It’s no secret that our abdomens tend to expand as we age. Magnified by weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy, tightening and flattening the area around the belly can be difficult and frustrating, especially when efforts like dieting and exercise do nothing for stubborn subcutaneous fat or excess skin. At Ciaravino Total Beauty, Dr. Ciaravino can help you achieve a flat abdomen through a procedure known as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and also tightens the abdominal wall muscles. The results are transformative and striking.
The following information will give you a general overview of a tummy tuck; however, a consultation with Dr. Ciaravino is the best way to determine if a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.
Men and women who are frustrated with excess skin and fat in their abdomen are good candidates for a tummy tuck. A consultation with Dr. Ciaravino is the best way to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. However, you may be a good candidate for the procedure if:
It is important that patients seeking a tummy tuck are healthy, don’t smoke, and maintain a stable weight, with a BMI under 30. It is also imperative that patients have realistic expectations of the procedure. Thankfully, you don’t have to figure this out alone. Dr. Ciaravino will guide you every step of the way, starting with a consultation to assess your health, review the areas of concern you want to be treated, and discuss the results you hope to obtain. He will help you determine if a tummy tuck or another procedure would work best to help you achieve your body contouring goals.
Abdominoplasty is performed in an outpatient surgery center or hospital using general anesthesia. A horizontal incision is made below the bikini line, in a half-moon shape, extending from one hip bone to the other. The incision is placed here to limit the visibility of the scar so that it is easily hidden under underwear or a swimsuit bottom. The abdominal skin and fat below the incision are lifted to the appropriate position and removed. Next, sutures are placed internally along the vertical center of the abdomen to tighten and repair the muscles, giving them strength and definition. Then, an additional incision is placed around the navel to pull down and remove the excess skin and fat in the upper abdomen, and a new belly button is created. At this point in the procedure, liposuction can be used to remove fat from the sides of the abdomen and further contour the abdominal area. Finally, sutures and skin adhesives are used to close all incisions.
Prior to being discharged, small drain tubes may be placed in your abdomen to allow blood and fluid to drain from the surgical area. In addition, bandages will be applied to your incisions and a compression bandage or abdominal binder garment may be worn around your abdomen to limit swelling and provide support to area to aid in healing.
Most patients go home the day of surgery. Someone will need to drive you home and stay with you for the next day or two. You will receive detailed post-op instructions from Dr. Ciaravino and his experienced staff to guide you through the recovery process. Follow his instructions closely and call Ciaravino Total Beauty at any time if you have questions or concerns about how you are healing.
During the first week following a tummy tuck, you will experience mild pain, discomfort and swelling in your abdomen. This is normal and can be managed by pain medication and wearing an abdominal compression garment. During this time, you will need to sleep on your back with your upper body elevated and your knees raised. This position decreases the pressure on the abdomen, internal sutures and incisions.
While walking is important throughout your recovery, you will need to be cautious when moving for the next six weeks. You have internal sutures, as well as external incisions, that need time to heal. Limit movement that stretches or strains the abdomen or the incisions. Don’t exercise or exert yourself. Be patient and careful—doing so will help you heal properly and get you back to your busy, active life faster. Most patients return to work one to two weeks after surgery; however, a full recovery usually takes six to eight weeks.
A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure, yet thousands are successfully performed each year with beautiful outcomes. However, as with any surgery, certain risks and complications are possible. Although rare, complications from a tummy tuck can include: infection, bleeding, blood clots, poor healing or numbness along the incision, changes in skin color, severe scarring, seroma (fluid accumulation) beneath the skin or continual pain in the abdomen.
Dr. Ciaravino will discuss all of the risks with you before surgery. After surgery, you will be sent home with care instructions. Following the post-op instructions will help to reduce the chances of complications and ensure a full recovery. If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about how you are healing, please contact the staff at Ciaravino Total Beauty.
Removing excess skin and fat in the abdominal area can create a tight, flat, smooth abdomen. You can expect these beautiful results to be permanent by maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.
Most of Dr. Ciaravino’s patients have experienced positive and dramatic results following a tummy tuck. Some patients have combined a tummy tuck with other procedures, such as liposuction or breast augmentation, for a total body makeover. If you are interested in discussing what a tummy tuck can do for your figure, call Ciaravino Total Beauty today at (713) 627-1200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ciaravino.
The physician took the time to understand what I wanted out of the surgery and he is very knowledgeable and professional. The Staff is kind and supportive and the office is clean and comfortable. My overall experience was wonderful and I will highly recommend ya’ll to everyone! The doctor took the time to listen to what I wanted from the procedure and worked with me to find the perfect size. The doctor explained why the size would be perfect based on my chest cavity and it was perfectly correct!
The staff and Dr. Ciaravino are very friendly and knowledgeable. They made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure. Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional. I did not have to wait very long and answered all of my questions. Dr. Ciaravino’s expertise and advise was greatly appreciated and very happy with the results!
