For many mothers and those who have lost a large amount of weight, a tummy tuck can help them feel like their former selves again—confident, sexy, and restored. Dr. Hernandez has seen the positive impact a tummy tuck can have on a person’s life and personalizes each surgery for her patients at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery in San Antonio.
A tummy tuck is designed to tighten the loosened skin and outstretched abdominal muscles that can be left behind after having children or undergoing massive weight loss. When skin is stretched over a period of time, whether due to pregnancy or obesity, it loses elasticity and its ability to bounce back once the body returns to a slimmer size. This means the abdomen is often left with a flab of loose, sagging skin or a protruding belly due to outstretched muscles.
Dr. Hernandez performs the tummy tuck to create a flatter, slimmer shape of the abdomen. With years of experience and an artistic touch, Dr. Hernandez is able to create beautiful, natural-looking contours while keeping any scarring out of plain sight.
Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Hernandez may recommend either a full or mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck is best for men and women with smaller amounts of excess abdominal skin primarily below the belly button. A full, or traditional, tummy tuck will provide the best outcomes for those with larger amounts of sagging skin and/or outstretched abdominal muscles.
During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Hernandez will make a horizontal incision a few inches below your belly button. She is careful to make the incision where future scarring can be easily hidden beneath a bikini or pair of underwear (even a sexy piece of lingerie). From the incision location, Dr. Hernandez is able to reduce excess tissue and carefully trim away excess skin. The underlying muscles can be cinched together as needed in order to create a tight, strong foundation. If you have small amounts of stubborn abdominal fat, Dr. Hernandez can remove it with liposuction. Once the desired shape is achieved, the skin is pulled tight and incisions are closed.
Dr. Hernandez uses TissuGlu to help make the healing process easier on her tummy tuck patients. The TissuGlu surgical adhesive is used to bond the tissue layers together following a tummy tuck surgery, helping to reduce space between the layers of skin and tissue where fluid would often collect. This means no need for surgical drains and an overall speedier recovery process—you can get back to your normal routine more quickly. Once the layers heal, TissuGlu breaks down and is naturally eliminated by your body.
Each patient will experience his or her tummy tuck recovery slightly different. Most will need to take about 3-4 weeks off work to heal from home. Dr. Hernandez will provide you with detailed care instructions and is glad to answer your calls to help with any questions you may have.
Once your body is fully healed, you will notice significant improvements in the appearance of your abdomen. The skin will feel much more firm, yet not overly tightened or unnatural. Men and women who undergo a tummy tuck with Dr. Hernandez are often excited to try on new clothes and update their wardrobe with clothes that complement their new bodies with confidence.
Whether you’re a mom looking to restore your pre-baby figure, or you’re wanting to add the finishing touch to your body after losing a large amount of weight, a tummy tuck can be an extremely rewarding procedure.
Ready to discuss your own Tummy Tuck treatment? In San Antonio, patients trust and go to Dr. Hernandez when they consider undergoing Breast Augmentation surgery. If you are intersted in Tummy Tuck and live in the San Antonio area, give us a call today at 210.568.8186 or contact us online if you have any questions regarding Tummy Tuck or would like to schedule a complementary consultation wiht Dr. Hernandez.