Abdominoplasty in Austin, TX
Multiple pregnancies, weight change, and aging can dramatically impact the appearance of your midsection. As a mother of three, Dr. Christine Fisher is personally familiar with the effects of pregnancy on a woman's body—and the reality that no amount of postpartum diet and exercise can fully restore a taut, pre-pregnancy abdomen. Surgery, however, such as a tummy tuck at her Austin, TX, practice, can generate significant results.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Address?
Tummy tuck surgery is specifically intended to correct the look of a sagging belly, which can be due to muscle laxity, excess skin, and stubborn pockets of fat.
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. After pregnancy, the paired rectus abdominis muscles move back toward the midline, and the gap between them narrows. Over the course of 12 months after delivery, the body shape comes back to the new "normal." No amount of core exercises, yoga, or crunches and sit-ups will repair tears in the fascia or a stretched diastasis gap between the muscles. In some cases, this fascial gap remains visibly wide, causing a rectus diastasis bulge in the belly.
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight may find themselves dealing with similar aesthetic problems, since the loss of excess volume in the abdominal area can leave behind redundant skin and slack tissue. Intra-abdominal fat during years of obesity can stretch and damage the abdominal wall fascia, resulting in permanent abdominal wall laxity, creating a rectus diastasis similar to that in a post-pregnancy abdomen.
Christine Fisher, M.D.
- Known for natural-looking aesthetic results in breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery.
- Elected by her peers for inclusion in Texas Monthly's Texas Super Doctors®: Rising Stars listing.
- Reconstructed over 1,500 patients, including more than 500 DIEP flap reconstructions.
- 4.9-star average rating over hundreds of reviews for cosmetic surgery.
What Are the Abdominoplasty Steps?
Following an initial consultation to determine your suitability as a tummy tuck candidate, Dr. Fisher will schedule the surgery. On the day of the procedure, general anesthesia will be handled by a board-certified anesthesiologist and/or certified anesthetist.
For the tummy tuck surgery itself Dr. Fisher makes a horizontal incision low across the abdomen, where the resulting scar can be hidden by underwear or a bikini bottom. This allows her access to the targeted tissues: The abdominal muscle fascia can be tightened and sutured to prevent further belly bulge, the abdominal shape can be sculpted, stubborn fat cells can be removed, and excess, sagging skin can be excised.
Dr. Fisher will also create a new, aesthetically appealing navel as necessary. She is particularly interested in umbilical techniques that hide the scar inside the umbilical dimple, resulting in a tummy tuck that could appear natural in a bikini.
With the changes made, the remaining abdominal skin will be pulled taut to create flatter contours, then sutured into place. Any surgery results in a scar along the incision. While the length of the tummy tuck 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 such as skin type and genetics. During your consultation, Dr. Fisher will discuss what results you can expect after your procedure.
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What Is Recovery Like Following Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Patients who have an abdominoplasty may choose to stay overnight in the hospital or in a "recovery hotel" such as Elite Suites. Typically patients take two weeks off from work to recover and wear a compression garment for four to six weeks. You can return to a very light exercise routine after two weeks, light weights and low impact aerobics such as elliptical or swimming after four weeks, and yoga and abdominal crunches after eight weeks. There will be some swelling in the first month after tummy tuck surgery, but it should completely subside within three months.
What Procedures May Be Combined With Tummy Tuck in Austin?
Many women choose to combine a tummy tuck with liposuction and a breast lift or breast augmentation. This combination of procedures is often referred to as a "Mommy Makeover", though Dr. Fisher prefers to think of them as "post-maternity reconstructive surgery," because it restores both the form and function of a woman's body. Your surgeon will discuss your goals and create a customized plan to safely achieve your desired results.