About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For both men and women, loose skin and pockets of fat along the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to get rid of it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to reclaim a tighter and slimmer stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a cosmetic treatment that redefines the stomach area, achieving extraordinary results for patients. Houston, TX cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marcos Ikeda performs abdominoplasty that is based on the patient's needs. This popular surgery at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa allows men and women the chance to have a new youthful shape and more confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the stomach muscles before contacting us for your consultation.
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Abdominoplasty can be offered to both women and men. If you have loose or wrinkly skin, as well as pesky pockets of fat in the abdomen, this body contouring procedure can help you regain a tighter and slimmer figure. Dr. Marcos advises you to be at a normal weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss — it focuses on loose skin. Liposuction is generally implemented during surgery to target fat. If your abdominal area has healthy skin laxity, but you are still unhappy with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you could consider liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy to make sure the surgical outcomes are not compromised.
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Marcos, which is customized according to the patient's current condition. For starters, the incision type is determined based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with an abundance of loose skin may require a full tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique places the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just above the pubic region. Other patients who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling may be better suited for a less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the technique used, all tummy tuck procedures at Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa involve the removal of hanging skin and fat.
What to Expect
When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to assist with swelling. Standing upright and walking will be challenging at first so you should rest for several days. Walking becomes easier once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can generally resume a normal routine within two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to 6 – 8 weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Marcos. You may experience some discomfort and tightness in your stomach, but you will feel healthy and normal again after recovering.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
During your consultation, Dr. Marcos will customize your unique tummy tuck plan based on your specific needs and goals before discussing costs. He will be better able to estimate your costs as soon as the type of tummy tuck has been selected, what technique will be used, what anesthesia is needed, and more. To make sure you get beautiful results from a skilled cosmetic surgeon, Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa helps to make your tummy tuck easier to afford by accepting many payment methods and helping you find low-interest financing.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Marcos will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you the best results. A full tummy tuck is good if you want to fix issues in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have concerns below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.
What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Marcos makes the thinnest incisions possible to limit scars. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it's important to follow your scar care instructions so your sutures heal flat and blend into your natural skin.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Marcos recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Several patients get another cosmetic surgery with a tummy tuck to see more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Marcos, talk to him about your concerns so a personalized treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for a custom body contouring. If you are trying to improve your body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out stomach that creates hanging and wrinkled skin. We know it can be annoying and frustrating — tummy tuck surgery is generally the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdomen, whether it is significant or not, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Marcos in Houston, TX can help you get the look you dream of. Please contact Houston Galleria Surgery & Medspa to learn more.