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Many of our Houston plastic surgery patients are passionate about staying in shape and do everything they can to look and feel their best. Unfortunately, sagging abdominal skin and separated six-pack muscles in the abdomen are not typically aesthetic concerns that can be handled through dieting and exercise alone.

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that tightens your abdominal muscles, removes excess abdominal skin and fat, and leaves you feeling more confident — with a slimmer, more sculpted abdomen. Dr. Bradley Eisemann and Dr. Michael Eisemann bring a sophisticated sense of artistry to your outcome and are excited to share with you the benefits of their expertise, skill, and in-depth anatomical knowledge.

Tummy tuck procedure at a glance

  • Procedure time: 2-4 hours
  • Cost: $9,000-$13,000
  • Length of recovery: 4-6 weeks
  • Addresses: Weakened abdominal muscles and loose skin
  • Can be paired with: Liposuction, mommy makeover, thigh lift, butt lift

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to help tone, sculpt, and contour the belly. It is typically performed for women who have lost their figures after childbirth or for those who have experienced changes as a result of aging or massive weight loss.

A tummy tuck can remove excess sagging skin, tighten the abdominal muscles, and reposition the belly button in a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing position. Liposuction can be combined with abdominoplasty to help reduce excess fat and further reshape the lower body.

Benefits of a tummy tuck

  • Reduction in stubborn fat and drooping skin
  • Can help erase stretch marks
  • Combats abdominal weakness and muscle separation
  • Firms, slims, and reboots the belly
  • Tapers the waistline
  • Increases wardrobe options
  • Improves self-image and self-confidence
  • Is often a component of a mommy makeover
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What can a tummy tuck accomplish?

It’s important to have realistic expectations when embarking on a tummy tuck procedure. Below are some advantages of abdominoplasty that you may not be aware of:

Improvement in body posture and relief from back pain – A tummy tuck tightens the six-pack muscles in the stomach. This supports a straighter, stronger back and better posture. Patients tend to slouch less after their surgery and may experience a decrease in overall physical discomfort.

Improved results after exercising – With the stomach muscles restored to a toned, cohesive shape, results at the gym are easier to obtain. Moms may find it faster to regain their youthful figures after a tummy tuck without the long hours of exercise they had to put in before.

Decrease in certain health risks – When the belly muscles are weak or separated, there is a higher risk for health problems such as ventral hernias. Abdominoplasty can help strengthen the abdominal wall, maximizing your overall well-being.

Helps support long-term weight loss – Patients feel better about their bodies after a tummy tuck and are more likely to stay slim, eat right, and exercise over time. A tummy tuck naturally boosts self-confidence and helps patients feel more comfortable engaging in sports and other activities.

What is a tummy tuck after bariatric surgery?

After significant weight loss, the resulting abdominal wall is often loose with weakened and separated muscles and excess skin and fat. After stable weight loss and optimization of nutrition, the abdominal wall can be tightened and the skin tailored to the underlying reconstructed core.

What are the different types of tummy tucks?

Full tummy tuck – A full tummy tuck is ideal for addressing moderate to severe skin ptosis in the midsection, both above and below the navel. It can also tone, firm, and tighten the six-pack muscles. The incision is well-concealed beneath the bikini line.

Mini tummy tuck – This version of abdominoplasty comes with a shorter scar and slightly less downtime. It is perfect for patients that have excess sagging skin below the navel. Women who have previously undergone a hysterectomy or a C-section will do well with this method.

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Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Houston?

Anyone who desires a more youthful, attractive physique with improved stamina and a whole new world of wardrobe choices will do well to consider abdominoplasty in Houston. The treatment is reserved for healthy, non-smoking individuals who have a realistic, positive attitude towards their treatment. Note that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. Patients must have a BMI of 35% or lower in order to undergo the surgery.

How can I prepare for a tummy tuck?

Before a tummy tuck, you may need to do the following:

  • Undergo lab testing and medical assessment
  • Adjust your medications according to your surgeon’s instructions
  • Avoid blood-thinners and anti-inflammatory drums
  • Stop smoking at least 4-6 weeks before your surgery
  • Arrange for someone to pick you up from surgery and assist you for the first 24-48 hours of your recovery
  • Stock up on the important items you will need during recovery
  • Make your home environment as comfortable as possible

What can I expect during my procedure?

