Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Houston
Stretched out and sagging excess skin in the abdomen can be resistant to a healthy diet and regular exercise, which is why plastic surgery patients choose to undergo tummy tuck surgery (“abdominoplasty”).
For many patients, diet and exercise are unable to fulfill their goals of a better body. To assist patients in attaining their ideal figures, tummy tuck surgery may be utilized. Commonly referred to as “abdominoplasty,” tummy tuck surgery is a surgical procedure in which the protruding abdomen and flanks can be slimmed for a shapelier appearance.
Ideal Houston abdominoplasty candidates are men or women who are experiencing weakened abdominal muscles, loss of skin elasticity, excess skin with stretch marks, and fat in the abdominal region due to:
- Extreme weight loss or weight gain
- Poor lifestyle choices
Although tummy tuck surgery can enhance the patient’s features, it is not meant to be an alternative to traditional diet and exercise.
The tummy tuck procedure requires general anesthesia and a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone that is well hidden.
The abdominal wall is tightened with the use of sutures placed deep within the muscles to hold the new, slimmer shape. Excess skin and fat causing the protrusion is excised to attain the flatter appearance. Should there be excess skin and fat in the upper region of the abdomen, a second incision around the naval and liposuction may be necessary to further contour the midsection.
Patients with minimal loose, sagging skin and stretched abdominal muscles may be better-suited for mini tummy tuck surgery. Houston’s Dr. Livingston can help determine if this technique is appropriate for your particular needs.
Tummy tuck surgery usually lasts two to five hours and will immediately provide the patient with a smaller and firmer abdominal region.
During the first few days following the procedure, small drainage tubes may be placed under the skin to evacuate excess blood and fluid. A compression garment will be placed around the patient to help lesson swelling and bruising, and promote healing.
Patients may be able to return to work after two weeks, and can resume physical activity after six weeks. Scars from the procedure could take as long as one to two years to fade and flatten. Tummy tuck surgery in Houston can possibly provide permanent, long-term results if a healthy lifestyle is maintained.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, feel free to browse our Houston abdominoplasty before and after photos to see some of our satisfied patient results. We also feature Dr. Livingston’s videos in the media gallery.
Houston Tummy Tuck Surgeon
Houston plastic surgeon, Christopher K. Livingston, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.A. performs abdominoplasty surgery at Livingston Plastic Surgery, his practice is located in the Houston Texas Medial Center, the world’s largest medical center. He often attracts patients throughout Texas from neighboring south east cities such as The Woodlands, Pearland, and Sugar Land for abdominoplasty, as well as other procedures in body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and breast surgery.
Our Houston abdominoplasty surgeon, Dr. Livingston, is highly experienced and has impressive credentials. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). In addition, our physician is the Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston – the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Department of Otolaryngology, as well as a plastic surgery consultant for cosmetic procedures on WebMD.com.
Sugar Land, Houston, and The Woodlands abdominoplasty patients turn to Dr. Livingston due to his excellent operative skills with state-of-the-art techniques, all in a calm, non-pressuring environment. He also performs breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and breast reduction surgery to help patients achieve their desired breast contour.