VITENAS COSMETIC SURGERY THE FINE ART OF NATURAL COSMETIC SURGERY Named one of America’s Top Doctors since 2007Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is the surgical procedure to correct a protruding or loose sagging abdomen. As we age the stomach muscles tend to weaken, especially if we do not continually exercise. The muscles are also weakened or separated due to pregnancy and weight loss. Dr. Paul Vitenas performs the procedure on many of his patients with very positive results. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in weight. Therefore, ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are not planning future pregnancies and who plan on maintaining an appropriate diet and exercise regimen. Dr. Vitenas performs the abdominoplasty surgery at Houston Surgery Center, with an overnight stay for the patient's comfort, if needed. The procedure generally takes 3 to 4 hours depending on the degree of correction needed and usually does not require an overnight hospital stay. The Surgery A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision above the pubic hairline as well as incision above the umbilicus. This excess fat and skin are removed, weakened abdominal muscles may be corrected and the belly button repositioned. This results in a low-lying hip-to-hip scar which will fade in time. If the problem area lay below the belly button then a mini tummy tuck, or limited abdominoplasty, may be performed. This results in a shorter incision line and does not require repositioning of the belly button. After surgery a compression garment is worn to minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. Drainage tubes are removed within 1 to 2 weeks. Prescription oral medications are given to control post-operative discomfort and antibiotics are taken to prevent infection. Bending, straining and lifting should be avoided for several days. Although the results are immediately visible, the final results may be initially obscured by swelling and the inability to stand fully upright. Within a week or two, Dr. Viitenas finds that patients are able to return to work, standing tall and confident in their new slimmer profile. Numbness and a firm feeling over the skin’s surface will resolve in a few months and the figure-flattering final results are complete several months after the surgery. This procedure, when combined with breast procedures is often referred to as a "Mommy Makeover". If you desire a flatter, tighter abdomen then a tummy tuck may be just what you’re looking for to enhance your body image and self-confidence. Dr. Paul Vitenas can address any questions or concerns you may have during your personalized consultation. Call the office today to make an appointment. Call (281) 810-9169 or click on the contact form now.