Tummy Tuck
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Your abdomen may become less toned over time catalyzed by factors like genetic predisposition, weight changes, and pregnancy. When that happens, it may become nearly impossible to reverse the process through diet and exercise alone. Dr. Wu performs highly personalized tummy tucks to reverse the process and restore your abdomen’s youthful firmness. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options for a tummy tuck in The Woodlands today.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, technically called an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that helps you achieve a firm, toned, and youthful abdomen. During the tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon removes excess fat cells and skin tissues and tightens the weakened abdominal muscles. This makes your stomach look slim, firm, and well-contoured. A tummy tuck reverses the effects of weight fluctuations, age, pregnancy, and prior surgeries, making you look athletic and young.

You’re a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck if you…

  • Are in generally good physical and mental health.
  • Don’t have underlying medical conditions that prevent optimal wound healing or recovery.
  • Don’t smoke or are willing to stop smoking several months before and after the surgery.
  • Have realistic expectations from the tummy tuck.
  • Are within 20 to 30 pounds of your ideal body weight.
  • Don’t anticipate future pregnancies or weight fluctuations.
  • Want to make your abdomen look smooth, firm, and athletic.

Please note that a tummy tuck in The Woodlands, TX is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. If you’re close to your ideal weight, the surgeon can remove excess fat cells and skin tissues and help you achieve a contoured look. This procedure isn’t a substitute for weight loss if you’re overweight or obese. Furthermore, while this procedure may remove some of the stretch marks from the lower abdomen, it won’t correct all your stretch marks.

Dr. Chaowen Wu will examine your abdomen, review your medical history, and discuss your unique cosmetic goals to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck. Each tummy tuck procedure is curated according to your specific goals to ensure optimal results inspired by your own body.

What happens during the tummy tuck procedure?

Your tummy tuck in The Woodlands procedure is performed under general anesthesia in a state-of-the-art surgical center. Your surgeon will make a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen between the pubic hairline and belly button. The shape and size of the incision depend on your specific goals and requirements and the amount of excess skin.

The surgeon will also make another incision around the navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen and reposition the belly button. The specific techniques involved differ from one patient to another. In some cases, the surgeon may also perform liposuction to remove excess fat from targeted areas in the tummy.

After making the incisions, the surgeon will close them using sutures, adhesives, tapes, or clips, thereby initiating the healing process. You may also receive drainage tubes under the skin to drain away excess fluids and blood.

smooth abdomen after tummy tuck in the woodlands, tx
two women's physiques, the right after a tummy tuck in the Woodlands, TX

What is the recovery process like after a tummy tuck?

Your abdomen will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment for a few weeks to reduce swelling and bruising. You can reduce post-treatment discomfort with oral medications. After your tummy tuck in The Woodlands you should take 1 to 2 weeks off work to recover comfortably, and you should avoid strenuous workouts for at least 6 weeks. Dr. Wu will provide a list of post-treatment recovery guidelines to ensure a smooth and safe recovery process.

Why choose Dr. Wu?

Dr. Chaowen Wu is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with an exceptional training background, having completed a rigorous 6-year integrated plastic surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She specializes in natural procedures designed according to your unique goals and requirements, ensuring optimal and long-lasting results. Please schedule an appointment to receive the gift of Wu today.

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