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This procedure surgically removes the excess skin and fatty deposits from your abdomen, while concurrently repositioning your abdominal muscles into a tighter, healthier structure. The result? A tighter, flatter, firmer tummy zone that you feel confident revealing in tight clothing.

The benefits of a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck addresses multiple physiological problems in a single procedure. While it contours your stomach, re-establishing a flat plane between your hip bones, a tummy tuck also tightens muscles that may have separated or become distended after pregnancy and childbirth, weight loss, or age. The medical term for this condition is “diastasis recti,” rectified by placing internal stitches that bring the muscles back together at the midline.

Tightening the muscles in the abdominal area, in turn, can ease urinary incontinence, improve posture, and relieve back pain resulting from poor posture. Throw in the fact that the average tummy tuck removes 10 pounds of skin and fat, and it is no wonder requests for tummy tucks have doubled since 2000.

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A healthy diet and exercise go a long way in creating a toned body. Still, sagging, separated muscles in the midsection, along with the propensity of the body to store fat in the area, mean that getting to your ideal shape could require surgical intervention.

If you are close to or at your ideal weight and still not satisfied with the shape of your stomach, a tummy tuck may be right for you. Houston’s Dr. Courtney can reshape your silhouette, flatten your stomach, and restore a more youthful, taut body profile.

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Is a tummy tuck right for me?

Whether you are genetically predisposed to storing excess fat in your abdomen or have sagging skin from a prior pregnancy, you may feel you do not look your best. Your clothing choices have diminished, and you hesitate to undress in moments of intimacy. Thankfully, this condition can be reversed with a tummy tuck, leaving you looking and feeling sexy and confident!

A tummy tuck is best for those who are through their childbearing years and are close to an ideal weight. Candidates should also be practicing habits that will keep their weight steady in years to come. This said, weight gain or another pregnancy after tummy tuck certainly will not harm the patient in any way. Another pregnancy or weight gain can impact the advances gained with a tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy tuck vs. liposuction

While some patients think liposuction alone can achieve the ideal waistline, they miss the significant advantages a tummy tuck affords. The tummy tuck not only removes fat, but it repairs damage to the abdominal muscles and removes excess, sagging tissue. We have found that getting that 10 pounds of excess skin and fat removed in a single surgery often kickstarts a patient’s drive to exercise and adopt a healthier lifestyle for the long term.

Your private tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Courtney in Houston, TX

Before your consultation, our practice manager will ask you to gather photos depicting people who enjoy figures similar to what you would like to achieve. Images of your younger self can reveal your vision for your figure. If you have complex medical issues, we may ask you to bring some records as well. During your private, in-person consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Courtney, he will focus on understanding your goals and desires. There is no single, ideal figure, and Dr. Courtney is known for his attention to detail and his ability to produce results that meet or exceed patient expectations.

He will also review your medical history and conduct a thorough physical exam. He will check for conditions such as diastasis recti (split abdominal muscles) or umbilical hernias. These steps help him understand your body’s natural architecture so he can develop a surgical plan that renders the most stunning, natural-looking results.

Keep in mind that if your goals do not mesh with your physical limitations or conflict with your optimal health, Dr. Courtney will let you know. He will never perform any procedure that he believes may create results that are anything short of extraordinary. Dr. Courtney’s approach ensures you will have a natural, never exaggerated outcome.

The tummy tuck procedure

Dr. Courtney’s advanced reconstructive and plastic surgery training gives him a wide variety of techniques for your body and goals. Surgical techniques for the tummy tuck vary, depending on how much fat and skin must be removed and whether you have any accompanying procedures scheduled, such as liposuction or breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover.

Classic Tummy Tuck

A traditional tummy tuck addresses both the lower and upper abdomen. The incision is made in a U-shape in the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, and placed low enough to be hidden by bathing suits and underwear. Another small incision will be made in the navel. The navel can also be repositioned during the classic tummy tuck, if necessary.

