Tummy Tuck Houston
Why a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen caused by excess fat and/or loose skin that will not respond to diet or exercise. It is particularly helpful for improving your appearance if:
- You are a man or woman who is in relatively good shape.
- You are a woman who, through pregnancy, has stretched your abdominal wall and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal.
- You are an older patient who has lost skin elasticity through weight loss.
Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
At your initial tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Steely will evaluate your health, determine the level of fat deposits in your abdominal area, and carefully evaluate your skin and abdominal wall tone. Be sure to tell him if you are a smoker, and if you are on any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Be forthright in discussing your expectations with Dr. Steely and he will be equally honest with you, describing the types of tummy tuck procedures available and their associated risks and limitations.
If your fat deposits are mainly below the navel, you may need the less complex mini abdominoplasty (or mini-tummy tuck) which can be performed on an outpatient basis. On the other hand, if you have more extensive and wide spread fat deposits and tissue laxity, full abdominoplasty may be the better body contouring solution, especially when combined with liposuction of the hips.
Dr. Steely will recommend the procedure that is best for you and will produce the most desired body contour. He will tell you about the anesthesia that he will use, where the surgery is to be preformed and all associated costs.
All inclusive pricing for Mini Abdominoplasty begins at $6,250 dollars.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. Steely will give you complete instructions on how to prepare for your tummy tuck surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins, and medications. Also:
- No smoking at least one to two weeks before surgery (and do not resume smoking for at least two weeks after your surgery as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing).
- Avoid overexposure to the sun, especially to your abdomen and do not go on a strict diet, as both these factors can inhibit healing.
- If you catch a cold or infection of any kind, Dr. Steely will probably postpone your surgery.
- If you are in top physical condition and have strong abdominal muscles, recovery will be much faster.
- Arrange for transportation home after surgery and for help a day or two at home, if needed.
Mini and Full Abdominoplasty Surgery Procedures
When performing a full abdominoplasty, Dr. Steely typically makes an incision in your bikini line, immediately above the pubic area. Then a second incision frees the navel from surrounding tissue for repositioning. With mini abdominoplasty, he makes a much shorter incision and he may not move the navel. Dr Steely also performs a specialized abdominoplasty for patients who need more than a mini atuck, but do not have enough skin for a full abdominoplasty. In the floating umbilical abdominoplasty, appropriate candidates avoid the incsion around the belly button, yet still reap all of hte advantages of a full abdominoplasty.
Next, Dr. Steely separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. He tightens these muscle creating what amounts to an internal corset- giving a firmer abdominal wall and narrower waistline.
Dr. Steely then stretches the skin flap down and removes the extra skin. He creates a new site for your navel. Finally, he closes all incisions, applies the dressings, and may insert a temporary tube to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.
With a mini abdominoplasty, Dr. Steely separates the skin only between the incision line and the navel, tightens any loose muscle tone, and excises any excess skin.
Some patients are candidates for a special kind of abdominoplasty called the floating umbilicus abdominoplasty which can give the benefits of a full tummy tuck without incisions around the navel.
Full abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Mini abdominoplasty typically takes an hour or two.
After Your Tummy Tuck
After your tummy tuck:
- Your abdomen will probably be swollen for the first few days.
- You will likely feel some discomfort for which Dr. Steely will prescribe medication. He also infiltrates your tissues with a special long acting anesthesia that greatly helps with postoperative discomfort.
- Depending how extensive your surgery is, you may be released from the hospital within a few hours or you may need to remain for one or two days.
- Dr. Steely generally allows patients to shower the following day after abdominoplasty.
- Dr. Steely will remove stitches in a week to ten days.
- The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment.
- You may need a few weeks to feel normal again. Some return to work after just a few days; others may take two weeks to rest and recuperate.
- Start walking as soon as possible. Light exercise actually helps you heal better. If you have never exercised before, it is advisable that you begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. You should, however, avoid vigorous exercise until you can do it comfortably.
- While the tummy tuck incision will never disappear completely, it will flatten out and lighten in color over the next few months. Dr. Steely always takes time and care when performing your abdominoplasty procedure to ensure the incision is very thin and not visible under clothing, even bathing suits.
Houston Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty FAQ
My Friend Had Kids and Only Needed Liposuction To Get A Great Looking Tummy- Why Can’t I have That Instead?
Everyone’s tissues responds differently to the challenges associated with pregnancy. Some women simply stretch and return to their pre-pregancy abdomen, while others have a lax abdominal wall that is not amendable to exercise alone. Liposuction surgery will only address fatty tissue- not a lax abdominal wall or excess skin.
I Have Seen Some Horrible Scars After Tummy Tuck Surgery- What Can Be Done To Avoid This?
Incision lines after abdominoplasty are inevitable- there is no other way to remove the excess skin without excising it. Dr. Steely and his staff work hard to minimize scarring, and institute a scar management protocol after surgery to maximize your healing potential.
I Have Seen Some Tummy Tuck Scars That Are Very High And Cannot Be Covered With a Swimsuit- Does Dr. Steely Keep His Incisions Low?
Dr. Steely’s goal is for you to want to wear a two piece swimsuit after your surgery. He works to keep your incisions very low and coverable with a bikini bottom.
Can I Still Exercise After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Dr. Steely allows light exercise three weeks after your procedure, and unrestricted exercise six weeks after your procedure. Exercise is not only allowed, but necessary to maintain your new shape.
Does Dr Steely Perform Liposuction With His Abdominoplasty?
Dr. Steely almost always performs liposuction to sculpt your abdomen, flanks, and sometimes your lower back wwith abdominoplasty. It is his philosophy that fat must be removed in additon to skin to give the look that patients truly desire.
Dr. Steely will keep you up-to-date and as at-ease as possible at every step of your tummy tuck procedure, from consultation to the final new you.
Call 713-622-6500 or email Dr. Steely for a complimentary initial appointment or for more information relating to the tummy tuck procedure.