Dr. Do has earned a reputation as one of the best tummy tuck doctors in Houston. A highly-skilled board-certified tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Do has helped many patients get the body they want and deserve—and he can help you, too.
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove extra skin, fat, and tissue to create a firmer, thinner, more contoured abdomen and waistline. The procedure can also help restore weakened muscles in the abdominal area, allowing your profile to remain smoother and firmer over time.
For many people, exercise and weight control aren’t enough to achieve a flat abdomen—a tummy tuck can help you get the smoother, flatter abdomen you deserve.
Loose, sagging skin and tissue in your tummy area can understandably make you feel self-conscious. You deserve to feel great in your own skin. Tummy tuck surgery can:
Depending on how much excess skin and tissue you have and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Do offers several different tummy tuck options:
A modified version of a full (traditional) abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck is best for patients who have loose, sagging skin below the naval but are at a healthy, stable weight. The mini tummy tuck involves making only a small incision above the pelvic area, which means recovery times are typically short. If you have a significant amount of stretched, sagging skin and excess belly fat, a full (traditional) tummy tuck may help you achieve better results.
An especially popular option with new moms and those who have lost a significant amount of weight, the full abdominoplasty involves making a larger incision with more extensive removal of excess skin and tissue and repositioning of the naval. Dr. Do may also recommend liposuction to remove excess abdominal fat, for a slimmer, firmer tummy and waistline.
Patients who have excess skin and tissue plus “love handles” may opt for an extended tummy tuck, which involves making a lengthy incision that extends across the entire abdomen beyond the hips. This is a more extensive surgery, but scars will not be noticeable when you’re wearing clothing or swimwear. An extended tummy tuck is suitable for patients who have a large amount of excess sagging skin and tissue in their belly and hips.
Abdominoplasty surgery can take up to 3 hours under IV sedation, depending on how much fat and skin need to be removed and the type of tummy tuck being performed.
Here’s a step-by-step overview of the procedure.*
Once our highly-trained team has prepped you for surgery, our anesthesiologist will administer general anesthesia to ensure you are safely asleep during surgery. You will not feel or remember anything from the surgery itself.
Dr. Do will make an incision just above your pubic area. The size of the incision will depend on the type of abdominoplasty you are having and how much skin, fat, and tissue will be removed.
After Dr. Do makes the incision, he will separate your skin from your abdominal wall and remove a triangular area of skin and underlying fat (with a traditional tummy tuck). He will then create a pocket underneath the skin and fat of the upper abdomen as far as the ribs. He will tighten the tummy muscles to improve abdominal contour, and then stretch the abdominal skin down to join the lower incision. If needed, Dr. Do will also remove fat from the area with liposuction or surgical excision (cutting away).
This is an important step in the process, since removing excess skin will shift your belly button. Dr. Do will create a moon-shaped incision at the new site of the naval, which he will then sew back in its new position.
Finally, Dr. Do will close the incisions using sutures designed to minimize scarring and place drainage tubes under the skin to collect any excess blood and fluid that may accumulate in the days and weeks after surgery. You may need to wear a compression garment to help you heal.
Tummy tuck recovery time varies by procedure, but on average it takes 2 weeks to return to sedentary activity, and 3 to 4 weeks to resume more strenuous activities, like exercise.
Immediately after your tummy tuck in Houston, your abdominal skin will feel very tight and it may be difficult to stand up straight for the first few days. This is completely normal and will improve in the coming weeks as your incisions heal and your skin slowly stretches with normal movement. You’ll also likely experience some swelling in the abdominal area—this is also normal and will diminish over time.
It’s important to set aside enough time to recover before you return to work or do any vigorous activity, including exercise. You’ll also need to avoid baths, pools, and jacuzzies for several weeks. Movement improves your healing, so Dr. Do encourages gentle walks to get your blood flowing.
Aesthetic Surgery Institute provides attentive aftercare services to ensure you’re healing properly.
Some amount of scarring is unavoidable with abdominoplasty surgery, even with a mini tummy tuck. This is why choosing a skilled surgeon like Dr. Do is so important. Carefully following the doctor’s aftercare instructions and not overextending yourself physically after surgery will also help minimize scarring.
Both women and men who are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen and who are in general good health and meet all the safety criteria to undergo surgery are candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Here are some common reasons people choose to undergo abdominoplasty:
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent; however, it’s important to know that a tummy tuck is not a replacement for weight loss. Women considering future pregnancies or planning significant weight loss should postpone a tummy tuck; after your pregnancy, we offer tummy tucks as part of our comprehensive mommy makeovers.
Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program. The procedure cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be treated.
Having a tummy tuck will give you a flatter, firmer tummy that is more proportionate with your body shape. The changes can be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight after your surgery.
Within a week or two of your procedure, swelling will begin to reduce and you should be able to stand tall fully upright in 4 weeks time.
It may take up to 6 months for the swelling to subside completely to see the full results of the abdominoplasty.
We recommend 2 – 3 weeks off work and avoid strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.
Call our Houston cosmetic surgery center at (713) 493-7397!