Few plastic surgery procedures can create more dramatic improvements than a tummy tuck. At Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas, Jeff Angobaldo, MD, and Kristen A. Aliano Messina, MD, have the skills and expertise needed to transform your abdomen with state-of-the-art tummy tuck tools and techniques. If you’ve been thinking about your options for creating a more appealing abdominal profile, call or schedule a consultation online to explore all that a tummy tuck can do for you.
A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to refine the contouring of your abdomen. It’s a great approach for women who want to restore their pre-pregnancy shape, or for women or men who’ve lost a significant amount of weight and want to see those efforts reflected in a tone, tight abdomen.
Some people simply have a genetic predisposition for a protruding belly. Even the aging process can change the shape of your abdomen, and no amount of diet and exercise can address loose or sagging skin. A tummy tuck offers a solution.
Most tummy tuck procedures are done under general anesthesia, so you won’t be aware of the steps of your procedure. Once you’re resting comfortably, Dr. Angobaldo creates an incision in the skin between your belly button and public hairline. In some cases, a second incision around your belly button is needed to remove skin from the upper portion of the abdomen.
Next, he repairs any damaged abdominal muscles, stitching them together to create a tighter, more toned abdominal profile. If you have excess fat in your abdomen, liposuction can remove those fat cells.
Once he’s happy with the shape of your abdomen, Dr. Angobaldo smooths your skin over your new contours and repositions your belly button as needed. He then removes any excess skin and closes the incisions.
Because a tummy tuck alters multiple tissue types across a relatively large area of your body, the healing process takes time. You can ease your recovery by following your postoperative instructions as closely as possible. Be sure to come in for your postsurgical checkup, and avoid strenuous activity as your body adjusts.
If you’re a smoker, the best thing you can do to support a healthy recovery process is to find a smoking cessation program that works and quit the habit before your procedure. Smoking damages your circulation and slows your natural healing ability. Quitting helps you make the most of your tummy tuck and can also improve your overall health and wellness.
To learn more, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.