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5 Reasons Men Might Need a Tummy Tuck

July 18th, 2017 admin

Handsome Man by the Sea While the majority of tummy tuck recipients are women, some men are good candidates for the procedure as well. In addition to improving the toll that pregnancy can leave behind on the abdomen, a tummy tuck can also correct issues caused by weight loss, which affect men and women alike. Men might need a tummy tuck for the following reasons.

1. Excess, Loose Skin

When a person puts on excess weight, the skin expands to make room for the extra fat. This stretching weakens the skin and causes it to lose its natural elastic strength. Consequently, after weight loss, there may be loose skin in the abdominal area. After major weight loss, the skin may even hang in folds. A tummy tuck trims away the excess skin so that the skin lies flat and taut across the abdomen. This helps the midsection to appear trim and toned.

2. Stretch Marks on the Lower Abdomen

Stretched-out skin is typically lined with stretch marks. Stretch marks are essentially scars left by the stretching process, and they tend to be more prominent or lengthy when the skin is stretched too quickly (i.e., when the weight was gained quickly). With the removal of excess skin from the lower abdomen, a tummy tuck can remove many stretch marks to minimize the evidence of previous weight fluctuations and help the abdomen be more natural in tone.

3. Weak Stomach Muscles

Men can develop weakened stomach muscles when excess fat collects in the abdomen. These can contribute to a bloated appearance. Intense physical exercise can help tighten the core muscles, but in some cases, a little extra help may be needed to correct split or stretched stomach muscles. Muscle tightening during the tummy tuck procedure further defines the abdomen and helps it to appear firm and toned. A tummy tuck does not instantaneously produce a six-pack, but it tightens and tones the midsection so that it is no longer flabby but flat and firm.

4. Persistent Belly Fat

A lot of men develop stubborn belly fat, especially as they age. The accumulation of excess abdominal fat is especially common for men who have gained a lot of weight. The fat may build up beneath the abdominal muscles and line the intestines, increasing the risk of other health problems. This area of the body is one of the most difficult to tone, and this fat can be challenging to eliminate despite regular exercise. Consequently, most tummy tucks include liposuction to eliminate persistent belly fat and flatten the abdomen.

5. Self-Confidence and Body Image

Self-confidence and body image are tied to your perception of yourself. Men who are unhappy with their appearances can increase their self-confidence by taking measures to improve their image. A tummy tuck can significantly improve a man’s appearance in ways that exercise and dieting cannot. Undergoing this procedure can dramatically boost a man’s body image and self-confidence. These improvements brought about by tummy tuck surgery have the capacity to improve all aspects of a man’s life.

If you are dissatisfied with your midsection, a tummy tuck for men might be the best solution for you. Set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Christopher Patronella to learn your options for improvement and Dr. Patronella’s recommendations for you. Dr. Patronella is a nationally respected tummy tuck specialist who is renowned for his natural-looking results. To schedule your appointment, call (713) 799-9999 or fill out our online contact form today.

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Can I Get Liposuction With My Tummy Tuck?

June 30th, 2017 admin

For every person who is unhappy with their poor abdominal skin and muscle tone, there’s at least one other person who is bothered by excess fat on their midsection. Many people struggle with all three issues and would like to correct skin laxity, muscle weakness, and excess fat. If you would like to restore youthful abdominal tone, remove sagging skin, and eliminate excess fat, you can get liposuction with tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Patronella’s revolutionary True Form Tummy Tuck®, which has received much acclaim, typically incorporates liposuction to restore youthful and shapely body contours.

Liposuction Before and After ResultsLiposuction of the Waist

The abdomen and waist can accumulate excess amounts of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. This makes surgery the only viable form of correction, but unfortunately, too many surgeons become overzealous in administering liposuction to the abdomen. Just as a poor abdominoplasty technique produces a surgically flat appearance, overaggressive liposuction creates an unnatural appearance and irregular body contours.

However, with the proper application, skill, and experience on the part of the surgeon, liposuction can be a powerful tool. Liposuction of the waist can eliminate bulges or rolls of fat on the body’s midsection and create natural-looking contours. Leaving fat in the correct proportions and locations creates a more attractive and soft body shape instead of an unnatural, overdone, and operated-on appearance. Dr. Patronella focuses on producing ideal contours rather than trying to remove as much fat as possible. The results are more artistic and natural and reveal an attractively slimmer and narrower waistline.

Liposuction With the True Form Tummy Tuck®

To complement the True Form Tummy Tuck®, Dr. Patronella often performs liposuction to achieve a natural-looking waist that is narrow, graceful, youthful, and nicely contoured. Liposuction is used to create natural transitions with a gracefully contoured waistline and a more natural appearance. Dr. Patronella removes excess fat around the waist where needed to minimize love handles, eliminate a muffin top, create a gentle tapering toward the hips, and strategically highlight the natural contours and definition of the abdominal muscles.

