Most people desire a toned abdomen that they can flaunt, but sagging skin makes it difficult. A tummy tuck eliminates unwanted fat and skin to create a firmer and more toned figure. Eric Cha M.D., FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs tummy tucks with minimal complications and excellent results
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that enhances the appearance of your abdomen. Several factors may cause your abdominal skin to sag or expand, including genetic factors, childbirth, or significant weight loss. During a tummy tuck, your doctor removes the excess fat and skin from your abdomen. Your provider also tightens the fascia (Connective tissue in your stomach) and repositions the remaining skin to achieve a more toned, attractive look.
The treatment can also address sagging due to aging; if you experience low back pain due to weak abdominal muscles, you may be a candidate for the procedure. If the excess fat or skin around your abdomen makes you feel less attractive, it may be time to consider a tummy tuck. During your initial appointment, your physician ensures that you are healthy enough and have realistic expectations for the surgery.
All surgical procedures have risks, and a tummy tuck is no exception. One of the risks is fluid accumulation under your skin. The Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery team may leave the drainage tubes in place after the surgery to reduce the chances of fluid accumulation. They may also use a needle and syringe to drain the excess fluid. You may also have poor wound healing. Your incision lines may fail to heal correctly, causing them to separate. Antibiotics may prevent infection. The surgery may also damage your tissues. Smoking elevates your risk, and the location of the treatment site determines whether the damage requires a surgical touch-up procedure or not. The treatment can also affect your skin sensation. Reposition of your abdominal tissues can interfere with your nerves leading to numbness or reduced sensation, which resolves within a few months.
During your initial consultation, your doctor may review your medical history and enquire about the medications you may be taking. The team may also complete a comprehensive physical exam involving taking photos of your abdomen. They guarantee confidentiality when offering medical and cosmetic services, so you don’t have to worry about your photos leaking to the public.
Your doctor may also discuss your goals and expectations and ensure you are well informed about a tummy tuck’s potential complications and benefits. The Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery team may give you instructions to help you prepare for the surgery. For instance, you may need to avoid smoking a few days before the appointment. Smoking affects blood circulation, slowing down the healing process. You may also need to skip specific medications, increasing your risk of bleeding.
A toned tummy is a one-day procedure you can access by calling the Fifth Ave Plastic Surgery office or scheduling your appointment online.