Plastic Surgery Arts Center
Jan Garcia, Jr., MD
Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in Webster, TX
If you’re unhappy with the contouring of your abdomen, a tummy tuck offers the chance to transform this area of your body. In the hands of a skilled practitioner like board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Jan Garcia, Jr., MD, a tummy tuck can help you look and feel you're very best and is a popular procedure among residents of Webster, Texas. Call the office today to book a visit or schedule online in just a matter of moments.
Tummy Tuck Q & A
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to refine the contouring of your abdomen. Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.
Many things can change the shape and size of your abdomen. The aging process is a primary culprit and leads to sagging skin with poor muscle tone. For women who’ve given birth, pregnancy stretches abdominal muscles and skin, changing the appearance of your stomach.
Both women and men who’ve gone through significant weight loss often struggle with excess skin and poor abdominal contouring. A tummy tuck can help by repairing torn muscles, removing excess skin and tissue, and creating a refined, toned abdominal profile.
What are the steps involved in a tummy tuck?
If you and Dr. Garcia decide a tummy tuck is the right treatment option, carefully administered anesthesia ensures you can rest comfortably throughout the procedure. Dr. Garcia begins with a horizontal incision across your lower abdomen between your pubic line and belly button.
He then repairs any damaged or weakened abdominal muscles. Next, he removes excess skin in the lower portion of the abdomen, if necessary. The remaining skin is then pulled taut and trimmed down before the incision is closed.
In many cases, your belly button will need to be repositioned during a tummy tuck. Every effort is made to create an incision line that will heal with minimal scarring.
What is the recovery process like after a tummy tuck?
Because a tummy tuck alters a significant portion of your body’s tissues, it takes time to recover fully. Expect a degree of swelling and bruising in the days after your procedure. Dr. Garcia prescribes pain medication to control discomfort as your body begins to heal.
You’ll need to limit physical activity for a period of time after your surgery. This includes lifting heavy items or engaging in vigorous exercise or work activities. Plan to take some time off to give your body the support it needs to heal.
If you’re a smoker, try to quit the habit before your procedure. Smoking robs your body of normal circulation, which plays a critical role in the healing process. Finding a smoking cessation program that works for you will help you recover from your procedure, feel better each day, and avoid serious health problems.
When you’re ready to learn more, call Plastic Surgery Arts Center to book a consultation. Online scheduling is also available and is fast and easy.