Pregnancy, weight gain, weight loss and the natural aging process can take a tremendous toll on the body -- particularly the waistline. Our tummy tuck in Houston is a body contouring procedure that can minimize the effects of repeated stretching and weight fluctuations. The surgery removes excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall -- resulting in a flatter stomach and a thinner waistline.
Our tummy tuck in The Woodlands may be the ideal way to achieve your ideal abdomen if you:
The traditional tummy tuck in Houston is the most common version of this procedure. It involves an incision that extends from hip-to-hip and allows Dr. Lyos to remove flab and skin from the entire abdomen. This procedure often requires the belly button to be repositioned to ensure a natural outcome.
The mini tummy tuck is a less intensive option for patients who are close to their ideal body weight. With this approach, Dr. Lyos exclusively sculpts the lower abdomen, below the belly button. Because only one small incision is made, the recovery is shorter and easier when compared to other surgeries.
This approach is also known as the minimally invasive tummy tuck. It involves using a tiny camera to guide the surgery, thus eliminating the need for a lengthy incision. The endoscopic tummy tuck is best for patients with weak or separated abdominal muscles and minimal loose belly skin.
When our patients need to remove abdominal fat and “love handles,” our extended tummy tuck in Houston is performed. This comprehensive procedure requires a lengthy incision that extends behind each hip. Although the incision is quite long, Dr. Lyos places it strategically so that it can be easily hidden with clothing.
Regardless of the type of tummy tuck you choose, this body contouring procedure will be done in the comfort of Dr. Lyos’s state-of-the-art Houston surgical center. To begin, general anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you are completely asleep and comfortable throughout the experience.
Your tummy tuck in The Woodlands will last anywhere from two to five hours, depending on the technique and the amount of tissue you’re having removed. Through discreetly placed incisions, Dr. Lyos will excise unwanted flab, tighten the underlying muscles, and trim away excess skin. In most cases, he will also detach the belly button and re-attach it to a new, more natural-looking location on the abdomen.
Your recovery period will vary in length and severity depending on the type of tummy tuck you had performed. However, the following outlines the healing process that most of our patients experience:
Most of our clients in Houston and The Woodlands need to stay home from work for about two weeks in order to get the best tummy tuck Houston has to offer. During this time, you should rest often but walk lightly around the house as soon as you’re able to aid the healing process.
You will likely have drains placed after your procedure. They will need to be emptied up to three times a day. You will also need to change your bandages several times a day and wear a compression garment to minimize swelling.
Many patients experience constipation after their tummy tucks. Drinking plenty of water and taking over-the-counter medication can relieve this effect.
An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, involves incisions that leave scars, but these are located below the panty line or around the bellybutton. These scars are hidden under clothing or even a bikini. The color of the scars can vary, based upon skin type and how your body responds to the incisions. At Lyos Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates in Houston, we ensure that we carefully monitor the healing process to limit scarring.
The tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so there is no pain during the procedure. Our board-certified surgeon will prescribe pain medication for the first stages of recovery, so you are as comfortable as possible. As you have undergone an extensive surgery, your body responds by sending pain messages – it’s natural. The prescription medication is geared to keep you comfortable during that phase of healing.
The fat, tissue and skin removed in the procedure are gone forever. A healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise will help maintain and enhance the results of a tummy tuck. Your tummy will be flat, free from excess skin, and firm – a rewarding change!
If you have stretch marks from pregnancy or weight gain, then a tummy tuck can remove most, or all the stretch marks located on the lower abdomen. After pregnancy or after a dramatic loss of weight, the skin in the abdominal area will have lost much of its elasticity and will be removed, with the stretch marks along with it. Any remaining stretch marks will be smoother and less visible.
It is best to wait until after you are done having children. A tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure that not only removes skin but also includes tightening and firming split or loose abdominal muscles. Becoming pregnant after having a tummy tuck means that the re-structuring of your abdomen could be compromised. As the skin that was removed is no longer there to accommodate your growing belly, you could experience new stretch marks or sagging skin and tissue.
If you are finished having children and suffering a damaged abdomen with loose or split muscles, stretch marks, excess sagging skin and tissue, you are a candidate for a tummy tuck – but after your body has fully recovered from pregnancy. These concerns can be discussed with our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Lyos.
Moderate to severe weight gain post-surgery is not ideal. It is best to maintain a healthy weight, so you enjoy the smooth, fit look achieved with a tummy tuck for the long term.
Other procedures can be performed in the same surgical appointment, but these decisions are based upon patient health and safety. Our triple board-certified surgeon, Dr. Lyos, takes a minimalist and precision approach to surgery to reduce stress on your body and speed healing. Liposuction may be performed to removed pockets of excess fat along with the abdominoplasty.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue, and tighten the abdominal muscles, while liposuction only extracts excess fat. An abdominoplasty may include repositioning the navel, tightening the underlying muscles if they have stretched or split.
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