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What results can you expect?

Of all the plastic surgery procedures out there, the tummy tuck is one of the most invasive. As a result, there tends to be some swelling in addition to tummy tuck scars that will take some time to heal, along with the potential need for drainage tubes to be removed before results will be seen. This can sometimes take several weeks. Once this occurs, however, results very quickly become clear and will become increasingly noticeable as the days and weeks wear on. Looking at some tummy tuck before-and-after photos is a great way to get a better idea of what to expect in terms of results.

What potential risks are there?

With abdominoplasty being a more invasive cosmetic procedure than most, there are some risks of which you should be aware before committing to the procedures. Specifically, potential side effects can include:

  • Abdominoplasty scars
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Necrosis
  • Blood clots
  • Bruising

How long does abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) recovery take?

When it comes to tummy tuck recovery, times can vary. However, most patients find that they’re able to resume their everyday activities within three to six weeks following the surgery. Most patients are able to walk and complete simple tasks within just a few days, and within a week, most of the pain and discomfort have subsided.

What happens during abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?

During the average tummy tuck performed through the offices of Dermatology Associates of San Antonio, things begin when the patient is placed under general anesthesia. From there, an incision is carefully made just above the pubic bone. This allows the surgeon to access and remove all excess fat and skin underneath the area of the belly button. With a full abdominoplasty procedure, the abdominal wall is also tightened before the incision is carefully sutured. In some cases, one or two drains will also need to be temporarily placed near the incision site to help drain fluids; these are usually removed several days after the surgery.

Who performs the procedure?

Those thinking about having tummy tuck surgery can trust the expertise of Dr. Earl Ferguson III, who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has performed numerous surgeries and helped people just like you achieve the results they want from a tummy tuck in San Antonio.

The best way to decide if a tummy tuck is right for you is to call Dermatology Associates of San Antonio at
(210) 877-5005
or click the link below and schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss all your options.

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