Dr. Venkata Erella can help you restore the look of your midsection with the effective body contouring treatment known as tummy tuck surgery (medically referred to as abdominoplasty). For a variety of reasons, particularly pregnancy or recent weight loss, many people who are relatively physically fit experience an excess amount of skin in the abdominal region. This loss of tone and bulging contour can be a source of extreme self-consciousness, affecting your choices in clothing and causing frustration at the fact that even the strictest diet and exercise routines aren’t solving the problem. Tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles, removes excess skin, and gives the remaining skin a firmer and flatter appearance.
Please contact Dr. Erella for more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation for tummy tuck surgery.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
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A tummy tuck is a procedure that eliminates inelastic skin in the abdominal area and tightens the muscles so that your midsection looks firmer and more fit. Aging, recent weight loss, pregnancy, and even genetics can contribute to an accumulation of excess skin in the abdomen, which can be very difficult to get rid of through traditional means. In fact, during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are stretched and pulled apart, making it even more difficult to reduce the appearance of excess skin on your own. A tummy tuck is designed to effectively address these issues and help you attain your goals.
Dr. Erella will meet with you in an initial consultation to discuss all aspects of tummy tuck surgery. At this meeting, you are encouraged to ask any questions you may have and Dr. Erella will address your concerns.
For patients who may not need a full tummy tuck procedure, our board-certified plastic surgeon offers a mini-tummy tuck option. Visit our mini-tummy tuck page for more information on this less invasive way to eliminate milder cases of inelastic skin in the abdomen.
Did You Know?
Dr. Venkata Erella is a Fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon. This important distinction indicates that Dr. Erella has pursued more training than necessary to practice plastic surgery. Dr. Erella is committed to being the most skilled and experienced plastic surgeon he can be in order to give his patients the best possible results.
Am I a Candidate?
Candidates for tummy tuck surgery include patients who are in reasonably good physical and emotional health, and those who are:
- Experiencing excess skin in the abdomen that is resistant to diet and exercise
- Have recently been pregnant and are experiencing stretched, excess skin in the abdomen
- Have recently lost weight and are experiencing excess skin in the abdominal area
- Have separated abdominal muscles resulting from pregnancy or weight gain
Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck procedure involves removal of extra skin, followed by tightening of the abdominal muscles. The belly button will be repositioned and the remaining skin will be redraped and pulled taut to result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Dr. Erella will make every effort and use his considerable expertise to minimize scarring after surgery.
The entire abdominoplasty procedure takes about three hours to complete and can be performed as an outpatient.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
- Some swelling after tummy tuck surgery will be present; however, most of the swelling should fade rapidly within a few days.
- A compression garment will need to be worn for the first few weeks to help with healing.
- Patients can typically resume normal daily routines after about one week.
- Dr. Erella will advise you to avoid strenuous activities or activities that strain the midsection for at least four weeks after surgery.
- Any discomfort can be controlled with medication.
Tummy Tuck Results
Tummy tuck results should be immediately apparent; however, keep in mind that the most optimal results will be noticeable once post-operative swelling subsides. Once this occurs, your stomach area should both look and feel flatter and tighter.
Schedule a Complimentary Tummy Tuck Consultation
Please contact Dr. Venkata Erella for more information on tummy tuck surgery, or to schedule a complimentary consultation.