Abdominoplasty is the technical name for a tummy tuck. The muscles and skin of the abdomen can be very troublesome for some individuals. Lack of exercise, getting older, losing a large amount of weight, or pregnancy can cause these muscles and skin to sag and droop. A Tummy Tuck procedure can help both men and women achieve a toned and tight waistline.
Dr. Miguel Gallegos has noted that his tummy tuck patients, who utilize the procedure for weight loss, continue to lose about 15% of their body weight in the year after surgery. At his office in Albuquerque, Hermosa Plastic Surgery, the latest technology is used to give you a slimmer, firmer, more youthful shape. Sometimes sagging skin is totally resistant to diet, weight loss, and exercise. A tummy tuck can do the trick here.
If you are under going abdominoplasty to tighten muscles and your stomach due to pregnancy, then a tummy tuck shouldn’t be performed for at least 6 months after child birth. The skin and muscles get too stretched to be correctly resized right after a birth.
Repositioning the naval is necessary in a larger tummy tuck that involves making incisions in carefully chosen places on the abdomen. Large portions of excess skin are removed that conveniently also erase any stretch marks. The doctor may also use light liposuction to improve the waist contours by removal of small fat deposits.
Tightening and stitching the abdominal muscles is necessary next, and repositioning the naval is last. Sagging skin and fat in the lower abdomen, resulting from the affects of gravity and aging can be removed in a tummy tuck, but will not affect the naval.
These steps are carefully and expertly performed by Dr. Gallegos. The total procedure takes at least two hours. Soreness and swelling are common with this type of procedure of plastic surgery. Staying in bed for a couple of days is advised along with not working for at least two weeks.
If you are curious if a tummy tuck would be a good choice for you, come in or call and make an appointment for a consultation. Miguel Gallegos, M.D. F.A.C.S. has been serving clients in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area for over 8 years. He is a board certified plastic surgeon.
Remarkable tuck results can be viewed here on our website. In your quest to secure pleasing body proportions, which always include the stomach, remember the tummy tuck procedure. You can obtain a new outlook on life with a changed attitude and a new wardrobe!