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Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX

Whether due to age, lifestyle (an unhealthy diet), or life event (pregnancy or weight loss), many women and men suffer from excess fat and sagging skin in their midsections. These conditions can cause them to feel self-conscious and embarrassed about their appearance. And while healthy eating habits and regular exercise are incredibly effective, they are often not always enough to give patients the trim and toned physique that they are after. Luckily, tummy tuck surgery can help correct these physical issues in a way that exercise and diet can’t.

In addition to the various techniques available for your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Schusterman offers the drainless tummy tuck in Houston for patients looking for enhanced results with no post-surgical drains.
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?

As we age, the amount of elastin in our skin diminishes, causing our skin to lose the ability to return to its original state after being stretched. This condition is known as laxity. So, when we go through a sudden change in our body size, as happens with significant weight loss or pregnancy, our skin cannot always maintain or restore its original form. This causes sagging, wrinkled skin to form.

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the midsection to give patients a more contoured body aesthetic and improved confidence and comfort in the way they look. Tummy tuck surgery can also reduce excess tummy fat and remove or repair stretched abdominal muscles that have been damaged by weight gain, laxity, or pregnancy.

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How Do I Know if a Tummy Tuck Is Right for Me?

During your consultation, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Schusterman, will complete an evaluation of your midsection. This evaluation includes taking measurements and discussing your frustrations, concerns, and aesthetic goals. At your consultation, he will be able to decide which tummy tuck option is right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

If the appearance of your belly bothers you, whether from excess fat or skin, and diet and exercise are no longer making a difference in your appearance, then it is time to speak with Dr. Schusterman about your options for a tummy tuck.

Ideal candidates should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations about what a tummy tuck can achieve for them, do not smoke, and are not planning on having any more children. Additionally, it is beneficial for the patient to be at or near their ideal weight.

A tummy tuck can be performed on both women or men. In women, tummy tucks are a great solution to remove loose skin caused by pregnancy, childbirth, or dramatic weight loss. For men, an abdominoplasty concentrates on hernia repair, skin removal following massive weight loss, the need to repair torn abdominal muscles, or removing stubborn fat from the midsection.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

Dr. Schusterman prides himself on his adherence to rigorous health standards. His goal is always to provide the best tummy tuck procedure that Houston has to offer without compromising your health or safety. After your medical history is cleared, Dr. Schusterman will discuss and give you options and inform you about what results can be expected.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Depending on the type of tummy tuck you undergo, your surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours.

For our Houston tummy tuck patients, Dr. Schusterman offers several different options, depending on your needs:

Two in One: The Benefits of a Drainless Tummy Tuck

Unlike a traditional tummy tuck, the liposuction completed during a drainless tummy tuck provides a solution to excess subcutaneous fat, 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 that you can address both excess fat and loose skin in the same procedure.

An added benefit of the Houston drainless tummy tuck is that it has a less complicated recovery process than the other forms of tummy tuck surgery. As the name implies, this procedure does not require drains, so you won't have to be concerned with measuring a fluid output or emptying drains as you heal. The recovery period is also often shorter than a traditional abdominoplasty.

Should I Combine Procedures With My Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other body and breast contouring procedures. When breast and body sculpting procedures are combined, it is referred to as a Mommy Makeover, a combination surgery that often includes breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction.

However, not every tummy tuck patient requires such an extensive procedure. You can review your plastic surgery combination options with Dr. Schusterman and his team during your consultation.

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What Is the Average Recovery Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Your tummy tuck will be performed in an outpatient facility, and in most cases, our Houston tummy tuck patients can go home the same day. You will not be able to drive following your tummy tuck due to anesthesia, so it is important to have someone to take you home following surgery.

If you have undergone a full, mini, or extended tummy tuck, then small drainage tubes may be placed along the incision site to drain excess blood or fluid (the drainless tummy tuck does not require drainage tubes). The drains will be in place for three to five days to help with healing.

Most patients feel fully recovered from their tummy tuck after four to six weeks.

For a more detailed explanation of what you can expect from your recovery, view our tummy tuck recovery guide here.

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Is a Tummy Tuck Painful?

Any pain can be alleviated with prescription or over-the-counter medication. It is important to remember that your body has just been through a traumatic experience, which means it is necessary to allow it time to heal.

In fact, many patients choose to combine a breast lift surgery (mastopexy) with their breast augmentation.

Following Dr. Schusterman’s recovery tips and instructions are vital to ensuring that your recovery is quick, easy, and as comfortable as possible.

Will a Tummy Tuck Leave Scars?

All tummy tuck techniques will result in a scar across the abdomen. The length of this scar will depend on the type of tummy tuck you underwent. Fortunately, this scar is low on the abdomen, which means you will be able to conceal easily with undergarments or swimsuits.

How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Last?

Your tummy tuck will give your abdomen a slim and toned appearance that can help improve your confidence and comfort.

While tummy tuck surgery provides long-lasting results, these results must be maintained with a healthy lifestyle, meaning a good diet and regular exercise. Tummy tuck surgery cannot prevent you from gaining additional weight or stop the natural aging process.

Schedule Your Houston Tummy Tuck Consultation With Dr. Schusterman

Our goal is always that you achieve the best tummy tuck Houston has to offer, without compromising your health or safety in any way. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how this procedure can tighten your abdominal wall and help you to look your best.

Consultations typically last one hour and include a financial quote based on the chosen procedure. The consultation is $100, with no obligation to undergo surgery. However, once you decide to move forward with surgery, your consultation fee is applied to your tummy tuck cost.

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Want to Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery?


Every procedure is different, and the cost of your tummy tuck will depend on its specifics. However, no-interest financing is available through CareCredit® or United Medical Credit. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

You will be provided with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.

A tummy tuck is considered elective surgery and is generally not covered under health insurance. However, if there is a medical reason for the procedure, your insurance may contribute. Check with your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage options.

Your navel is repositioned during a full or extended tummy tuck. However, Dr. Schusterman will ensure that your belly button is natural-looking and will give you a beautiful result.

Your abdominoplasty procedure can achieve the following:

  • Hernia repair
  • Repair abdominal wall
  • Removal of excess skin
  • C-Section scars disappear
  • Improved look of stretch marks

It is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. That is why patients should be at or near their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. You may lose a few pounds from the removal of excess skin and fat (if applicable), but tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise.

Patients will work with Dr. Schusterman to determine the optimal post-surgical care to achieve the best results. Surgical procedures carry certain risks, but complications are rare.

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

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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