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Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX

The abdominal area, or the “belly,” is one of the areas of the body that tends to undergo some of the most noticeable changes over the course of our lives. Whether it’s a small pooch inherited from a parent, changes from diet and stress, pregnancy, or cycles of weight gain or loss, the abdomen reveals experiences from life. Noticeable bulges in clothing, stretch marks, persistent fat pockets despite diet and exercise, abdominal or belly bloating or bulging after eating, loose skin or excess skin and fat are all problems that can be addressed with a tummy tuck in Houston, TX, from an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Leo Lapuerta is proud to offer a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, to patients throughout Houston, including Pearland, Piney Point, and Katy, TX.

  • Review from N. C.
  • Source: Google
  • Nov 17, 2018
Could not have picked a better doctor! Decided to get a tummy tuck and being my first procedure, I was very nervous. Despite this, Dr. Lapuerta and his staff were able to inform my husband and I of the entire procedure without difficulty, and we were treated with the utmost respect from beginning to end. Dr. Leo and the entire staff were very responsible and attentive during all post-op appointments. I will definitely be back for any future procedures!

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a permanent surgical procedure that removes excess skin, fat, and tissue from areas of the middle and lower stomach. The procedure also tightens the abdominal wall muscles, resulting in a dramatically flatter stomach. Dr. Lapuerta specializes in abdominoplasty in Houston, TX, helping patients achieve outstanding results.

What Can Patients Expect From a Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX?

Dr. Lapuerta is a tummy tuck expert, with over 20 years of experience with abdominoplasty in Houston. What sets Dr. Lapuerta apart from other plastic surgeons is his approach to addressing his patient’s concerns. With his extensive experience and approachable personality, patients find that Dr. Lapuerta understands their concerns and offers an individualized approach that addresses their needs and achieves their goals.

Dr. Lapuerta’s approach to a tummy tuck is unique in many ways from other plastic surgeons. First, Dr. Lapuerta often utilizes liposuction in the hip or flank areas in addition to the tummy tuck in order to create a feminine contour that results in a tummy tuck that is more natural in appearance. For full tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Lapuerta uses a multiple suture technique for plicating or bringing the abdominal wall muscles together and a progressive technique for restoring the natural flat contours of the abdomen. This technique results in fewer complications, better wound healing, and an abdomen that will hold its new shape and has a more natural form. With a full tummy tuck, the patient’s belly button will also have to be repositioned. Recreating the appearance of a natural belly button is an important feature of a well-done tummy tuck and Dr. Lapuerta takes great care to ensure the best result possible for this signature feature.

Lastly, Dr. Lapuerta provides injections of a long-lasting local anesthetic medication into the tummy tuck area, which reduces the need for postoperative oral pain medications. Dr. Lapuerta’s ability to understand every patient’s goals, combined with his unique approach and attention to detail, ensures a smooth recovery and optimal outcomes for patients.

Surgical Options for a Tummy Tuck

There are a few different approaches that can be used to address the problem areas, depending on the patient’s history and the amount of excess skin, fat and tissue. During a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta, he will partner with the patient to determine which surgical technique best addresses the individual needs of that patient. Below is a brief overview of the three primary surgical techniques for a tummy tuck in Houston.

Full Tummy Tuck

A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both women and men who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. The surgery is also commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, an incision is made that extends from hipbone to hipbone. The incision is placed low on the abdomen such that panties or a swimsuit bottom will cover the scar. Patients may wear these when Dr. Lapuerta marks the incision prior to surgery to ensure their scar will be in the optimal position.

Once the incision is made, the skin, excess tissue and fat, and any stretch marks or scars in the marked area will be elevated away from the abdominal muscle wall. Dr. Lapuerta will remove this section, then begin to reconstruct the abdominal wall by bringing the abdominal muscles together to ensure a flat foundation for the abdomen. Dr. Lapuerta will also utilize liposuction to sculpt the area to ensure a feminine, natural form. 

The belly button will be repositioned in a natural fashion and Dr. Lapuerta will close the new, flat abdomen in a progressive fashion to ensure reduced complications and better healing of the scars. During the procedure, he will inject a local anesthetic that will provide a base level of pain relief for three days post-surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck

Individuals who are in relatively good shape, have minimal amounts of excess skin, tissue or fat, or have stretch marks or undesirable scars are excellent candidates for a mini tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck differs from a full tummy tuck in three important ways: With a mini tummy tuck, only problem areas at the level of the belly button and below can be addressed, the belly button is not repositioned and the abdominal wall muscles are not pulled together with permanent sutures.

