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What is a tummy tuck? A tummy tuck, medically-termed an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to repair stretched or split abdominal muscles, remove excess skin, fat, and tissue, and create a firmer, more attractive abdomen.

Should I get a tummy tuck?

Both male and female tummy tuck patients from The Woodlands consult with Dr. Sugene Kim when diet and exercise has failed in being able to resolve a flabby, loose, split, or bulging abdomen. This aesthetic problem could be the result of various life experiences, including:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Aging

Custom tummy tuck surgery from Dr. Kim

Dr. Kim performs tummy tuck surgery in The Woodlands, TX, to remove excess skin and fat, and tighten abdominal muscles for a slimmer waist and flatter, firmer stomach. Dr. Sugene Kim is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who is known as being among the top abdominoplasty surgeons in the region. SGK Plastic Surgery specializes in body contouring and has helped countless men and women from cities throughout the greater Houston area such as Spring and Conroe, and throughout the country look and feel more youthful and attractive by performing a tummy tuck.

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Why choose Dr. Kim for your tummy tuck?

Dr. Sugene Kim brings her high-level surgical expertise and meticulous attention to detail to each tummy tuck procedure. She is recognized as being a top female plastic surgeon in Texas. She has an aesthetic sensibility and concept of the most beautiful balance for the human form and is highly skilled at creating very flattering results in tummy tuck surgery for men or women.

Dr. Kim may recommend other procedures that can benefit you based on what you hope to achieve with resculpting your figure.

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How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Every tummy tuck surgery at our private, luxury clinic in The Woodlands is tailored to the individual patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals. Surgical fees can vary based on the custom surgical plan ranging from $11,000 to $13,000. Surgical fees include the total cost of the surgery (anesthesia, facility, surgeon’s fee, compression garment, scar cream and post-op visits).

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How is a tummy tuck performed?

While every tummy tuck is customized to address the unique concerns of the individual, each procedure follows the same general steps:

  • Dr. Kim begins by making a curvilinear incision below the abdomen, just above the pubic bone. She takes special care to make the tummy tuck incision so that it is easily hidden under a bikini bottom or underwear.
  • Next, Dr. Kim removes a limited amount of excess fatty tissue and skin from the abdomen. Most times, she combines liposuction of the waist and flanks to give a slimmer waistline.
  • Dr. Kim then pulls the two separated halves of the abdominal muscles back together, fixing them into place using non-absorbable sutures. This can resolve diastasis recti (split muscles) for a stronger abdomen and a firmer, trimmer body contour.
  • Finally, she pulls the abdominal skin downward and trims away any excess skin. She then creates an opening for the belly button in a natural location and closes the incisions with sutures.

Combined procedures for a full body makeover

People with more extensive needs 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 if you require body contouring after massive weight loss. She can also help you gain a realistic idea of what you can expect from tummy tuck surgery, along with how scars will appear once you have healed, and other concerns.

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Tummy Tuck FAQ's

Should I get a tummy tuck if I am planning to have more children?

Women considering pregnancy in the future are recommended to wait to schedule their surgeries 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.

How long will it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

If you have a surgical tummy tuck, you need to plan for two weeks off work at low-intensity jobs, and three to four weeks for work duties that involve more physical motion. The early stages of recovery are the most uncomfortable, but you will have prescription pain medication to help keep you comfortable. In addition, Dr. Kim utilizes a long-acting pain medication, Exparel, during surgery that will help you with initial pain for the first three days.

Ready to get started? Dr. Kim is ready to help. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, request a consultation online or call our practice in The Woodlands today at 281.315.3188.

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