We offer full and mini tummy tuck surgery and will work closely with you to ensure your procedure produces the results you desire. In general, for a tummy tuck in Houston, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will place an incision across the abdomen above the pubic area. In a mini tummy tuck, the incision will be made just over the pubic region. 

Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will then tighten the abdominal muscles, possibly remove excess fat with liposuction, and will contour and trim away any excess skin to create a tauter, firmer, and flatter abdomen.

What will my recovery entail?

As part of our commitment to outstanding care, we will provide you with a detailed and personalized aftercare plan that covers topics such as caring for your incisions, dealing with drains and compression garments, resuming work and exercise, and sleeping in the correct position, among other topics. During your recovery period, we will follow up with you frequently to ensure your recuperation is stress-free and manageable.

After surgery, you will wear a binder for about 6-8 weeks to help reduce swelling and keep your new abdominal contours in pristine shape. While it’s important to rest well, you are encouraged to take timely walks. This helps promote a positive mood and stimulates circulation. Most patients find that sleeping with back support is the best way to relax. You will be provided with the proper pain medications to alleviate any lingering discomfort.

What can I expect from my consultation?

In your consultation with our father-son plastic surgery team, you can discuss whether a tummy tuck in Houston is the right procedure to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. A tummy tuck is frequently the recommended surgery to correct issues in the abdomen, including:

  • Loose, drooping, or sagging skin
  • Loose or bulging muscles
  • Split abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
  • Fatty deposits on the waistline
  • Bulging tummy area
  • Stretch marks

How much does a tummy tuck cost in Houston?

Pricing for abdominoplasty in Houston usually ranges from $9,000 to $13,000, depending on the extent of the changes and on whether any other procedures such as liposuction are performed at the same time. Costs cover the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and postoperative garment fees, among others. We will be certain that you leave your consultation with a clear quote for services based on your individualized treatment plan.

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Why choose Drs. Eisemann?

At the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center, your tummy tuck will be performed under the care of among the most acclaimed plastic surgery teams. Dr. Michael Eisemann is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with extraordinary talent. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He educates young surgeons on advanced surgical techniques, including tummy tuck surgery.

Dr. Bradley Eisemann is a board-certified plastic surgeon who brings an extraordinary level of artistry and skill to every procedure, along with a sincere dedication to every patient. Together, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann provide patients with unstoppable aesthetic talent that can accomplish anything. For a stunning transformation and a visibly more youthful physique, call us today and schedule your confidential consultation.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Liposuction addresses excess fat, removing it through the use of a cannula, or slender suctioning tube. Abdominoplasty, on the other hand, can address loose, drooping skin and weakened six-pack muscles. It can also improve the appearance of the belly button.

What can I expect in terms of scarring after abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery typically has a scar that stretches from hip to hip but is well-hidden within the bikini or panty line. We will recommend scar creams and laser therapy that can help fade your incision. It’s essential that you wear sunscreen for the first few months as your skin heals.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other procedures?

Yes! Abdominoplasty is often combined with liposuction and a mommy makeover to effect comprehensive improvement in the physique.

Can I get pregnant or have children after a tummy tuck?0

There is no reason why you wouldn’t be able to have children after a tummy tuck. However, most surgeons do not recommend this due to the fact that pregnancy can distort the body and potentially result in the need for a revision procedure.

Will a tummy tuck help get rid of stretch marks?

Stretch marks located on the lower abdomen can be addressed with abdominoplasty. Those located above the navel may remain. The skin tightening that occurs with a tummy tuck will help to improve the appearance of the marks left behind, however.

Will I have drains after my surgery?

Drains may be necessary after surgery to escort excess fluids and blood out of the body. They are typically left in place for around one week.

How long does a tummy tuck take?

The entire tummy tuck procedure usually takes from two to four hours. The time necessary for your abdominoplasty procedure will depend on how extensive your surgery needs to be.

What is the recovery time after a tummy tuck?

During tummy tuck recovery, you will be limited in your activities for the first couple of weeks following surgery. By four to six weeks, you should be cleared to return to your normal daily activities. Our team will follow you closely to make sure you are healing appropriately and to help guide your recovery process.

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