With age, pregnancies, weight gain and loss women may feel that their bodies are slipping away from them. There are several options for people desiring to change their bodies, and a tummy tuck in Houston is a popular choice. As we get old, our bodies change, making it difficult to maintain the flat belly that was once apparent in the earlier stages of our lives. However, with the help of Dr. Ernest Layton, you may be able to revitalize your figure and recoup the shape you once had.
Contact Layton Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to learn more about the tummy tuck and how it can transform you into the best version of yourself.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach and tucks that skin away to produce a flat surface. The muscles may also be tightened at the same time. Before you schedule your tummy tuck, you should consider the recovery process.
After surgery, patients must wear a surgical garment for six to eight weeks. Drains may be used to remove blood and fluid from the area, and patients must be careful when moving around for the first few weeks after their procedure. Regular follow-ups are required, and pain medication may be required to help patients manage discomfort inherent to the recovery process.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Less invasive than a full tummy tuck and usually with a shorter incision, a mini tummy tuck is recommended for patients whose problem is limited to the area below the navel, with no problem in the upper abdomen. The typical patient for a mini tummy tuck is the well-fit mom that, after children, has a small pouch in the lower abdomen with excess skin. The procedure for a mini tummy tuck is similar to that of a full tummy tuck except that no incision is made around the navel. This is because a mini tummy tuck only addresses the muscle, fat, and skin below the navel.
What is an Extended Tummy Tuck?
An extended tummy tuck is mostly for patients with a large amount of excess skin, usually due to significant weight loss. The primary difference with an extended tummy tuck is the length of the incision, which may extend to the lateral sides of the abdomen to address a larger area.
Who Benefits Most from a Tummy Tuck in Houston?
You could benefit from a tummy tuck in several ways. Since everyone has their own story to tell, it helps to explain the situation to Dr. Layton during a consultation. Common reasons for requesting a tummy tuck include
- Major weight loss
- Pregnancy recovery
- Reconstruction after a C-section or abdominal surgery
- Natural aging
- Tightening the abdomen or eliminating a natural layer of fat
How do Patients Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?
Preparing for a tummy tuck requires patients to follow the doctor’s orders and avoid risky behaviors. Doctors may discourage patients from undergoing a tummy tuck if they smoke, plan to lose quite a lot of weight, plan to get pregnant, have severe medical conditions, or possess a large amount of scar tissue.
Patients also need someone who can drive them home, and they will need help walking for the first few days after surgery. You may also need help attending follow up appointments with your doctor, must avoid straining your abdomen for a few weeks after surgery, and should report any abnormal pain or bleeding.
How is an Abdominoplasty Performed?
An abdominoplasty is performed using incisions that remove skin and fat below the belly button. Fat in that area is removed down to the pubic area, and the connective tissue is tightened using sutures. Dr. Layton repositions skin around the navel and stitches the incision that goes from one hip to the other. This scar will sit along the patient’s natural bikini line.
Antibiotics may be used to prevent infection, and pain medication helps manage natural discomfort that occurs during healing.
Contact Us for More Information on a Tummy Tuck
When you are looking for a tummy tuck in Houston, you can reach out to our skilled and knowledgeable medical team for more information. Consult with the surgeon on your tummy tuck so that you understand the results you might see and how long your recovery will last. Your tummy tuck might be the beginning of a full mommy makeover, or it can address the one part of your body that has always given you trouble.