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When to Consider a Tummy Tuck

Loose, excess abdominal skin, prominent fat deposits and stretched abdominal muscles can cause your clothes to fit poorly, making you lose the confidence that you once had. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can flatten your stomach by removing excess fat/skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. If your stomach is unattractive or preventing your clothing from fitting well, you have options available in our Houston office.

My patients often ask if liposuction has replaced the tummy tuck. No, it isn’t a replacement. It’s a different surgical treatment. Liposuction is an excellent procedure to remove fat deposits that are under the skin and provides remarkable results when you have good skin and muscle tone.

A tummy tuck is superior to liposuction for women who have excessive skin and fat in the abdominal area and/or extensive stretch marks. It also can repair stretched abdominal muscles that often results from pregnancies. For these patients, liposuction may be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to achieve optimal results.

Some patients have a minimal amount of excess skin or minor abdominal muscle stretching. A mini tummy tuck is an excellent body contouring option for these patients. As the least invasive type of tummy tuck surgery, this procedure is ideal for “below the belly button” sculpting and shaping. Depending on the patient’s needs, I may recommend liposuction along with a mini tummy tuck to enhance your appearance.

If you maintain a healthy lifestyle and consistent weight, tummy tuck results should last a lifetime. Patients rank this surgery as a procedure they would definitely do again. Why? Because it delivers lasting noticeable results.

Because I have extensive experience in abdominoplasty, I have developed several unique features that patients want in a tummy tuck. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, let’s talk about tailoring the right procedures for you. Call my Houston office for a free consultation.

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