Tummy Tuck Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Trim Loose Skin and Regain Your Confidence
If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight or have simply accumulated an unwanted amount of loose skin, there is a solution for you. The specialists at Dr. Luis Holguín's plastic surgery practice are skilled in the medical art of the tummy tuck, a medical treatment that helps reduce the amount of baggy skin that can accumulate around the waist.
By removing excess skin and tightening the skin that is left, stretch marks can be flattened out, drooping or saggy skin can be eliminated, and a new, more aesthetically pleasing look can be achieved. Abdominal muscles can also be tightened, which sometimes become lax due to age or pregnancy. Due to these benefits, patients' bodies can become healthier and look better. Patients' self-confidence can soar again knowing that they can freely go to the beach or pool without the fear of embarrassment or self-conscious worrying, or they can simply feel more comfortable under their clothes.
To schedule an appointment or see if a tummy tuck is right for you, contact our plastic surgery office in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. We can help guide you to a better body through better medicine.
Although it is always a serious surgery, there are a variety of different tummy tuck procedures that can be employed to achieve specific results. Sometimes a mini tummy tuck is all that's required to reach a patient's goals; in other cases, a more extensive procedure may be needed. For the most part though, the procedure remains the same and is proven to be safe and effective.
Making the Incisions
To start, an incision or multiple ones are made in the skin around the tummy, the length and particular positioning of which are dependent upon the particular type of tummy tuck. If the procedure requires it, the muscles around the tummy can be tightened and stitched into a more toned appearance as well.
Tightening the Skin
The next big step is to tighten the skin. By taking the skin and pulling it downwards until it is appropriately taut, the excess skin can be trimmed away at the bottom. This usually reduces or completely eradicates any stretch marks as well, either by trimming them out or flattening them with the rest of the skin. At this point navels are normally repositioned or reconstructed to create a more natural look. Liposuction can also be used in order to get ornery fat pockets out before the skin is flattened, if necessary.
Sealing the Incisions
Finally the incisions need to be closed. With the skin now tighter around the body, the newly trimmed skin is stitched onto the original incision lines. Over time, the skin will fuse back together and form scar tissue. Due to careful planning before the surgery and skillful execution during, the scars will normally be out of sight and fairly inconspicuous.
Traditional vs. Mini Tummy Tucks
Traditional Tummy Tucks
These are the most common form of abdominoplasty, where the main incision is in the front and across the waist from hip to hip. Another incision is made to reposition the navel as well.
Mini Tummy Tucks
Patients who are near their target weight (within ten percent, typically) will usually opt for this procedure. One small incision is made at the waist line, and moving the navel is not necessary. Although the results are less dramatic than a regular tuck, the recovery time is faster and the procedure can still produce an excellent payoff.
Complications with tummy tucks are rare, but like any surgery there are some risks that potential patients should be aware of:
- Blood clots
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Negative reaction to anesthesia
- Slow healing
Most of these complications can be mitigated if the patient properly follows pre- and post-operation instructions given by our tummy tuck specialists in Santo Domingo.
Side-Effects to Expect
Pain and swelling are side-effects of the tummy tuck procedure, as well as drainage of fluid that collects around the sutured skin. A surgical drain is often placed at the suture point to help remove some of this naturally occurring fluid that helps repair the skin and seal it back together. Pain and swelling due to this fairly major surgical procedure can be dealt with by medication, gentle movement to improve circulation, and a compression garment or abdominal binder. These side-effects are perfectly normal and temporary, eventually vanishing in time.
Learn More About Tummy Tucks
If you are interested in trimming the excess skin off your frame and achieving the beautiful look you want, then a tummy tuck (or mini tummy tuck) may be the treatment for you. Contact our Santo Domingo plastic surgery office, serving the Dominican Republic and beyond, to talk to one of our multi-lingual specialists about how we can help you look your best.