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The Story Behind

True Form Tummy Tuck®

Dr. Chris Patronella located in Houston 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 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.

His solution was to create the
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 skillfully sculpts an attractive, natural-looking abdomen rather than a standard and flat surgical one.

Tummy Tuck Videos

Watch Dr. Patronella perform the True Form Tummy Tuck® here.

Dr. Patronella No-Drain Tummy Tuck Technique


True Form


  • Natural Features
  • Subtle Contour Variations
  • Consistent Skin Tone
  • Sensual Beauty and Elegance

Elements of the

True Form Tummy Tuck® Method

Abdominal Contouring

By accenting various abdominal contours along the upper and lower abdomen, a defined, smooth, natural-looking abdomen is restored.

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Waist Contouring

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.

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Smooth Transitions

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

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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.

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Navel Contouring

With internal suturing and by reattaching the belly button to underlying muscle, a deep inward contour is made. Thus, a natural and youthful navel is restored.

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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.

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Muscle Tightening

Internal sutures tighten tissue and bring the muscles together to repair weakened abdominal muscles.

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True Form Tummy Tuck®

Frequently Asked Questions

Financing Options
A. The amount of correction needed will affect the amount of time the procedure takes. In most cases, the surgery takes anywhere from two to three hours.
A. Many patients will be able to return to work and light activity after two weeks. However, it may take several months for the body to recover 100 percent.
Please read our Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide for more information
A. This should be a one-time procedure. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained and there is no major weight gain, the results will be long lasting.
A. Swelling varies from person to person. In 80-90% of patients, swelling will be gone within 3 months. The last 10-20% can come and go intermittently for several months after this. Most patients won’t have any swelling at the 6 month mark.
A. 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.

Schedule Your Consultation

Please use the online form below if you have any questions or comments. We will respond to all inquiries within a 24 hour period. Our consultation fee is $100 (applicable towards your surgical procedure).
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12727 Kimberley Lane, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024
1(877) 707-2277
1(713) 799-9999