Not just your standard tummy tuck, Dr. Linville utilizes recent advances in technique to do liposculpting of the entire abdomen at the same time as your tummy tuck to restore your ideal body contour and bring back your natural beauty. The cornerstone of body contouring procedures, this procedure will remove excess skin and fat from your belly and help restore a younger, firmer abdomen while still looking natural and hiding scars. Dr. Linville performs several other complex surgeries of the abdominal wall, such as complex hernia repairs and DIEP flaps, so he understands the anatomy and how to manipulate the abdomen in certain ways to achieve a superior cosmetic outcome.
With Dr. Linville as your surgeon, you are assured to get the best, yet safest method of abdominal contouring that plastic surgery can offer. With your new and improved tummy and hidden incisions, you will once again feel confident and look transformed. After recovery, most women are able to exercise more regularly, feel healthier, and wear clothing that shows off their body. Additional potential improvements include improved core strength, less back pain, and improved urinary incontinence.
“This is one of the best surgeries I do, not only because of the enhanced recovery, but because it can transform a person’s life in so many ways – from the patient’s and my own personal perspective, a good tummy tuck can be life-changing” – Dr. Linville
Full Tummy Tuck – this removes all of the extra skin and fat typically starting around the belly button
and down to the pubic area. The rectus muscles are tightened (a.k.a. diastasis repair) to restore the core muscles of the abdomen to the midline, and the skin is advanced down to the pubic area, where the skin is sewn in several layers to help it heal without tension. As the skin is brought down, it comes over the belly button similar to pulling down a curtain, and a new hole is made for the belly button to help it heal in beautifully.
Post Bariatric Tummy Tuck – this tummy tuck is unique in that it helps those patients who have had bariatric surgery and have lost significant weight and are now left with very loose, ptotic skin that has lost its elasticity. It is often combined with other surgeries to lift and get rid of that loose skin, and requires special knowledge and techniques to obtain a perfect result. This surgery, for example, is usually combined with a monsplasty, and a circumferential or posterior lift.
Mini Tummy Tucks work great for the right patient to correct a small amount of skin and fat excess while still repairing the rectus diastasis. You may need a technique used where the belly button is “floated”, or detached from its stalk, in order to gain access to the upper part of your rectus muscles in order to tighten them and also to get more pull downward on the excess skin. However, after a certain point this can look abnormal, and it becomes necessary to do the full tummy tuck. Dr. Linville will determine this with you prior to surgery at your consultation.
Panniculectomy – a panniculectomy, or excision of pannus from the abdomen, is more like a mini tummy tuck but the belly button is left alone and just the extra skin and fat below the belly button is removed. This part may or may not be approved by insurance, and so typically liposuction is not a routine part of this surgery. Typically patients that are able to get this surgery approved have a severe overhang of skin down past the groin, with chronic skin rashes (intertrigo) and back pain, among other symptoms. The panniculectomy in those cases serves to help patients with their symptoms, and often has a higher complication rate and usually requires medical clearance prior to surgery.
Reverse Abdominoplasty – sometimes a mini or full tummy tuck cannot tighten all the skin on the upper part of the abdomen. In these special circumstances, a reverse tummy tuck is employed, and the skin is pulled up towards the breasts – it is often combined with a breast lift or reduction, since the incision is at the lower part of the breast. It can also be useful after a mini tummy tuck, when it is not advisable to re-advance the belly button any more south.
Minimally-Invasive Diastasis Repair – this method utilizes endoscopic equipment to repair the rectus diastasis, but it is commonly combined with a mini tummy tuck to facilitate skin redraping and exposure.
Less Invasive Methods of Abdominal Contouring – the other primary methods of improving abdominal contour without a larger incision include liposuction and Coolsculpting, both of which Dr. Linville offers at both his Memorial City and Woodlands locations.
As you can see, Dr. Linville will go through an algorithm to help decide the best method for you, whether that is an abdominal transformation or a small nip/tuck. Thanks to recent advances in techniques, if done properly liposuction can be safely performed at the same time with your abdominal surgery. It is often not enough to simply lower the abdominal tissue. Liposuction helps improve the contour and thin down the tissue so it becomes flatter and more shapely. Liposculpting or abdominal etching may also be performed to give a more athletic look.
With Dr. Linville as your surgeon, you can expect a stellar cosmetic outcome with attention to detail and safe, expert-level care. The advances in techniques as outlined briefly above, plus several modalities to provide pain relief and enhance recovery, lead to quick healing times, less pain after surgery, and help to minimize complications. Your incisions will be kept as low as possible so they are hidden underneath your bikini line. You may have one or two drains, but several methods help to get those drains out earlier and when possible you may have no drain at all.
You can expect to see Dr. Linville the day after surgery, but most patients either go home the same day of surgery or the very next day. There is certainly pain and soreness after surgery, which will be controlled with several different types of medications to help you feel more normal with less nausea and drowsiness. Ambulation after surgery is encouraged, but no lifting any weight for two weeks. Five pounds can be lifted from week 2-4, and 10 pounds afterwards. Light exercise can usually begin around week 4. Depending on how extensive your tummy surgery is, Dr. Linville may require you to wait 8 weeks before full exercise. Keep in mind, this is for your safety and to protect the investment and time YOU have made towards restoring your abdomen to a youthful, lean shape.
If you are considering any type of abdominal makeover, Dr. Linville regularly sees patients in Houston, Memorial City, and the Woodlands. Schedule your appointment today!