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What Your First Week of Recovery After a Tummy Tuck Would Be Like

Recovery from a tummy tuck here at our Houston body contouring surgery practice is all about supporting your body to heal optimally while avoiding complications at the same time. During initial consultations with Dr. Cortes, one of the most common concerns of men and women who want to have a tummy tuck is how recovery would be like, particularly during the first week following surgery.

Bed Rest

You should spend most of your time following recovery in your bed. It is very important that you keep the head of the bed elevated with several pillow underneath your slightly bent knees. This position will help you heal optimally by expanding your lungs (reducing your chances of pneumonia and other respiratory complications) and relaxing abdominal skin which was overly stretched during wound closure.

You are to maintain this position for the first 5 to 7 days following surgery. Walking should be limited and should only be done when necessary such as when you’re about to head to the bathroom or to the refrigerator. Too much movement on your end will most likely lead to hematoma (pooling of blood) or seroma (pooling of fluids).

Diet

You can resume eating your normal diet as tolerated. It should be noted that you are to increase your fluid intake during the first 72 hours. Avoid sodas and energy drinks and focus on fluids that are the least processed such as broths, fruit juices, and of course, water. 

Hygiene

Do not take showers during the first 5 to 7 days as you are to make sure that the compression garment stays dry. You can take sponge baths instead and can resume taking a full bath once the compression garment has been removed. In addition, make sure that you have someone to support you on your way to the bathroom.

Drains

Drains are put in place to collect fluid that accumulate in the wound area. It should be regularly emptied when full and the amount of fluid removed should be recorded every time it is emptied. You will be instructed as to when to visit our office for removal.

Compression Garments

Compression garments are put in place to reduce swelling and prevent seromas (fluid accumulations). They are not to be removed during the first 5 to 7 days following surgery and should be worn 24/7.

Pain Medications

Take pain medications as needed. 

Planning for Your Tummy Tuck with Dr. Cortes

Dr. Cortes’ approach to a tummy tuck procedure, may it be a mini or a full tummy tuck, is to not only remove excess abdominal fat and tighten weakened abdominal muscles. He also aims to create a customized tummy tuck plan that will suit your needs and will help you achieve an abdominal contour that is in proportion with the rest of your natural curves.

Call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cortes. We look forward to your visit!

Stubborn pockets of abdominal fat, sagging abdominal skin, and weakened abdominal muscles are just some of the main concerns of men and women who seek Dr. Cortes’ expertise in body contouring here at our Houston tummy tuck practice.

While their concerns have one thing in common — that is significantly improve the appearance of their abdominal region, patients who come in for the first time for consultation are often confused about which body contouring procedure suits them well. Should they have a tummy tuck? Or a liposuction? Should they do both perhaps?

Understanding What Each Procedure Does

First of all, it may be best to figure out first what each procedure is designed for. The primary goal of a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a firmer and flatter midsection by removing excess abdominal skin and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. On the other hand, liposuction is mainly used to remove stubborn pockets of fat.

Combining Both Procedures is Possible!

Liposuction and a tummy tuck can definitely be done together! However, extra caution should be practiced so as not to disrupt the blood supply in the abdominal area. Disruption in the blood supply can lead to bleeding and consequently result to delayed healing.

Not a Weight Loss Procedure

Moreover, we would like to remind our patients here our practice that both liposuction and a tummy tuck are not weight loss procedures but  are aids to helping you get that body shape you want. By and large, you need to be within or near your ideal weight before having either or both procedures. 

To learn more about combining both tummy tuck and liposuction, call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cortes. We look forward to your visit!

Making the decision to have a Mommy Makeover often involves a lot of questions and doubts for most of the women who see Dr. Cortes for a consultation here at our Houston body contouring surgery practice.

There’s the question of what specific outcomes you would want to see, which procedure/s can help achieve your desired outcomes, and whether or not you are actually physically and mentally ready to have the makeover. In addition, there’s a lot of planning involved — from making sure someone will be watching over your little ones while you’re in surgery to making sure that you have chosen a plastic surgeon that you’re most comfortable with. 

By and large, there are 3 questions that you need to critically ask yourself before making the decision to have a Mommy Makeover. We encourage you to be honest with your answers to help you get on the right track and achieve your desired outcomes as much as possible.

1. Are you within or near your ideal weight for the past 6 months or so?
Losing the extra pounds and being within or near your ideal weight before having the procedure will help you achieve the desired outcomes.

2. Are you done having children?
If you’re planning to give birth again, you might want to postpone your plans of a Mommy Makeover, particularly having a tummy tuck. Pregnancy can re-separate again the abdominal muscles that are tightened during a tummy tuck.

3. Are you done breastfeeding?
The increased blood vessel activity coupled with enlarged ducts while breastfeeding increases your risk of bleeding during surgery. Thus, it may be best to put off surgery first until you’re done breastfeeding.

Your Mommy Makeover Consultation with Dr. Cortes

To learn more about your Mommy Makeover options with Dr. Cortes, we invite you to get in touch with us for a personal consultation. Call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your pre-baby body and beauty back!

A middle-aged woman recently visited us here at our Houston body contouring surgery practice wanting to know her options in getting rid of her muffin top that doesn’t seem to budge despite being on a low-carb diet and regular exercise. We suggested a tummy tuck procedure for her main concerns.

“Am I in a perfect position to have the procedure?” was one of her main questions, followed by questions on how to prepare for the surgery, how soon the results can be noticed, and what the recovery process is going to be like.

By and large, the best time for you to get a tummy tuck is:

  • when you’ve done almost everything to get rid of the excess fat, slack abdominal muscles, and sagging skin in the abdominal area
  • when your self-confidence is affected with how your abdomen looks like
  • when you just experienced massive weight loss or pregnancy (and have no plans of getting pregnant again)
  • when you are relatively in good health such as pre-existing health conditions have been stabilized
  • when you are within your ideal weight
  • when you have already understood what happens during and after the procedure, including its risks and benefits, and has realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure
  • when you can make the commitment to quit smoking at least 4-6 weeks before your tummy tuck procedure

Choosing Between a Full or Mini Tummy Tuck

After a thorough discussion with Dr. Cortes, the middle-aged woman mentioned earlier in the article decided to have a mini tummy tuck as recommended. Generally, a mini tummy tuck may be more ideal than a full tummy tuck if you are within your ideal weight and has little or no sagging abdominal skin.

Dr. Cortes’ mini tummy tuck procedure involves a single incision only (whereas a full tummy tuck involves two incisions) between the belly button and pubic bone. Consequently, the  lower skin is pulled down to tighten the abdominal area. Just like a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck may also include liposuction.

Dr. Cortes’ approach to a tummy tuck procedure, may it be a mini or a full tummy tuck, is to not only remove excess abdominal fat and tighten weakened abdominal muscles. He also aims to create a customized tummy tuck plan that will suit your needs and will help you achieve an abdominal contour that is in proportion with the rest of your natural curves.

Call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cortes. We look forward to your visit!

 

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