Following a pregnancy or weight loss, many women find that they’re faced with overly stretched abdominal muscles and loose skin. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the most effective way to remove excess skin, create a tighter abdominal wall, and trim the waistline. Dr. Scott Haydon and the experienced team at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute & Skin Care Clinic can perform a tummy tuck procedure that will give you the physique you desire post-pregnancy or after major weight loss.
Dr. Haydon knows that each tummy tuck patient has a different reason for the procedure with specific goals in mind. You will meet personally with Dr. Haydon to discuss your desired results, personal health, and concerns about the procedure. Once it’s determined that you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Haydon and his team will schedule your surgery.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Haydon may need to stitch together the abdominal muscles just under the skin to create a tighter abdominal wall. This can be necessary for women whose pregnancy has severely stretched the abdominal muscles and created a diastasis. For most tummy tuck procedures, the excess skin is removed and the muscle tightened to create a flatter and tighter mid-section. Dr. Haydon injects a medicine called Exparel that is a long-acting local anesthetic. He also uses a progressive tension suturing technique. These two things have markedly improved results and recovery. He is able to do most tummy tucks without a drain! The procedure will produce a slightly visible scar, but Dr. Haydon is mindful to place it in a low position where it would be covered by a bathing suit or underwear.
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The tummy tuck procedure takes less than two hours. In most cases, there is an additional 1-2 hours of liposuction, depending on the patient. Recovery time varies, but two weeks is typically necessary to be fully functional. Driving is usually possible after 10-14 days. You can shower after 1-2 days.
If recent weight loss or a post-pregnancy body has you questioning if you should get a tummy tuck, there are a few things to keep in mind.
I am 16 days Post op Tummy Tuck/Lipo and breast Lift and everyday I am loving my results more and more. Dr. Gorman and his staff are super nice and caring. Scheduling an appointment is never an issue . I never have to wait no more than a few minutes in the waiting room or exam room. From Day 1, Dr. Gorman made me feel comfortable and at ease the day of surgery. He made sure to educate me on what I was wanting to get done and not once did he push me to getting anything else. Margaret is wonderful! She made sure I was taken care of the entire time. I would highly recommend Dr. Gorman to anyone who asks. Thank You Dr. Gorman and Staff.
The mini abdominoplasty is reserved for those patients with very little skin excess and not a very wide diastasis. They typically have just a small pooch inferiorly and need only a little tightening. The scar is in the same position, but it is slightly shorter. This method does not have the ability to remove as much skin as the traditional abdominoplasty, nor can it tighten the muscle as effectively. Only about 5-10% of the tummy tucks Dr. Haydon does are mini abdominoplasties.