Factors such as genetics, pregnancies or a substantial shift in weight can cause loose skin and stubborn fat deposits to develop in the abdomen. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens abdominal muscles for a sleeker looking profile. Tummy tuck surgery is sometimes combined with liposuction or other procedures for a more comprehensive makeover.
Dr. Sugene Kim is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who is known as one of the top abdominoplasty surgeons in the greater Houston Area. SGK Plastic Surgery speci alizes in body contouring and has helped men and women from Texas and throughout the country achieve the look they want with cosmetic, reconstructive and medical spa procedures.
Contact us online or call our practice today at 281-363-4546 to schedule your tummy tuck consultation at SGK Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in The Wo odlands near Grand Central Park.
Who Should Consider a Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good physical and mental health who feel unhappy with the appearance of their midsection. The most common midsection concerns are loose skin, separated abdominal muscles (also known as diastasis recti) and excess fatty deposits. Because a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure rather than a substitute for weight loss, individuals who are planning to continue to lose weight should schedule their tummy tuck procedure after they’ve reached their weight loss goals.
Women considering future pregnancies are also recommended to wait to schedule their abdominoplasty until they’ve completed their families. Although a tummy tuck won’t affect your ability to carry a child to term, some of the aesthetic benefits of the procedure may be reversed by a future pregnancy. Most women who have mommy makeovers include a tummy tuck to regain their pre-pregnancy figure.
Tummy Tuck Techniques
While every tummy tuck is customized to meet each individual’s needs, each procedure uses the same general steps.
- First, a horizontal incision is made below the abdomen and just above the pubic bone. Dr. Kim takes special care to make each tummy tuck incision easily hidden under a bikini or underwear.
- Next, Dr. Kim will remove a limited amount of excess fatty tissue and skin from the abdomen. For people with more extensive needs, she recommends including liposuction to further contour the midsection.
- Thirdly, Dr. Kim pulls the two halves of the abdominal muscles together, fixing them into place using permanent sutures. This can resolve diastasis recti for a stronger abdomen and better contour.
- Finally, the abdominal skin is pulled downward and any excess skin is trimmed away. The belly button is replaced in a natural location and the incision is closed with sutures.
People with more extensive needs than a tummy tuck may be better candidates for a combined tummy tuck, buttock lift and thigh lift, also known as a lower body lift. During your consultation with Dr. Kim, she can explain the options available for people seeking body contouring after massive weight loss. She can also help you gain a realistic idea of what you can expect from tummy tuck surgery, including how best to care for your scar and how to maintain your results.
Why Choose Dr. Kim for Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. Sugene Kim brings special expertise and a strict attention to detail to each of her tummy tuck procedures. As a top female plastic surgeon in Texas, she has an aesthetic underst anding of the human form and is highly skilled at creating the most flattering results for every man and woman she treats.
Dr. Kim can also recommend other procedures that you may benefit from based on your appearance goals. She will carefully listen to your needs and concerns and provide you with a detailed breakdown of the advantages and limitations of each procedure.
To learn more about tummy tucks at SGK Plastic Surgery, contact us online or call our practice in The Woodlands today at 281-363-4546 to schedule your consultation.