Individuals who have lost dramatic amounts of weight or who have recently given birth may have excess, loose skin on their abdomens that tends to hide the musculature of the area. Although the rest of the body may have normal proportions, the disproportion of the lower trunk is often quite noticeable in fitted clothing. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) at our Albuquerque practice, also serving the Santa Fe area, provides an excellent way to reproduce natural, youthful trunk contours by eliminating excess skin and fat so that the patient can enjoy a slimmer and more toned appearance.
Before Tummy Tuck Surgery
Patients who are interested in tummy tuck surgery at our Albuquerque practice must meet with our cosmetic surgeon for an initial consultation. Dr. Gallegos will evaluate the patient’s needs and goals for the surgery and determine whether or not he or she is a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty. Good tummy tuck surgery candidates include adults who have experienced significant weight loss and are close to their ideal weight but who are struggling with excess sagging skin around their waistlines. Surgery is advisable in such cases because this problem is resistant to the effects of diet and exercise.
At the consultation, Dr. Gallegos will also explain the details and limitations of the abdominoplasty procedure to the patient and make sure that a tummy tuck will be able to meet the patient’s goals. Patients will also have the opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns they have about abdominoplasty. Contact Hermosa Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for abdominoplasty.
During the tummy tuck procedure Dr. Gallegos creates incisions on the abdomen in carefully chosen places so that the patient experiences minimal post-surgical scarring. He then removes large portions of excess skin from the area, a step that also eliminates most stretch marks on the abdomen. In addition, he uses light liposuction on the flanks to eliminate small amounts of excess fat and improve the waist contour. Next, he tightens and stitches the abdominal muscles before repositioning the navel so that it sits in a natural-looking spot.
Tummy tuck surgery takes approximately two hours and can be combined with other cosmetic treatments that we offer, including arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift, and breast augmentation surgery. Contact our practice to learn more about these treatments.
Tummy Tuck Results and Recovery
Recovery from tummy tuck surgery can be a very long process. Patients can expect significant amounts of soreness and swelling immediately after surgery. However, Dr. Gallegos can prescribe medication to help alleviate any pain. Dr. Gallegos also provides surgical garments to help give comfort and support, as well as reduce swelling during the healing process. He recommends that patients stay in bed for a few days and not return to work for at least two weeks after abdominoplasty surgery. Patients should also refrain from lifting more than 20 pounds or putting too much pressure on the abdominal area for at least two months after surgery.
Even though the healing process is long, patients who undergo abdominoplasty at our practice serving Santa Fe are generally pleased with their slimmer and firmer waistlines. Many of our patients use tummy tuck surgery as the first step on their path to losing more weight. Dr. Gallegos notes that these patients lose an average of 15% of their body weight over a period of one year after surgery. Most patients also gain more self-confidence and express excitement over their ability to show off their new waistlines under tighter-fitting clothing.
Interested in Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery?
Dr. Miguel Gallegos uses the latest techniques and technology to provide exceptional tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) to patients in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information on the procedure contact our practice today.