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Spring Into Action

By: Corpus Christi Institute of Plastic Surgery

With summer right around the corner it is never too early to start thinking about your summer body goals! One of the most popular cosmetic procedures for sculpting your ideal physique is an abdominoplasty!  

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a procedure designed to tighten and flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and abdominal skin, putting together and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall, and reshaping and repositioning the umbilicus (belly button). This procedure is best suited for men and women who are in relatively good shape but are struggling with loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. This procedure is particularly useful for women with stretched skin and abdominal muscles from pregnancy.  

The tummy tuck incision is strategically placed along the lower abdomen so that the resulting scar can easily be hidden beneath undergarments and bathing suits. Your scar will continue to improve and fade over time, and protecting it from the sun will help prevent it from darkening. Major recovery after abdominoplasty is 2-4 weeks with restrictions for up to 6 weeks. Results from this procedure are generally permanent as long as you maintain a healthy weight and do not have any future pregnancies.

All cosmetic procedures are performed in our AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) accredited facility as we strive to maintain a safe and private environment for our patients. A certificate of accreditation provides evidence that our facility meets the high standards for patients’ safety in the outpatient surgical environment. Qualified surgeons who are eligible to perform surgical procedures in an accredited hospital can only perform surgery in an AAAASF accredited facility. Such surgeons must also be certified or eligible by a surgical board that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and must be in compliance with their respective professional society or association. The assisting personnel are also highly trained and skilled. A Board Certified Anesthesiologist provides general anesthesia and other personnel assisting in the surgery or caring for the patient in the recovery room includes a specially trained surgical technician, and a registered nurse. Together, these members comprise a team that operates our surgical facility smoothly and efficiently – before, during and after your surgery.

Look your best this summer and make your appointment today!