Tummy Tuck Surgeon in Houston TX

Abdominoplasty

You can have a flatter abdomen through removal of excess skin and fat with a tummy tuck surgery!

  • AnesthesiaGeneral
  • Surgery Length3 Hours
  • Recovery Time2 to 3 weeks
Tummy tuck video
watch video about procedure
  • OVERVIEW
  • CONSULTATION
  • PROCEDURE
  • RECOVERY
  • COMBINING PROCEDURES
OVERVIEW

Has pregnancy and weigh changes left you with a flabby abdomen? Do you desire a flatter firmer tummy? If yes, tummy tuck procedure may be what you need to realize your dream. Medically termed abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves the contour of your stomach.

Tummy tuck is often desired by patients after they have lost weight, after pregnancy or due to aging. During procedure excess skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles of the tummy are tightened. Belly button is moved into a new more attractive position. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Bachilo today to learn how you can have a slimmer silhouette and a more appealing abdomen you have been dreaming of.

CONSULTATION

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING ABDOMINOPLASTY CONSULTATION?

 Dr. Bachilo will review your medical history, perform an exam and listen to what you would like to achieve.  She will offer different options for treatment and together with you deign the best plan to attain your ideal result. Dr. Bachilo will discuss any risks related to the procedure and give you instructions on how to best get ready for your operation.

PROCEDURE

HOW IS ABDOMINOPLASTY PERFORMED?

 Tummy tuck is done at an outpatient surgical center or a hospital under general anesthesia. Procedure usually takes 2.5 to 3 hours and patients may go home or chose to stay at the hospital overnight.

Incision is made in your lower tummy and around the navel. Skin and fat is raised. Lose tummy muscles are tightened with stitches to produce a flatter belly. Excess skin and fat is removed and incision is closed with all absorbable sutures. Incision around the belly button is also closed. Most of the time two drains are placed in the abdomen. Abdominal binder is used for support.

RECOVERY

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TUMMY TUCK RECOVERY?

 It is normal to experience some pain and mostly tightness in the abdomen. You will feel like there is a corset around your torso. You will have some bruising and swelling as well.

Dr. Bachilo will follow you closely during your recovery. Your drains will be removed within first week or two. Sutures do not need to be removed as they will all be absorbable.

Dos and don’ts after abdominoplasty:

  • Do wear your surgical compression garment or abdominal binder for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Ambulate early after your tummy tuck procedure.
  • Don’t do any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Don’t drive while taking your narcotic pain medications.

Six weeks after surgery you can resume all of your regular activities including exercise and core training.

COMBINING PROCEDURES

Can tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

 Abdominoplasty often is combined with adjunct surgical procedures such as body lift and liposuction.  Abdominoplasty is also one of the procedures within the mommy makeover.

  • Liposuction

To further improve torso contour, liposuction of the hips and flanks can safely be performed at the same time as abdominoplasty.

  • Body lift

Specifically indicated for patents who had significant weight loss, circumferential body lift removes excess tissue on hips and buttock, and can safely be combined with tummy tuck. Procedure begins with patient lying on their tummy and excision of the back and hip excess tissues is done first. The patient is then turned on the back and a full abdominoplasty is performed.

  • Mommy makeover

Term mommy makeover is used for a combination of procedures that usually involves an abdominoplasty and breast surgery. Breast procedure of choice may be breast reduction, breast augmentation with implant, breast lift, or a combination of lift with implants.

Ready to take the next step?

Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Bachilo today and start enjoying your new slimmer silhouette!

Frequently asked Questions

How soon after pregnancy can I have an abdominoplasty?

You should wait at least one year after giving birth prior to undergoing a tummy tuck. Pregnancy causes multitude of physiologic changes in a woman’s body, this in turn causes tissues and skin looseness. You should wait to have your body return to pre-pregnancy state before having surgery. Also, if you desire to have more children, it is advisable to wait to have a tummy tuck after you are done with having children. History of a tummy tuck will not impede a woman from carrying a healthy pregnancy to term, however, pregnancy can loosen the tummy again and undo previously achieved results.

What do tummy tuck scars look like?

