Tummy Tuck in Allen, TX
Let’s discuss with Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Charles Slack, the tummy tuck procedure! What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a procedure that is performed to make the tummy flatter, tighter, and more youthful in appearance. A tummy tuck can remove unwanted stretch marks, loose skin, and fullness from muscle separation, excess fat and unattractive lower abdominal scars. It also lifts the pubic area and anterior thighs and tightens the upper abdominal skin.
What is recovery like?
Recovery is more difficult with a tummy tuck particularly a full tummy tuck. Most patients are slightly bent over from the tightness of the skin removal and swelling. The first 3-5 days after surgery is spent mainly in bed or a recliner but it is important to get up and move around a little to minimize the risk of blood clot formation. Patients are typically starting to drive between week one and two of surgery and can typically return to work at this time as long as their job does not require heavy physical labor. At 6 weeks patients can resume all activities. New, long acting pain medications and advanced techniques can minimize post operative pain and speed up resumption of normal everyday activities.
Do you use drains?
I do not use drains. Instead I use the progressive tension suture technique. This involves suturing the remaining skin and fatty tissue back down to the abdominal wall. As a result the space for fluid to accumulate is effectively closed so that drains are not needed.
What should I expect during the consultation? During your consultation we will talk about what specifically you are trying to improve. We will talk about recovery, potential risks and complications with this type of surgery. We will also look at my surgical results so you are comfortable proceeding with surgery. Tummy tucks make a tremendous difference in a patient’s appearance and self confidence despite the scars. I love this procedure because I can show my patients in a mirror the changes that will take place and then make it happen. I am looking forward to meeting you! Dr. Slack serves patients in Dallas, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco and surrounding areas!