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Five Fast Facts About Getting a Tummy Tuck

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Many people come to Morales Plastic Surgery for a slimmer waistline. A tummy tuck procedure can make you appear slender by removing excess skin and fat around your midsection. Read below to learn five surprising facts about tummy tuck surgery from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales. Schedule a body contouring consultation in Houston, TX by giving us a call today.

1. Tummy tucks are not a weight loss solution

A tummy tuck improves your silhouette by reducing loose or hanging skin around your belly. The surgery is often paired with liposuction to address small amounts of fat. While people with a significant amount of excess skin may lose a few pounds in the process, tummy tuck surgery is not a solution for weight loss. It is designed to smooth and contour the abdomen of individuals who are already near their weight loss goals.

2. There are different types of tummy tucks (extended, mini, and full)

Our bodies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Tummy tuck results can be personalized based on how much extra skin and fat you have in your midsection. For example, a mini tuck is perfect for patients with mild problem areas. If you have some moderate looseness in the skin and abdominal muscles, we might recommend a full tummy tuck instead. An extended tummy tuck also addresses areas such as the flanks or the sides of your belly.

3. There will be a scar, no matter what type is chosen

Your recovery from a tummy tuck will last a few weeks, depending on the extent of your procedure in Houston. Dr. Morales or a member of our team can give you information on scar care as part of your recovery instructions. Even though all body contouring patients will receive a scar, keeping the area clean and covered will lessen the appearance of the scar over time. Our advanced surgical techniques also minimize scarring as much as possible.

4. You can still get pregnant after tummy tuck surgery

One common misconception about tummy tuck surgery is that it interferes with your ability to get pregnant. This is not the case at all. That said, it is usually recommended to postpone a tummy tuck until you are finished having children. This is because future weight fluctuations and pregnancies can undo your tummy tuck results. You may end up with additional loose skin and some fatty deposits.

5. Tummy tucks aren’t just for women

People often associate tummy tucks with women. After all, it is a key component of the popular mommy makeover procedure. However, men can enjoy a flatter and smoother stomach area as well. If you are a man who has difficulties with hanging skin due to recent weight loss, a tummy tuck could be a possible solution. Dr. Morales can perform an evaluation and see whether you qualify for surgery.

Achieve great tummy tuck results

Are you considering body contouring or tummy tuck surgery? It’s important to choose the right board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston, TX. Dr. Rolando Morales has the skills and experience needed to perform a range of cosmetic procedures. Learn about our processes by contacting the specialists at Morales Plastic Surgery. We can schedule an assessment and explain how tummy tuck procedures work.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.