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Drainless Tummy Tuck Houston, TX

Tummy Tuck procedures, also known as abdominoplasty, have become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery options for men and women alike.

This relatively simple procedure helps you tone up the abdominal area by removing excess skin and tissue caused by weight loss or pregnancy. It's also the perfect way to help you achieve your ideal appearance when diet and exercise alone don't seem to be working. Dr. Schusterman is here to provide you with a special type of Tummy Tuck, called the drainless Tummy Tuck, at our Houston, TX location.

This procedure also incorporates liposuction to produce comprehensive results with a simpler recovery process. If you'd like to learn more about this process, please reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation.

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What is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

A Drainless Tummy Tuck pairs a traditional Tummy Tuck procedure with liposuction. It is also known as a tummy tuck with liposuction or lipo-abdominoplasty. The process utilizes a layered technique of suturing which completely eliminates the needs for any post-surgical drains.

We complete the liposuction first, removing any stubborn fat you have lingering in your abdominal area. The removal of this excess fat helps to sculpt your tummy and tone the area to achieve the appearance you have been working towards.

It also helps to reduce the level of surgical intervention you will need to meet the goals for your body. Once the liposuction is complete, we'll make an incision at your abdomen, which will allow for tightening or removal of loose skin or muscle causing the undesired appearance. The incision is then closed up using multiple layers of sutures, which eliminates any need for post-surgical drains.

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Two in One: The Benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck

Unlike a traditional Tummy Tuck, a drainless Houston Tummy Tuck consists of two procedures in one. You'll get the benefits of both liposuction for belly fat removal, and a tummy tuck to remove loose, hanging skin on the abdominal area.

The liposuction completed during a drainless Tummy Tuck provides a solution to excess subcutaneous fat, something a traditional abdominoplasty doesn't offer, making it a perfect solution for patients that would like to refine more areas of fat than a standard tummy tuck alone can accomplish. This means you can address both excess fat and loose skin in the same procedure.

A drainless Tummy Tuck also has a less complicated recovery process. As the name implies, this procedure does not require drains as many other surgical procedures do. You won't have to be concerned with measuring a fluid output or emptying drains as you heal, and the recovery period is often shorter than a traditional abdominoplasty.

As a board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Schusterman, FACS is highly trained in modern abdominoplasty with liposuction to deliver the best results for his patients.

A drainless tummy tuck is designed to:

  • Tighten loose skin on the abdomen
  • Suction away unwanted belly fat
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Remove c-section scars
  • Improve the way clothes and swimwear fit
  • Boost body confidence
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Schedule a Drainless Tummy Tuck Consultation

If you are considering either a tummy tuck or liposuction, the drainless tummy tuck may be the solution for you. Scheduling a consultation for Houston tummy tuck surgery can help determine if a drainless tummy tuck is a right choice for your needs.

There are many factors to consider as you weigh the benefits of plastic surgery. If removing small stubborn areas of fat on the abdomen and sides is just as important to you as skin removal surgery following weight loss or pregnancy, we may recommend a drainless tummy tuck.

Dr. Schusterman is a well-respected surgeon with a caring manner and extensive knowledge of the latest surgical and nonsurgical body contouring techniques. Specializing in helping men and women look their best, he has helped many patients improve their appearance and confidence with cosmetic surgery.

During your consultation for a Tummy Tuck Houston Surgeon Dr. Schusterman will take the time to learn which areas of your abdomen are troubling you. He will then examine the loose skin and fat to determine whether liposuction-assisted abdominoplasty will help attain your cosmetic goals.

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To learn more about what lipo-abdominoplasty can do for you, contact our plastic surgery center at (713) 794-0368 or email us today.

The consultation fee is $100, which will go toward the surgical fee if you decide to proceed with a body contouring procedure. The consultation generally takes one hour. This ensures that Dr. Schusterman will have time to answer your questions fully and perform a medical evaluation.

Consultations are usually scheduled on Wednesdays, although we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs.

The Recovery Process: What to Expect

During the first few weeks following your drainless Tummy Tuck procedure, you'll be required to wear a compression garment designed to help manage swelling and speed up the healing process.

