ARROYO PLASTIC SURGERY
Tummy Tuck Houston TX
Tummy tuck – also referred to as abdominoplasty – is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to give patients a well-contoured belly contour. While exercise and diet are a great way to achieve a toned body, they do not always give that flat, hourglass shaped abdomen that many people desire. In a tummy tuck, plastic surgeons remove excess skin, tighten weakened muscles, and get rid of stubborn fat in order to achieve a firm and sleeker abdominal appearance. Abdominoplasty is one of the 5 most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the country. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that more than 130,000 Americans received this procedure in 2018. Based on an earlier study published on the ASPS website, over 99% of patients who received a tummy tuck combined with liposuction said that they would recommend this procedure to others.
Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers abdominoplasty plastic surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of Bellaire, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, the Woodlands, and more. He offers tummy tuck surgery with the goal of giving men and women that redefined abdominal contour they are looking for. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of his way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. He does this using the most advanced surgical techniques available anywhere. With a one of a kind aesthetic eye, and impressive attention to detail, he gives his patients that hourglass appearance they desire, and less of that boxy flat appearance that can sometimes be associated with abodminoplasties performed elsewhere. All this while also minimizing the risk of scarring and other side effects.
Abdominoplasty Candidates in Houston, TX : Is It for Me?
Tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat and skin as well as tightens weakened muscles in order to create a firmer and smoother abdominal profile.
There are various reasons why people get a belly bulge and thus have to pursue a tummy tuck:
Pregnancy – when women are undergoing a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles will stretch and separate in order to accommodate the growing baby. After childbearing, the body does not always regain its initial shape. For this reason, many women choose to include abdominoplasty in their mommy makeover comprehensive treatment.
Significant Weight Loss – when we gain a lot of weight, our skin stretches in order to accommodate these changes. This stretching does not always bounce back, particularly after a rapid weight loss or bariatric surgery.
Genetics – a significant number of individuals who seek abdominoplasty are men and women whose genetic makeup paves the way for a troublesome, frustrating midsection.
Abdominal Wall Hernia – some patients have hernia because their muscle layer has a hole that allows internal tissue to protrude. It is possible for these patients to have their hernia repair surgery combined with abdominoplasty in order to repair the hole while achieving an added cosmetic benefit.
Regardless of the nature of your abdominal concerns, Dr. Christian Arroyo is ready to create a treatment plan that is focused on achieving your goals. Generally, you may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery if:
- You are in good physical and emotional health
- You are concerned about the appearance of your abdomen
- You want to have a firmer and smoother stomach
- You have stubborn belly fat or loose skin that won’t respond to exercise and diet
- You have a belly that is sagging after dramatic weight loss
- You clearly understand the risks as well as rewards of this procedure
During your first Houston tummy tuck consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s office, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, examine your abdomen, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. For women who are trying to restore their pre-pregnancy shape and appeal, Dr. Arroyo may recommend that you have a more comprehensive procedure that is referred to as a ‘mommy makeover’. You will be asked to quit smoking and taking certain medications at least 2 weeks before the surgery. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that all patients ensure they are doing this procedure strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked this of them.
Dr. Arroyo’s Surgical Approach
Different Types of Tummy Tucks
Fully tummy tuck
Also referred to as a traditional tummy tuck, this procedure focuses on flattening the abdomen below and above the belly button. The surgeon will create a horizontal cut between your hips as well as around the belly button. He will then use this incision to remove excess skin and tissue, tighten the underlying abdominal muscles, and reposition the belly button. Incisions will be closed with sutures and bandaging will be applied. A full tummy tuck is the best procedure choice for men and women who have weakened muscles and loose skin in their midsection.
Mini tummy tuck
This is a less invasive abdominoplasty procedure that focuses on contouring the area below the belly button. Mini tummy tucks are typically recommended for slender patients who are looking to address a ‘belly pooch’. The plastic surgeon will make a horizontal cut below the belly button then use it to get rid of excess skin. Abdominal muscles will be tightened to achieve the desired contour, and the incisions closed. Keep in mind that belly button repositioning is not required during this procedure. The surgeon will apply bandaging to the treatment area and the patient will be observed for a while before being allowed to go home for recovery.
Extended tummy tuck
This tummy tuck procedure is also known as a circumferential abdominoplasty and aims to improve the contour of the belly, love handles, and hips. During an extended tummy tuck, Dr. Arroyo will create a lateral incision across the lower belly, as well as a vertical incision via the belly button. Excess tissue will be removed and weak muscles tightened. Dr. Arroyo will also use liposuction to remove excess fat from the flank and hip regions. Once the procedure is complete, incision sites will be closed and bandages applied. Extended tummy tucks are popular with patients who are looking to redefine their abdomen, hip, flank, and back after significant weight loss.
Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method
Recovery After Tummy Tuck Procedure
Plan Your Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck Procedure in Houston Texas
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Tummy tuck vs liposuction
Tummy tuck body contouring procedure is meant for patients who have loose skin in the lower belly region. During this surgery, excess skin will be removed, 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?
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. For women who have just been through pregnancy and childbearing, a tummy tuck is part of a comprehensive procedure regimen referred to as a mommy makeover.
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 the desired outcome while minimizing the risk and visibility of scarring. Furthermore, the surgeon will make sure to place incisions in areas where they are concealed by undergarments. For women who previously had a C-section, the surgeon may use this scar for the tummy tuck incision. Most of Dr. Arroyo’s past abdominoplasty patients are not concerned about scarring.
How do pregnancy and weight gain affect my results?
The goal of abdominoplasty is to achieve a well-contoured abdominal profile, particularly for patients who are not getting much success from exercise and diet. For optimal benefits, Dr. Arroyo recommends that patients wait till after they have completed pregnancies before they can have a tummy tuck. This is important to make sure that the weight gain and stretching that occurs during pregnancy do not interfere with the result of this surgery.
Mini tummy tuck vs full tummy tuck
A (full) traditional tummy tuck aims to enhance the appearance of the entire abdominal region by getting rid of loose skin and tightening weakened abdominal muscles. On the other hand, a mini tummy tuck addresses a ‘belly pooch’ that appears in otherwise slender patients. This less invasive procedure focuses on just the abdominal area below the belly button.