Christine Fisher M.D. today at 512-815-0123 or send us a message online to find out more about how a tummy tuck can help you achieve your body contouring goals.
Why Should You Consider a Tummy Tuck?
Many women choose a tummy tuck to reverse the effects of pregnancy on the body. Carrying a growing baby stretches your abdominal tissues, often leaving behind sagging skin, stretch marks and a protruding belly due to a permanently loosened abdominal wall. In the last trimester, the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, widely separate and the fascia between them stretches to accommodate the growing baby. After pregnancy, the paired rectus abdominis muscles move back toward the midline, and the gap between them slowly narrows. In some cases, this fascial gap remains visibly wide, causing a rectus diastasis bulge in the belly.
A tummy tuck is also a good choice for individuals that have lost a massive amount of weight rather quickly, such as after bariatric surgery. When the pounds come off fast, the skin often does not have time to conform to the new body contour. The rapid weight loss can lead to loose folds of skin that interfere with the new shape and create discomfort as the skin can rub and cause irritation. It can also prevent the ability to wear smaller clothing sizes, which can be very discouraging for those that have worked so hard to lose the weight. A tummy tuck removes the loose skin and any residual fat deposits to finally create the desired contour.
Achieving What Diet and Exercise Can’t
No amount of postpartum diet and exercise can fully restore a taut, pre-pregnancy abdomen. Muscles that have stretched apart will not come back together through abdominal exercises alone, and even if you reach a target number on the scale, skin laxity will not improve with the weight loss. In addition, if you have noticed the formation of stretch marks on your midsection, dropping pounds will not improve the appearance of those unsightly lines. A tummy tuck addresses these problems in a single surgery, offering you long-lasting, dramatic results that will restore your body and improve your self-confidence.
Making the Right Choice for Your Tummy Tuck
Multiple pregnancies, weight change and aging can dramatically impact the appearance of your midsection. As a mother of three, Dr. Fisher is personally familiar with the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s body. As an experienced plastic surgeon with extensive training in body contouring procedures, Dr. Fisher is qualified to help you address those concerns and meet the aesthetic goals you have for your post-pregnancy body. If you are seeking a tummy tuck due to significant weight fluctuations or to combat the effects of aging, Dr. Fisher is able to help you sculpt the body you want.
Your Surgery Experience
A tummy tuck is completed in a series of steps to ensure your outcome meets your expectations. Those steps include:
The first step to your new body profile is a consultation with Dr. Fisher in her Austin office. At this appointment, you will discuss the issues you see with your current body shape and the results you hope to achieve through restorative cosmetic surgery. Dr. Fisher will perform a complete examination, including the collection of information about health concerns and medications that might impact the safety and success of your procedure. You will have the chance to ask questions about the surgery to ensure you leave that first meeting comfortable and confident in your decision to move forward with your tummy tuck procedure. You will receive a free quote within a day of your consultation so that you can plan for the financial aspect of your surgery as well.
The Day of Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
To perform an abdominoplasty, Dr. Fisher will place a horizontal curved incision very low on your abdomen where it will be concealed under a bathing suit or underwear. She will then remove all the excess skin and tighten the underlying six-pack muscles with hidden sutures. During the procedure, she can also use liposuction to sculpt the stubborn fat from the flank and hip area, restoring your body’s smooth, natural curves. Tummy tucks typically take anywhere from two to four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the correction. The surgery will usually be done using general anesthesia, so you will comfortably sleep throughout the procedure. After surgery, a scar treatment system such as Embrace Scar Therapy will reduce the appearance of the scar. Use of silicone sheets and sunblock can also help the scar achieve optimal appearance.
Any surgery results in a scar along the incision. While the length of this incision will depend on how much skin needs to be removed, the position and prominence of the scar depend on the skill and experience of the surgeon as well as other factors like skin type and genetics. Dr. Fisher will take care to place the incision where it will not be as noticeable. She will also use special suturing techniques to reduce visible scarring as much as possible.
Patients who have an abdominoplasty usually return home a few hours after surgery but may choose to stay overnight in the hospital. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the operation, and you should also have someone with you for the first day or two to attend to assist you and to monitor your recovery process. Enlist help with children and other home obligations during the first week or two when possible, to reduce your activity level and provide you with plenty of time to rest and recuperate.
Recovery and Dramatic Results
Patients usually take about two weeks off work to recover from tummy tuck surgery. Pain-blocking injections are used to reduce pain after surgery; these last three to four days. You will also have prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable during the first few days at home. You will be given post-operative instructions on how to care for your incision to ensure the best possible healing and minimal scarring. A drain may be used to optimize healing; this will be removed a week after surgery for most patients. You will be advised to wear a compression garment for four to six weeks, which reduces post-operative swelling and discomfort and promotes healing of the surgical site. Some swelling is completely normal after a tummy tuck, but you should see it subside fully within approximately three to six months.
When you return to work, you should also be able to resume easy exercise like walking. Light weights and low-impact aerobics such as the elliptical or swimming are usually allowed within four weeks and abdominal crunches can be performed after about six weeks. Dr. Fisher will monitor your recuperation process and advise you directly on when activities will be safe to resume as well.
The results of your tummy tuck will not be apparent right away since your body will need some time to heal fully. Most patients see dramatic changes to their midsection within about three months. The full healing process after any surgery takes one year. The abdomen will be smoother, flatter and firmer, with a noticeable reduction in circumference. Clothing should fit more comfortably, and your confidence in your appearance will likely increase considerably. The positive results of your procedure will be long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy weight afterward.
Reconstruction, Restoration, Rejuvenation
A tummy tuck is a type of surgery that reconstructs and restores the midsection of the body to slim and rejuvenate your appearance overall. With dramatic, long-lasting results to enjoy, most of our patients find the tummy tuck is well worth their investment at any time of life. Dr. Fisher will provide you with all the personalized attention necessary to produce results that are natural, beautiful and tailored to your precise proportions.
Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to increase their sculpting potential. This procedure may also be performed in conjunction with a breast lift or breast augmentation. When these procedures are done simultaneously, they are often referred to as a mommy makeover. Dr. Fisher prefers to think of this combination as post-maternity reconstructive surgery because it restores both the form and function of a woman’s body after having children. Dr. Fisher will discuss your goals and create a customized plan to achieve your desired results safely.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your body due to stubborn bulges or loose skin around the middle, a tummy tuck might be the right option for you. This surgery produces a dramatic improvement in your body contour that can last a lifetime. To learn more about the tummy tuck or other body contouring procedures that might help you achieve your aesthetic goals, contact our office at 512-815-0123 or send us a message online to schedule your consultation today.