About Tummy Tuck Surgery
For adults, sagging skin and unwanted fat along the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to reduce it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to regain a tighter and slimmer tummy. An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that reshapes the stomach area, producing extraordinary results for patients. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV performs abdominoplasty that is tailored to your unique needs. This popular treatment at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery allows individuals the chance to have a new youthful shape and restored confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the ab muscles before contacting us for your consultation.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I am a 51 year old who has lost 80 pounds over the last 2 years. I had always carried my weight in my mid section. I had considered a tummy tuck as my weight was coming off. I was always worried about putting my body through surgery. My friend recommend I see Dr. Ellsworth for a consultation. I did! I cannot say enough wonderful comments about Dr.Ellsworth and his staff. From the moment I called the office for the first visit, I knew they would take care of me. Nothing to worry about. I am 11 days post-op from abdominoplasty and Lipo. My experience exceeded my expectations. Dr. Ellsworth educated and gave me great comfort before the procedure and also after. The follow up appointments have been so easy. He has such a about him that makes you feel so comforted and in great hands. Methodist Hospital was phenomenal. The care I received was impressive. I would highly recommend Dr. Ellsworth. I am in love with my results."- L.P. / Yelp / Jul 12, 2016
"Dr. Ellsworth performed a Flap surgical procedure on me. I had a stage 4 isheal pressure ulcer that required removal of tissue to the bone. I then had to lay on my side for 5 weeks in an LTAC facility.Dr. Ellsworth and his staff took very good care of me pre and post-op, which was over 1 year. He has an exceptional bedside manner. He and his entire staff are very professional. He takes time with his patients.In addition, Dr. Ellsworth did a procedure on our 22 year old son to remove excess skin from his tummy after he lost 65 lbs."- B.V. / Google / Jul 30, 2016
"I had my tummy tuck just shy of 7 months ago and I couldn’t be more happier with the results. The confidence I have after this surgery is remarkable. His bedside manor is great. Any questions before surgery or after have been explained thoroughly. I highly recommend Dr. Ellsworth to many friends that have been impressed with my results."- E.T. / Facebook / Jan 09, 2019
"Dr. Ellsworth performed two major cosmetic procedures on me, a tummy tuck and a thigh lift after significant weight loss. I can hardly believe that this is actually my new body. Everything was perfect - from the education I was given on what to expect to the results and then to my follow up care. Every person I had contact with in his office was professional and kind and patient. Dr. Ellsworth's skills and experience took years off the way I look and added years to my life! I can't say thank you enough times."- D.I. / Google / Dec 12, 2020
"Precise professional, master of body perfections. kind and thoughtful bedside manner and compassion with every explanation. Amazing ❤️"- R.I. / Facebook / Aug 29, 2019
Abdominoplasty can be successful for both women and men. If you have sagging skin, as well as unwanted fat in the abdomen, this cosmetic surgery can help you regain a tighter and slimmer figure. Dr. Ellsworth suggests you be at a stable weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a procedure to help you lose weight — it focuses on loose skin. Liposuction is usually implemented during surgery to target fat. If your abdominal area has healthy skin tautness, but you are still unhappy with the appearance of your midsection even though you have worked hard to lose weight, you could consider liposuction. Women who receive this treatment should be past pregnancy to ensure the surgical outcomes are not affected.
Body contouring of the abdomen is performed with general anesthesia. There are various techniques to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Ellsworth, which is customized according to the patient's specific goals. For starters, the incision type is chosen based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with extensive loose skin may require a full tummy tuck. A full or extended tummy tuck places the incision from hip bone to hip bone, just above the pubic region. Other patients with minimal skin looseness may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. These individuals still benefit from skin tightening but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the technique used, all tummy tuck procedures at Ellsworth Plastic Surgery involve the removal of sagging skin and fat removal.
What to Expect
Following this procedure, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to assist with swelling. Walking upright will be challenging at first so you should rest for a few days. Walking becomes easier once the tightness subsides and the incision begins to heal. Most patients can resume everyday functions within two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to 6 – 8 weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Ellsworth. The stomach will feel tight and uncomfortable, but you will look and feel normal again after recovering.
Tummy tuck FAQs
Should I have liposuction or a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients with loose or hanging skin in the lower abdomen. Liposuction, on the other hand, removes excess fat pockets. During your initial consultation, we can provide an assessment and determine if one procedure or the other will provide the best results.
Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?
While a tummy tuck is an excellent standalone procedure, sometimes patients want to combine it with breast augmentation and liposuction to improve their overall look. This combination surgery is referred to as a mommy makeover and is very popular among women who want to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies.
Will I have tummy tuck scars?
Tummy tuck scars are unavoidable, but our clinic takes extra measures to make sure they are minimal. Incisions are placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. We will also provide easy post-operative instructions about healing your incisions — so scars are less visible.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can lead to a stretched-out stomach that creates hanging folds of skin. We know it can be annoying and frustrating — abdominoplasty is generally the primary way to overcome this. If you are embarrassed by the hanging skin in your abdomen, no matter how minimal or severe, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Ellsworth in Houston, TX can allow you to get the look you desire. Please contact Ellsworth Plastic Surgery to learn more.