Most patients are ready to return to light daily activities after one or two weeks of healing time. Provided that you don't have a physically demanding job, you'll also be able to return to work at this time. As your healing progresses, you'll notice improvements in the look and contour of your tummy, and you can expect to see final results in about six to eight weeks. If you'd like to learn more about this process, please contact us for a consultation.

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Drainless Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Dr. Schusterman offers three types of liposuction that offer different benefits, depending on the goals you would like to accomplish.

All forms of liposuction work by suctioning away fat. Some use lasers, others rely on fluid, and some, like BodyTite, use radiofrequency liposuction. Many patients have greatly improved their tummy area with liposuction alone; However, liposuction will not remove loose skin. While BodyTite helps tighten skin when the underlying fat is removed, it pales in comparison to the extent of skin removal that can be performed during a tummy tuck procedure.

Further, if you have a substantial amount of fat removed with traditional liposuction, you may be left with loose skin. This is especially true for older patients that lack the skin elasticity they had in their youth.

If your main concern is loose skin, then a tummy tuck is often the right choice. When you’d like to remove loose skin and a decent amount of body fat, a liposuction-assisted abdominoplasty will provide both loose skin and fat removal, leaving your tummy flat, sculpted, and tight after the procedure. Dr. Schusterman’s liposuction-assisted tummy tuck has helped many men and women improve their bodies.


A tummy tuck with lipo is an excellent solution for patients that wish to remove loose skin after pregnancy or major weight loss, while also smoothing and refining unwanted abdominal fat that has been difficult to remove with diet and exercise alone. While a traditional tummy tuck may remove some underlying fat when the excess skin is trimmed away, adding liposuction to the procedure greatly increases the amount of fat that can be removed from the abdominal area.

The ideal candidate for this type of tummy tuck is a healthy nonsmoker that is within 15-20 pounds of their ideal body weight. A tummy tuck with liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss surgery. It is meant to refine your body contours, reshaping the abdomen to remove fat deposits.

Pregnant women are ineligible for the procedure. It is also best to wait until after you have finished having children to get a tummy tuck, otherwise the skin will simply stretch out again.

Dr. Schusterman will use liposuction to carefully reshape belly fat, along with the hip, flanks, and sides, depending on the areas that you wish to address, along with loose skin removal.

The cost for a tummy tuck with liposuction varies greatly because each patient is unique and the surgery is tailored to your needs. You may only need a mini tummy tuck with lipo, a standard tummy tuck with liposuction, or an extended tummy tuck with lipo. The average cost may range from $6,000 to $12,000 depending on the extent of surgery and type of liposuction used for the procedure.

The best way to get an accurate price for drainless tummy tuck surgery is to come in for a consultation. When you meet Dr. Schusterman for a tummy tuck consultation, you will be provided with the full cost of surgery after determining the type and extent of loose skin removal and liposuction that will be required to meet your needs.

Most patients can return to work just 1-2 weeks post-op, depending on the amount of physical exertion your job requires. Sedentary jobs such as office work or telecommuting jobs require less downtime than physically demanding careers.

Patients that enjoy exercising will be glad to know that they can begin walking the same day of surgery in most cases. While walking upright can be hard at first, a small amount of light exercise, as advised by your doctor, can help speed recovery and reduce the risk of blood clots. Most patients can begin walking fully upright just 10 days after surgery. Moderate exercise programs can begin just 6-8 weeks post-op.

It is important to rest and heal in the first 14 days of recovery. You may ask family members or friends to assist you during this time.

For a mini tummy tuck, you may need 7-10 days off driving. A standard tummy tuck or mommy makeover usually requires 2-3 weeks before you may begin driving. Patients that have had an extended tummy tuck may require 3-4 weeks off driving.

It is rare for health insurance providers to cover the cost of tummy tuck surgery as the surgery is mostly cosmetic in nature. However, some insurances may cover some or all of the procedure if it is deemed medically necessary.

We understand that abdominoplasty is a big decision for many patients and that the expense can be difficult to manage all at once. We proudly offer financing plans such as Care Credit and Union Medical Credit to help make payments more affordable.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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