Tummy Tuck

Dr. Basu can give you back your slim waist and flat, smooth tummy.

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Cypress Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
9899 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 100
Cypress, Texas 77433
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Houston Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
1200 Binz Street, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Reshaping Your Abdomen

Men and women who have lost a considerable amount of weight often have excess skin and fat around their midsections. Women who have been pregnant also commonly struggle with loose abdominal skin and muscles. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, at Dr. Basu's Cypress and Houston practice, tightens the shape of the stomach to provide a sleeker, more toned midsection.

Dr. Bob Basu

A Tummy Tuck Specialist

  • Exceptional pain control using nerve blocks and Exparel®
  • Nationally recognized leader in aesthetic surgery and patient safety
  • RealSelf Top Doctor Award for Tummy Tuck procedure category
  • Thousands of body procedures performed
Meet Dr. Basu

Candidacy

What if you're still losing weight? What if you want to have more children? Find out if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.

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Cost

A tummy tuck in Houston can cost between $4,500 and $14,000+ depending on the extent of the surgery and the caliber of the surgeon.

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Recovery & Pain Control

You'll need to take it easy for 1–2 weeks, but Dr. Basu's patients recover in comfort thanks to his advanced pain management techniques.

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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

Most women and men who have tried everything to reshape their midsections realize the best solution is a tummy tuck with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu. Unfortunately, overstretched skin and abdominal muscles don’t respond to diet and exercise and must be corrected surgically. Abdominoplasty offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Removing sagging or hanging abdominal skin and stretch marks
  • Flattening the belly by repairing separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti or ventral hernia)
  • Redefining the contours of the waist
  • Slimming stubborn pockets of fat in areas such as the hips, thighs, and abdomen
  • Removing C-section scars

Perhaps the greatest benefit of tummy tuck surgery is the improved confidence and self-esteem people feel once they've achieved a slim, flat abdomen. 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 restore your midsection.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their midsection may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Ideally, you should be in good health and at or very near your goal weight, as continued weight loss or weight gain after surgery can negatively impact your results. Women should be finished having children.

Candidates include men and women who have lost weight and are left with hanging abdominal skin. Tummy tuck surgery is also indicated for women who have loose abdominal skin, lax muscles, and excess fat around their midsections after having children. People with diastasis recti—a condition that occurs when the abdominal muscles separate—or a ventral hernia, may benefit from tummy tuck surgery.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston?

Here in Houston, tummy tuck costs can vary from $4,500 to more than $14,000, depending on the extent of correction. Another factor in the price is the credentialing and qualifications of your surgeon. The total cost of your procedure includes facility fees, anesthesia-related charges, 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 plastic surgery financing options to help make your tummy tuck more affordable.

You may find providers offering very appealing prices on tummy tuck surgery in the Houston area, but it is very important that you exercise caution. Choosing the cheapest doctor—often an underqualified one—can put your health and your appearance at risk. Be sure that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with an excellent safety record, positive online reviews, and glowing patient testimonials. He or she should also specialize in tummy tuck procedures and have an impressive before-and-after gallery.

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Tummy Tuck Options

Can you get by with a mini-abdominoplasty, or would you do better with a full or even an extended tummy tuck?

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Tummy Tuck Scars

Scars are inevitable, but Dr. Basu's careful placement and meticulous wound closure techniques ensure that they are inconspicuous.

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Tummy Tuck or Lipo?

Liposuction is a simpler solution, but most people need more than fat removal to fix a protruding belly and excess abdominal skin.

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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.

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