Improve Your Appearance with a Tummy Tuck in Houston
Every year, thousands of men and women achieve great success with an abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck,” in Houston. A flatter, trimmer abdomen can make you more comfortable with your body and more confident with others. The best candidates for this procedure are individuals in relatively good shape with some excess fat or weak abdominal muscles.
Who Can Benefit from a Tummy Tuck
Multiple pregnancies can stretch a woman’s skin and stomach muscles. Older individuals can benefit due to the loss of skin elasticity that occurs with aging. A tummy tuck may be the procedure of choice for these conditions, which often are impossible to remedy through diet and exercise. Depending on the amount of fat or skin to be removed, a tummy tuck can often be performed simultaneously with liposuction surgery.
Tummy Tuck Benefits Men & Women
A tummy tuck in Houston can benefit men and women who are experiencing a variety of problems, including:
- Excessive skin in the midsection
- Sagging skin
- An overhanging belly
- Weakened abdominal muscles
Dr. Schusterman will evaluate the condition of your tummy and determine whether this procedure can provide you with the look you want.
Schedule a Consultation in Houston
Before going through any type of surgery, whether cosmetic or medically necessary, it’s important to consult with your physician. At the Texas Center for Breast & Body, Dr. Schusterman meets with each of his patients to discuss their desires, the expectations for the procedure and any special pre- or post-operative instructions. During your consultation for a tummy tuck in Houston, it’s important to be clear about what you want from the surgery. Dr. Schusterman will provide guidance so you’ll have a clear understanding of what to expect.
Preparing for the Tummy Tuck Procedure
There are certain steps you must take before undergoing a tummy tuck in Houston. Specific instructions will be provided during your consultation to ensure you are ready on the day of your procedure. Some of these instructions may include:
- Not smoking for at least two weeks prior to the surgery. It is best to refrain from smoking for two weeks afterward as well to speed up the healing process.
- Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun.
- Eating well and avoiding dieting in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
- Staying health because any illness, even a cold, can delay your surgery.
- Maintaining an exercise routine. Good muscle structure will speed up the healing process.
- Asking someone to come with you and drive you home.
Any additional recommendations may be made at the time of the consultation.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck in Houston is generally performed in two to five hours in a hospital or outpatient surgical facility. Most patients are given general anesthesia although some may receive intravenous sedation. Typically, during the tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Schusterman separates the skin from the abdominal wall, tightens the abdominal muscles by pulling them closer together and sutures them into a new position. The skin is stretched down and additional skin may be removed.
After Tummy Tuck Surgery
Pain medication is taken for the first few days. You can expect to experience some swelling for the first several days. Some patients return home the day of surgery, while others may require an overnight hospital stay. Most patients miss five to seven days of work. After your tummy tuck surgery, we suggest waiting six weeks before resuming vigorous exercise, heavy lifting or other strenuous activities. While strenuous exercise should wait, it is important to begin walking as soon as possible after surgery to help encourage healing. Light exercise may also be recommended. Scarring will fade considerably over time. Short of considerable weight gain or pregnancy, results from a tummy tuck in Houston should last indefinitely.
The Results of Tummy Tuck
One of the biggest questions many women and men have regarding a tummy tuck in Houston is when they can expect to see results. Because there is typically swelling in the abdomen for several weeks post-op, it may take up to six months before you see permanent results.
Tummy Tuck Consultation With Dr. Schusterman in Houston
Of course, as with any major medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a tummy tuck which Dr. Schusterman will discuss with you during your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Interests You?
If Tummy Tuck Surgery interests you, and you would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.