Dr. Peterson’s Guide to Abdominoplasty

In a society where conceptions of beauty are always evolving, flat bellies have become very trendy. It seems tidy and beautiful when you have an athletic body type. A considerable lot of discontent may result from the accumulation of extra skin and fat in various parts of the body, especially the belly.

Abdominoplasty, more often known as a “tummy tuck,” is typically done for cosmetic reasons. In this guide, we will discuss the procedures that may also give you the flat stomach you’ve always wanted by exploring both surgical and non-surgical methods.

What actually is abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which the patient’s excess fat and skin are surgically removed from their abdominal region. Extra fat is no match for the liposuction professionals at Dr. Robert Peterson Plastic Surgery. After that, a precise amount of excess skin is cut away, and the wound is sutured up. Excess skin from the upper abdomen is pulled down and measured in place over the newly flattened muscle. This method yields excellent, long-lasting, and undetectable outcomes. Therefore, they are in great demand, especially among individuals who are interested in seeing dramatic improvements in their physical appearance rapidly. Recti muscle divarication is a typical pregnancy complication that may be alleviated with this method. Yet, postoperative outcomes and security are perennial concerns for patients.

Abdominoplasty, full vs. mini

No patient ever wants to be scarred more than necessary. The common perception is that a smaller abdominoplasty will have less of an effect on the physique. However, the major abdominoplasty method used by Dr. Robert Peterson results in the shortest incision. All of the extra skin is eliminated, and the abdominal muscles are completely rebuilt, making this method superior to a minor tummy tuck. All in all, it’s like getting a new stomach. Naturally, during the initial consultation, we will discuss the best course of action for you.

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The Aftereffects

Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, are quite common because of how well they turn out for the vast majority of patients. Having the option to see the results of the treatment is appealing. This has led to a rise in interest among the general public. Although this is a good thing in principle, since everyone should be confident in their own skin, the repercussions are harder to predict. Realizing the true effects of abdominoplasty and knowing what to expect throughout recovery is crucial. Even though something looks terrible, you shouldn’t panic. This is not a challenging task.

Tummy tucks help you tone your abdominal muscles and get a flatter, smoother stomach as an outcome of the surgery. But there is a delay before these results become apparent. The swelling will start after the treatment is through, and you can finally see them. Swelling takes a long time to go down, and for a few days after the surgery, you could have trouble standing up straight at first.

However, this is just a temporary situation. Two weeks from now, you’ll be able to stand perfectly straight again, and you’ll have lost a lot of weight.

What should I do to be ready for the operation?

It’s important to take the time to think about the following pre-op precautions.

  • Consult a plastic surgeon who has passed the required examinations in Houston.
  • The surgeon will want bloodwork before the operation.
  • The surgeon may give you new medicines or alter the ones you’re already taking.
  • For both your emotional and physical well-being during surgery, it is essential that you give up smoking.
  • It is important to refrain from using any over-the-counter drugs, including pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners, unless specifically instructed by the surgeon.
  • Cocaine and other heavy narcotics should be strictly forbidden.

Set aside money for a driver to pick you up after surgery, or find someone to spend the night if you are in the hospital for more than a day.

Natural is the best

In determining a patient’s capacity for abdominoplasty, it is important to take into account the patient’s waistline in relation to other body parts. The ideal waist-to-hip ratio for a woman is 70%. During the muscle reshaping procedure, great attention is used to get the desired hip line. Patients who have just given birth will find this phase of the process very beneficial. Liposuction and other methods are also used to reshape the abdominal sides. The end outcome would be rigid, square, and boxy if these procedures were skipped. Stitches are inserted meticulously while re-creating a belly button to provide a seamless appearance.

How risky is it to undergo abdominoplasty?

Patients must have trust in their physicians; therefore, the fact that modern plastic surgery has made this process completely risk-free is of the utmost importance. Abdominoplasty is often done for cosmetic reasons, but few understand that it also serves important medicinal functions. Skin that has sagged excessively around the abdominal area may be surgically removed during an abdominoplasty. The excess is unattractive and undesirable regardless of the cause; this includes aging, pregnancy, and extreme weight loss.

Forget about the way it looks; when skin folds over itself in rolls, it creates a heat chamber. It’s a perfect setting for bacteria to multiply. Therefore, rashes or fungal infections are possible in such areas. Infection is avoided when excess skin around the abdominal area is cut away during an abdominoplasty.

Due to this alternative medicinal advantage, abdominoplasty must be risk-free, and it would be foolish to attempt to combat the potentially harmful hanging skin in the abdominal area by using an invasive approach. Consequently, you will be in great hands as long as you choose a highly qualified plastic surgeon in Houston.

In the process of learning more about abdominoplasty, it’s crucial that you establish your own goals and standards. Options that fit your needs and the circumstances may be discussed during your first session at Plastic Surgery Houston.


screenshot 2022 09 07 at 5.25.48 pmDr. Robert Peterson, MD Plastic Surgery practices in the Houston area and serves the communities of Bear Creek, Champions, Conroe, Copperfield, CyFair, Humble, Jersey Village, Kingwood, Magnoila, Montgomery, Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, and surrounding areas.

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