Tummy Tuck Southlake
Dr. Bledsoe provides tummy tuck (clinically known as abdominoplasty) for Grapevine and Southlake, Texas, patients with protruding stomachs or loose, sagging skin in the midriff area. By removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles, Dr. Bledsoe, a talented Southlake / Grapevine plastic surgeon, can help patients achieve a firmer, flatter, more toned stomach that they will not hesitate to show off at the beach or pool.
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck in Southlake / Grapevine?
Typical candidates for tummy tuck include men and women with bulges of skin and fat in the stomach area that will not disappear with diet and exercise. The “muffin tops” and “love handles” that are common among middle-aged people can be addressed via tummy tuck. While these issues can sometimes be corrected with liposuction, in patients whose skin has lost its elasticity or whose underlying muscles have become stretched or weakened, tummy tuck is often the recommended solution.
In addition, tummy tuck is frequently performed for post-bariatric body sculpting patients who have lost a large amount of weight but are left with bags of excess skin and stretched stomach muscles. Women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth are also common Southlake tummy tuck patients for similar reasons. These women often receive tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover, which can also include breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction or body lift to help mothers achieve their pre-pregnancy body shape.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tuck is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, depending on the extent of the surgery. Dr. Bledsoe performs tummy tuck at local outpatient surgical center or a local hospital using general anesthesia. The procedure typically takes four to five hours to complete.
Dr. Bledsoe begins the tummy tuck procedure by making a long incision across the pubic hairline, extending along the inguinal creases from hip to hip, and another incision around the belly button. Next, the skin is separated from the underlying tissues, the stomach muscles are tightened, excess skin is removed and the belly button is repositioned in its new location. Finally, Dr. Bledsoe closes the incisions and applies dressings and compression garments.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure and requires significant recovery time. Following surgery, patients will experience swelling and soreness in the surgery area and will need narcotic pain relievers to provide comfort for the first few days. Dr. Bledsoe will provide his tummy tuck Southlake and Grapevine patients with specific instructions regarding incision and scar care as well as the resumption of exercise and other activities following surgery.
Most of Dr. Bledsoe’s Grapevine and Southlake abdominoplasty patients are able to return to work and other light activities within one to three weeks after surgery and to resume most or all physical activities, including strenuous exercise, within four weeks. The tummy tuck scar will always be visible but will fade after about nine months and will be easily hidden by clothing due to its location over the inguinal creases.
Dr. Bledsoe has helped many Grapevine / Southlake tummy tuck patients achieve stunningly flat, toned stomachs, providing a boost of self-confidence and a renewed outlook on life. In addition to tummy tuck, Dr. Bledsoe offers an array of other plastic surgeries for the body, including body lift, thigh lift and arm lift in Grapevine and Southlake. He has helped many liposuction Southlake patients obtain more svelte body contours and is proud to offer combination procedures, such as post-bariatric body sculpting and mommy makeover to patients with multiple body-shaping needs