Extended Tummy Tuck

Patients with excess fat and skin in the flanks and back, as well as the abdomen, often opt for the extended tummy tuck. This extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision, but the fat and skin removed significantly slim a patient’s midsection. The scar can be hidden by most clothing, and many patients feel that the radical change to their silhouette is worth undergoing more extensive surgery

Partial or Mini-Tummy Tuck

If you have a small belly “pouch” located at the navel or below and not much excess skin, a mini tummy tuck could be your remedy. During the mini tummy tuck, Dr. Courtney makes a small incision that is easily hidden by most bathing suits and underwear. He then surgically re-contours your lower abdomen through the incision, repairing damage to the abdominal wall and removing fat and excess skin. This approach is highly effective and requires less downtime than the classic tummy tuck. The best candidates for the mini-tummy tuck are those with minimal excess skin and fat in the abdomen. If your belly “pouch” includes the upper abdomen, only a classic (full) tummy tuck will re-establish flat, youthful contours.

Liposuction + tummy tuck for comprehensive results

Many of our patients add liposuction to their tummy tuck, completing two procedures during one surgery. The combination of procedures allows for additional shaping, transforming the silhouette, and delivers a more dramatic result.

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A beautiful, slim, and trim abdomen can be yours

Dr. Courtney is known throughout the state of Texas and beyond for his spectacular, natural tummy tuck results. As a highly trained plastic surgeon, he employs the latest, most effective techniques to achieve stunning outcomes. His skills and effectiveness have resulted in recognition as one of six outstanding surgeons by The American Society of Plastic Surgery, and he is a patient favorite due to his relaxed and approachable personality. Each patient walks out feeling sexy and confident, and that can be yours. Contact us today!

Our state-of-the-art surgical center in Houston, TX

All surgical procedures are performed in our AAAHC-certified ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Our surgery center provides outstanding outpatient surgical care while ensuring patients avoid “surgical site infections.” In fact, studies show that the infection rate in a certified surgery center is half that of hospitals, and patients spend 26% less time in an ASC than in a hospital. Our surgery center significantly exceeds hospital standards and offers top-level patient safety.

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Recovery after a tummy tuck

Your stomach will be bandaged after surgery to protect the area and minimize post-surgical swelling. Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may have some surgical drains in place as well. Patients who have had a more extensive abdominoplasty and liposuction often remain overnight, while a minimal procedure will allow you to go home on the same day as your surgery.

The first day after surgery, it is an option to have a home care nurse come to you to check your sutures, bandaging, and overall wellness. If you are one of our out-of-town patients, the nurse comes to your hotel or recovery center. During the first couple of days after surgery, you may get up and walk around a bit, but you should not plan on doing much during this time.

Most patients rest in bed for a few days. You will need someone at home with you for at least two days to help you during your recovery. Dr. Courtney will prescribe non-narcotic pain medication to treat any pain and swelling. Bruising, redness, and swelling are common effects of the surgery, and these will subside over the following weeks.

How long will it take to recover after surgery?

Your overall healing time will depend on the extent of your surgery. If you have surgical drains in place, these will be removed within a week when you have your first follow-up appointment. Dr. Courtney will take time with you before your procedure to explain how to take care of your incisions and any drains; it is essential to follow all your post-operative care instructions to maximize healing and minimize swelling. Doing your part to care for yourself while you heal will ensure that you get the best possible outcome.

Your tummy tuck results

While you will notice changes to your body immediately after your surgery, it takes some time for ultimate results to be achieved. Swelling may not entirely subside for two or more months. Scars take two months or more to fade. You should be able to return to work and routine, gentle daily activities within a couple of weeks when you no longer need prescription pain medication. After a couple of months, when all swelling has subsided, and your tummy has fully healed, you will be able to see your final, beautiful results. Your scars will continue to fade over the coming months.

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Elective surgery is a big decision, and you want to select the most qualified surgeon to ensure you get the results you desire and that enhance your quality of life for the long term. Dr. Courtney’s extensive training and experience in the most current techniques ensure you will not only stay safe but enjoy stunning results. Many of our patients travel from outside of Houston to ensure they get the highest quality care.

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Are you coming from out of town? We can help!

We are happy to assist you with planning your stay in Houston. In addition to providing detailed directions to our offices, we often help arrange not only hotel accommodations and ground transportation, but also nursing services and post-operative support. You may also need food and beverage delivery or recommendations for local dining and recreation.

Rest assured that Dr. Courtney and his team want your procedures to go smoothly from the moment you first arrive in Houston to your departure. If you have specific questions about what is involved in tummy tuck surgery, please do not hesitate to call, or contact us using our online form today. We look forward to your call or visit!

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