When you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, it is important to understand what to expect. This surgical procedure can help improve the appearance of your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. However, it is a major operation that should not be taken lightly. Dr. Patrick Obasi is a cosmetic plastic surgeon at Noble Cosmetic Surgery serving patients in the Plano, Frisco and McKinney, Texas areas who works with potential patients to discuss the tummy tuck procedure in detail and help individuals understand what to expect from it.
What is tummy tuck surgery?
The tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This can help improve the appearance of your stomach area and create a more defined waistline. The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will not have to stay in the hospital overnight. However, it is still a major operation and should not be taken lightly.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Most people considering a tummy tuck are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen. The surgery can be helpful for both men and women who have excess skin and fat around their midsection, as well as those who have lost significant weight but are left with loose skin. It is important to note that the tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery, and you should be at or near your ideal body weight to see optimal results.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
Several different types of tummy tucks can be performed based on your particular needs, but they all involve making an incision along the lower abdomen area. As the performing surgeon, Dr. Patrick Obasi would separate the skin from the abdominal wall before removing excess fat and skin using liposuction. Once this has been completed, Dr. Obasi then tightens up the loose muscles to enhance your waistline before placing drains and closing the incision with stitches. Sutures are typically removed about two weeks after surgery, so it is vital that patients get plenty of rest and avoid any strenuous activities during this time.
What happens after a tummy tuck?
Dr. Patrick Obasi will provide you with specific instructions to follow after the surgery, which may include wearing a certain type of compression garment around your abdomen and/ or avoiding exercise for several weeks. Post-operative instructions are given on the day of surgery and should be followed closely to reduce the risk of complications.
How do I learn more?
To request an initial consultation at Noble Cosmetic Surgery’s office in Plano or Desoto, TX call 214-227-0668.