You’ve been hitting the treadmill, doing sit-ups, your doctor says you’ve reached your ideal weight, and yet still that muffin top won’t go away. You may be a great candidate for a tummy-tuck, also called an abdominoplasty. One of the most popular requests at Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus, this common procedure involves an incision in the lower bikini line that extends from hip to hip and removes all of the excess skin up to the belly button, which is then repositioned to maintain a natural appearance. The result of a tummy tuck is a flatter, thinner abdomen that reflects your true health.
And although you should be at or near your ideal weight for this procedure, that treadmill isn’t necessary. There’s no need to work on your abs to prepare for a tummy tuck. In fact, the surgery works on your abs for you!
For those in need of more gentle toning, there’s also the mini-abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck. This procedure is very similar to the full tummy tuck, but only about half the skin below the belly button is removed, and the belly button is not repositioned. This procedure won’t tighten abdominal muscles as a full tummy tuck would, but it’s still a great option for people requiring less work. And whereas the recovery time for a full tummy tuck is usually about two to three weeks, people can recover from a mini tummy tuck in half that time.
Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft also perform the umbilical float procedure as well as a hybrid abdominoplasty, both allowing for a full muscle repair with no scar around the belly button. During your consultation, you and Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft can go over all the options and discuss which procedure is right for you.
Tummy tucks are performed on patients from many walks of life. Both men and women who have remaining fat around the belly after significant weight loss may be good candidates for the procedure. With some people, that extra abdominal skin and fat may be hereditary or due to a congenital spine disorder. After a tummy tuck, patients find they feel better about how they look in bathing suits as well as everyday clothing.
“Selecting a surgeon for plastic or cosmetic surgery is a very important task. Dr. Houser performed an abdominoplasty for me and I have been very pleased with the quality of his work and the care provided by his staff. To anyone looking for a great plastic surgeon and an outstanding medical and administrative support staff in a single practice – I recommend Dr. Houser.”
Abdominoplasty is a common procedure for Dr. Houser, Dr. Kraft, and the staff at Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus; they’re experienced and skilled in the latest tuck techniques. Your procedure will be performed on site in Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft’s accredited surgical suite, in the same convenient location of all your prior appointments. For most patients, recovery takes about two to three weeks. Year after year, Dr. Houser and Dr. Kraft have accommodated out-of-town patients, and their staff is happy to help arrange for convenient hotel stays near the time of surgery. If you’d like to know more about how to prepare for your surgery and what to expect during your recovery, watch Dr. Houser’s abdominoplasty instructional video on tummy tuck surgery.
If you’re ready for a little help showing off what you’ve worked so hard to achieve, call Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft.