Are you considering a tummy tuck in San Antonio?
Dr. Koneru has been performing the popular tummy tuck procedure, also known as an abdominoplasty, with excellent results for more than 18 years.
Tummy tucks help to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist, by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the underlying muscles. They are very useful for women who have stretched abdominal skin and muscles as a result of pregnancy. As part of the tummy tuck operation, Dr. Koneru tightens your rectus muscles so they return to their pre-pregnancy appearance. He can also remove any stretch marks below the belly button as part of the procedure. It’s no wonder patients who have a tummy tuck in San Antonio are so happy with the look of their new, flat belly.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
To be a candidate for the tummy tuck procedure, you should be in good physical condition, follow a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Some of our patients have loose skin that just will not shrink on its own. Others struggle with a ‘spare tire’ which they cannot get rid of, no matter how hard they try.
We recommend that you wait until after any planned pregnancies and have reached your goal weight before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. This is because further pregnancies or weight loss can undo the results of your tummy tuck in San Antonio by stretching the skin. We also recommend that your BMI should be less than 30 to decrease your risk of complications.
What happens during the consultation?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Koneru will discuss your cosmetic goals in detail, so he can tailor your tummy tuck operation accordingly. He continues to consult closely with you at every stage of the process, to ensure that you get the personalized care you deserve.
What happens during the procedure?
The surgery takes approximately two to three hours under general anesthesia. Dr. Koneru will make an incision from hip to hip, and then cut out all the skin between your belly button and pubis. During your tummy tuck in San Antonio, Dr. Koneru will separate the skin from the rectus muscles, and then pull and stitch the muscle together, for a firmer abdomen and a narrower waist. He will then stretch the skin flap down and over the newly tightened muscles, cut out the extra skin, and reconnect the belly button. Dr. Koneru will usually leave a couple drains in place to drain any extra fluid.
Unlike some other surgeons, Dr. Koneru does not force his patients to wear an uncomfortable tight binder after surgery. To help make your recovery less painful, Dr. Koneru injects a long lasting local anesthetic (Exparel) at the time of your surgery. Typically, this provides 3 days of pain relief so that you have to take fewer narcotics and get back to feeling like yourself sooner.
How long is the recovery?
Full recovery from a tummy tuck operation usually takes four to six weeks, although you may be able to return to work in as little as two weeks, depending on your job. We encourage our patients to walk for 10 to 15 minutes every two hours after surgery, and to spend the first week in a recliner.
What are the results?
With a good diet and regular exercise, results from your tummy tuck in San Antonio should be long-lasting. While the full tummy tuck will leave a hip-to-hip scar across the lower abdomen, Dr. Koneru strives to make the incision low enough for even a bikini to conceal the scar.
What are the risks?
Post-operative complications from any surgery are possible, and include infection, blood clots, and poor healing which may require further surgery. You can minimize these risks by choosing an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Koneru, who can handle any complications and will give you the attention you need.
If you have had previous abdominal surgery, your old scars could be raised, stretched, or generally more noticeable after the procedure. However, if your scar is below the belly button, it will probably be removed with the tummy tuck operation.
What is a mini tummy tuck?
A mini tummy tuck in San Antonio is a good choice for patients who only need a small amount of excess skin and fat removed. The mini tummy tuck is similar to the full procedure, except that it uses a shorter incision, usually about 15 cm in length (similar to a C-section scar). With this short scar, much less skin can be removed, and the skin is only lifted to the belly button. The mini tummy tuck usually doesn’t remove many stretch marks and can’t correct muscles that have become separated above the belly button.