The Woodlands and Conroe Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty provides a smoother and more attractive body contour to patients in The Woodlands and Conroe. “Tummy tuck” surgery removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the midsection, improving areas of the body that may have been unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Patients may be good candidates if they are physically healthy and have a stable weight. However, abdominoplasty is not a surgical treatment for being overweight. Individuals who intend to lose significant weight should postpone body contouring surgery until they have reached this goal.
About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Myers performs procedures at accredited surgical centers in Conroe and The Woodlands. Tummy tuck surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, which allows you to go home the same day as your procedure.
The surgery begins with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Myers then creates a horizontal incision between the pubic hairline and navel. The size of the incision depends on the patient’s needs.
Dr. Myers removes excess fat and tissue from the abdomen during the procedure. He also sutures and repairs weakened abdominal muscles. Surgery concludes with sutures or skin adhesives to close the incisions.
What to Expect as a Tummy Tuck Patient
To begin the process, Woodlands and Conroe patients will meet with Dr. Myers for an initial consultation. This gives you the opportunity to learn about the procedure, ask questions, and develop a relationship with your surgeon.
During the consultation, Dr. Myers will take the time to learn your reasons for undergoing abdominoplasty surgery, what you expect to gain, and your final desired outcome. You should plan to go over your current medications, medical conditions, past surgeries, and drug allergies, among other details.
The consultation includes a general health evaluation and an examination of your abdomen including detailed measurements, skin quality, and a review of the abdominal wall for possible hernias. Photographs will be taken for the medical record and for planning your operation.
Before concluding the consultation, Dr. Myers will discuss with you the different options for a Woodlands and Conroe tummy tuck. He will also outline likely outcomes and potential risks.
Prior to your procedure, you will need surgical clearance to ensure that you are healthy enough for surgery. This may include lab testing and adjusting any medications that you are taking. Dr. Myers will also provide you with a set of detailed instructions so you know what to expect in your recovery.
Important Issues to Consider
Healing from tummy tuck surgery may take Woodlands and Conroe patients several weeks. You will receive support from Dr. Myers and our medical staff at every stage, including an appointment with our practice the day after your procedure.
Expect to feel tired and sore for several days following the operation. Your abdomen may remain swollen and numb for a month or longer, and you may be unable to stand upright fully for some time. This can delay your return to work and normal activity.
Swelling should begin to go done within a few weeks. Within a few months, you should be able to enjoy the complete results of your surgery.
If you are interested in a procedure to reshape your midsection and tighten your abdomen, contact Myers Plastic Surgery. Call (936) 539-8115 for a free consultation.