Tummy tuck surgery can help re-sculpt the abdominal region to restore a flat, toned appearance and a contoured waistline.
A smooth, flat abdomen and a narrow waist are an attractive feature of a fit, youthful body. Pregnancy and weight gain can alter these characteristics greatly due to stretching that occurs to the skin and the inner connective tissues (fascia) and muscles of the abdominal region. The weakening of this inner structure, along with poor skin elasticity, and excess skin and fat, often leaves the abdomen and waist flabbier, thicker, and protruding in appearance.
Though diet and exercise can provide some improvement, they cannot correct the protruding that occurs as a result of a weakening of the abdomen’s underlying connective tissue and muscular structure. This must be repaired surgically to restore a flat look to the tummy.
In a tummy tuck procedure, ACPS surgeons resculpt the abdominal region to restore a flat, toned appearance to this area and a narrower contour line to the waist. They begin by making a horizontal incision just below the bikini line. Through this incision, they repair the weakened fascia and muscles by tightening them with permanent sutures.
After trimming away excess skin and repositioning the belly button, sutures or skin adhesives are used to close the incisions. After the 2-5 hour tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon may recommend an overnight stay in one of the recovery suites at our private ACPS SurgiCentre. Our overnight guests are carefully monitored and cared for by our well-trained staff of registered nurses.
A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluids, and you will be fitted with a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen during the healing process.
In the days following your surgery, you will be encouraged to take short walks to promote blood circulation. Most patients can return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks, and resume exercise in 6-8 weeks. Though it is common to experience swelling after tummy tuck surgery, much of this will diminish over 2-3 months. The procedure leaves a scar that will fade over 7-12 months.
To schedule your tummy tuck consultation with one of our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons, call our office today at 713.799.9999.
Tummy tuck plastic surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to achieve a flatter and smoother stomach.
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck plastic surgery are those who have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area that is resistant to diet and exercise. Additionally, they should be in good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure’s results.
During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon will make a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen and remove excess skin and fat. They will also tighten the abdominal muscles, and reposition the belly button if necessary. The incision is then closed, and the patient is placed in a compression garment to help with swelling and support.
Recovery time varies, but most patients need to take about two to four weeks off work and other regular activities. During the first week, patients should rest as much as possible, and gradually increase activity levels over the following weeks.
*Pricing varies among our doctors. Please be aware that the prices listed below are estimates only. Call us at 713.799.9999 for specific doctors price estimates for procedures. A customized price quote can only be given to you during your consultation with your surgeon.