Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Many people work hard to eat right and exercise, but still end up with stubborn belly fat. Men may be trying to get rid of that dreaded “beer gut” that has been increasing with age, while many women want to lose the stretch marks and excess fat that can occur after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck) in Fresno – Visalia offers a solution for these and other individuals looking to resculpt an unattractive area where fat has a tendency to form and linger.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure used to improve body contour by removing excess fat and skin while tightening muscle laxity. Fresno cosmetic surgeon Dr. Quita Lopez most often uses a state-of-the-art technique called Avelar abdominoplasty, which offers significant benefits. The most common choices are full and mini Avelar abdominoplasty.

To determine if this procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lopez today. Call our plastic surgery office at (559) 440-9025.

As with any surgery, there are risks to be weighed against the benefits. Dr. Lopez prefers to outline the choices involved in the procedure, diagram the procedure, and then provide you with the known risks. This site will help you start to get educated about Avelar abdominoplasty so that you can make informed decisions regarding which procedures are right for you.

Candidates for Tummy Tuck

Most men and women interested in this procedure are those who are in good shape and are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that wonbt respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, also can be improved. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, since the vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened can separate during pregnancy.

An initial consideration is which type of surgery you would like to have performed. Dr. Lopez often recommends a mini tummy tuck for patients who are within 10% of their ideal body weight. While a full tummy tuck involves an incision around the navel and across the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck leaves the navel intact and usually requires a smaller incision.

Patients also should consider whether use of the Erchonia Niera 4Lb” Laser, newly offered by Dr. Lopez, is right for them. Laser-assisted surgery can offer less pain, bruising, inflammation, and swelling, and often results in a faster recovery compared to traditional procedures.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Dr. Lopez seeks to educate her patients on all aspects of the procedure, including how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect on the day of surgery, and which practices during recovery help to ensure proper health, minimize potential complications, and speed recovery times.

 

Potential Risks and Complications of Abdominoplasty

One of the benefits of Avelar abdominoplasty is that serious complications are uncommon. Complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Notify Dr. Lopez if you notice persistent pain in your calf, as this could be a sign of a blood clot. You can minimize your risks of blood clots by moving around after surgery as much as possible. Immobility allows blood to pool and create a clot, which can travel to the lungs, heart or brain causing a pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke. It is important to move your legs and walk as much as you can.

Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. Separation at the incision site may occur up to four weeks following a tummy tuck in Fresno – most commonly as the result of unauthorized lifting, pulling, or pushing. It is therefore recommended that you refrain from physical activities that may endanger healing of the incision.

Because the nerves are cut during surgery, they may not grow back exactly to their original form. They recover at different rates and some may not recover, leaving areas of decreased or heightened sensation. It may take between six to 18 months for nerves to show appreciable recovery.

Dr. Lopez can drastically improve the appearance of your stomach area and overall body contour through removal of excess fat and skin. We encourage you to visit our Fresno cosmetic surgery office conveniently located on N. First Street and consult Dr. Quita Lopez by calling (559) 440-9025 for an appointment today.