Tummy Tuck Surgery
The abdominoplasty procedure removes excess skin and fat concentrated in the lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal wall muscles. Both men and women looking to reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen can have this procedure. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and exercise as the best outcome is achieved in patients who are at a stable weight, physically healthy, and non-smokers.
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Patients who are concerned with loose or sagging abdominal skin and/or excess fatty tissue in the abdomen are good candidates for this surgery. Women who have abdominal muscles that are weakened and separated because of pregnancies are also good candidates. Patients who have had substantial weight loss and have now achieved their goal weight are often good candidates as well.
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Tummy Tuck Before and Afters
Individual Results May Vary
Your Consultation Visit
During your consultation visit, we will begin by evaluating your health history and any previous surgeries. Then, we will discuss the steps of the abdominoplasty procedure and possible risks, and answer any specific questions you may have about the procedure. After the evaluation, your likely individual outcome and any options or recommended treatments will also be discussed. You will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions that you may have. You are also welcome to tour our accredited surgery center so that you can be comfortable with where your surgery will be performed. Our patient care coordinator will give you pricing information for the procedures you have chosen and financing options if you are interested.
Your surgery will require a horizontal incision from hipbone to hipbone, although the exact length is determined by the amount of correction that is necessary. A second incision around your naval may also be necessary. The abdominal muscles are repaired, and the excess fat and skin are removed, resulting in a flatter, firmer abdomen.
General anesthesia is used for your comfort and safety. The procedure is very individualized, and surgery will normally last two to four hours.
Dr. Nakamura and his staff are wonderful. Everyone is very professional and the office setting is peaceful and welcoming.
After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment to support your abdomen as you heal. Your abdomen will feel swollen for a few days after surgery, and you will feel some discomfort (which can be controlled with the prescribed pain medication that I have prescribed for you). You may need assistance getting up and walking for the first few days.
You may shower the day after surgery and return to my office for your first post-op visit one week after your surgery. I want you to begin walking the day after surgery to promote healing and to reduce the chance of blood clots.
Recovery varies individually with some patients returning to work in 10 days while others take a little longer. It usually takes six weeks to regain previous endurance levels and three to six months to achieve final post-op results. During your post-op visits, we will continue to instruct you on your individual post-op care.
At Accent On You, we take pride in delivering the utmost quality of care with a personalized approach. Our patients in Arlington, Dallas Fort Worth, and the surrounding communities in Texas receive nothing but the most comprehensive information on the procedures we perform because we believe that an informed decision is the best decision. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura to discuss your aesthetic goals and learn more about the services provided by Accent On You.