TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
As you age, you may see sagging or loose skin that creates a visible bulge in your tummy. For women, this may occur after pregnancy because the muscles and skin in the area have been stretched. At our Chicago Cosmetic Surgery Center, we perform an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, to create a flatter, proportionate midsection, as well as to reduce this bulging in the tummy. Usually performed under general anesthesia, the tummy tuck takes approximately two hours to complete. You may experience some side effects temporarily, including soreness, pain, swelling, bruising and numbness. However, most patients can return to light activity and even work in as little as two to four weeks.
As part of the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Horn carefully eliminates extra fat in the area, tightening the abdominal muscles to complete the look. He will customize this procedure to your specific body type, as well as your unique goals. For many patients at our Chicago, Illinois, practice, this means defining their shape and creating a more flattering appearance. Once you have gone through this procedure, you will enjoy a body you can feel more comfortable in, giving you the self-confidence you need and deserve.
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. It can be difficult for women to deal with the changes that take place in their body after pregnancy and childbirth. Giving the gift of a tummy tuck in Chicago can help a woman feel more confident and grow to love her body once again.
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. We want to make sure you will benefit from this procedure and are in the appropriate medical condition to ensure you are at a reduced risk for complications. Your health and safety is our first priority, and we won’t perform a tummy tuck in Chicago until we are sure you will see the results you want without putting your overall health and wellbeing at risk.
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.
RESTORE YOUR BODY
One of the reasons Chicago residents seek a tummy tuck is because they are unhappy with the changes that have taken place with their bodies. This may be due to major weight loss, childbirth or a number of other reasons. The good news is our professional team is ready to help you obtain the body you’ve always wanted. We will consult with you and go over the pros and cons of the procedure so you can make the most informed decision. Once you are ready to move forward, we will schedule your procedure and give you instructions for the best results.