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Tummy Tuck
Houston, TX

You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck in Houston, TX if exercise and dieting are not effectively achieving an attractive, firm belly contour. Even if these strategies help, it may take several years with the most disciplined approach. The abdomen is one of the most difficult areas to tone due to the subcutaneous that conceals the muscle contours.

Tummy tuck – also referred to as abdominoplasty – is a plastic surgery procedure to deliver a tight, well-contoured belly. Plastic surgeons work to remove excess skin, tighten weakened abdominal muscles, and get rid of stubborn fat in order to deliver an attractive belly appearance.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers abdominoplasty procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Is a Tummy Tuck for me?

Abdominoplasty procedure aims to remove excess skin and fat, as well as strengthen weakened muscles, in order to achieve a thinner and firmer abdominal contour. There are several reasons why people choose to have a tummy tuck:

  • Pregnancy – a woman’s body will change a lot when she is carrying a baby. After childbirth, the body will not always return to its initial shape. Many women choose to have a tummy tuck to improve their abdominal appearance after recovering from childbearing. 
  • Weight loss – significant weight loss can result in stretched skin that takes away from your positive changes. If this stretching does not improve with time, having a tummy tuck may be a good option to improve your midsection appearance. 
  • Genetics – some people have a genetic makeup that naturally predisposes them to a frustrating, bulging midsection. You may have a hard time improving your abdominal appearance even with intensive exercise and strict dieting. If this happens to be the case, then a tummy tuck may be a good solution. 

Tummy tuck is one of the top 5 cosmetic procedures, with immensely good patient satisfaction ratings. The key for patients is to work with a highly seasoned plastic surgeon in order to obtain the best results.

Regardless of the nature of your concerns, Dr. Balinger will qualify you to be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you meet the following requirements.

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have stubborn abdominal fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise
  • You are bothered by the current appearance of your belly 
  • You have anterior abdominal wall muscles that are weakened
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first abdominoplasty consultation in Houston Texas, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your tummy before letting you know whether this surgical procedure is for you. Tummy tuck is a highly individualized procedure. For this reason, Dr. Christopher recommends that you have this treatment out of your own choice, not because someone else wants you to. 

Your Initial Tummy Tuck Consultation

During your first Houston tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your belly and skin laxity before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – offers an opportunity to learn more about what this treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

Many patients have a hard time choosing between a tummy tuck and liposuction. Both of these procedures are performed to suit similar cosmetic goals. Liposuction – also known as liposculpture – will suction excess fat out of your abdominal area. For this reason, this procedure is best suited for people who have excess belly fat but with good skin elasticity. Tummy tuck – on the other hand – is a more holistic approach that aims to thoroughly contour the abdominal area. If you have excess fat as well as loose skin or weakened muscles, then you will need a tummy tuck in order to achieve your desired results. If you feel unsure what option is best suited for you, Dr. Balinger will recommend the best course of action during your one-on-one with him.

Types of Tummy Tuck

Houston TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger performs several types of tummy tuck to suit the needs of different patients.

Mini tummy tuck

This is the least intensive type of tummy tuck that is also referred to as a partial abdominoplasty. This procedure is typically performed on individuals who have stubborn fat deposits below the navel. A mini tummy tuck takes less than 2 hours to complete and the surgeon usually does not touch the belly button.

Full tummy tuck

Also referred to as a complete tummy tuck, this surgical procedure aims to contour the abdominal area from hip bone to hip bone. The surgeon will aim to contour the skin, remove excess fat and strengthen weakened muscle in order to deliver a tighter belly appearance. A fully tummy tuck usually involves the belly button and may need drainage tubes inserted to get rid of excess fluid after the surgery.

Extended tummy tuck

This is the most intensive type of tummy tuck that is meant for individuals who require the removal of large amounts of skin. This type of procedure is commonly performed after significant weight loss. The surgeon will aim to contour the entire abdominal area reaching all the way to the hips. This procedure may leave a larger scar compared to the other types of tummy tuck.
Dr. Christopher Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of tummy tuck for you. The surgeon will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each procedure type during your first consultation visit.

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Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. This surgery is usually performed in three steps.

Administer Anesthesia
The surgeon’s anesthesiologist will administer either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in order to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the treatment. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia with the surgeon during one of your pre-op consultation visits.


Create Incision
The surgeon will create an incision in the most favorable pattern depending on the type of tummy tuck you are having. Dr. Balinger takes extra care to minimize the size and nature of the incision. Once this is done, excess skin will be removed and weakened muscles strengthened.
Close Incision
After all the desired contouring has been completed, the surgeon will close the incision using tapes, sutures, clips, or adhesives. The treatment area will then be bandaged to protect it.
The duration of surgery can range from 2 – 4 hours depending on the type of procedure being performed. Immediately after the procedure, you will be placed in an observation room where Dr. Balinger’s team monitors your vitals before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Recovery after your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Following your abdominoplasty plastic surgery, you will need to set time aside for recovery. Surgery is traumatic in nature and your body needs to ease down and heal. The duration of recovery varies from one person to the other based on the extensiveness of the treatment, and the patient’s unique healing ability. You will be provided with a compression garment that should be worn as required. This is important because it helps shape the result of the surgery. Dr. Balinger will ask that you move around as soon as you are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. Many patients experience bruising, swelling, and pain in the first week. You will be given pain medication to help alleviate discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. You can expect to resume normal activities after about 2 weeks. However, heavy lifting and strenuous exercise are prohibited until you get the green light from the surgeon. Make sure to follow the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions or and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

Tummy tuck plastic surgery prices Houston can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s abdominoplasty patients can however expect to pay between $5,700 and $12,500 for this treatment. Health insurers typically do not cover the cost of tummy tuck surgery because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform abdominoplasty and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for tummy tuck, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Average Cost
$5,700 – $12,500
Procedure Time
2 – 4 hours
Recovery Time
2 Weeks
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions

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 abdomimoplasty?

  • 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 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.