WHAT IS TUMMY TUCK SURGERY?
For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat surrounding the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to lose it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the main reasons why an individual may not be able to attain a slim and tight abdomen. A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that successfully transforms the abdominal region, creating youthful-looking outcomes for patients. In Houston, TX, plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion performs tummy tuck surgeries that can vary on the amount of excess skin and fat present. This cosmetic treatment at SBA Dermatology allows patients the opportunity to have a slimmer, tighter tummy and renewed confidence. Read more about how abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin while it also tightens the abdominal muscles, and contact us to schedule your consultation.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both men and women. If you are frustrated with loose skin in addition to excess fat in the lower abdomen, this surgical treatment can help reclaim a slimming and more toned silhouette. Dr. Couvillion recommends you to be at a healthy weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure — it removes loose skin. A form of liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to eliminate fat. If your lower stomach has good skin tightness, but you still are not satisfied with your appearance even on a healthy diet, we may recommend liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing so that the results are not impacted.
HOW DOES A TUMMY TUCK WORK?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods that come into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Couvillion, which is unique to the individual's needs. To start, the incision size is selected based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with severe lax skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This method makes the incision from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic section. Some individuals who have 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 the type, all abdominoplasty procedures at SBA Dermatology involve the excision of loose skin and liposuction.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER A TUMMY TUCK?
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to reduce swelling. Walking and standing will be a bit painful for a while so you should take it easy for several days. Moving about becomes less painful once the muscles relax and the incision heals. You should be able to resume normal activities in about two weeks. Workouts can begin around six weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Couvillion. The abdominal area will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal once healed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT A TUMMY TUCK
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consult, Dr. Couvillion will create your unique abdominoplasty plan to reach your personal concerns and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs once the type of abdominoplasty is decided, which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and other factors. To ensure you get high-quality results from an experienced plastic surgeon, SBA Dermatology makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by accepting several payment methods and giving you information on low-interest medical financing options.
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will probably get one of the three most common techniques for abdominoplasty: full, extended, and mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Couvillion 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. Couvillion 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. Couvillion 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 abdominoplasty to get more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Couvillion, 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 abdominal area that leaves behind loose skin. We understand it can be a troubling problem to have — surgery is usually the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having loose skin in your abdominal region, regardless of the severity, abdominoplasty by Dr. Couvillion in Houston, TX can help you get the body you want. We invite you to call SBA Dermatology to schedule a consultation for more information.
When it comes to treating your skin, it's important to choose a specialist who knows the skin inside and out. To meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists or other experienced practitioners, call our office at 713-850-0240.