Tummy Tuck | Houston

A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is for patients looking to reduce loose skin and fat around the abdomen. The extra skin and fat can be a result of pregnancy, weight loss or age. An abdominoplasty flattens the abdomen by removing extra skin or fat.
 
Some people experience diastasic recti, which is the separation of the abdominal muscles. This is very common after pregnancy. In these situations we can also tighten muscles in the abdominal wall before to removing excess fat and skin.
If you are considering a tummy tuck or a mini tummy tuck the first step is to schedule a consultation.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Both men and women are good candidates for a tummy tuck. Patients should be near their ideal weight. If a patient looses weight after the procedure, this can cause more skin to loosen, potentially reducing the aesthetic result.
 
Also, women anticipating becoming pregnant in the future should not have the procedure. A pregnancy after a tummy tuck will expand the skin again and reduce the results from your abdominoplasty. Also to minimize risk and maximize outcome, we recommend a BMI of 30 or lower.

Complete Abdominoplasty Vs Mini Tummy Tuck

During a complete abdominoplasty Dr. Baylan removes from hip bone to hip bone. He contours skin, tissue and sometimes muscle to give you the best result. The belly button is moved and most patients may need drainage tubes under the skin for a few days.
 
A partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck focuses on fat below the navel in the lower abdomen. The incision location is shorter and made in a single location. Your belly button are not moved and the procedure is typically shorter.

How Much is A Tummy Tuck?

Each patient is unique. The cost of the tummy tuck depends on the kind of tummy tuck. Many patients choose to do liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck. This can also affect the cost. The best way to find out the cost of a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation.

Is A Tummy Tuck Covered Under Insurance?

Typically, a tummy tuck is not covered under insurance. However, there are exceptions to this depending on the case and your insurance coverage.
 
In some cases after extreme weight loss the excess skin causes additional problems such as intertrigo. Intertrigo is a rash that develops in the folds of skin. If this is something you experience, a consultation is the first step to finding out if insurance will cover your tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After the procedure, Dr. Baylan recommends compression garments to help the skin and muscles adapt to their new contours. Patients have a drainage tube placed in the wound to prevent fluid build-up in the area. It's removed after about a week.
 
Recovery can take from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Patients need to limit strenuous activities for six weeks. Most patients take approximately a month off from work with a abdominoplasty.
 
While results are visible immediately, most patients see full results after 10-12 months.

Non Surgical Tummy Tuck

When just a bit of skin tightening is needed, a patient may be a good candidate for non surgical body sculpting. This is done through our Medspa Butterfly Medspa & Wellness.

You can learn more about non surgical body sculpting by clicking here.

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If you've ever considered a tummy tuck, a consultation is the first step. We know life can be busy. Fill out the form below and we'll reach out to you to set up your consultation.

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Abdominoplasty Results

After an abdominoplasty, patients have a more toned, contoured abdomen that naturally fits the rest of their body. Tummy tucks can also improve confidence most report feeling more comfortable in their own skin.
 
Outcomes will continue to improve over time, as the body adapts to the changes. Scars will be present. The scar incision is low enough so that a bathing suit covers it. Patents should adhere to a post-operative scar regimen to maximize the healing of the scar.