Tummy Tuck in Houston, League City & Clear Lake, TX
A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that creates a slim, well-defined waistline by removing excess skin and fat, and repairing weak or separated abdominal muscles. Scars are generally hidden under the bikini line and around the belly button. Patients can feel confident again in swimwear and form-fitting clothes.
Dr. Kimberly Carpin is the best tummy tuck surgeon in Houston, Texas. She has countless years of experience bringing tremendous results that last, and vastly exceed the expectations of her patients. She not only serves patients in Houston but also in League City and Clear Lake, TX, and greater Houston surrounding areas with tummy tuck surgery and much more. Call today to schedule a consultation.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A TUMMY TUCK?
Candidates for a tummy tuck are patients with healthy body weight, but excess abdominal skin and fat that won’t go away with exercise and diet.
Childbirth, aging, hereditary factors, and weight fluctuations all contribute to sagging skin and a protuberant abdomen.
Mothers after childbirth often experience persistent belly bulges despite exercise, which is due to a condition called rectus diastasis. Rectus diastasis occurs when the abdominal wall muscle fascia weakens between the rectus muscle (a.k.a six-pack muscle). Tummy tuck surgery corrects this by repairing this weakening.
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
Because everyone’s body is different, the specificities of the tummy tuck surgery can differ from patient to patient. These are the three types of tummy tuck procedures Dr. Carpin offers her patients:
Mini Abdominoplasty – This type of tummy tuck surgery is referred to as “mini” because it is typically performed on patients who have less skin and excess fat to remove than the average patient. The incisions for this type of tummy tuck are usually quite small, similar to the size of the incision of a C-section. The mini abdominoplasty helps to tighten the skin in the area below the belly button only.
Full Abdominoplasty – A full abdominoplasty, or a full tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat from the entire abdomen, working to tighten the skin from the pubic bone to the navel area as well as above and below the belly button. As with all abdominoplasties, this is not an alternative to losing weight, however, it is a procedure recommended for patients who have achieved their ideal weight and are in search of reshaping their midsection.
LipoAbdominoplasty – This type of procedure combines the benefits of liposuction and abdominoplasty to help patients achieve a more structured, contoured waist area and midsection. The combination of the techniques of both a liposuction and a tummy tuck will allow not only for the removal of stubborn fat and excess skin, but also precise trimming, flattening, and firming of the abdominal muscles. This procedure is great for patients at their ideal weight, who have lost a large amount of weight, or who are looking to reshape and tone this area of the body.
TUMMY TUCK RESULTS
A tummy tuck gives you a flatter and tighter abdomen. Results are long-lasting with a healthy diet and exercise. Some stretch marks are removed, however, the marks above the belly button usually remain.
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
The tummy tuck procedure is performed in an operating room under heavy sedation or general anesthesia and lasts for 3-4 hours. An incision is designed to be concealed below your undergarment and around your belly button. Excess skin is removed and the tummy is contoured. The belly button is brought into its new position. If liposuction is needed it can also be performed to enhance the waist contour. Incisions are closed with sutures, and surgical drains are placed for about one week. A light dressing and compression garment are placed. Some patients prefer an overnight stay in the hospital.
Patients typically experience pain, bruising, and swelling. You will be sore and unable to completely stand straight for about a week. An overnight stay in the hospital is recommended, however, some patients choose to go home the same day. Patients usually return to work with activity restrictions in one to two weeks. Refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 6 to 8 weeks. A compression garment is worn for about 4-6 weeks to decrease swelling. Full resolution of swelling can take about 6 months.
A tummy tuck on average costs around $6,000 to $7,000. After consultation with Dr. Carpin, a personalized quote will be given for the procedure.
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Most patients experience pain swelling and tightness after surgery. Additional risks will be discussed during the consultation.
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Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Carpin performs tummy tucks for patients in Houston, League City, Clear Lake, TX, and surrounding areas, including Friendswood, Pasadena, Kemah, Seabrook, and Galveston. Call us at (281) 333-4600 or click here to send us an email contact form.