If you are working on your abdomen and find that your results are limited, a tummy tuck might be a great way to tighten your stomach. Dr. Balinger offers abdominoplasty for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the midsection and flanks. Dr. Balinger may also recommend abdominal etching to refine the results. The abdomen is particularly difficult to tone due to the subcutaneous fat that hides the muscle contours. This type of fat can be lost with diet and exercise, but it may take several years, even with the most disciplined approach.
How Much Does Abdominoplasty Cost?
The average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,700 to $12,500. When you meet with Dr. Balinger for a consultation, he creates a surgical plan that we use as the basis for your cost. We review the cost of your abdominoplasty after the appointment. Houston Plastic Surgery Associates offers free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a more limited procedure that targets fat just below the belly button. It does not help with fat above the navel, and it will not help with lax muscles.
What is Abdominal Etching?
Abdominal etching is a type of liposuction that Dr. Balinger uses to remove fat in a manner that sculpts the abdominal fat to mimic the look of “six-pack abs.” He specializes in the technique for both men and women.
What Are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?
- Removes loose skin and extra fat
- Tones the stomach and flanks
- Recommended for women after pregnancy, as well as patients who have lost a large amount of weight
How is Tummy Tuck Performed?
The incision for a full and mini tummy tuck is the same and runs from one hip bone to the other along a line that is just above the pelvic region. The scar is extensive, but should be well-hidden when you wear underwear or a swimsuit.
What is Recovery Like After Abdominoplasty?
Recovery from a full tummy tuck takes several months, and the recovery for a mini tummy tuck may be slightly less. You will need to rest at home for a week or longer. Because you use your abdominal muscles for most activities, we recommend that you have someone stay with you for the first one to two weeks to help with daily tasks.
How Long Will a Tummy Tuck Results Last?
If you continue to follow your normal exercise regimen and eat right, the results of your abdominoplasty may last for several years. Aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can shorten the longevity of abdominoplasty.
Dr. Christopher Balinger offers abdominoplasty for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free tummy tuck consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.