Tighten-Up a Loose Abdomen with Tummy Tuck
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.
How Can a Tummy Tuck Help You?
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.
How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
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.
What Happens After a Tummy Tuck?
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.