About Abdominoplasty Surgery
For both men and women, loose skin and excess fat in the abdomen, no matter how hard they try and lose it, can be a challenge and a constant source of frustration. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why an individual may not be able to reclaim or attain a tight, slim abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that has successfully transformed the stomach area of countless patients. Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Lee, performs tummy tucks that vary in scope based on how much loose skin and fat is present. It provides immediate results and allows patients to achieve the tighter, slimmer look they want.
Abdominoplasty Ideal Candidates
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both men and women. If you have loose or hanging skin, isolated pockets of fat, and excessive skin wrinkling in the abdominal region, this surgery can help restore a tighter figure. It is important that you are at a healthy weight and have realistic expectations. Abdominoplasty is not a surgery to help you lose weight. It is a skin tightening, body contouring procedure that addresses loose skin. If your abdomen has good skin laxity, but you are still not satisfied with its appearance even after you have tried diet and exercise, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. If you are a woman considering this procedure, we recommend completing all pregnancies so that the surgical outcome is not comprised with a new pregnancy after surgery.
"Dr. Lee is very personable! He is always very thoughtful and kind. If you are looking to get a procedure done, he will be able to kindly guide you through the process. Very seldom do you meet a doctor who is as considerate and relational as Dr. Lee!"- J.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2017
"I just happen to run across Dr. Lee on the internet searching for a Dr. to do a breast augmentation and possible tummy tuck. Had never even considered having this before and was very nervous. Went to one other consultation with another Dr. in the Houston area and found out he was actually only a dermatologist and wasn’t board certified in plastic surgery. I decided to get another quote and I am so glad that I did. Even though I lost $500 dollars that I had put down with t...he first Dr.. i let Dr. Lee know what it was that I was looking for and he let me know right away what I needed. He could have charged me more and even could have said that I needed more than what I did but he did not. He did not have to do a lift on me for my breast and he did not have to do lipo in me either and in both cases he could have told me I needed this and I would not have known the difference - but he didn’t. I was impressed with the fact that he has been doing this for only 7 years would be up to date on the procedures and possible new ways of doing these procedures rather than a dr that had been doing this for 20 plus years. Dr. Lee was worried due to the fact that I was a smoker. He almost seemed as if he may not even be interested in doing my surgery due to this fact. That was even impressive. He could have cared less and just seen dollar signs but he didn’t. I let him know I was super serious about this and would stop immediately if he would get me right in to do surgery so that I wouldn’t change my mind like I had in the past due to other obligations. He told me I would have to wait 6 weeks and the. He could do the surgery if I stopped smoking then. I promised. He kept his part of the bargain and so did I. I am proud to say that I have now had surgery almost 2 weeks ago and still haven’t smoked. Won’t go back. Thanks to Dr. Lee and Mrs. Eva I won’t go back to smoking. My surgery went flawlessly and the results are amazing. The Dr. knew exactly what I needed and did a perfect job. He eased all of my fears and it went way better than what I expected. Would recommend Dr. Lee to anyone wanting to enhance their looks. They offer a lot of different services and I would let them do any of them on me if I needed. Now Mrs Eva if the Drs right hand in my opinion. She was amazing and could have ignored me because god knows I ask her every question under the sun regarding my procedures and she handled me with nothing but respect. When she didn’t have too. I love her to pieces and she makes you feel so comfortable during the entire process."- M.S. / Facebook / Mar 22, 2020
"10 days post “mommy makeover” and have to write a review because of how smooth the process was and how wonderful Dr. Lee is. Great bedside manner and superb skill level. You can tell he takes pride in his work and strives to get his patients the best possible outcome. Recovery process has been smooth thankfully. I was back to work 1 week post surgery. Also, Dr. Lee really listens to your concerns and works with you as a team. He even called me over Christmas to review a post op concern I had emailed him about. Eva in the office is also wonderful. Highest recommendations!"- D. / Google / Dec 28, 2019
"Dr.Lee is highly skilled and takes very good care of his patients during and post operation. I highly recommend Dr. Lee!"- C.K. / Google / Nov 04, 2019
"Very welcoming place."- J.S. / Google / Sep 04, 2019
Plan Your Procedure
Abdominoplasty Surgical Techniques
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. There are several methods to consider when performing this surgery. The incision length and shape is chosen based on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. Some candidates with extensive loose skin may require a full (or extended) tummy tuck, which places the incision from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic region. Others, for example those who have minimal skin laxity, but enough that is bothersome, may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. This produces a much smaller incision that is less invasive, but large enough to create the tightening necessary. During the procedure, excess fat and skin is removed, the underlying tissues are pulled tight, and sutures or skin adhesives are used to close the incision.
What to Expect with Abdominoplasty
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be sent home wearing a compression garment to help control swelling. You will find that it will be difficult to walk or stand straight for a few days as the incision heals. But within a few days after surgery, you should be able to walk without a problem depending on how invasive your surgery was. Most patients are able to resume light activities within 2 weeks. Exercise can begin around 6-8 weeks. The area surrounding the abdominal section will feel tight for several months, which is normal. It takes several months for the incision to heal and for the surgical results to take on a normal look and feel. The good news is that you will see your results immediately and will love your slimmer, tighter figure.
Attain a Tighter Tummy
Many factors can result in a stretched out abdomen, creating loose skin in the stomach area. It is a frustrating problem to have because the only way to correct this is generally through surgery. If you are embarrassed or bothered by the amount of loose skin in your abdominal region, whether it is a significant amount of laxity, or minimal, we have a tummy tuck procedure that will most likely work for you. We invite you to call our office and learn more about the options available for abdominoplasty, as well as the other body contouring procedures we offer.