Men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight often have excess skin and fat around their midsection. Women who have been pregnant also commonly struggle with loose abdominal skin and muscles. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, here in Houston, tightens the shape of the stomach to provide a sleeker, more toned midsection. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu has extensive experience in body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck, making him an ideal choice to help bring out your best body.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
People who are unhappy with the appearance of their midsections may be good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Ideal candidates include:
- Individuals who have lost weight and notice hanging skin around the abdomen
- People with diastasis recti, a condition that occurs when the abdominal muscles separate
- Men and women with a diagnosed ventral hernia
- Women who have completed their families and now have loose abdominal skin or muscles and excess fat around their midsections
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Your Tummy Tuck Options
Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with a tummy tuck, you’ll have a few options to consider.
While most people who get abdominoplasty benefit from a full, or traditional, tummy tuck, some people may be better candidates for a different type of tummy tuck such as a mini tummy tuck or an extended tummy tuck.
Many Cypress and Houston tummy tuck patients choose to combine their procedures with liposuction of the waist or love handles for more comprehensive results. While a tummy tuck on its own can dramatically improve the front of the midsection, liposuction can be useful to reduce excess fat on the sides of the waist or hips to further streamline your figure.
Where will my Tummy Tuck incision be?
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of a tummy tuck in Houston varies depending on the practice and the surgeon. Your total costs will include facility fees, the price of anesthesia, and your pre- and post-op appointments.
At Basu Plastic Surgery, we offer frequent special promotions for abdominoplasty. We also connect men and women with plastic surgery financing options to make their procedures as affordable as possible.
Your Tummy Tuck
During your consultation, Dr. Basu discusses your concerns with you and explains the details of a tummy tuck. He works with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Dr. Basu performs tummy tuck surgery using general anesthesia. If the stomach muscles need to be repaired, you will receive a muscle relaxant as well. Your surgery can last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
To start the procedure, Dr. Basu makes an incision just under your pubic line and another just under your bikini or underwear line. The skin between these incisions is removed and the remaining skin pulled down. This creates a flatter, more toned abdomen.
If necessary, Dr. Basu repairs stretched abdominal muscles with internal sutures, drawing them together into their original, youthful-looking positions. Dr. Basu then closes the incisions with sutures and applies a dressing to protect the incisions as they heal.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
Your Recovery & Results
As you recover from your procedure, Dr. Basu asks you to wear a compression garment to maintain the new contours of your stomach. You may experience some swelling and discomfort, which you can manage with prescription medication from Dr. Basu.
You should participate in light walking soon after your appointment to promote blood flow, but Dr. Basu asks you to avoid most daily activities for 2 to 3 weeks. You can gradually resume more strenuous activities over the coming months. Most people are able to see their final results within 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Am I a better candidate for liposuction or a tummy tuck?
A:It depends on whether the cause of your complaint is primarily excess fat or excess skin. Liposuction is the preferred option for treating unwanted fat. However, liposuction can actually worsen sagging when excess skin is involved, so these patients are much better suited to a tummy tuck, which removes skin as well as some residual fat. If you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, Dr. Basu helps you understand your options during your consultation.
Q:Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
A:You will physically be able to become pregnant after tummy tuck surgery, but we recommend you wait until your family is complete. This is because the changes your body goes through during pregnancy can significantly alter the results of your tummy tuck and even require a revisionary procedure.
Q:Will I have surgical drains?
A:Although drains are not always required, Dr. Basu does commonly add them during tummy tuck surgery to prevent complications. Tummy tuck creates a temporary “open space” within the abdomen where fluid can accumulate while you’re healing. Drains prevent fluid from building up, significantly reducing the risk of a seroma.