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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

Tummy Tuck Houston, TX

Considering a Tummy Tuck in Houston, TX? Dr. Chris Patronella has spent years studying and perfecting his True Form Tummy Tuck® technique. Throughout the years, he had consulted with many patients throughout Texas who were unhappy with the results of previous tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, because they felt their tummies had an unnatural appearance or simply did not look as they had with their pre-baby bodies. Dr. Patronella felt that, while the tummy was flat and smooth, it lacked natural character and subtle definition.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

What is a True Form Tummy Tuck®?

The True Form Tummy Tuck® technique restores an authentically contoured abdomen rather than a flat surgical one. This technique’s most distinguishing characteristic is the focus placed on redefining the subtle contours of the abdomen and ensuring soft, smooth transitions throughout all abdominal regions. With his True Form Tummy Tuck®, Dr. Patronella located in Houston, TX, skillfully sculpts an attractive, natural-looking abdomen rather than a flat surgical one.

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Dr. Patronella’s No-Drain Tummy Tuck Technique

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Benefits of True Form Tummy Tuck® Surgery

Smooth Transitions

Attentive and precise suturing at the incision line allows for a smooth, natural-appearing transition between the lower abdomen and pubic area.

Benefits of True Form Tummy Tuck® Surgery

Consistent Skin Firmness Above and Below the Navel

The abdominal skin and tissue is advanced downward from the lower ribcage to the pubic hairline with equal distribution of tautness. Any laxity of the upper part of the abdomen can be eliminated comparable with reduction of the lower abdominal skin and fat to achieve consistent, natural results.

Benefits of True Form Tummy Tuck® Surgery

Strategic Incision Placement

The lower abdominal incision is strategically placed low on the bikini line. Thoughtful positioning, orientation, and design allows for swimsuits and underwear to easily cover any scarring.

What Do You Desire?

Natural-Looking Abs

Traditional tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can leave the torso looking unnaturally flat. By accenting various abdominal contours along the upper and lower abdomen, a defined, smooth, natural-looking abdomen is restored.

Before and after of abdominal contouring

True Form Tummy Tuck® Before and After

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Youthful Waist Contours

Using liposuction and other contouring techniques, the waist is thinned and made to gently taper towards the hips to create a longer, more graceful look.

Before and after of waist contouring

True Form Tummy Tuck® Before and After

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Restored Navel Shape

Weight gain or pregnancy can alter the shape of your navel. Using internal suturing to reattach the belly button to underlying muscle, a deep inward contour is made. Thus, a natural and youthful navel is restored.

True Form Tummy Tuck® Before and After

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Tighter Abdominal Muscles

Abdominal muscles stretched apart by pregnancy and/or weight gain can cause the abdomen to stick out. Exercise and dieting cannot bring these muscles back together. Internal sutures are used to tighten this muscle wall tissue and repair weakened abdominal muscles.

Before and after: muscle tightening

True Form Tummy Tuck® Before and After

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Why Choose Dr. Patronella for Your Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Patronella is internationally acclaimed for the True Form Tummy Tuck® method he developed over 10 years to perfect tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) results. This method consists of 10 key elements that Dr. Patronella incorporates into a tummy tuck procedure using advanced techniques to create a sexy, beautifully sculpted feminine abdomen and navel.

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True Form Tummy Tuck® Surgery Pricing

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Preparation and Recovery Guide for a Tummy Tuck

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck

How long will my tummy tuck last?

The results of tummy tuck surgery are long-lasting provided that you maintain a reasonable weight with proper diet and exercise. Pregnancy and moderate to large weight gain can all reverse the benefits of tummy tuck surgery. Most patients are inspired to incorporate positive dietary and physical fitness habits into their lifestyle, a benefit that helps to maintain their new look and strengthen inner vitality and confidence.

Will I have scarring after my tummy tuck?

While there will be a scar after your True Form Tummy Tuck®, great care will be taken to position it to be easily concealed by bathing suits and undergarments. The tummy tuck scar will continue to fade over a period of 1 to 2 years. To ensure optimum diminishment of the scar, is it important that you consistently follow Dr. Patronella’s Scar Therapy Program for 6 to 12 months depending on scar responsiveness. To prevent darkening of the scar, liberally apply sunscreen to the scar, and avoid exposing it to the sun.

Will a tummy tuck get rid of a C-section scar?

In many cases, Dr. Patronella is able to remove a C-section scar along with loose tummy skin as part of the tummy tuck procedure. Read more.

How long does swelling last after having a tummy tuck?

Swelling varies from person to person. In most patients, swelling will be 80% resolved within 3 months. The last 10 to 20% can come and go intermittently for several months after this. Most patients won’t have any swelling at the 6-month mark.

How soon after childbirth can I have a tummy tuck?

Dr. Patronella recommends that a woman wait at least 3 months following the birth of her last child to have tummy tuck surgery. This allows her time to return to a more ideal postpartum weight―a factor which will optimize the results that can be achieved.

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Dr. Patronella’s warm and friendly patient care team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and schedule your appointment with Dr. Patronella in Houston, TX.

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