It’s no secret that our abdomens tend to expand as we age. It’s also natural for a woman to have stretch marks and loose skin following a pregnancy. Dr. Ciaravino can improve this through a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. This procedure removes excess skin and fat, as well as tightens the abdominal wall. The tummy tuck is an excellent choice for those seeking a tighter, flatter abdomen. Most of Dr. Ciaravino’s patients will show dramatic improvement following this procedure.
Abdominoplasty is performed in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. An incision is made below the bikini line and extended toward the hip bones. An additional incision is placed around the navel. The excess skin and fat is pulled down and removed. Next, sutures are placed along the center of the abdomen to tighten the muscles and give definition. Liposuction is often added to contour the sides.
A pain pump is used to ensure patient comfort after surgery. And a small drain is placed to remove excess fluid. A compression garment is worn for several weeks to help the skin tighten.
Most patients go home the day of surgery. While full recovery from this procedure may take several weeks, most patients can return to work in one to two weeks.
Patients who only have issues with the lower part of their abdomen may be candidates for mini-abdominoplasty. This involves smaller incisions and a quicker recovery.
If you are interested in discussing what an abdominoplasty may do for your figure, please contact Dr. Ciaravino. Dr. Ciaravino serves the Houston and Sugar Land, Texas area.
For more information, see Common Questions About the Tummy Tuck.
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