The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a body contouring procedure that can give you a taut, slender figure. Men and women alike struggle with a bulging or slack abdomen that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Loose, sagging abdominal skin plagues many of our Sugar Land area patients, and our board-certified plastic surgeon can deliver a flattering body shape with a tummy tuck or a combination of body procedures.
If you’re interested in a tummy tuck or another procedure, contact Luxe Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land today at (281) 313-0551 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Houston, Katy, and the surrounding areas of Texas.
This page contains some basic information about the tummy tuck procedure, but it cannot tell you whether it is the right procedure for you. Schedule a consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Malik Kutty, and learn more about the abdominoplasty below.
- What a Tummy Tuck Can Accomplish
- The Tummy Tuck Procedure
- The Mini Tummy Tuck
- Is the Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck Right for You?
- Tummy Tuck Candidates
- Tummy Tuck Recovery
- Why Choose Luxe Plastic Surgery
- Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
What a Tummy Tuck Can Accomplish
A tummy tuck, technically known as an abdominoplasty, is one of the most transformative procedures in plastic surgery. You will experience a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your abdominal region. A tummy tuck can help if you have:
A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat in the tummy area and tighten abdominal muscles to give you an attractive stomach that can help you feel comfortable and confident in your everyday life and when wearing a swimsuit. Abdominoplasty is one of the most transformative procedures in plastic surgery, offering a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your stomach area. The tummy tuck can address:
- Loose, sagging skin in the tummy.
- Excess fat in the abdomen.
- Stretched or loose abdominal muscles.
- Stretchmarks located around the tummy.
- C-section scarring.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your tummy tuck surgery will take around 2-3 hours to complete, but this varies case by case. The abdominoplasty is often an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day. However, general anesthesia is used, so you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon will utilize a c-section scar in women who’ve had a cesarean birth, which removes the original scar and any scar tissue underneath to create a smooth, soft area under and around the incision. Tummy tuck patients without a cesarean scar will still have the incision placed low on the abdomen so it can be hidden by underwear or swimwear. A second incision is made around the navel.
Dr. Kutty will tighten the abdominal muscles, which are typically stretched or loosened due to pregnancy, but this can also happen with significant weight gain. Tightening these muscles pulls in the waistline. He will remove excess fat in the area and excise loose skin tissue to provide a flat and firm figure.
The tummy tuck procedure can often be combined with breast surgery or another body surgery to help you reach your cosmetic goals without the need to undergo a second procedure. The “mommy makeover” typically involves a tummy tuck, liposuction, and a breast lift or breast augmentation.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini-abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, is ideal for those who have loose skin located in the lower abdomen, but their muscles are fairly firm, and the skin above the belly button is not loose. The c-section scar can also be utilized for the mini tummy tuck procedure, and those without a previous abdominal surgery will have the incision made in the skin fold just above the pubic hairline. The extra skin is removed, providing a smooth contour. Dr. Kutty may recommend adding liposuction to contour your body shape further and remove fat from the hips.
The mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower abdomen, beneath the belly button. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss your body goals and evaluate your figure to determine whether the full or mini abdominoplasties are right for you.
Is the Mini Tummy Tuck or Full Tummy Tuck Right for You?
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Women and men interested in the abdominoplasty must have realistic expectations as the tummy tuck is not a surgical treatment for being overweight or obese. Obese individuals should wait to have any body contouring surgery until they’ve reached a stable weight that’s within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight. If you’re in good health and near your ideal weight, a tummy tuck might be a good option for you.
Candidates for a tummy tuck should meet these criteria:
- You are in good overall health with no medical conditions or illness that could increase the risk of complications during the abdominoplasty and recovery process.
- You are a non-smoker or are willing to quit for several weeks before and after your tummy tuck, as smoking inhibits the healing process and puts you at a higher risk of certain complications.
- You are at or near your goal weight and have been at a stable weight for at least six months.
- You’re unhappy with the appearance of your stomach region due to sagging skin tissue, stretched abdominal muscles, and/or stubborn fat.
- You understand that the tummy tuck is not an answer for weight loss and have realistic goals for what the abdominoplasty can accomplish.
- You have a generally positive outlook.
- You have good skin quality.
Dr. Kutty will discuss your medical history during your consultation and go through your cosmetic goals for your body to make sure you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Most tummy tuck patients will require 10-14 days of restrictions on work and daily activities. Dr. Kutty will give you detailed instructions for your recovery, and you must follow all postoperative instructions.
Avoid lifting more than five to ten pounds. If you have small children at home, you’ll need help with childcare while you heal. You’ll be sent home with an abdominal garment to help with swelling and recovery, which needs to be worn for 10-14 days after your tummy tuck. Patients who have a mini-abdominoplasty to address minimal loose skin and excess fat in the lower abdomen may have a shorter recovery.
You can prepare yourself and your home for tummy tuck recovery by having a calm, comfortable area where you can rest and have easy access to the restroom and kitchen. Some patients make healthy meals ahead of time and freeze them, so you don’t need to worry about preparing or cooking food while you recover. Have a friend or family member lined up to drive you home after your abdominoplasty and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours.
Why Choose Luxe Plastic Surgery
Dr. Malik Kutty is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is a prestigious certification that requires additional training specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeons must recertify every ten years and continue their education in the field. When you choose a plastic surgeon who is ABPS-certified, you can trust that you’re in skilled, qualified hands.
Dr. Kutty practiced plastic surgery in New York City for 15 years before coming to Houston. After achieving a medical degree with honors at Northwestern University in Chicago, he studied general and plastic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. He listens to your goals and puts his surgical skill at your service to help you achieve the look you desire.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Sugar Land
The only way to determine if the tummy tuck procedure is right for you and your body goals is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kutty at Luxe Plastic Surgery. Contact our plastic surgery office in Sugar Land today at (281) 313-0551 to schedule your visit and learn more about your options.
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Dr. Kutty and our skilled staff provide plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments to patients in surrounding areas, including Houston, and Katy, Texas.