Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX

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After achieving the difficult task of losing weight, you may be plagued by excess abdominal skin that hangs in folds around your abdomen area. The tummy tuck is a procedure that eliminates excess skin and fat while tightening weakened abdominal muscles.  At the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Joseph Perlman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, can perform the tummy tuck to restore a flatter, more youthful contour for men and women in and around Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, Baytown, and the surrounding communities in Texas.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Following dramatic weight loss, there may be a leftover area of stubborn fatty deposits and sagging skin around your midsection. The fatty tissue stubbornly persists in spite of diet and exercise. Genetics may also play a role in how easily your body can eliminate these bulges. Dr. Perlman has extensive experience and expertise in performing a tummy tuck, a surgical procedure medically known as an abdominoplasty, which is designed to eliminate excess pockets of fat and loose skin from the midsection resulting in a more youthful and toned body contour.

How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Perlman will evaluate your abdominal area, diet and lifestyle habits, family history, and cosmetic goals in order to determine whether or not you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Dr. Perlman may recommend the tummy tuck procedure to address any of the following characteristics:

  • Excess skin or fatty pockets around the midsection or abdominal area
  • A protruding or sagging belly that is not in proportion with the rest of your body
  • Weakened or separated abdominal muscles after pregnancy or dramatic weight loss

As is the case with all cosmetic procedures, patients should be non-smokers who enjoy generally good health and maintain a balanced lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise, in order to obtain and realistically maintain ideal results from a tummy tuck. Please note, however, that a tummy tuck is not a weight reduction procedure.  Patients must have already undergone their desired weight loss prior to undergoing the tummy tuck procedure and should be within a few pounds of their ideal weight.

How is the Tummy Tuck Performed?

Dr. Perlman performs two types of tummy tuck procedures — the full tummy tuck and partial tummy tuck. The full tummy tuck is typically ideal for those who have fatty deposits in larger areas above and below the navel, while a partial tummy tuck is for those who have fatty deposits only in the area of the lower belly, beneath the navel. General anesthesia is used to keep you relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

The tummy tuck procedure involves an incision that extends from one hip to the other, through which Dr. Perlman extracts fat and excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles using self-dissolving sutures. The incision is then sutured shut and covered with bandages. The procedure does leave a scar on your abdomen, however, Dr. Perlman carefully camouflages the scar so that it is typically hidden under bikini bottoms and undergarments.

What Does Recovery After a Tummy Tuck Entail?

Most patients experience some degree of mild swelling and discomfort following the procedure; however, Dr. Perlman will prescribe pain medications and antibiotics as necessary to relieve these symptoms. You will be instructed to wear a special compression garment during the recovery process to help reduce swelling while supporting skin and muscles until healing is complete. Most patients are able to return to normal daily activities after one to three weeks depending on individual factors. You may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a longer period of time.

Can I See Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos?

Dr. Perlman understands the importance of realistically visualizing the outcome of your tummy tuck procedure. The before and after section of our website provides photos of real results from some of our tummy tuck patients so that you can have a clear idea of what to expect from the procedure.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston?

Because every procedure is unique, and treatment plans vary among patients, our office will discuss the specific cost of your tummy tuck procedure at the time of your initial consultation. Dr. Perlman may recommend other cosmetic procedures to be performed in conjunction with your tummy tuck. Our office offers a variety of ways to pay for your surgery. Visit our financing page for more information.

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery may feel overwhelming. You want to ensure the best possible outcomes, and confidently place trust in your cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Perlman is an experienced, recognized and respected surgeon who has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures for patients in Spring, Houston, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown. To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure or to schedule a consultation, contact the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center today.

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Written by Doctor Perlman August 18, 2013