Dr. Venkata Erella says abdominoplasty is helping more Austin plastic surgery patients remove stubborn fat around their stomach.
Austin, TX ?? At his Austin plastic surgery practice, Aspira Plastic Surgery, Dr. Venkata Erella says he has observed a significant increase in tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and lower body lift procedures over the past few years. He attributes much of this growth to the new techniques available for helping patients improve the contours of their stomach and achieve a firmer, more sculpted abdominal area. Dr. Erella says recent developments in postoperative care and incision placement have allowed plastic surgeons to perform tummy tuck or lower body lift procedures safely and effectively with reduced scarring and recovery time.
Designed to tighten a patient??s midsection by eliminating excess inelastic skin on their abdomen, Dr. Erella says tummy tucks make up about 15 percent of his patient base. Also beneficial for patients who have previously undergone bariatric surgery, he says ideal candidates have a large amount of loose abdominal skin with a bulge in their lower abdomen, but are otherwise healthy. Dr. Erella says tummy tuck, lower body lift, or circumferential tummy tuck procedures can help address a number of these patient concerns; however, proper technique and postoperative care should be the top priority during a patient??s search for the right plastic surgeon in Austin.
??I find that most of my patients would like a taut abdomen without loose skin,? says Dr. Erella. ??They are usually experiencing some type of upper and lower abdominal loose skin, lipodystrophy, pannus, loose skin around the hips, sagging buttocks, side rolls, or large mons.?
While there is no special preoperative care needed for a tummy tuck or lower body lift, Dr. Erella says choosing a plastic surgeon in Austin with the proper experience, the most advanced techniques, and a commitment to patient recovery is essential for achieving the highest quality results. He says he utilizes the following techniques to help ensure his patients have the safest, most comfortable plastic surgery experience possible:
??We do remove all the loose skin and tighten the muscles, using liposuction as needed to contour the body,? he says. ??Of course, in any body contouring procedure, we place the utmost emphasis on safety.?
Following the procedure, Dr. Erella says most patients can expect to return to work after two or three weeks, although the abdominal binder may be kept for up to six weeks. By implementing proper technique and a strict attention to the patient??s unique needs, he says results should be visible immediately and should continue to improve as the swelling goes down. As with any medical procedure, Dr. Erella says he urges patients considering a tummy tuck or body lift to first consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing any treatment.
About Venkata Erella, MD, FACS
Dr. Venkata Erella is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons. Having delivered numerous presentations across the United States and India, Dr. Erella dedicates numerous hours each year to continuing his education and teaching others. He has been recognized as one of the Leading Physicians of the World, a Top Plastic Surgeon in Austin, and one of America??s Top Surgeons. Dr. Erella also volunteers his time and services in various third world countries to help underprivileged communities.