A shorter scar placed low on the abdomen (which can be concealed with panties or a swimsuit bottom) is made. This incision allows the removal of undesirable problem areas of skin, tissue, fat, stretch marks, or scars. Sculpting liposuction may or may not be included on an individual basis as needed to create a natural form. The abdomen is closed in a similar fashion as a full tummy tuck; however, the belly button is left in its original position and the abdominal wall muscles are not addressed.

Extended Tummy Tuck

The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require extensive skin tightening and body contouring following major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.

During Surgery

A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. Dr. Lapuerta has an accredited operating room and surgical facility on-site, making for a safe and hassle-free option for a tummy tuck in Houston. Depending on the approach selected, the surgical procedure typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete and is considered an outpatient procedure. Extended tummy tucks typically take 3-6 hours depending on the patient’s particular condition and sometimes require a hospital setting for surgery with an overnight stay.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Tummy Tuck?

After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to help aid the healing process. During the first 48 hours, the patient will need to rest, but they should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation. While some movement is needed, patients should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Some bruising and swelling is common following a tummy tuck surgery, and patients may also find the abdominal skin somewhat numb.

Initially, there will be some discomfort following the procedure, and pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Many patients compare the discomfort to the feeling of having performed intense abdominal exercises. While most patients can return to work in two to three weeks after surgery, clearance to resume exercise and physical activity is usually given around four to six weeks post-surgery.

The level of discomfort and amount of recovery time varies depending on the type of tummy tuck selected. A tummy tuck will result in a scar, but the scar is in an area that is usually covered with clothing, and, if performed by an expert such as Dr. Lapuerta, the scar should fade with time.

How Much Is a Tummy Tuck in Texas?

For those wondering how much a tummy tuck costs, the price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case. However, on average, most patients can expect to pay between $9,000 and $13,000 for their tummy tuck procedure. 

The best way to get an accurate estimate of the cost of a tummy tuck in Houston is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta. Dr. Lapuerta partners with the patient to determine the best treatment so that they can meet their specific goals. After deciding on what type of tummy tuck procedure is best for the patient, patients will receive a complete quote and will know what to expect for the cost of their tummy tuck in Houston with Dr. Lapuerta.


  • Recovery Time
  • 2-3 Weeks
  • Average Procedure Time
  • 3-5 Hours
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 1 Weeks
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Is a Tummy Tuck Worth It?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your midsection, causing you to feel self-conscious with your shirt off or while wearing a bathing suit, then a tummy tuck is definitely worth it. Not only will you improve your physical appearance by removing excess fat and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles, but you will also improve your mental health and self-esteem. There is no price that you can be put on feeling proud of the way you look and the confidence that comes with that feeling. The procedure has a relatively short recovery time, so if you can afford the procedure and are realistic about your expectations regarding the results of the procedure, a tummy tuck is worth it.
Should I Get a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
A tummy tuck and liposuction are two cosmetic procedures that help patients remove unwanted pockets of fat. Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
What Are My Options in Regards to Combination Surgery?
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift, or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially when pregnancy, weight gain, and breast-feeding have drastically altered the appearance of your body.
Does a Tummy Tuck Leave a Scar?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
Does a Tummy Tuck Hurt?
During a tummy tuck, anesthesia will be used to make sure that the patient feels no pain or discomfort. Dr. Lapuerta has performed hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries, and his surgical techniques minimize discomfort and maximize results. If there are any complications, Dr. Lapuerta will do everything possible to make sure the patient is safe, comfortable, and calm. Following the procedure, patients may experience some slight discomfort in the area surrounding the incision. Dr. Lapuerta injects a time-release anesthesia into the abdomen during the procedure that numbs the area for the first three days after the procedure. This should help patients get through what should be the most difficult part of the recovery process. If for any reason the patient is still in pain following the procedure, they will be prescribed a pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
Are Tummy Tucks Safe?
Any surgery comes with some risk, and a tummy tuck is no different. However, tummy tucks are generally safe, with only a very small percentage of patients having any adverse reactions or negative side effects. In these rare cases, the patient may have some kind of fluid accumulating under the skin, experience a change in skin sensation, or have some internal tissue damage. There are also the typical risks of any type of surgery, which include the risk of infection, a bad reaction to anesthesia, or too much bleeding. To learn more about the risks that come with tummy tuck surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta.
Should I Have a Tummy Tuck if I Plan on Getting Pregnant?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.
Can You Have a Baby After a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure, so it should not in any way hinder your ability to have a baby after a tummy tuck. However, most plastic surgeons suggest waiting for a tummy tuck until after you are done having children. Pregnancy and childbirth can reverse the results of a tummy tuck, stretching out the skin in your abdominal region and adding new pockets of fat to the area.
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