Customizing Your Tummy Tuck
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.
Often, a tummy tuck can be performed in combination with additional plastic surgery procedures, such as breast enhancement in a mommy makeover, or as part of post weight loss body contouring.
Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, or Both?
Many people wonder if liposuction alone can restore their slim, flat tummy. The answer 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. If you have excess skin, you are much better suited to a tummy tuck, which removes skin as well as some residual fat.
Many 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.
Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
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.
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.
One of the top concerns Dr. Basu hears from abdominoplasty patients is fear about the amount of pain involved with this surgery. That depends on the extent of the surgery and the individual's pain threshold. To ensure that his patients are as comfortable as possible, Dr. Basu performs nerve blocks on all of his tummy tuck patients. Nerve blocks utilize a local anesthetic called Exparel® to numb all areas so patients ideally don't feel pain in the surgical sites for several days. The effects last up to 72 hours and sometimes even longer. Some patients do not even use their prescription pain medication, finding that over-the-counter pain relievers are adequate.
You should participate in light walking soon after your appointment to promote blood flow, but Dr. Basu asks you to avoid most physical 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.
Find out why so many people in the Houston area choose Dr. Basu for their tummy tuck procedures. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at
(713) 799-2278 to schedule your appointment.