TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
Over time, loose or sagging skin can create a noticeable lower tummy bulge. Women in particular may notice this protrusion after pregnancy causes the skin and muscles of the abdominal region to stretch. At our Chicago Cosmetic Surgery Center, the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure is performed to help patients achieve a flatter and more proportionate midsection and to reduce the appearance of a tummy bulge. Usually performed under general anesthesia, the tummy tuck takes approximately two hours to complete. Temporary side effects may include pain, swelling, soreness, numbness, and bruising, and most patients are able to return to work and light activities in two to four weeks.
During your tummy tuck, Dr. Horn can remove excess fat, skin and tighten the abdominal muscles to help achieve the results you desire. He can tailor the procedure to fit your body type and your individual appearance goals. Many patients at our Chicago, Illinois practice turn to the tummy tuck procedure for a more flattering and defined shape.
GETTING A TUMMY TUCK AT OUR CHICAGO COSMETIC SURGERY CENTER
If you’re like most women, you’ll start thinking about a tummy tuck when the skin in your abdominal area is sagging and there is loose, extra skin in that portion of your body. The lower part of your belly may protrude extensively in relation to the rest of your body. Your abdominal muscles can barely be seen because they’ve become so weak and there may be lots of extra fat stored in your abdominal tissues. (Pregnancy and childbirth can do this to you.) This is the time for a tummy tuck if you want to get back into shape and have a more flattering appearance. This will help achieve a more flattering appearance when you wear your bathing suit and form-fitting clothing.
TUMMY TUCK AFTER PREGNANCY
Many women lose their abdominal muscle strength and gain excess skin as a result of having children. As a result of their childbirth, they have acquired a belly that sticks out disproportionately to the rest of their body. In other words, they look in the mirror and see a sagging, loose-skinned belly that sticks out. A post-pregnancy tummy tuck can help get your pre-pregnancy tummy back, and now is a great time to start thinking seriously about that tummy tuck. Click Here to Learn More About Getting A Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy.
YOUR TUMMY TUCK CONSULTATION
The first step to take when considering getting an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is to give Dr. Horn’s office a call and schedule a consultation. During your abdominoplasty consultation at our Chicago Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Horn will ask you questions concerning the results you hope to achieve with a tummy tuck. This will help Dr. Horn understand your desired results and determine if tummy tuck surgery is the right option for you. Your skin tone will be examined and the amount of loose skin you now have will be assessed in addition to any surplus fat and the shape your abdominal muscles are in. You will be asked about the state of your health, pregnancies you’ve had, drug allergies, surgeries you’ve had and any medications you may be taking.
THE TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
In just a couple of hours, while you are under general anesthesia, Dr. Horn will make a horizontal incision above your pubic area in order to begin the tummy tuck procedure. The length of the incision will depend upon the amount of skin that is there. The shape of the incision for the tummy tuck will be discussed beforehand, as it may be possible to keep the incision line of your tummy tuck within your bathing suit lines. Dr. Horn will discuss these decisions with you in detail prior to surgery.