Pregnancy causes a woman’s abdominal skin to stretch and underlying abdominal muscles to distend in order to accommodate the growing baby. This skin laxity and bulging of the underlying musculature is best addressed with the procedure known as an “abdominoplasty.” The so-called “tummy tuck” flattens the abdomen and slims the waistline by removing sagging, wrinkled skin and excess fat. It involves making a long incision, from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. The vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened by pulling and stitching them closer together, after which excess skin is removed. A “mini tummy tuck” (partial abdominoplasty) is a similar procedure that targets only the lower abdomen. It is significantly less invasive. Even men and women of ideal weight can struggle with a slack or protruding stomach, which is one of the reasons tummy tucks continue to be so popular. If you are interested in this or other body contouring procedures, please contact RIVELA PLASTIC SURGERY at 281-681-3905. We are located at 9191 Pinecroft Drive, Suite 150. Surgeries are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer CareCredit, the nation’s leading patient payment program.

P.S. A “tummy tuck” is often performed in conjunction with a breast procedure (such as a “breast lift” or a “breast augmentation”) as part of a “Mommy Makeover.”