The cosmetic surgery procedure known as abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is performed primarily to make the abdomen more firm and flattened. It is a highly popular surgical procedure due to its proven effectiveness and safety. However, it should not be forgotten that abdominoplasty is a surgery through and through – therefore, it has its share of risks, potential complications and recovery steps. Katy, TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wilberto G. Cortés believes it as essential that all his patients are thoroughly informed regarding the surgery to be undertaken, especially the pre-operation preparations. This is to avoid too much expectations and so that a patient will be on the safe side in recovering from the surgery as soon as possible. Ideal patients for abdominoplasty are those men and women who have encountered difficulties, despite serious efforts at exercising and dieting, in trimming down their abdomen. People who have recently undergone pregnancy or been through a major weight loss may typically find it difficult to reduce their tummy size as well – thus they are also considered ideal patients for abdominoplasty. The surgery is intended to tighten the abdominal wall muscle by removing extra skin and fat from the middle and lower portions of the abdomen. Depending on the amount of skin and fat to remove, the whole surgery can be performed in about one to four hours. One clear mark of an excellent plastic surgeon is when he/she provides time to make each patient understand the pros and cons of abdominoplasty surgery. Before deciding to perform any surgery, Dr. Cortés will personally answer all queries that patients may have regarding the procedure itself until recovery time. Before the actual operation, the Katy-based Plastic Surgeon may likely advise the patient to do fasting for about 8 hours before the procedure and to avoid cigarettes altogether. A standard tummy tuck is normally performed using general anaesthesia, hence practically nothing is felt during the surgery. In order to achieve your particular aesthetic goals, be honest and candid about your thoughts and expectations regarding abdominoplasty surgery. Schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Cortés by calling us at (713) 234-6244 or by submitting this Online Contact Form.