For patients who would like to achieve a firmer, smoother abdomen, we recommend a tummy tuck. This popular procedure sculpts the stomach and produces a more contoured appearance. RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center offers tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures to women and men living in McAllen, the Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, and all of South Texas.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to firm and smooth your abdomen. A flat and trim abdomen is one of the main features we identify with youthfulness, physical fitness, and beauty. Flabby, loose skin, and a bulging abdomen may make it difficult to wear the clothes you want and may make you self-conscious about revealing your body at the beach, in the gym, or even in the bedroom. A protruding abdomen is often the result of stretched abdominal muscles from pregnancy, or repetitive cycles of weight gain followed by weight loss. We often describe a tummy tuck as a trade off – trading the loose saggy skin and stretch marks from the lower abdomen for a tighter, flatter stomach with a smaller waist and a low, well-placed tummy tuck scar.
What’s The Difference Between A Mini Tummy Tuck And A Tummy Tuck?
In addition to a traditional tummy tuck, we also perform mini tummy tucks. A mini tummy tuck is a great option for patients who don’t require a full tummy tuck, as it leaves a smaller scar and requires a much shorter treatment and recovery time. However, a mini tummy tuck only targets fat and excess skin below the belly button. It removes less skin than the full tummy tuck, making results slightly more subtle and having less of an effect on stretch marks. Patients looking for a treatment to address their entire abdomen may want to consider a traditional tummy tuck.
Can A Tummy Tuck Be Used For Diastasis Repair Or An Umbilical Hernia?
Diastasis recti is a condition where the abdominal muscles have stretched and separated. This condition is similar to an umbilical hernia, which occurs when tissues bulge between the abdominal muscles as a result of their separation, creating an “outie” belly button. Both of these conditions can be effectively treated with a tummy tuck. This is done by removing excess abdominal skin and tightening the underlying muscles and tissue. The result is a more youthful, firmer, and flatter abdominal contour with smoother skin.
How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?
In the case of a full abdominoplasty, a gently curving incision is made between the hipbones and above the pubic area, below any preexisting C-section scars and below the bikini line. The length of this incision depends upon the amount of excess skin to be removed. A second incision is made around the navel, the abdominoplasty flap is developed, and the muscles are tightened. The skin is then stretched tight and a new opening is made to reconstruct the belly button. All incisions are carefully closed with absorbable sutures and surgical tape.
What Is Recovery Like After A Tummy Tuck??
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?
A tummy tuck is an effective treatment that produces long-lasting results for patients looking to achieve a more toned and contoured abdomen. Residents of McAllen, Brownsville, the Rio Grande Valley, and all of South Texas can trust RGV Cosmetic Surgery & Vein Center for all of their cosmetic procedures. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your initial consultation.