Get Ready For That Special Event With Tummy Tuck Surgery

  Posted on February 26, 2014   Last updated on December 7, 2017 |   

Houston is a vastly large city with a massive population. As such, there are a myriad of galas, special events, weddings, and formal parties to attend. People want to look their best, and love to dress up for these events in their finest clothing. Unfortunately, weight gain, pregnancy, and gravity sometimes takes its toll on our bodies. If you have some sort of special event coming up like a wedding, or perhaps a high school reunion, and your New Years resolution for losing weight and getting into shape hasn’t quite panned out, you should consider tummy tuck surgery. This is a procedure whereby a plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from your abdomen.

tummy tuckNow is the time to get ready for events that will take place a few months from now, such as a June wedding. The reason for this is that you will need time to find a plastic surgeon (if you don’t already have one), schedule the tummy tuck around your work, and other activities, and have enough time to fully recover. Most cosmetic procedures require several weeks for healing, but bruising and swelling can take longer to fully diminish. By planning an early surgery, you guarantee that the results of your procedure will be in full effect by the time you need to fit into the clothes you plan to wear or purchase.

A tummy tuck is considered major surgery, and not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. For one thing, you need to be free of any major medical problems. You should wait to have the procedure until you are finished having children. Not because the procedure will interfere with pregnancy but because the pregnancy could negate the results of the tummy tuck. A general anesthetic is required for the procedure. Your surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip just beneath the panty line. He or she will then lift the skin and pull it up and forward. If required, your abdominal muscles will be repaired. Excess skin and fat will be removed, as well. The skin is sutured back into place and recovery begins. The scar will fade with time, but it will never disappear completely, which is why the incision is placed beneath the panty line so the scar can be hidden by underwear and bathing suits.

During the recovery for a tummy tuck procedure in Houston, you can expect some discomfort and swelling. The tenderness may continue for weeks to even months. This is one reason why it is important to schedule the surgery well in advance of any upcoming event. You should avoid any demanding physical activity for at least 6 weeks, and you can expect to miss at least a week of work. Your surgeon will provide guidelines for caring for the bandages and for proper healing. Any pain can be managed with prescribed medications.

The most important aspect of this surgery aside from the results is finding a highly qualified Houston tummy tuck surgeon. As long as they can demonstrate a lot of experience with the procedure, and they are board certified, it then becomes a matter of personal preference. Once you select a surgeon and begin the process, you are well on the way to looking great for that special day or night.


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