Tummy Tuck Surgery
While childbirth and weight loss affect many regions of the body, none are as afflicted as the abdomen. After significant weight loss, pregnancy, or even after abdominal surgery in general, it can be difficult to tone your stomach and regain your pre-pregnancy or pre-weight gain silhouette. Excess fat in the lower abdomen contributes to an unflattering appearance and limits your clothing options. Skin stretches and loses its ability to re-tighten on its own. Often, the underlying abdominal muscles stretch due to the fluctuation and pressure of a growing abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, addresses muscle laxity and weakness, loose skin, and excess fat to improve your shape. If you are looking for the best Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX, Call us today to schedulle a consultation with Dr. Gallas.
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Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is designed for patients with loose skin, stretched muscles and excess fat on their abdomen especially after pregnancy and significant weight loss. Often, there is also an abdominal wall hernia. Ideal candidates for this procedure are healthy individuals who do not smoke and are close to their ideal body weight.
Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure, and the best results are found in patients who are already committed to a healthy lifestyle. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery should have a realistic expectation of their results which includes a proportionate figure with a harmonious blending-in of their contours.
Tummy tuck surgery benefits women and men who hope to:
- Eliminate sagging skin on the lower abdomen
- Repair diastasis recti—the separation or loosening of the abdominal muscles
- Enhance posture by eliminating the stomach bulge
- Increase their clothing options
- Remove stretch marks from the lower abdomen (Note: Stretch marks are definitively eliminated from the areas in which the loose skin is removed)
To see if you are a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, contact Dr. Gallas by calling our Katy,TX office at (281) 646-1114 to set up a consultation.
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?
Loose skin following significant weight loss cannot contract on its own and must be surgically removed. Tightening the deeper layers of tissue and removing excess skin will give your stomach a firmer and flatter appearance.
The incision is made below the underwear and bathing suit line but above the pubic region. This incision placement will make the resulting scar easy to cover.
The abdominal muscles are tightened (or repaired), excess fat on the lower abdomen is removed, and loose skin is trimmed. The remaining skin is gently draped over the sleeker abdominal contour.
Should You Combine Your Tummy Tuck With Liposuction?
In certain cases, Liposuction techniques can be applied to remove additional fat from the lower abdomen during a tummy tuck. Liposuction can be combined with this procedure to slim the surrounding areas including the hips, flanks, buttocks, upper abdomen, or thighs.
What Will My Tummy Tuck Recovery Be Like?
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, and patients can return to their Houston or Katy, TX home to recover within a few hours of the operation. When liposuction is utilized, a compression garment may be utilized that will protect the incision, promote blood circulation, and reduce bruising and swelling.
You will be sore, bruised, and swollen following your tummy tuck. This discomfort will last between a few days and a few weeks and can be lessened with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
All physical activity will be reduced during your tummy tuck recovery. You will need assistance to help with all household chores for the first 24 to 48 hours. Following that, you will need to limit regular activity for one to two weeks and strenuous exercise and lifting for at least six weeks. Most tummy tuck patients return to work after one to two weeks.
When Will I See My Tummy Tuck Results?
While detailed results of your tummy tuck will not appear overnight, initial results will be noticed immediately and start to improve as soon as the bruising and swelling subside. The quality of your tummy tuck results will improve over several months, and most patients see their final results six months to one year after the surgery.
Tummy tuck results can be maintained with a healthy diet and an established exercise program. Your final result may be affected if you experience significant weight fluctuations, including subsequent pregnancy.
Are You Interested in Tummy Tuck in Katy, TX?
To set up a consultation with Dr. Gallas or to learn what your Houston tummy tuck cost will be, contact us by calling (281) 646-1114 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Gallas has patients from all over Texas, including Richmond, Houston, and Sugar Land. (Richmond, Fulshear, Cypress, Houston, Sugar Land)