Dr Michael Ciaravino is a Magnificent Surgeon!! Honest, knowledgeable, caring with excellent bedside manners. I have been his patient for several years and I will never go to another doctor. I am so happy with my recent Breast Augmentation! My recovery has been easy, and I feel great ! Thanks to Dr. Ciaravino and his Amazing Team who made my experience be a terrific one ! I can’t say enough good things about the amazing Ciaravino Girls ! Thank you beautiful ladies for being there for me.
I was extremely nervous about scheduling Breast Augmentation/Liposuction surgery without visiting the facility due to me living abroad. Upon my arrival to Texas, I was able to visit the office for a consult/pre-op. The moment I walked in I was greeted by the receptionist and amazed by the chic yet calming decor. This was very much needed since I walked in with butterflies in my stomach. The nurse/patient coordinator was very attentive and assured me of the smooth process. She was definitely right. Dr.Caravino is amazing he was able to give me a very natural yet sexy look. I’m so very thankful and planning another visit soon. Thanks again to Dr. Caravino for giving me my pre-mom body back and thank you to his staff for being just as amazing.
Very professional staff. The doctor made every visit comforting and he’s clearly great at what he does. Love the end results, 2 days after the procedure I was feeling great! No pain, no bruising, everything was awesome!
EVERYTHING! The look, the ease of transitioning back to “normal”, the care….EVERYTHING! The doctor and staff are AMAZING! He and his staff were very attentive to my questions and needs and always made me feel at ease. I have already referred three people to him!
Dr Ciaravino and his staff exceeded my expectations. I have several of my friends whose gone to him for augmentations and recommended him. I couldn’t be more pleased!! From the scheduling over the phone for the consultation to the post-op appointment, choosing this practice is by far the best decision I made for myself. I can’t express how highly I will recommend to anyone looking for a change, I actually already have passed on his information to a couple ladies. The results are more than I imagined and I only had my surgery Nov 15, 2017 (2 weeks ago). I never had to take any of my pain medicine which as my first surgery ever I didn’t expect it to be so perfect! Thank you again to you Dr Ciaravino and his lovely beautiful staff for making me feel comfortable before and after. Look forward to seeing you guys in 3 months.
Information was explained clear and concise. I felt prepared in every aspect on what to expect and how to handle myself during the recovery process. The recovery went as explained and I had minimal discomfort. I am loving my results, the whole process was wonderful!
The accessibility of the staff after my procedure to answer questions I had was phenomenal. The results are amazing, I couldn’t be happier! The staff and Dr. C are all very knowledgable and very helpful. Dr. C did a fantastic job with my procedure and I am excited to see the final results once I am completely healed.
The staff was very friendly and helpful through the entire process. My results are exactly what I wanted and asked for as far as size and shape with a more natural look.
Doctor Ciaravino gave me exactly what I wanted. I love the way my breasts look. His assistants were very knowledgeable, helpful and extremely nice! I love the way my breasts look. I wanted natural and that’s what Doctor Ciaravino gave me.
Dr C’s office and staff are first class. Always kind, helpful and considerate. Each time I go in, it feels like going to see friends! I had abdominoplasty and breast augmentation. I love my body! Could not ask for better results!
From the first consultation to my last post-op app I have been so happy with everything. Dr Ciaravino and his staff have always made me feel super comfortable. I will be going back for any cosmetic procedures I need in the future!
Friendly staff and environment. Dr. Ciaravino was very thorough about explaining the risks and possible complications of the surgery and how to prevent them. Other than what I had researched about him prior to my consultation, I knew he’d be the perfect doctor to perform my surgery because of his bedside manner skills! Down to earth and doesn’t make you feel like a number. He addresses your concerns and took the time to explain my questions.
Everyone from the CSM to the nurse who has been on staff for 8 years. Everyone made my husband and I feel very welcomed and comfortable. Didn’t feel pressured and the staff was very informative!
Nadia helped explain every single thing I would need to know in such detail, I felt that I knew exactly what I was getting into. She is so sweet and kind I was nervous and she helped calm my nerves and make me feel right at home. By the time the surgeon entered the room, I had most of my questions answered so I felt fully ready and excited. Nadia is the BEST.
Dr. C, you and your staff are great!! You all made the whole process practically painless. I am very impressed with the results…You are so professional and at the same time so compassionate and caring, another happy patient!!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about every single person I encountered at this office. You are all thorough, kind, conscientious, and beautiful inside and out!
I have always been a bit apprehensive about having breast augmentation. Although I wanted one, I had a fear that they would turn out too big and look unnatural. Dr. Ciaravino listened to my concerns and truly did a beautiful job. He is truly an artist with his ability and truly did a beautiful job.
Just wanted to let y’all know that I think that Dr. Ciaravino is by far the most talented doc around. I had my surgery on Monday and haven’t had a pain killer since Tuesday morning. Not even a Tylenol. There was no bruising or swelling at all. I am just amazed at how simple and painless the whole thing was. I attribute this to Dr. Ciaravino’s talent and gentleness.