Your custom tummy tuck: Dr. Chamata, artist, sculptor, and surgeon

Even if you consistently watch your diet and maintain a quality exercise routine, you can still end up with loose skin and excess fat around your midsection. The abdomen is the natural place for our bodies to store fat, which can lead to an unsightly bulging or sagging appearance that can affect both men and women. For many people, excess abdominal skin appears after going through pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight. If you’re experiencing these symptoms and would like to restore your slim, youthful figure, a tummy tuck could be the ideal solution.

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What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection. In many cases, a tummy tuck will also involve tightening or repairing the abdominal muscles. Ultimately, the goal of the procedure is to create a firmer and more toned abdomen.

What Is a High-Definition Tummy Tuck?

As an alternative to a standard tummy tuck, many of our patients choose to undergo an advanced procedure called a high-definition tummy tuck. This procedure combines a traditional tummy tuck with high-definition liposuction, also known as abdominal etching. In addition to the removal of excess skin and the tightening of the abdominal wall, a high-definition tummy tuck utilizes advanced liposuction techniques to remove excess fat from the midsection. Typically, a high-definition tummy tuck is a good choice for tummy tuck candidates who also have a significant amount of excess belly fat. When the subcutaneous fat is removed, the toned abdominal muscles beneath are revealed.

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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A chisel tummy tuck can offer major benefits to individuals who would like to achieve a slimmer, more youthful-looking abdomen. The main benefits of the surgery include:

  • Eliminates excess abdominal skin and tissue
  • Tightens or repairs the abdominal muscles
  • Creates a firmer and more defined midsection
  • Slimmer, more youthful overall figure
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved mobility and athletic performance

What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck in Houston, you can start the process by having a consultation with Dr. Chamata. During this meeting, Dr. Chamata will listen to your goals for the procedure and answer all of your questions. He will help you determine whether or not a tummy tuck is the best option for your situation. If you decide to proceed, he’ll work with you to create a custom-tailored treatment plan. 

Typically, a tummy tuck will be performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Chamata will begin by making one or more incisions, the placement and size of which will depend on the specifics of your treatment plan. Usually, the primary incision will be a horizontal cut located between the belly button and pubic hairline. The doctor will then begin adjusting and excising skin and tissue as needed. 

He may also tighten your abdominal muscles using sutures. Finally, he will secure your abdominal skin and close your incision(s) before applying bandages and drainage tubes. Overall, your tummy tuck will likely take between one and five hours. After the procedure, you’ll need to be monitored for a couple of hours. Then, you’ll be able to return home, but someone else will need to drive you.

How Long Is the Recovery Time From an Abdominoplasty?

Although every patient has a different recovery experience, most patients require about two weeks of rest before they can return to work. You will also need to wear a compression garment for multiple weeks, and you will likely experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. If necessary, Dr. Chamata can prescribe you pain medication to alleviate these symptoms. To ensure proper healing, you will need to refrain from heavy lifting or any strenuous exercise for at least five to six weeks after your tummy tuck.

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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Adults who are unhappy with their excess abdominal skin and fat could be good candidates for a tummy tuck. To be an ideal candidate for the surgery, you should:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Have loose skin around the midsection
  • Have loose abdominal muscles
  • Have stubborn excess fat around the abdomen
  • Have the desire for a slimmer, more toned abdominal area
  • Have reasonable expectations for the procedure
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be relatively close to your ideal weight

How Long Will It Take To See Results After a Tummy Tuck?

Because you will likely be dealing with swelling and unable to fully stand up straight, it will take some time for the full results of your tummy tuck to become visible. Usually, you can see the complete effects of the procedure after approximately two to three months. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight, your chisel tummy tuck results should last for many years.

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Why Choose Dr. Chamata for Your Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Edward Chamata is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed numerous successful tummy tuck procedures. Whether you choose to undergo a standard tummy tuck or a high-definition tummy tuck, Dr. Chamata will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and preferences. He and his expert team take great pride in providing every patient with a comfortable experience and superb, natural-looking results. If you’d like to schedule a consultation for our tummy tuck in Houston, simply contact our office today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of an abdominoplasty?

Is a tummy tuck a weight loss procedure?

What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

Are there any scars after a tummy tuck?

Are there different types of tummy tucks?

Can an abdominoplasty address stretch marks?

Can I have more children after a tummy tuck?

How long do tummy tuck results last?

What are the benefits of an abdominoplasty?

Improved abdominal contour, reduced sagging skin, enhanced waistline, and potential relief from muscle separation.

Is a tummy tuck a weight loss procedure?

It's not a weight loss solution, but it is designed to eliminate excess tissue from the treatment area for a more sculpted appearance.

What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?

Initial recovery within 1-2 weeks, with gradual return to normal activities over several months.

Are there any scars after a tummy tuck?

Yes, scars are inevitable, but skilled techniques help minimize scarring, and they usually fade over time. Dr. Chamata makes incisions in a careful and calculated manner to ensure that there is as little scarring as possible.

Are there different types of tummy tucks?

Yes, options include traditional, mini, and extended tummy tucks, tailored to individual needs and goals.

Can an abdominoplasty address stretch marks?

To some extent, lower abdominal stretch marks can be improved or removed during a tummy tuck.

Can I have more children after a tummy tuck?

It's best to wait until after completing your family, as pregnancy can impact the results. See our mommy makeover procedure for more information.

How long do tummy tuck results last?

Results can be long-lasting with a healthy lifestyle, although natural aging and lifestyle factors can affect outcome.

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