Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Houston

tummy tuck Houston

Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure for both men and women that removes loose skin and excess fat from the belly. Results yield a firmer and flatter tummy which can be maintained through a healthy lifestyle.

Memorial Plastic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Patrick Hsu and Dr. Kendall Roehl are annually rated as top doctors in Houston, due to their exceptional results. As it is one of our most popular body contouring procedures, our team successfully performs over 300 surgeries every year in our Houston and Clear Lake offices.

Is Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Our plastic surgeons recommend abdominoplasty to patients who have excess abdominal skin and fat, and an overhanging belly.

It is always recommended that patients be at their goal weight, with a BMI of around 30, to obtain the best cosmetic results as well as reduce the risk of complications. Patients considering childbirth or significant weight loss should consult our physicians, who may recommend delaying surgery until a later time when their weight is stable.

What are the Different Types of Tummy Tuck?

TypesTarget PatientsIncisionsGoal
Mini Tummy TuckFor patients with minimal excess skin, mainly below the belly button
  • One incision
  • Approximately 4 – 8 inches in length, is made along the lower abdomen, over the pubic area
To remove excess skin below the navel as well as repair the muscles on the abdominal wall
Full / Traditional Tummy TuckFor patients who experienced laxity due to weight loss or pregnancy
  • Incisions are made hip-to-hip along the lower abdomen in the pubic hairline
  • Another incision around the belly button
The muscles of the abdominal wall are re-tightened to achieve the best result
Extended Tummy TuckFor patients who have experienced massive weight loss or multiple childbirths
  • A longer incision is made in the lower abdomen from hip-to-hip and extends along the flanks
Re-tightens the abdominal wall muscles to enhance the appearance of the waist and flanks

How is Abdominoplasty Performed?

The tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia and removes excess skin and fat as well as tightens the abdominal wall with sutures. To minimize scarring, our doctors strategically place incisions as low as possible on the abdomen to ensure it is easily hidden beneath your underwear and swimsuit line.

Our surgeons also take the extra time to reposition and reconstruct your new belly button to ensure that your final results look natural. Drains are inserted to reduce the risk of fluid collections and promote wound healing. Finally, a compression garment is placed to help your body conform to its new shape.

Tummy Tuck Cost and Financing

Typically, the cost for Tummy in Houston ranges from:

  • Mini Tummy Tuck
    $4, 500 – $7, 800
  • Full Tummy Tuck
    $8, 500 – $10, 500
  • Extended Tummy Tuck
    $10, 000 – $12, 500

The final price is based on the surgical technique, amount of tissue to be removed, operating room and anesthesia fees, and if abdominoplasty is combined with any other surgical procedures such as liposuction or mommy makeover. You will get an accurate quote during your consultation with your plastic surgeon.

Memorial Plastic Surgery accepts personal checks, credit cards, and cryptocurrency. Additionally, we provide financing options to ease the costs for our patients.

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Recovery & Results

The tummy tuck is most commonly an outpatient procedure. Our patients usually go home on the same day as surgery, once they have been cleared by our doctors. On average, it can take 4 – 6 months for your final results to manifest. You can review the chart below for an estimated breakdown of what to expect during the recovery period:

Bruising1 month
Swelling4 – 6 months
Compression Garment use4 – 8 weeks
Drain use1 – 2 weeks
Return to Work & Driving2 weeks
Full body showers36 hours
household chores 4 – 6 weeks
Regular exercise & strenuous activities6 weeks

Final results will improve your physique, leaving with you a firmer abdominal contour and improved waistline. Additionally, the procedure can also be combined with correction of abdominal wall hernias.

For the best recovery, patients are recommended to follow Memorial Plastic Surgery’s post-operative care instructions. Regular follow-up appointments with our doctors will also be scheduled to monitor your progress after surgery.

Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck FAQs

  1. Can I have a Tummy Tuck after Liposuction?
    Yes, our doctors routinely perform abdominoplasty following liposuction. They regularly combine these two procedures in order to optimally improve the contour of your waist and flanks. You can discuss your options with our doctors during your initial consultation.
  2. What other procedures can be performed with a Tummy Tuck?
    Abdominoplasty is among the procedures offered in a Mommy Makeover, which includes breast augmentation, breast reduction, and/or breast lift.
  3. Can I have Abdominoplasty after pregnancy?
    Yes, most certainly. This procedure is ideally performed following the completion of all childbearing as future pregnancies and excessive weight gain can alter the final results from the surgery. Our plastic surgeons recommend that patients who have undergone a c-section wait at least 6 months to 1 year before proceeding with a tummy tuck. Learn more about the details of a C-Tuck surgery here.
  4. When can you resume working out again after abdominoplasty?
    As stated above, unless otherwise instructed, patients should be able to resume strenuous activities and exercise 6 weeks after tummy tuck surgery.
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