Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The greatest benefit of tummy tuck surgery is the improved confidence and self-esteem you’ll feel once you have a slim, flat abdomen.
What can you expect from a tummy tuck?
- Sagging or hanging abdominal skin is eliminated
- Separated abdominal muscles are repaired (diastasis recti or ventral hernia)
- The waist is contoured for a firm, attractive look
- Stubborn pockets of fat on hips, thighs, and abdomen are removed
- C-section scars and stretch marks on the lower abdomen are eliminated
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
You can have a tummy tuck if you:
- Are at or near your goal weight
- Have maintained a stable, healthy weight for at least three months
- No significant medical problems
- Are finished having children (while it is possible to have more children after a tummy tuck, another pregnancy can impact your results)
If you still have a lot of weight to lose to reach your goal weight, you may want to re-evaluate the timing of your tummy tuck so you gain the greatest benefit of the procedures. Significant weight fluctuations after tummy tuck surgery can negatively impact your results.
Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, or Both?
Many people wonder if liposuction alone can deliver a flat tummy. The answer depends on whether the problem is primarily excess fat or excess skin and tissue. Liposuction is the preferred option for treating unwanted fat. However, liposuction can actually worsen sagging if you also have excess abdominal skin. If you have excess skin, you are much better suited to a tummy tuck, which removes skin along with some residual fat.
Many tummy tuck patients choose to combine their procedures with liposuction at the waist or love handles for more sculpted 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 streamline, firm, and enhance your figure.
Which Kind of Tummy Tuck Will I Need?
No matter your size, shape, or age, there is a solution for almost everyone. While most people benefit from a full, or “traditional” tummy tuck, some are better candidates for other similar procedures:
- If your abdominal muscles do not need repair, a mini tummy tuck might be enough.
- If you need more and will require an extended tummy tuck.
- If you’re overweight, you may still be able to have surgery if you meet the right criteria. Read more about plus-size tummy tuck.
WHERE WILL MY SCARS BE?
The appearance of your scars will depend on the type of tummy tuck you undergo, how well you care for your incisions after surgery, and the way your body scars. A mini abdominoplasty has a shorter horizontal incision, and no navel incision. An extended tummy tuck will have a longer horizontal incision that may extend to your flanks.
Dr. Basu understands that scarring is a concern for most patients. He uses meticulous techniques to minimize tension on the scars and ensure that they heal to flat, faint lines. Scars are inevitable after tummy tuck surgery, but Dr. Basu's careful placement and meticulous wound closure techniques ensures the incision lines are placed in inconspicuous places so you can wear low-cut bottoms, including bikini bottoms, with confidence.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston?
Here in Houston, tummy tuck costs can vary from $9,500 to more than $14,000 depending on your needs. The total cost of your procedure includes facility fees, costs of anesthesia, and your pre- and post-op appointments.
At Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, we offer special promotions for a variety of cosmetic procedures. We also offer easy plastic surgery financing options to help make your tummy tuck affordable.
Another factor in the price is the credentialing, qualifications, and experience of your surgeon. You may find very appealing prices on tummy tuck surgery in the Houston area, but it is very important to exercise caution. But choosing the cheapest doctor—often an under-qualified or inexperienced surgeon, can put your health and appearance at risk.
Be sure that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with an excellent safety record, many positive online reviews, and glowing patient testimonials. Your board certified plastic surgeon should also specialize in tummy tuck procedures and have an impressive before-and-after gallery.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY CONSULTATION?
Calling to talk to our empathetic, kind, and experienced patient care coordinators is the first step toward scheduling a consultation, and an in-person consultation with Dr. Basu is the best way to determine if a mommy makeover is right for you.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Basu, he will speak with you about your tummy tuck options in detail, as well as the results you can expect. He works with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you envision. Every tummy tuck is a custom procedure.