Tummy tuck scar is placed low in the abdomen from hip to hip. If you wear a particularly low style of bikini, it would be helpful if you bring it with you the day of your surgery so that Dr. Bachilo can do your surgical marking in the garment to ensure that the incision is concealed within the garment. Sometimes a small vertical incision is also needed. There will also be a scar around the navel once it’s put in the new position.  Unless you have scars and know how your body heals, it is difficult to predict how your scars will heal. Many things influence final scar appearance, but your genetics is the most important factor for the ultimate scar appearance.

After the incision is well healed, scar management can begin with silicon containing products to help mature and improve the appearance of scars. Dr. Bachilo will instruct you when you can start scar management after all of your incisions are healed. She will also recommend some scar management options and may recommend some scar products to try.

Can I have a tummy tuck with no drains?

Two drains are frequently used during abdominoplasty and secured to skin with sutures. Drains stay in for about a week or two and patient are incrusted on drain care and how to measure drain amounts. Drains prevent fluid collection in the abdomen. Certain patients may be good candidates for drain free abdominoplasty. Dr. Bachilo uses a specialized technique during tummy tuck. She places special sutures, called progressive tension sutures, inside the tummy which help to decrease the amount of fluid accumulation and thus decrease the need for drains. Dr. Bachilo can make recommendations on whether your tummy tuck can be a drain free tummy tuck.

What is an abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure in which excess loose skin and fat from the belly is removed and loose midsection muscles are tightened.

What is the cost of tummy tuck in Houston, TX?

The price of tummy tuck in Houston varies depending on extent of procedure and the time it will take. Other factors effecting the cost of abdominoplasty is the setting in which the procedure is performed, such as office based surgery vs. hospital, and the surgical techniques used. The average total cost one may expect to pay for a tummy tuck surgery is $8,500 to $10,000 and will include the surgeon’s fee, facility fee and the anesthesia fee.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is the loosening of tummy muscles that is common after pregnancy or after significant weight gain and loss. Diastasis recti is repaired during a tummy tuck procedure.

Am I a good candidate for tummy tuck?

Ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is anyone looking to improve appearance of their abdomen and has sufficient laxity to necessitate surgery. Patient also needs to be in good health to proceed with this elective procedure.

Are there alternatives to tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck addresses loose abdominal skin and fat that is not amendable to less invasive procedures. Alternatives to tummy tuck includes liposuction, CoolSculpting, Venus Legacy and other less invasive body contouring procedures. While all of these will target fat and skin in some extent, none of them help to tighten loose tummy muscles.

Will I need general anesthesia during tummy tuck?

General anesthesia is usually used for tummy tuck surgery.

Where will my tummy tuck surgery be performed?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed in an outpatient surgery center or the hospital. Patient may go home the same day, but overnight stay is also available.

How long is an abdominoplasty procedure?

Tummy tuck surgery is usually about two and a half to three hours.

Where will incision be placed for tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty incision is positioned low on the abdomen to hide well in an undergarment and is hip to hip in length. There is also an incision around the navel.

Will my scars be visible after a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty incision is positioned low on the abdomen to hide well in an undergarment and is hip to hip in length. There is also an incision around the navel. Tummy tuck scar is usually well hidden in any undergarment or bikini. Only scar that may be slightly visible is the one around the navel.

Will I have a lot of pain after my tummy tuck?

You will have some discomfort after your abdominoplasty surgery, but you will be given prescriptions for pain medications and muscle relaxants. Pain improved rapidly over few days and the procedure is very well tolerated.

Are there any risks with abdominoplasty?

Every surgical procedure carries risks. Risks of tummy tuck surgery are bleeding, infection, permanent sensation changes, poor scarring or wound healing problems and dissatisfaction with final appearance necessitating revision surgery.

How long is tummy tuck recovery?

Abdominoplasty recovery is about two weeks. You will need to continue to be careful and restrict strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.

What to expect during abdominoplasty recovery?

You will have regular follow ups with the doctor after your surgery. You will have some pain, swelling and bruising, all of which will improve rapidly over the first week. If you have draining tubes, you will be instructed how to care for those, and will have them removed by the doctor about a week after surgery.

What is a drain-less tummy tuck?

Drain less abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is the same procedure as a regular tummy tuck, only the surgeon uses a specialized closure technique that allows for less potential space for fluid to accumulate, and therefore draining tubes are not needed. Dr. Bachilo performs drainless tummy tuck for her patients who are good candidates for this procedure.

