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. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, tightens the shape of the stomach to provide a sleeker, more toned midsection.
Why Consider a 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 their stomach
- People with diastasis recti, or abdominal muscle separation
- People with a 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 people choose to combine their tummy tuck 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.
Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
During your consultation, Dr. Basu will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of a tummy tuck. He will work 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 1 to 2 hours.
To start the procedure, Dr. Basu will make an incision just under your pubic line and another just under the bikini or underwear line. The skin between these incisions will be removed and the remaining skin will be pulled down from near your bikini line to meet the skin at your pubic line. This will create a flatter, more toned stomach.
If necessary, stretched abdominal muscles will be repaired with internal sutures, drawing them together into their original, youthful position. Dr. Basu will then close the incisions with sutures and apply a dressing to protect the incisions as they heal.
Where will my Tummy Tuck incision be?
Your Recovery & Results
As you recover from your procedure, Dr. Basu will ask 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 will ask 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.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The price of a tummy tuck varies depending on the practice and surgeon. Your total costs will include facility fees, the price of anesthesia and your pre-op 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 procedure as affordable as possible.
More Tummy Tuck Resources
- View our before and after photo gallery to see real abdominoplasty results
- Read patient reviews on RealSelf.com
Schedule Your Consultation
To take the first step toward achieving your ideal look with a tummy tuck, contact us online or call our Houston office today at 713-799-2278.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu specializes in body contouring, including abdominoplasty. His extensive experience performing aesthetic surgery for men and women make him uniquely qualified to address a wide range of needs. As one of the top tummy tuck surgeons in the Houston area, Dr. Basu helps people throughout Texas feel better about their bodies.