A tummy tuck can help correct sagging skin from weight loss or pregnancy in a way that exercise and healthy eating can’t. Double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mark Schusterman provides multiple options for his Houston tummy tuck patients. His goal is to create customized treatment plans to address sagging skin and belly fat around the midsection according to each patient’s unique needs.
In addition to the various options available for your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Schusterman also offers a Drainless Tummy Tuck in Houston. This combination surgical treatment incorporates liposuction into your tummy tuck for enhanced results and no need for post-surgical drains.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from around the midsection. Tummy tucks can also remove or repair stretched abdominal muscles that have been damaged by weight gain, laxity, or pregnancy.
As we age, our skin loses the ability to return to its original state after being stretched. This condition is known as laxity. If we go through a sudden change in our body size, like through sudden weight loss or pregnancy, our skin might not be able to maintain or restore its elasticity. This causes sagging, crinkled skin around the midsection.
Whether you desire to make the 'mommy pouch' disappear or create toned and smoother abs, a tummy tuck can help you achieve those desired results. For our Houston tummy tuck patients, Dr. Schusterman offers several different options depending on your specific needs:
When the appearance of your belly begins to bother you 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. The ideal candidate has:
A tummy tuck can be performed on both men or women. For men, an abdominoplasty concentrates on hernia repair or the need to repair torn abdominal muscles. In women, tummy tucks are a great solution to remove loose skin caused by pregnancy and childbirth or dramatic weight loss.
Dr. Schusterman prides himself on his adherence to rigorous health standards. His goal is always to provide the best tummy tuck Houston has to offer without compromising your health or safety in any way. After your medical history is cleared, Dr. Schusterman will discuss and give you options and inform you about the amount of fat to remove and what results can be expected.
During a tummy tuck, you will be under general anesthesia. Dr. Schusterman will create an incision across the hips and around the belly button. Then, he will tighten the connective tissue (fascia) over the abdominal muscles. He will reposition the skin around the belly button and then pull it taut. The incision will leave a small scar across the bikini area, which you will be able to conceal easily with an undergarment or swimsuit.
Your procedure 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.
Small drainage tubes may be placed along the incision site to drain excess blood or fluid. The drains will be in place for 3-5 days to help with healing. There is a specific post-op plan to follow to ensure your pain is managed and you heal correctly. It is recommended to wear a support garment for six weeks to prevent swelling and fluid buildup.
Your tummy tuck will give your abdomen a slim and toned appearance. This abdominoplasty procedure also achieves the following:
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 need for any post-surgical drains. We complete the liposuction first, removing any stubborn fat you have lingering in your abdominal area. Removing this excess fat helps sculpt your tummy to achieve the toned, sculpted appearance you want.
It also helps 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, allowing for tightening or removing loose skin or muscle, causing the undesired appearance. The incision is then closed up using multiple layers of sutures, eliminating the need for post-surgical drains.
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 you can address both excess fat and loose skin in the same procedure.
Your Houston Drainless Tummy Tuck also has a less complicated recovery process. As the name implies, this procedure does not require drains. As a result, you won't have to be concerned with measuring a fluid output or emptying drains as you heal. 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:
Dr. Mark Schusterman is an artist and a true professional in every way. He is here to listen to you about your expectations and questions about abdominoplasty.
Our goal is always that you achieve the best tummy tuck Houston has to offer, without compromising your health or safety in anyway. 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. You may also choose to incorporate other procedures into your surgery, such as liposuction or a breast lift.
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.
A tummy tuck is considered elective surgery and is generally not covered under health insurance. Check with your insurance provider about your options.
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.
Every procedure is different. However, no-interest financing is available through CareCredit or United Medical Credit. We do accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Patients are advised to wear an elastic compression garment that supports the tissues as they heal. Recovery is expected to last up to eight weeks of downtime, and you will need to refrain from heavy lifting, strenuous physical activity, and operating heavy machinery. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Many patients are back to work within four weeks of the surgery, although it may take several months for the surgical area to heal completely.
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.
3355 W Alabama Suite 450 , Houston, TX 77098