Tummy Tuck in San Jose
Many people have excess fat and skin that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. This is especially common for women who have had multiple pregnancies or people who have lost tissue elasticity through the aging process. With a tummy tuck, San Jose plastic surgeon Dr. Vincent Lepore can remove that unwanted fat and drooping skin and tighten abdominal wall muscles that have been stretched due to pregnancy or weight fluctuation.
Researching procedures online can be helpful in guiding your decisions about plastic surgery. However, the best way to decide what's right for you is to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lepore, who has been in practice since 1987. You can request a free cosmetic consultationrequest a free cosmetic consultation online or call his office at 408-356-4241 to discuss surgical options.
Understanding Tummy Tuck Surgery
No matter how hard you work to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fit appearance, you may not be able to tighten up your stomach area the way you'd like. Through pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuation, heredity, or other factors you can lose muscle tone, develop stubborn fat deposits and begin to notice loose and sagging skin. With an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, San Jose women can improve these conditions.
Liposuction is another body contouring procedure that many people consider when they want to eliminate excess fat. While liposuction is highly effective in removing unwanted fat in common problem areas, it cannot address drooping or sagging excess skin, and it cannot retighten stretched muscles. Dr. Lepore regularly performs both tummy tucks and liposuction for his Los Gatos and San Jose patients. He can help you determine which would work better for you, or combine the procedures for more advanced body contouring.
When women choose abdominoplasty to address the physical changes caused by pregnancy, they often prefer to combine their tummy tuck with a breast lift or breast enlargement surgery in San Jose for what is commonly referred to as a Mommy Makeover. Dr. Lepore will take the time to discuss whether these procedures can be combined with your abdominoplasty.
What to Expect
Tummy tuck surgeons perform abdominoplasty under either sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your individual needs. A horizontal incision will be made between your two pelvic bones allowing Dr. Lepore to repair weakened abdominal muscles and remove excess fat and skin. It may be necessary to make a second incision around your belly button to address the upper abdomen.
Your New Look
For a week or two after surgery, you will experience some swelling and may need to avoid positions that would put extra strain on your incisions. After the recovery period, you will be able to stand up straight and see your slim, firmer shape. To maintain the results of your abdominoplasty, it is important to continue to eat well and exercise regularly.