If you are looking to have a tummy tuck in Houston, the doctors and staff at ASI offer professional and personal care that produces the result you are looking for.

Is it Right for Me?

A tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty is an operation uses to remove fat and excess skin, while restoring separated and weakened muscles in the abdomen.

It is important to understand than a tummy tuck cannot substitute for exercise and weight loss.  Here are some characteristics that may make you a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

  • You have realistic expectations of what Abdominoplasty can and cannot do.
  • You are physically healthy and are currently maintaining a stable weight.
  • You do not smoke
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen.

How Do I Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?

The procedure itself is often done outpatient. Here are some thing to do in preparation for the surgery.

  • Quit smoking
  • Get a medical examination.
  • Adjust your current medications.
  • Quit taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they might increase bleeding during surgery.

What Happens During My Procedure?

Arrange for some to drive for you to and from surgery. If you are staying overnight, it is also advised to have someone stay with you the first night.

Once at the surgery center and prepped, the following will occur:

  • Anesthesia – you will be given intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for your needs.
  • Incision – A full tummy tuck requires the removal of skin between the pubic hairline and the belly button. After the abdominal skin is lifted, the weakened muscles can be repaired. Excess skin is trimmed, and the remaining skin is sutured together and a new opening is created for the Finally, the belly button to the surface and sutured in the position.
  • Closing incisions – Sutures, tapes, skin adhesives, or clips may be used to close your skin after incisions are made.

Recovery

Recovery included dressings or bandages for your incision. You may also need elastic bandages or compression garments to support your abdomen. Temporary tubes are placed under your skin to drain excess fluid. Additional instructions may include:

  • Care for the surgical site.
  • Medications to take topically.
  • Specific issues to look for at the surgical site, or with overall health.
  • When to follow up with your surgeon.

 

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