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Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.
Patrick W. Hsu M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kendall R. Roehl M.D., F.A.C.S.


Memorial Plastic Surgery (Clear Lake)

What is a Tummy Tuck

Last Updated: October 30, 2014 | Author: MPS Group

A lot of people think that the only reason for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery is to acquire a trim abdomen and/or the removal of loose skin. The resulting flatter, contoured tummy area is typically a dramatic improvement; therefore the desired aesthetic enhancement is the goal. While this is generally the case there are other benefits that a tummy tuck will provide that do not occur to most people. During your initial consultation your cosmetic surgeon will cover the benefits and help you gain a thorough understanding of the operation and all that it entails.


Weight loss and childbirth are the usual culprits that cause an excess of skin over your tummy. Tissue can stretch so far that it will not revert to its natural firmness. The consequence is sagging abdominal skin. Muscles in your abdomen can also become elongated resulting in a protruding tummy that defies even the most enthusiastic exercise. These are the primary reasons for considering a tummy tuck. Additional benefits that can arise from the procedure as performed by a board certified tummy tuck surgeon are almost a bonus. They may include:


• Improved posture – tightened abdominal muscles work better to help you stand up straight.


• Less back pain – the strengthened abdominals help support the back thereby reducing pain


• Improved appearance – you will look better in clothes and swimwear


• Ease of exercising – trying to exercise with loose skin can be difficult


• Improved self-esteem and a better quality of life


Advancements in surgical techniques have made the procedure safer and efficient. The surgery involves manually tightening the muscles in the abdomen. Next the surgeon eliminates any extra skin from the stomach, creating a firm, toned tummy. As with any surgery there are some possible risks and there will be some side effects such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Fortunately, surgical problems are uncommon and infrequent. Risks are greatly diminished and the outcome greatly enhanced by selecting a highly qualified plastic surgeon in Houston. Additional tummy tuck information can be found here.


Finding a skilled and experienced Houston tummy tuck surgeon is elemental to a successful and safe procedure. The right surgeon will make all the difference in the end result of the surgery and the recovery process. It is important he or she is board certified. A good surgeon will make you feel at ease and comfortable.


The tummy tuck procedure is safe and yields excellent results. It should not be used as a replacement for exercise and a healthy diet. Nutritional meals and an exercise regimen should be a part of everyone’s life for continued and sustained health. However, the patients who have this surgery have a high satisfaction ratio and their lives are improved. The physical transformation alone is enough but when you consider the added benefits from the surgery, it is clear why the technique goes beyond the associated cosmetic advantages.


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