Is a Tummy Tuck for Me?You may be a good candidate if:
- Droopy tummy skin is a problem
- Loss of muscle tone is causing a "pooch"
- Your weight is fairly stable
- You don't plan a pregnancy in the near future
If your tummy is a source of frustration to you, you're not alone. Many men and women in the Joliet, Frankfort and Naperville areas turn to a plastic or cosmetic surgeon to help them with pockets of flabbiness around their bellies they just can't get rid of. You might be at or near your normal weight, and you may have battled long and hard to improve the look of your abdomen. You are probably in good physical shape.
Don't let your tummy frustrate you any longer. Click for your consultation with Dr. Rios.
This woman, 35, wanted to get rid of excess skin, stretch marks, and a tummy bulge after having children. Dr. Rios performed a tummy tuck with abdominal muscle plication to firm and flatten her abdomen. See more patients.
If your tummy looks very different than the flat expanse of smooth skin it used to be, there's no need to blame yourself. Real life takes its toll on the abdomen. Pregnancy stretches the skin and muscles. Gravity and age impact skin elasticity and muscle tone. And ironically, a hard-won weight loss may bring undesirable sagging skin along with it.
The fact of the matter is, a protruding, drooping abdomen often does not respond well to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, may be the answer. Call one of our offices at (815) 744-8554 to schedule a free informational consultation with Dr. Rios at one of his two convenient plastic surgery locations near Naperville in Joliet and Frankfort. He can help you decide whether a tummy tuck is right for you.
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and subcutaneous fat from the abdominal area and tighten abdominal muscles. In most cases, the surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen, curving upward toward the hips. Then the doctor separates the skin from the abdominal walls. Muscles are stitched together, thereby tightening the belly and improving the waistline. The surgeon trims skin and removes excess fat where possible, repositioning the navel if needed. Then sutures and dressings are applied. The entire procedure normally takes a few hours.
Each patient is unique, and Dr. Rios will tailor the surgical procedure to fit your needs. The length of your incision, for example, depends on how much skin needs to be removed. Occasionally, a patient with bulges localized below the belly button needs a smaller incision. Others, seeking to be rid of a persistent "spare tire," may require an incision around the entire circumference of the waist. In any case, Dr. Rios takes extra time to stitch muscle and skin layers back together with progressive tension sutures, helping to minimize extra space where fluid can collect and helping hasten your recovery.
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No matter the extent of your tummy tuck, you should know that your scar will be permanent. Dr. Rios uses special techniques to minimize and conceal your scar, and it will fade in time. But if you continue to take good care of yourself, the benefits of abdominoplasty — a firmer, trimmer, more youthful looking belly — should be with you for many years.
Dr. Rios is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He may be a bit different than other plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the Joliet and Naperville areas in that he aims for a great outcome for each patient, not just a good outcome. What this means is:
Dr. Rios describes his relationship with his Joliet, Naperville and Frankfort tummy tuck patients as more than just a doctor-patient relationship. He dedicates his practice to forming close ties with real people, like moms who want their bodies to look more like they did before childbirth, older people who are seeking a more youthful appearance to match their outlook on life, and active individuals who take care of themselves and want to look their best.
Part of the great outcome Dr. Rios targets for you and for every one of his patients includes a smooth recovery period. In fact, Dr. Rios' patients tend to require minimal pain relief during their recovery (though the doctor does prescribe pain medication). Whereas other surgeons often insert drains and leave them for several days, Dr. Rios understands that most patients do not like drains. His surgical techniques, which have been covered in professional medical publications, minimize the number of days drains are required, and some patients don't require them at all.
Even with the focus on a rapid, uneventful post-op period, you will need to reserve several days for initial recovery and several weeks for a full recovery. Patients with jobs involving light activity can usually return to work in about two weeks. You can begin to resume light exercise, such as brisk walking, in two to three weeks. More strenuous activity, including heavy lifting, should wait four to six weeks.
Cosmetic surgery is considered to be very safe. If you are in good health and don't smoke, there's every reason to look forward to a great outcome. However, surgery of any kind presents risks and abdominoplasty is no exception. Dr. Rios takes great care to ensure his patients understand these risks.
Many risks associated with tummy tuck procedures are risks you might expect, resulting in conditions that can most often be treated with office visits. For example, infection is still possible despite thorough prepping, antibiotics and sterile surgical techniques, so is post-operative swelling. Occasionally, nerve damage beyond loss of some sensation around the belly button can occur. In rare cases, additional surgery may be required.
Your body is one-of-a-kind. Its own healing processes and patterns will play their part in the ultimate outcome of your tummy tuck. Some patients are prone to robust inflammation and greater scarring than others. Some people's abdomens are more asymmetrical than others, and tummy tuck surgery may help correct this or not.
Dr. Rios will discuss the possibility of minor and major complications with you during your consultation visits. Your safety is of primary importance.
For men and women in Joliet and Naperville interested in tummy tuck surgery, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates, SC offers ideal locations. Offices are located not far from Chicago, but far enough to be away from the stresses of the big city. For more information, send us an email or click to schedule your consultation.
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