The stomach tends to lose its tightness and weight gain sets in as the worries of stress and life kick in. Sometimes, despite diet and exercise, it can be hard to restore yourself back to a slender, tight stomach. Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates offers tummy tuck surgery as an excellent way to fight back against fat. Dr. Dean Johnston serves patients in Lake Mary, Orlando, and the Orange County area and is here to help you uncover the self-image you want looking back at you in the mirror.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin, and can restore weakened abdominal muscles for a smoother, tighter stomach. Even if you are an individual of a healthy weight, you may find that as you age, or after a surgery or pregnancy, your stomach may develop a looser, sagging appearance.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. Your cosmetic surgeon will place a horizontal oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button, which will be determined by the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Sometimes, a second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The doctor will reshape the abdominal skin and trim away any excess skin. The remaining skin is sutured together.
During recovery, your doctor may apply bandages or dressings to your incision sites, and you may be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed beneath skin to drain any excess fluids or blood. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself during recovery as recovery varies by the individual.
As with any surgery, there are risks of infection, scarring, and a number of cosmetic changes. It is important to discuss these during your consultation to better prepare yourself and to know if this surgery is right for you. Ideal candidates of tummy tucks have achieved a healthy weight and have realistic expectations on the outcome of surgery. If you think a tummy tuck could be right for you, please do not hesitate to set up a consultation today to discuss your options in achieving your optimum self-image.
To learn more about how Dr. Dean Johnston can help you tighten your stomach, contact us. Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates is located in Lake Mary, FL, but serves residents throughout Orlando and Orange County.