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Tummy Tuck

Time has a way of affecting us all. Changes that involve appearance aren’t always a welcome sight. If pregnancy and parenting, aging and weight fluctuations have altered the tightness of your midsection, you may be interested in discovering the benefits of abdominoplasty.


What is an abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is the tummy-tightening procedure commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. This cosmetic surgery removes excess tissue that sags across the midsection and, in some cases, around the sides. Abdominoplasty may also improve or eliminate stretch marks that have resulted from weight fluctuation and pregnancy.
Tummy tuck surgery may focus on only the lower abdomen, referred to as a mini tummy tuck. Surgery may cover the entire abdominal area, from the lower abdomen to the area above the belly button. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in an accredited surgical facility. Patients are sedated with general anesthesia and also receive local anesthetic and epinephrine to control pain and bleeding.
To strategically remove and tighten tissue, an incision is made from one hipbone to the other. In some procedures, a second incision is made around the belly button. Through incisions, tissue is gently released from the abdominal wall before sutures are placed into the fascia surrounding abdominal muscles. This suturing pulls the muscles into a tighter position. Following this step, excess skin is removed at the incision line and the incisions are closed.


What is the recovery period for abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty separates then reattaches the muscular structure within the abdominal cavity. Full recovery from this procedure takes weeks. However, most patients find that comfort improves significantly within the first 5 to 7 days after their tummy tuck. It is vital that patients arrange adequate childcare and help around the house for the first week to two weeks of their recovery. It may be possible to return to work after two weeks, provided job responsibilities do not include heavy lifting or long periods of standing.


Tummy Tuck Candidates

Men and women of all ages are dissatisfied with their stomachs and seek the expertise of Dr. Eric Schaffer, who is board certified from Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas Health Science Center to achieve the results they want through Abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a Tummy Tuck. Dr. Eric Schaffer designs his Tummy Tuck procedure to reduce excess and sagging skin in the abdominal area in order to correct a protruding and extended stomach that is disproportionate to the rest of the patient’s body. Dr. Eric Schaffer then tightens the stomach muscles to eliminate that extra fatty tissue that has not responded to exercise and diet.

Candidates for this procedure are in generally good health, both mentally and physically. It is important to remember to have realistic expectations on the potential outcome of a Tummy Tuck. As always, Dr. Eric Schaffer offers in-depth consultations to perspective patients to develop a customized plan to get you the best possible results. View testimonials of past tummy tuck patients to see how happy Dr. Schaffer’s patients are. Dr. Schaffer of San Antonio Plastic Surgery has worked with all types of patients with all types of body types to help them get the body type they desire.


What are the risks involved with a tummy tuck?

Surgical risks include infection, bleeding, and poor scarring. Because abdominoplasty penetrates superficial tissues and fascia, there is also a risk of fluid accumulation (which is why drains may be placed) and disruption to nerve sensations.

Are tummy tucks expensive?

The costs associated with abdominoplasty vary across the globe. It is important to expand your view of this procedure to include the training and experience of your selected physician. Tummy tuck surgery can permanently alter the appearance of your body. Dr. Schaffer has been performing abdominoplasty procedures for more than 30 years, and has numerous Before and After photos that you may observe as you make your decision regarding your body-contouring procedure.

At what age can a tummy tuck be performed?

Patients over the age of 18 may be suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery. However, it is also important for women to consider their future pregnancy plans when deciding on such a major cosmetic surgery. Furthermore, emotional maturity is equally as important as biological age when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Abdominoplasty will not “make you beautiful.” Patients who are most satisfied with their results are those who have a good self-image prior to surgery.

Is there a lot of pain associated with a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery disrupts some of the most-used muscles in the body. Discomfort may be noticeable for the first two days after treatment. Pain management involves lots of rest on day one and two, and routine dosages of prescription pain medication. With these two steps, patients find that they are able to begin walking the day after their surgery, and to continually progress in the amount of physical activity they can tolerate.

Can you combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Abdominoplasty is commonly combined with liposuction as well as breast augmentation or breast lift procedures. In conjunction, these techniques can dramatically refine body shape without additional recovery time.

How long do results last from a tummy tuck?

Patients who implement healthy lifestyle habits such as daily exercise and a well-balanced diet can enjoy the results of abdominoplasty for decades. While age and weight fluctuations will affect the shape of the body as a whole, the tightened midsection should remain smoother and flatter than it would had abdominoplasty not been performed.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, call 210-227-3223 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Schaffer. Our practice serves San Antonio, Austin, and surrounding areas in TX.


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