Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez at ReNova Plastic Surgery offers abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery. It involves removing fat and excess skin in the abdomen, and, in many cases, tightening the underlying muscles. Patients should note that this is not a weight loss procedure, and is intended for those who are close to their ideal weight.
This video will discuss details about tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is the enhancement of the abdomen by removing excess skin below the belly button and, in many cases, by tightening the six-pack muscles. Patients who are good candidates for the procedure are women and men with close to an ideal weight, with [excess] skin or striae, hopefully, done with pregnancies, and who want to feel better in their clothing.
My preferred way of doing tummy-tuck surgery is under general anesthesia. It usually takes two to three hours. Patients go home the same day of surgery and the usual time off for recovery is one to two weeks. Some frequently asked questions that many patients have are, "Will you have drains?" Yes. Drains are needed to move excess fluid that collects between the tissues. It usually takes between one to two weeks for their removal. "Will you use a binder after surgery?" Yes. The binder will keep the tissues together, and it will help with the healing of the tissues. "How much weight can I carry?" Usually, 10 pounds until six weeks. Back to normal after that. You can eventually carry your baby if you avoid free weight lifting.
Now let's read examples of patients that have undergone this procedure. This is a 33-year-old female who has undergone significant weight loss. You can see her here, one year after her procedure. This patient is 34 years old. She also has significant weight loss. You can see her here, one year after her procedure. This patient was 37 years old. She had three pregnancies. You can appreciate the striae. Here, you can appreciate her, one year after her procedure. This patient was 39 years old. She also had two pregnancies. You can see her two years after her procedure.
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