Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Houston, TX

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat in the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to lose it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the typical reasons why an individual may not be able to attain a slim and tight abdomen. A tummy tuck is a body contouring enhancement that successfully transforms the abdominal region, creating attractive outcomes for patients. Board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou performs tummy tuck surgery that varies on the condition of the abdomen. This aesthetic treatment at Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX allows patients the opportunity to attain a toned, smaller abdomen and renewed confidence. Read more about how an abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin while it also tightens the abdominal muscles, and contact us to schedule your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both men and women. If you cannot lose or reduce loose skin, in addition to excess fat in the stomach, this surgical treatment can help create a slimming and more toned look. Dr. Lou recommends that you be at a healthy weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure — it surgically corrects loose skin. A form of liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to reduce fat. If your abdomen has good skin tightness, but you still are not satisfied with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you may be more suited for liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing so that the results are not impacted.

Surgical Technique

Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to take into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Lou, which is applied toward the individual's needs. To start, the incision shape and size is selected based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with severe hanging skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This method makes the incision from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic area. Individuals with minimal skin laxity may be better candidates for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery but will simply have a less expansive scar. Regardless of how it is performed, all abdominoplasty procedures at Lou Plastic Surgery involve the excision of loose skin and liposuction.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to decrease swelling. Walking and standing will be hard to accomplish for a while so you should take it easy for a couple days. Resuming normal movement becomes less painful once the muscles relax and the incision heals. You should be able to resume normal activities somewhere around two weeks. Workouts can begin around eight weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Lou. The midsection will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal once healed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consult, Dr. Lou will create your unique procedure plan to reach your unique concerns and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs once the type of abdominoplasty is decided, the technique to be used has been established, and the anesthesia choice determined. To ensure you obtain high-quality results from an experienced doctor, Lou Plastic Surgery makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by taking several payment methods and giving you information on low-interest medical financing.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will likely receive one of the three most common techniques for abdominoplasty: full, extended, or mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lou will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide the technique that will produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to address loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini abdominoplasty is better for problems under your belly button, such as a "pooch." The extended technique can address issues in the stomach, plus your upper thighs and hips.

What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is being used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Lou uses the smallest, thinnest incisions needed to minimize scarring. He also places incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the pubic region) so they may be easily hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your incisions heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you may still get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Lou strongly encourages that you be finished building your family before you get an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine a second body surgery with an abdominoplasty to achieve more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Lou, talk to him about all of your desires so a comprehensive surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with a thighplasty for a lower body lift or other areas for all over body contouring. If you want to rejuvenate your whole body after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be a candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.

Attain a Tighter Tummy

A variety of factors can result in a sagging tummy and loose skin. We understand it can be almost impossible to correct — surgery is usually the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdominal region, regardless of the severity, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Lou in Houston, TX can help you get the body you want. We invite you to call Lou Plastic Surgery for more information.

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