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Tummy Tuck Surgery in Houston - What to Expect

Posted Jan 21 2013 5:24am
The city of Houston, known by various names including “Space City” and “The Big Heart” is also one of the hot spots in the U.S for plastic surgery. Read on to know what to expect from tummy tuck surgery in the United States of America’s fourth-largest city.

Considering an Abdominoplasty – What to Expect

If you are considering having this procedure done, it is obviously because you have a protruding abdomen or loose sagging skin which you want to do something about for a tighter and more toned appearance. As long as you choose the right plastic surgeon and the right plastic surgery facility, that is exactly what you are going to get. However, you will have to first make sure that you are a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. For this, you must schedule an initial consultation with the surgeon. 

The Initial Consultation

At the initial consultation, you may have to tell the surgeon why you want an abdominoplasty done and what your desired aesthetic outcomes are. It would be good to tell him about any previous surgeries, medication, herbal supplements or vitamins that you are currently taking; and also if you smoke or drink.

The surgeon would make a detailed physical examination, assess your general health, any pre-existing health conditions and any contraindications that you may have to a tummy tuck. Based on his evaluation, he would determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.

The initial consultation is an opportunity for you to get as much information about the procedure as possible including duration, possible risks and complications and recovery. If you are found to be a candidate, the doctor would tell you about the options open to you, advise you on preparing for surgery, whether you have to stop any medication temporarily and other precautions to be taken.

Abdominoplasty as such, is not a weight-loss procedure. If you have stubborn fat that you want to get rid of, you can consider getting liposuction done along with this procedure.

Procedure and Benefits

Tummy tuck surgery is designed to tone and shape the abdominal area. The surgeon would manually tighten the abdominal wall muscles and stitch them into place. He would then remove any excess skin to create a flatter and firmer midsection. The procedure can be tailored to suit your individual aesthetic goals. In the majority of procedures, the umbilicus is reshaped in a vertical kind of pattern to give it a more sexy appearance. In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits, the procedure would boost your confidence and self-esteem.


Immediately after tummy tuck surgery, an overnight stay may be necessary. In addition, you may be advised to wear a compression garment over the abdomen. The elastic garment would support the tissues very close to the body, thereby assisting the skin with adjusting to the abdomen’s new contours. If you wear the garment as directed, you can reduce the chances of sagging or loose skin following the procedure. The garment would also assist with limiting swelling for a shorter recovery period.

Follow your doctor’s after care instructions pertaining to the surgical drain strictly. He would have placed the drain during the procedure to take fluid away from the incision.

Most probably, you would have to take 7 to 14 days off work after the surgery. Swelling after the surgery would gradually come down over the course of some weeks. While it is advisable to start some light walking soon after surgery, strenuous activities can be resumed only after six weeks.

Now that you know what to expect from tummy tuck surgery in Houston, you will be less anxious from the pre-surgery consultation to recovery.

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