Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Houston, TX
Large weight loss, pregnancy, and excess fat can all cause the abdomen to develop a flabby and bulging appearance. The loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles that result cannot be corrected through diet and exercise alone, and require surgical repair. In a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure, Dr. German Newall removes excess skin and repairs the weakened muscles in order to restore a flat, smooth appearance to the abdomen. Dr. Newall, board-certified plastic surgeon, helps patients in Houston, Post Oak, Sugar Land, Katy, and all other surrounding areas to achieve their desired results.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
One of our board-certified anesthesiologists will administer the sedatives or general anesthesia. Various monitors will be set up to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
Depending on the type of tummy tuck performed (mini, full, extended), a horizontal incision will be made beneath the bikini line allowing the skin to be lifted. Once the skin is lifted out of the way Dr. Newall will then repair the abdominal muscles by tightening them back together with sutures. The second incision is then made around the navel to correct loose skin in the upper abdomen. It may be possible to improve the appearance of stretch marks if loose skin that has stretch marks is removed from the lower abdomen, although a dramatic change should not be expected. The remaining skin is then pulled down and sutured back and a new opening for the belly button is created. Once in place, sutures are used to close the remaining incisions.
Does a Tummy Tuck Leave a Scar?
The scar, which is below the bikini line, will take time to heal. The scar can take months to a year to fade. Dr. Newall may suggest products and/or treatments to help fade the scar as much as possible. Fraxel laser therapy helps to diminish the scar.
What Results Can I Expect from a Tummy Tuck?
The results from a tummy tuck are long lasting in most cases if a stable weight is maintained. If you are planning substantial weight loss or pregnancy, you may wish to postpone abdominoplasty surgery to avoid fluctuations in weight that could impact your results.
Where Will My Tummy Tuck Surgery Take Place?
All of our plastic surgery procedures are performed at our award-winning ACPS, The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), which is the largest private plastic surgery center in Texas. The ACPS exceeds accepted standards for private surgical facilities and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health. The ACPS offers two surgical suites, pre-operative consultation suites, and four comfortable post-operative recovery suites, all staffed with medical professionals handpicked by our surgeons.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
You will be bandaged up where the incisions were made and placed in a compression garment to reduce swelling and aid the healing process. The compression garment will be worn for approximately four weeks after surgery. To help promote blood circulation, you will be encouraged to get out of bed and take short walks. Depending on your specific case, you may have drains (small tubes) temporarily placed at the incision to help drain excess fluid. Instructions will be given to care for drains (if placed), medications, care of surgical sites and incisions, and when to come in for follow-up appointments.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tuck is a great alternative to a traditional abdominoplasty, if you are the right candidate for this procedure. The mini tummy tuck surgery is an excellent option if you have a small amount of abdominal skin to be removed that is focused in the lower abdomen, below the belly button. The mini tummy tuck surgery is also known as a “scarless tummy tuck” due to the significantly smaller incision that is required to perform the procedure. This procedure is also competed quicker than a traditional tummy tuck and necessitates less recovery time.
Dr. German Newall, a board-certified plastic surgeon, focuses on the needs of his patients and assures that you will be met with a caring, dedicated, and experienced staff. If you are considering body sculpting or body contouring in Houston, Post Oak, Sugar Land, Katy, or any surrounding communities, please contact us today to schedule your consultation.