in Houston, TX
Elevate your expectations and define your contours with a True Form Tummy Tuck®
True Form Tummy Tuck®
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is performed on men and women to achieve a flatter and slimmer midsection. However, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella was never satisfied with the artificial-looking, “flat-as-a-board” abdominal contours often created with traditional techniques.
This led Dr. Patronella to create his acclaimed True Form Tummy Tuck®, an advanced technique that highlights the subtleties, curves, and divots of a natural, chiseled body.
What is True Form Tummy Tuck®?
While a traditional tummy tuck allows for substantial skin and fat reduction and leaves the stomach taut and smooth, it tends to lack the subtle definition of a naturally sculpted stomach.
Dr. Patronella developed the True Form Tummy Tuck® to recreate the attractive characteristics, divots, and soft contours of a youthful, toned abdomen while allowing patients a smoother, more comfortable recovery without the often necessary drains.
What Are the Benefits of the
True Form Tummy Tuck®?
A beautiful, natural stomach has curves and divots — the same goes for a well-done tummy tuck.
Dr. Patronella’s technique uses internal sutures to accentuate the upper and lower abdomen and create defined, sculpted, and natural-looking contours.
Attentive and precise suturing at the incision line allows for a smooth transition between the lower abdomen and pubic area. This creates a consistent, natural-looking result without the tell-tale pulling of traditional tummy tuck techniques.
Weight gain or pregnancy can alter the shape of your navel. A deep inward contour is made using internal suturing to reattach the belly button to the underlying muscle. Thus, the natural and youthful navel is restored.
Dr. Patronella employs the progressive suture technique in his True Form Tummy Tuck®. By placing internal sutures, Dr. Patronella eliminates the spaces where fluid would collect in a traditional abdominoplasty. This prevents the need for uncomfortable post-surgical drains that could be present for up to 3 weeks.
“The True Form technique was born from my intense drive to produce results that appear authentic, seamless, and elegant.”Dr. Christoper Patronella
How Is the True Form Tummy Tuck® Performed?
Dr. Patronella’s True Form® technique uses a multi-step approach for the most naturally-looking and safe tummy tuck results.
During your procedure:
- An incision is made across the lower abdomen, approximately six centimeters above the top of the vulva.
- The abdominal skin and tissue are separated from the underlying muscles and fat.
- Stretched or separated abdominal muscles are brought back together (diastasis recti correction).
- Excess lateral and medial fat is removed to create definition (particularly along the stomach’s midline).
- Progressive tension sutures are used to define abdominal contours. These are internal stitches that create natural-looking indentations.
- Excess fat is removed from the mons pubis area.
- Excess skin is carefully and conservatively trimmed to allow for a smooth, tension-free incision line.
- Liposuction is used to fine-tune the area around the incision and achieve a smooth transition between the upper and lower abdomen.
- The belly button is recreated using fixation sutures (to allow for the indentation of the navel). Umbilical hernias can be repaired during this step.
- The incision is closed.
Am I a Candidate for Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck®?
Surgery with the True Form Tummy Tuck® contours, enhances, and sculpts the abdomen after the effects of aging, pregnancy, and weight gain.
This surgical procedure is ideal for men and women looking for results that go far beyond the cookie-cutter, unnaturally flat outcome that traditional techniques typically produce.
Men and women who are a good fit for this procedure commonly have loose abdominal skin that cannot be improved through diet and exercise. Dr. Patronella customizes his True Form Tummy Tuck® to achieve ideal aesthetic results. A mini and modified tummy tuck are among the methods he considers when evaluating the best option for an individual.
Can I Have a Tummy Tuck if I am Overweight?
The best results are achieved in individuals who are at a healthy weight; however, Dr. Patronella may consider performing the procedure for overweight patients with a body mass index (BMI) in the 30 to 35 range, depending on physical findings and their health status.
Learn more about Dr. Patronella’s guidelines for surgery in overweight and large weight loss patients here.
Why Should I Consider a Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy?
Many mothers turn to abdominoplasty. This has numerous benefits, including:
- Improving or eliminating C-section scars
- Minimizing pregnancy-related stretch marks
- Correcting separated abdominal muscles
- Eliminating diet-resistant baby fat
Dr. Patronella recommends that a woman wait at least 3 months following the birth of her last child to have a True Form Tummy Tuck®. This allows her time to heal and return to a more ideal postpartum weight ― a factor that will optimize the results she can achieve.
Should I Combine My Tummy Tuck With Another Plastic Surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is commonly combined with other breast and body contouring treatments for optimal results.
Tummy Tuck and Body Sculpting Treatments
- Liposuction surgery removes fat from the waist, hips, thighs, back, and bra line.
- Liposculpture is frequently performed with a True Form Tummy Tuck® to remove fat from the mons area (beneath the navel) and the waistline.
- Mommy Makeover surgery combines breast and body contouring procedures to target the areas most affected by childbirth and breastfeeding.
- Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) transfers excess fat from the waist, hips, and thighs to the buttocks for a fuller, more lifted derrière.
How Much Is a Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX?
The cost of tummy tuck surgery in Houston varies from patient to patient. Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with additional body contouring techniques (liposuction, body lift surgery, thigh lift surgery, or arm lift surgery). This combination is factored into the total cost of your procedure.
Please see our plastic surgery price list linked below for an idea of what you can expect for your tummy tuck cost. The final price of your True Form Tummy Tuck® in Houston, Texas, will include the entire scope of the procedure, from the surgeon’s and board-certified anesthesiologist’s fees, facility, required garments, and post-op care.
You will be given an accurate cost estimate during your consultation with Dr. Patronella.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Patronella to Perform My Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Patronella has been refining his tummy tuck techniques for the last 30+ years to consistently provide exceptionally attractive results. This dedication to excellence has launched him to international acclaim for the True Form Tummy Tuck® and won him top honors and awards for his innovative tummy tuck techniques.
Dr. Patronella doesn’t believe in compromising when it comes to providing beautiful results. During your consultation, he discusses the appearance goals you would like to achieve and determines the best procedure(s) to give you the results you want. He customizes these techniques to fit a patient’s unique goals, anatomy, and needs.
Dr. Patronella performs the True Form Tummy Tuck® for women and men from across the globe at his private, fully-accredited surgical center in Houston, Texas. He offers online video consultations and has experienced patient care coordinators to help patients have a smooth and positive experience, whether they are local or traveling from other states and countries.
“I had an amazing experience from consult to surgery and even after surgery. Dr. Patronella and his staff were very attentive to my needs and made me feel so comfortable. My results…WOW! I am so happy with my new tummy! If you’re looking into getting a tummy tuck, go with Dr. Patronella!” – DC
“Dr. Patronella’s skill is only surpassed by his caring attitude towards his patients. At first, I was a little hesitant to have a tummy tuck, but Dr. Patronella explained that he could offer me a natural, minimal scar result. Sure enough, my incision has faded as he said it would, and now, with my flat tummy, I look great in my jeans!”- DW