Are you self-conscious about your belly bulge? Whether it’s from weight gain or pregnancy, a protruding abdomen is an easy fix under the care of Dr. Patrick Obasi at Noble Cosmetic Surgery. For women and men in Plano, Texas, Dr. Obasi offers transformative tummy tucks and a wide range of other cosmetic procedures to help you regain a flat and toned midsection.
Tummy Tuck Q & A
What is a tummy tuck?
With weight fluctuations, aging, or pregnancy, the underlying muscles and tissue in your abdomen can stretch and sag. This is why even thin people can still struggle with a protruding abdomen.
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, helps to remedy that problem. By cutting away excess fat and skin from the midsection area, Dr. Obasi can sculpt the abdomen to appear more trim and toned.
While you can expect to lose several inches around the waist, tummy tuck surgery isn’t a weight loss solution. It’s intended to:
- Reduce the amount of stubborn fat deposits in the midsection
- Remove excess skin
- Restore and tighten abdominal muscles that are weakened or separated
- Create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile
What happens in the tummy tuck procedure?
A tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure, with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Dr. Obasi makes an incision, usually between the navel and pubic line. The location and length of your incision are determined by the amount of skin you need to have removed. In some cases, a second incision or several incisions around the belly area are necessary, especially if you have a lot of excess skin from weight loss.
After the incisions are made, Dr. Obasi might suction away some fatty deposits, repair weakened abdominal tissue, or cut away skin. He then pulls the remaining skin down toward the navel and secures it into a new position with stitches.
Depending on your goals and body shape, you might only need a mini tummy tuck, which involves a smaller incision. If you have excess fat and skin in the upper abdomen area, a reverse tummy tuck might also be the best option for you.
How can I maintain my results?
You may experience some swelling after the procedure, and your abdominal area will be tender ― so results won’t be visible right away. Dr. Obasi might advise you to avoid certain activities for a few days to heal properly.
It’s important to remember that weight fluctuations can impact the results of a tummy tuck procedure, and that no cosmetic enhancement will replace a good diet and exercise. As long as you’re diligent about following your post-operative instructions and you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can expect your results to last.
Get the look you’ve always wanted: Request a consultation with Dr. Obasi by phone or online.