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Flatten the Contour of Your Stomach
We regularly perform tummy tuck surgery at our Houston, Texas office to improve the contour of the abdomen, by making it look slimmer and flatter. If you have lost weight by dieting and exercising, but failed to reach your goal in flattening and tightening your abdomen, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. Plastic surgeon Dr. Madjidi finds that some of her happiest patients – both male and female – are individuals who are experiencing the benefits of a tummy tuck. To find out if a tummy tuck performed at our Houston office is right for you, please contact us today.
Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty does three things: it removes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen; it tightens the abdominal muscles, like an internal binder; and repositions the belly button. All of these components are important and Dr. Madjidi pays special attention to the details of tummy tuck to have the best result possible. Once the excess skin of the lower abdomen is removed and the muscles stitched together, the upper skin is pulled down and becomes flatter looking. Your belly button, still attached to you, is brought through a new hole and is given a more vertical and youthful look. Your abdomen will be firmer and flatter and your waistline narrower. Stretch marks of the lower abdomen will be gone but those above the navel will stay.
Dr. Madjidi performs tummy tucks differently in men and in women so they will have an appropriate shape at the end of the procedure. In her typical abdominoplasty technique, scars do not go beyond hipbones. However, each individual has a different height and shape to his or her abdomen. The scars may be shorter or longer depending on body type or oriented high or low for the best aesthetic results. Dr. Madjidi adapts the scars to be concealed under your style of under garment or bathing suit.
During the first consultation for a tummy tuck, which typically lasts 45 minutes to an hour, she will take time to evaluate you to see if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, and will go over the placement and size of the scars that meet your body needs. Dr. Madjidi will also review the risks and benefits of the procedure. She will encourage you to ask as many questions as you have and make a list of other questions that may come up later.
In some cases, scar revision or adjunct liposuction may be necessary to optimize results. If the upper abdominal fat is too thick, prior liposuction can thin it. Liposuction of the abdomen cannot be done safely at the same time as the tummy tuck because of the blood supply to the lower abdomen. However, it can be done safely a few months earlier. Once the abdomen is thinned, the final shape after a tummy tuck is much improved.
Liposuction of the hips and flanks can, however, be safely performed at the same time as the tummy tuck to create a better waist line.
Tummy tuck in Dr. Madjidi's hands is typically about two and a half hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Madjidi will remove excess fat and skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. The navel is repositioned. Drains are placed and will typically be removed at seven to 10 days based on their output.
You can expect most of the swelling to be gone by two to four weeks and the final result should appear by eight weeks. Dr. Madjidi will guide your level of activity following surgery. Taking one to three weeks off from work depending on the type of physical activity at your job is generally recommended. Recovery to the point of vigorous activity usually takes up to six weeks. The scars will initially be firm and pink and should continue to flatten and fade for up to a year. Dr. Madjidi will show you different scar treatments to help the scars fade away faster.
The result is permanent; however, weight gain or pregnancy after a tummy tuck will diminish the outcome. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, contact our Houston, Texas practice, serving Pasadena, Sugar Land and patients from around the world.
by Azita Madjidi
Houston Plastic Surgery