Tummy Tuck in Shreveport
A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a major surgical procedure in which excess
skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles of the
abdomen wall are tightened. This procedure can drastically reduce the
appearance of a protruding abdomen. The procedure is particularly helpful
to women who, through multiple pregnancies have stretched their abdomen
so far that it does not return to its normal shape. A tummy tuck is also
helpful for those who have lost a significant amount of weight but still
possess loose, sagging skin. Tummy tucks are often performed in conjunction
Who Are the Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are men or women in good health
and relatively good shape, but are bothered by a large fat deposit or
loose abdominal skin that does not respond to diet or exercise. Those
who are considering losing a significant amount of weight, or women still
planning future pregnancies, may want to consider waiting before undergoing
the tummy tuck procedure.
What Happens During the Procedure?
During the tummy tuck procedure a horizontal incision is made just above
the pubic area and excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen. Skin
is separated from the abdominal wall. The underlying muscles of the abdominal
wall are then tightened. The abdominal skin is then drawn downward and
the excess is removed.
What Are the Risks?
Some of the risks of tummy tucks include infection and blood clots. These
can be treated easily and are rare. Tummy Tucks can improve abdominal
appearance, however the procedure has been known to leave scarring. Some
scarring can be severe and may require a second operation.
There are other alternatives to the tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure.
A mini tummy tuck can be performed, which only improves the appearance
of the abdomen below the navel. During a mini tummy tuck, only a short
horizontal incision is made and the skin is separated only between the
incision line and the navel. Another alternative is undergoing liposuction
in order to remove the abdominal fat.
Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Please consult
with your plastic surgeon as to which procedure will best meet your needs.
Contact our Shreveport tummy tuck surgeons today to
schedule your consultation!