Dr. Joseph M. Perlman Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre


After successfully achieving weight loss, you might find yourself dealing with excess abdominal skin that sags around the abdomen area. The tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove this excess skin and fat, as well as tighten weakened abdominal muscles.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

After significant weight loss, some individuals may be left with persistent stubborn fatty deposits and sagging skin around their midsection. Despite efforts through diet and exercise, these fatty tissues may be challenging to eliminate. Genetic factors can also influence the body’s ability to get rid of these bulges. Dr. Perlman possesses extensive experience and expertise in performing tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess fat and loose skin from the midsection, resulting in a more youthful and toned body contour.

How Do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

During your first consultation, Dr. Perlman will carefully assess your abdominal area, consider your diet and lifestyle habits, review your family history, and discuss your cosmetic goals. Based on this evaluation, he will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck. Dr. Perlman may recommend the tummy tuck procedure to address any of the following characteristics:

1. Excess skin or fatty deposits around the midsection or abdominal area.
2. A protruding or sagging belly that is not in proportion with the rest of your body.
3. Weakened or separated abdominal muscles due to factors such as pregnancy or significant weight loss.


You are absolutely correct. To achieve and sustain optimal results from a tummy tuck, it is essential for patients to be non-smokers and maintain good overall health. A balanced lifestyle, which includes a proper diet and regular exercise, is crucial as well. It’s important to emphasize that a tummy tuck is not a weight reduction procedure. Patients should have already achieved their desired weight loss before undergoing the tummy tuck, and they should be within a few pounds of their ideal weight to ensure the best outcome.

How is the Tummy Tuck Performed?

Dr. Perlman offers two types of tummy tuck procedures: the full tummy tuck and partial tummy tuck. The full tummy tuck is best suited for individuals with fatty deposits in larger areas above and below the navel, while the partial tummy tuck is recommended for those with fatty deposits only in the lower belly region below the navel. To ensure your comfort and relaxation during the procedure, general anesthesia is used.

During the tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Perlman makes an incision that extends from one hip to the other. Through this incision, he removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal muscles using self-dissolving sutures. The incision is then meticulously closed with sutures and covered with bandages. Although the procedure does result in a scar on your abdomen, Dr. Perlman takes great care to strategically place the incision, often hidden under bikini bottoms and undergarments, to minimize its visibility.

Tummy Tuck Before and After

Can I See Tummy Tuck Before and After Photos?

Dr. Perlman recognizes the significance of having a realistic understanding of the potential results from a tummy tuck procedure. To help you visualize the outcomes, our website’s before and after section features actual photos of tummy tuck patients who have undergone the procedure, providing you with a clear idea of what to expect. These real results can be valuable in making an informed decision about your own tummy tuck journey.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston?

At our office, we understand that every tummy tuck procedure is tailored to meet the individual needs and goals of each patient. As a result, treatment plans and associated costs may vary. During your initial consultation with Dr. Perlman, we will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the specific cost of your tummy tuck procedure.

In some cases, Dr. Perlman may recommend combining other cosmetic procedures with your tummy tuck to achieve the best possible results. We offer various payment options to assist you in covering the cost of your surgery. To learn more about our financing options, please visit our financing page.

Reclaim your body with a tummy tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, offers numerous cosmetic benefits that are widely recognized. This surgical procedure aims to tighten the stomach muscles and remove excess skin, resulting in the reduction of belly overhang and abdominal creases. Many individuals choose to undergo a tummy tuck after pregnancy or significant weight loss, as it can help achieve a flatter and more toned stomach appearance. Due to its effectiveness and popularity, tummy tuck surgery has become a widely sought-after procedure with a substantial number of patients opting for it.

Tummy Tuck in Houston FAQ

Are there any follow up visits?

After the tummy tuck surgery, you will have regular follow-up visits with Dr. Perlman to assess your progress and ensure a smooth recovery. During these visits, he will provide you with further instructions and guidance to aid you in the healing process. Our team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your recovery phase to help you achieve the best possible results and ensure your overall well-being.

Is tummy tuck suitable for weight loss?

Absolutely, you are correct. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is not meant for weight loss, but rather focuses on removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles to enhance the appearance of the midsection. For the best outcome, it is essential to be at or near your ideal weight before undergoing the procedure. Once the tummy tuck is performed and your weight remains stable, the results can be long-lasting and provide you with a more contoured and toned abdomen. Remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise will help you maintain the results of your abdominoplasty over time.

What is I still want to have more children?

This procedure is not suitable for individuals who plan to have more children in the future. It is essential to consider the potential impact of future pregnancies on the results of the procedure and discuss your family planning goals with your surgeon during the consultation process. It is generally recommended to undergo cosmetic procedures like a mommy makeover after completing your family to ensure the best and longest-lasting results.

Request Your Consultation Today with Dr. Perlman

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery can be significant and may feel overwhelming. It is crucial to seek a surgeon you can trust and have confidence in to achieve the best possible outcomes. Dr. Perlman is an experienced, recognized, and respected surgeon who has successfully performed numerous tummy tuck procedures for patients in Houston, including Spring, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Conroe, Pasadena, and Baytown.

If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, we encourage you to reach out to the Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre for more information or to schedule a consultation. Dr. Perlman and his dedicated team are here to guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and help you make an informed decision about achieving your aesthetic goals.