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A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) can help restore abdominal contours after childbirth or weight loss/weight gain. This procedure removes excess abdominal tissue of the lower abdomen, tightens abdominal muscles, and is often performed with liposuction of the abdomen and love handles to help achieve an hourglass figure. Tummy Tuck is a very popular procedure in Houston, Texas and one of the most common procedures performed by the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS), Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay.


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What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

After childbirth, weight loss or weight gain, and with age, the abdomen becomes stretched out and loses its youthful form. So many women say that no matter what they do at the gym, the excess skin and fat in their lower abdomen simply won’t go away. A Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes this excess skin. Additionally, during the procedure, your TOPS plastic surgeon will bring the abdominal muscles that were separated by pregnancy or weight gain (a condition called rectus diastasis) back together to help bring back your hourglass figure. These specialized suture techniques serve as an internal corset to help cinch in your waist and define your curves. In most cases, liposuction of the abdomen and love handles is performed to accentuate your waist and maximize your results. This liposculpting technique, as well as internal sculpting sutures, help to really define your abdomen, creating a sculpted, sexy look. The TOPS plastic surgeons then resculpt your belly button through a new hole in the skin after the skin from the top of your abdomen is pulled down.

On some occasions, the TOPS plastic surgeons can perform what is called a mini Tummy Tuck. This is reserved for women or men who have very limited excess skin and only require a small amount of skin removal and limited tightening of the abdominal muscles. Women who are typically the best candidates for mini Tummy Tuck have only a small pooch overlying their c-section scar.

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Occasionally, men or women who have undergone massive weight loss or have other medical issues with their excess abdominal skin including recurrent infections, rashes, back pain or hygiene and mobility issues can be candidates for insurance approved abdominoplasty or panniculectomy. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery will work with insurance companies to have your surgery paid for; however, insurance does not usually pay for liposuction or tightening of the muscles with contouring of the abdomen and belly button (umbilicus). Occasionally, the TOPS plastic surgeons see patients who have undergone significant weight loss leaving them with the excess abdominal skin of the upper abdomen or around the belly button that cannot be removed with a traditional abdominoplasty. For these cases, the TOPS plastic surgeons may recommend a corset abdominoplasty or fleur de lis abdominoplasty to remove skin in both horizontal and vertical vectors.

Some women who have undergone significant weight loss or have a lot of laxity of their lower abdominal skin may also have a condition called mons ptosis, where the lower part of the abdomen above the genital region starts to sag down. When necessary, the TOPS plastic surgeons re-suspend or pull up the mons pubis area to correct this.

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What do you want from a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Houston, Texas?

Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay take pride in their abdominoplasty techniques and focus on these specific goals to give you the best results they can:

  • Care is taken to keep the incision or scar low and hidden in the underwear line
  • If you have muscle separation or rectus diastasis, your muscles will be brought together in the surgery to accentuate your waistline
  • Your belly button will be contoured give you a “cute” belly button that fits your new tummy
  • Focus on repositioning and reduction of the mons pubis area is performed if needed
  • If you are a candidate for liposuction and choose to have liposuction of the waistline and abdomen, this will be covered by the cost of your Tummy Tuck with no additional fees from the surgeon*
  • Any small touch-ups to scars or contours that can be performed in office will be covered free of charge

Patients who have undergone massive weight loss have a special set of issues. Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay trained with one of the innovators in body contouring after massive weight loss and have experience with multiple techniques to specifically meet the needs of this patient population.

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The TOPS plastic surgeons hear similar stories from many of our patients who have had children or weight fluctuations that have left them with excess abdominal skin and fat that will not go away as much as they diet and exercise. They are embarrassed to wear bathing suits, fitted dresses, or clothing. The excess abdominal skin and fat have taken a toll on their self-confidence and energy level. A Tummy Tuck can help you feel like yourself before children or weight gain and help get you back the confidence and waistline you once had. A Tummy Tuck can also remove many of those unwanted stretch marks in your lower abdomen.


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What procedures are often performed along with Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

Tummy Tuck is commonly performed as part of a Mommy Makeover along with breast lift with or without augmentation, breast augmentation, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation.

Patients who have undergone massive weight loss commonly have a number of issues with excess skin including excess skin of the back and buttock area, excess skin of the thighs, arms, breast, and face. Our TOPS plastic surgeons can combine some of these procedures during one surgery, but focus on safety and promote staging these procedures when needed to optimize your recovery and healing process.

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What can you expect at your Initial consultation at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas?

If you are interested in a Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with Dr. Danielle Andry or Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your TOPS plastic surgeon will:
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  • Listen to your specific concerns and goals.
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy. Precise measurements and photographs will be taken.
  • Depending on your goals, your plastic surgeon will discuss the details of the surgical procedures that are offered and which approach is right for you. Details regarding scars and technique will be outlined for you.
  • The risks and benefits of a Tummy Tuck will be thoroughly outlined.
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions of both our plastic surgeons and cosmetic staff regarding your Tummy Tuck.
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding your Tummy Tuck; including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after your Tummy Tuck in Houston, Texas.

What can you expect on the day of your breast augmentation in Houston, Texas?

The day of your Tummy Tuck procedure, your TOPS plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. With attention to detail being of utmost concern, your plastic surgeon may make some preoperative markings of the area and will perform extensive checks to ensure high-quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our plastic surgery operative team.

During your procedure, our TOPS plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with the plastic surgeon one-on-one after the procedure is completed. Tummy Tuck typically takes between 3-4 hours for our TOPS plastic surgeons.

What can you expect for recovery after Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

After your Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty, you will be placed in an abdominal binder or garment. You will have a light dressing covering the incisions. Swelling is typical after Tummy Tuck. You may shower 24 hrs after the procedure. The TOPS plastic surgeons employ a multimodal pain regimen to decrease your need for narcotic pain medication, which allows our patients to recover quickly and feel more like themselves soon after surgery. This includes a long-lasting injectable anesthetic called Exparel that is injected during the procedure. Our Tummy Tuck patients can expect to return back to work on average of 2-3 weeks.

Initially, TOPS plastic surgeons and staff will see you or communicate with you daily to ensure proper healing. Most of the swelling begins to subside over the first few weeks, but swelling may persist for a few months after the procedure. We advise that you refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for 6 weeks during the healing process.

*Note: This only includes liposuction of the abdomen and flanks area. You may have additional charges for facility fee due to increased operative time.

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The Oaks Plastic Surgery was founded by Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay, all of whom trained and and now practice in Houston, Texas. Each plastic surgeon at The Oaks Plastic Surgery is committed to bringing their patients top of the line care with a focus on safety, patient comfort, and meticulous attention to detail. The Oaks Plastic Surgery wants to help you look and feel like the best you!
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