Dr. Christian Arroyo offers his signature tummy tuck in Houston with the goal of giving men and women that redefined abdominal contour they haven’t been able to achieve on their own. With a one-of-a-kind artistic eye and impressive attention to detail, he crafts a tailor-made treatment plan for each patient to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.
Tummy tuck vs liposuction, what's the difference?
A tummy tuck is for patients who have loose skin in the lower belly region. Excess skin will be removed during this surgery, and underlying abdominal muscles tightened to achieve the desired abdominal contour. Patients who have stubborn belly fat that won’t respond to diet and exercise but otherwise great skin tone may only need liposuction to achieve their desired contouring goals.
What procedures can I combine with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck can be combined with numerous other body contouring procedures such as breast enlargement, breast lift, and liposuction to meet the patient’s unique aesthetic goals. A tummy tuck is part of a comprehensive procedure regimen referred to as a mommy makeover for women who have just been through pregnancy and childbearing.
How bad is the scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of any surgical procedure where an incision is made into the skin. Dr. Arroyo utilizes advanced surgical techniques to achieve to minimizing the risk and visibility of scarring. Furthermore, he makes sure to place incisions in areas where undergarments conceal them. The surgeon may use this scar for the tummy tuck incision for women who previously had a C-section. Most of Dr. Arroyo’s past abdominoplasty patients are not concerned about scarring.
How will pregnancy and weight gain affect my results?
Abdominoplasty aims to achieve a well-contoured abdominal profile, particularly for patients who are not getting their desired results from exercise and diet. Dr. Arroyo recommends that patients wait until they have completed pregnancies before having a tummy tuck for optimal benefits. This is important to ensure that the weight gain and stretching during pregnancy do not interfere with the surgical results.
Is a tummy tuck painful?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, so some pain and discomfort can be expected during the recovery process, but it varies among individuals. Pain management techniques and prescribed medications can help alleviate the discomfort.
Are there any possible complications with a tummy tuck?
Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck carries some risks of complications, such as infection, bleeding, scarring issues, and potential adverse reactions to anesthesia. It's essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon before considering the procedure.
When can i exercise after a tummy tuck?
Generally, you'll need to avoid strenuous exercise for about 6 to 8 weeks after a tummy tuck to allow your body to heal properly. Gradually reintroduce exercise as advised by your surgeon to avoid complications.