When can I return to work after my tummy tuck?

Most patients are able to return to work one to two weeks after their abdominoplasty.

When can I start exercise after abdominoplasty?

Light exercise for legs and arms can be started as early at two weeks after tummy tuck surgery, but any strenuous activity and core training needs to be postponed for 6 weeks. When resuming exercise after tummy tuck it is important to start slow and listen to your body.

How can I finance my tummy tuck in Houston?

You can finance your tummy tuck surgery as well as any other plastic surgery procedure in Houston, TX. We offer financing through CareCredit and you can enjoy your new shape with a low monthly payment plan.

Are you looking for tummy tuck houston in house financing?

At Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa we offer in house financing for your Houston, Bellaire, Sugar Land and other neighboring communities tummy tuck patients. You may make low monthly payments towards your surgery up to the date of your procedure.

Read More
Our Testimonials

OUR CLIENTS' REVIEWS

Plump Lips Indeed!Houston, TX

100% recommend! Dr Bachilo is very courteous, professional, spends more than enough time explaining everything, and truly cares about her patients. Called me the next day to check up on me during her day off!

Great first experienceBellaire, TX

She has great bedside manner! She was honest & conservative about what she thought I should have done that day in the office. I will be back to see her again! Love that she called to check on my results and how I was feeling.

facial fillersHouston, TX

I hated wrinkles on my forehead, and nasal labial folds. I had filler injected around nasal labial folds and around corner of my mouth. Botox injection into my forehead. I couldn't be happier with the results. After many comments about why I look so much ...

I hated wrinkles on my forehead, and nasal labial folds. I had filler injected around nasal labial folds and around corner of my mouth. Botox injection into my forehead. I couldn't be happier with the results. After many comments about why I look so much younger I will definitely have it done again.

Read more
Exceeded my expectations Sugar Land, TX

I believe it is essential to find a professional who is in tune with patients’ needs, responsive, can perform the necessary measures and do what is best for the client without heavily promoting additional services. Dr. Bachilo not only met my meticulous ...

I believe it is essential to find a professional who is in tune with patients’ needs, responsive, can perform the necessary measures and do what is best for the client without heavily promoting additional services. Dr. Bachilo not only met my meticulous expectations, but also exceeded, so I will be back as needed.

Read more
WOW! I AM SO PLEASED WITH DR. BACHILO'S EXPERTISE! Houston, TX

I was so thankful for her honesty and knowledge of products/procedures that I was wanting to have done. She guided me to the correct breast implant size and recovery was a breeze. When it came to my concern of wrinkles and lines she was extremely understanding ...

I was so thankful for her honesty and knowledge of products/procedures that I was wanting to have done. She guided me to the correct breast implant size and recovery was a breeze. When it came to my concern of wrinkles and lines she was extremely understanding and actually listened to me. She explained the different fillers and Botox products, which I am so pleased in everything she did to make me look younger!!! I have recommended her to several friends and will continue to do so!! Just go and she how wonderful she is!

Read more
Great doctorHouston, TX

Last month I went in to see Dr. Bachilo to get Dysport injections for my wrinkles and fillers in my cheeks and chin. I was very worried as it was my first time having this procedure done, I didn't know what to expect but Dr. Bachilo was very patient with ...

Last month I went in to see Dr. Bachilo to get Dysport injections for my wrinkles and fillers in my cheeks and chin. I was very worried as it was my first time having this procedure done, I didn't know what to expect but Dr. Bachilo was very patient with me she took her time explaining and answering all my questions she made me feel very comfortable.

Read more
I had the best experience at Dr. Bachilo’s office! Bellaire, TX

I decided to try Coolsculpting for the first time on my chin. I was a bit nervous to have the procedure to get rid of my double chin, but OMG I can already see it working! Dr. Bachilo was awesome! She explained how everything works, what the machine does ...

I decided to try Coolsculpting for the first time on my chin. I was a bit nervous to have the procedure to get rid of my double chin, but OMG I can already see it working! Dr. Bachilo was awesome! She explained how everything works, what the machine does and the sensation I would experience during and after the treatment. I’ve made my appointment to do Coolsculpting on the belly next.

Read more
Looking for Savings?

Become an INSIDER to receive specials

Sign up and receive special offers and invitations to exclusive events!
Get in Touch with Us