Tummy Tuck Myths Put To Rest

Tummy Tuck Myths Put To Rest in Houston & Katy, TX

Published 09/28/2017

We know how myths about certain plastic surgery procedures circulate around the internet, your friends, and the media. We often have clients coming into our Houston office still hesitant about a surgery because of something they may have heard. At Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, we want to put some of those common myths to rest and give you a good idea of what the process of a tummy tuck really looks like. 

Myth #1: There is Only One Type of Tummy Tuck

This is simply false! Yet, so many people still think if you are interested in slimming down the abdominal area, a tummy tuck is a one size fits all procedure. The truth is there are many options: a mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and liposuction performed with tummy tuck. Dr. Ravi Somayazula, our board-certified plastic surgeon, creates a personalized treatment plan, not a “one size fits all” procedure.

For our clients mostly concerned with extra and stretched skin below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck might be the best option. For our clients also seeking to remove fat from the area, liposuction makes a great addition to a tummy tuck. And of course, for our men and women seeking to remove excess skin and smooth the entire midsection, a full tummy tuck is a great option. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ravi Somayazula will be able to talk with you about your options.  In some cases, a circumferential body lift way be recommended if there is excess skin and fat at the front of the abdomen as well as extending to the back.

Myth #2: You Won’t Have a Belly Button

We can understand why this myth would steer many away from getting an abdominoplasty, so we’re here to set the record straight. Yes, you will still have a belly button after a tummy tuck.  Dr. Ravi has skillfully been performing tummy tucks for years now and a key part of this procedure is preserving the belly button. He can even reshape and reposition the belly button when needed.

Myth #3: You Can’t Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck

This myth may have come about from some clients’ personal preferences. However, pregnancy is possible afterwards. One thing that is important to remember is that your tummy tuck results will not remain the same if you get pregnant afterwards. For some women, it is a personal choice to wait until they have all their kids before getting a tummy tuck to keep their results longer lasting. However, do not fear that there will be any medical harm in having another child afterwards.

Myth #4: The Tummy Tuck is Simply a Cosmetic Procedure

Not many people realize that there are also medical benefits to a tummy tuck that go beyond simply tightening the midsection. There are so many health benefits to removing extra skin through a tummy tuck including improvement in rashes, pain, and the ability to exercise properly. This is a major game-changer for the men and women who have had to avoid certain activities because of the discomfort. This can make a tummy tuck a life changing procedure for those women who have diastasis recti after pregnancy, as oftentimes they are limited in the types of ab exercises they can physically do.

Myth #5: Tummy Tucks are Just for Women

Last time we checked, men have abdomens too, which means that men can undergo Tummy Tucks too! Tummy tucks were not designed exclusively for either men or women and we have seen both genders benefit greatly from this surgery. In fact, we often get men coming into our Houston office after losing a significant amount of weight looking to remove excess skin. A man who is self-conscious about the extra skin around his midsection may benefit from a tummy tuck procedure.

Discovering the Truth About Tummy Tucks in Houston

Time to spread the truth about the tummy tuck! If you are interested in pursuing a tummy tuck or want to learn a little more about this procedure, please call 281-242-1061 to schedule your initial consultation today. Dr. Ravi is here to help you dispel any myths you may have heard and help you make an informed, educated decision about cosmetic surgery.



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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wished to all of those impacted by COVID-19. We understand that this has impacted our entire country in multiple ways, from falling sick to job changes and school cancellations. We understand your multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is open and ready to serve you. We have restarted performing elective surgeries at an Ambulatory Surgery Center, and in office elective surgical procedures will resume after May 8th. In order to decrease viral spread and to minimize utilization of medical supplies during this time of need, we have implemented a strict screening protocol. As far as non-surgical procedures, we are slowly rolling out these procedures. We are currently offering Botox and other non-surgical in office procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling. We tentatively will be restarting filler treatments on May 18th. All staff and all patients are required to wear masks at all times. We are also not allowing any additional guests at this time. We are taking extra time and extra steps to make sure all contact surfaces, such as door handles and counter tops, are cleaned around the clock with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety had always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, will continue to offer both complimentary virtual consultations via a HIPAA compliant and secure platform and in person office consultations. We are happy to provide these two options so that you can choose the option that is most comfortable for you.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing bases.

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