Abdominoplasty “Tummy Tuck”

Photo of a woman's bare tummy

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A protuberant abdomen can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles, or loose skin. Often these conditions do not respond to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is performed to correct the protuberant abdomen which is caused by skin excess and muscle weakness. The stretch marks, loose skin, and fatty deposits which are located between the umbilicus (belly button) and the pubic hairline are removed during abdominoplasty. The muscles of the abdominal wall are plicated, giving the body a tighter contour.

What happens at my Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Initial Evaluation?

At the initial consultation, your health history will be reviewed and the procedure you are interested in will be explained in great detail. Any alternative procedures, as well as the risks and benefits of surgery, will be discussed. You will view before and after photographs of Dr. Lawton’s patients, and all of your questions will be answered.

During the examination, your abdominal wall contours including skin excess, fatty deposits, and muscular tone will be evaluated. You will have the opportunity to point out the particular characteristics of your anatomy that you would like to improve or change.

After an extensive discussion, you and Dr. Lawton will arrive at the surgical plan that will best achieve your goals. It is our commitment that you leave this initial visit with a clear understanding of your surgical options, so you may make an informed decision. We are happy to answer any questions you may think of later by telephone, email, or at another private consultation. There is never an additional charge for these subsequent visits.

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What happens during a Tummy Tuck procedure?

Abdominoplasty is performed in our own private AAAASF Certified Class-C Outpatient Surgical Center. The procedure takes about 2 hours. During surgery, excess skin and fat are removed. The muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. For this outpatient procedure, we utilize general intravenous anesthesia administered by an elite group of carefully selected, highly qualified, board-certified anesthesiologists. The techniques employed are designed to provide a smooth, gentle anesthetic experience, and prevent postoperative nausea and eliminate postoperative pain.

What is the recovery like after Tummy Tuck surgery?

Rest is recommended after surgery. At home, you will have medications to ease the pain and treat the abdominal muscle spasm. We also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Surgical vitamins, arnica, and bromelain are used to reduce the swelling and bruising, and to speed your recovery.

We will see you in the office the day after surgery. By the fourth or fifth day, the discomfort should be significantly reduced. In one week, you will return for drain removal. By this time, you should be feeling well enough to be back to some of your normal activities. You should be back to work by the second week. Because it takes 6 weeks before the wounds reach 50% of their full strength, you will be able to return to vigorous activities only after this healing period.

We will see you in follow-up at 1 day, several times in the first 2 weeks, and then at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and every year thereafter. We will see you more frequently if necessary. There are never charges for follow-up visits.

What is the difference between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?

Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles in the midsection. By contrast, liposuction is for the patient who does not have issues with excess skin or loose muscles, but simply wants packets of fat removed in the abdomen, thighs, or hips.

Choosing between a tummy tuck and liposuction ultimately depends on your body type and the results you are seeking. We may even recommend a combination of the two in order to get the look you truly want. If you need any more information about either of these procedures or would like help choosing which one is right for you, give us a call today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639.

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How much does a Tummy Tuck cost in San Antonio TX?

The cost of a tummy tuck procedure depends on the type of tummy tuck and the complexity of the procedure. Please contact the Lawton Plastic Surgery office today at San Antonio Office Phone Number 210-496-2639 with any questions about the costs involved with a tummy tuck procedure.

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I had such a great experience with Dr Lawtons office. They managed to get me in for my first appointment within days and had me all setup for appointments and surgery within no time at all. Very accommodating with scheduling and made certain that I was on track and up to date on what needed to be done before, during and after surgery. They have some amazing staff too! The nurses did all my post follow-up care and they took the time to make sure I was healing! They gave me all the information in an organized fashion that answered all of my questions and kept me on track. This is the ONLY place I would trust! I had visited with others before and after meeting Dr Lawton I knew he was the one. I would definitely do it again!

- Nicole

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These people are so professional! From the initial appointment, I felt no pressure at all to make this big decision, and asked lots of questions until I felt very comfortable with proceeding with my surgery. I am three months post surgery and am so glad I did it-feel great, lots of energy and a renewed self confidence in myself. Having Dr. Lawton do this surgery was the best choice I could have made-super pleased with the result.

- Julie T

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Dr Lawton and his team made me feel welcomed before I even met them in person. Jennifer helped get me scheduled in time to get my surgery that worked best with my work schedule and provided me with all the details needed when we met. Dr Lawton took his time to answer all my questions and concerns and made me feel so comfortable. I couldn’t be happier and feel like he is the perfect fit for me!

- Nicole W

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I am beyond pleased with Dr. Lawton and his staff. The service, care, professionalism is amazing. I am still in the post-op recovery phase, however, I am confident the results will exceed my expectations. One very important issue for me was nausea caused by anesthesia and Dr. Lawton promised I would not have any problems with that and he kept his word! First time ever I go under anesthesia and experience no nausea whatsoever! I would definitely recommend Dr. Lawton and his staff to anyone!

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Despues de 1 mes de operada empiezo a ver increibles resultados y eso que todabia me falta, todo el personal del consultorio super amables y atentos con cualquier duda o problemita que uno tiene ,siempre estan al pendiente de que todo salga bien y que uno quede contenta con el resultados, lo pense mucho tiempo y al desidirme hacer mi abdimoplastia escogi al dr Lawton porque una amiga me lo recomendo, es un cirujano certificado y mi salud solo se la podia confiar a alguien exelente, y definitivo es el mejor.

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