Male Abdominoplasty Southlake
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Bledsoe performs this procedure, which can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Bledsoe will give you a basic understanding of the procedure, how and when it can help, how it is performed, and what results you can expect.
The Best Candidates for Tummy Tucks
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Planning Your Tummy Tuck
In your initial consultation, Dr. Bledsoe will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell him if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Bledsoe. He should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Dr. Bledsoe will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your surgery and not to resume for at least two weeks after your surgery. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and do not go on a stringent diet, as both can inhibit your ability to heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed.
After The Tummy Tuck Surgery
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
Your New Look
Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you’re realistic in your expectations and prepared for the consequences of a permanent scar and a lengthy recovery period, abdominoplasty may be just the answer for you.