Popular Liposuction Areas With Tummy Tuck Surgery

Many patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Patronella receive liposuction on other areas of the body in addition to the waist. The most popular treatment areas include the hips, buttocks, thighs, back, and upper arms. These areas are often resistant to body sculpting through exercise and dieting. Receiving liposuction for your specific “trouble areas” can highlight the results of your abdominoplasty and restore youthful and shapely contours all over your body.


If you are interested in getting liposuction with your tummy tuck, come meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chris Patronella. As the creator of the True Form Tummy Tuck® and an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Patronella can help you decide whether and where to receive liposuction so that you can achieve the youthful, natural, and attractive body contours you desire. To request your consultation with Dr. Patronella, please call (713) 799-9999 or complete our online contact form today.

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Get an All-Over Makeover With the Mommy Makeover

May 31st, 2017 admin
Mommy Makeover Before and After PhotosMany mothers know all too well the physical toll that childbearing can take. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations may leave you with loose abdominal skin, a tummy bulge that just won’t budge, stretch marks, and sagging, deflated, misshapen breasts that all contribute to a lower self-image. Fortunately, an all-over makeover is possible with the Mommy Makeover. Instead of making over just one part of your body, the Mommy Makeover provides a complete physical transformation that inspires dramatic emotional and psychological changes as well.

What Is a Mommy Makeover?

The Mommy Makeover is a personalized approach to body contouring after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Simply put, it combines other procedures together into a custom-designed Mommy Makeover that gives you the full-on makeover you desire. Most often, a Mommy Makeover includes breast surgery, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.

  • Breast Augmentation: A Mommy Makeover with breast augmentation inserts breast implants into the breasts to boost their fullness, enhance their shape, and reverse volume loss caused by pregnancy and nursing.
  • Breast Lift: A Mommy Makeover with breast lift reshapes and lifts the breasts, removing excess skin and correcting breast sagging or other breast changes caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): A Mommy Makeover with a tummy tuck tightens, firms, and improves the contour of the abdomen by removing the excess, stretched skin, reducing stubborn fat, and tightening the weakened muscle wall. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® corrects these side effects of pregnancy and restores youthful and natural-looking abdominal contours.
  • Liposuction: A Mommy Makeover with liposuction eliminates the stubborn fat pockets that can accumulate all over the body during pregnancy.
  • Breast Reduction: A Mommy Makeover with breast reduction lightens the weight of the breasts to give them a smaller and shapelier contour after excessive breast swelling during pregnancy and nursing. It can also correct breast asymmetry, improve body proportions, and alleviate the discomforts and physical irritations that can accompany cumbersome, large breasts.

The Mommy Makeover may include other procedures as well. As examples, a patient who desires fat transfer or a Brazilian butt lift could undergo these procedures as part of their Mommy Makeover. This procedure can be personalized for every patient, and because it is so versatile, the Mommy Makeover can truly give you the body you want. Based on your realistic expectations and anatomic realities, Dr. Patronella will help you choose which procedures to include in your Mommy Makeover to produce your desired aesthetic results.

Why Choose the Mommy Makeover Approach?

If there is more than one area that you’d like to fix, why would you undergo surgery on just one part of your body at a time? Why not get an all-over makeover with a one-time procedure? In nearly all cases, these procedures can be combined into one surgery with the Mommy Makeover, saving you time and overall expense. With only one surgery, you will require less time off from work and life’s duties, and you will only have to endure one surgical recovery. You will be able to enjoy your Mommy Makeover results sooner instead of after many months, and you can enjoy them all at once instead of in partial stages. The cost will be lower because you will not have to pay for anesthesia and facility fees for several different procedures. Combining procedures can save you even more on your investment since a discounted surgeon’s fee is usually provided for those who combine treatments. With the Mommy Makeover approach, you can achieve a full physical transformation that will also enhance your self-image, self-confidence, and emotional well-being.

Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chris Patronella, originator of the True Form Tummy Tuck® and expert plastic surgeon, has performed many Mommy Makeover procedures in his years as a plastic surgeon. With his assistance, you can achieve life-changing results and get the youthful, attractive body you seek. Call 713-799-9999 or complete our online contact form to request your personal consultation today.

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Why the True Form Tummy Tuck® Produces the Best Results

May 24th, 2017 admin

In an ideal world, tummy tuck results would always look natural. Friends and strangers would not easily recognize that you underwent surgery; instead, they would look at you and want to know your secret to a flat and firm abdomen. Unfortunately, this ideal world is a dream for many tummy tuck patients, as most tummy tuck results are unnaturally flat. To turn dreams into reality, Dr. Patronella devised the True Form Tummy Tuck®: a tummy tuck procedure that always produces results that are natural looking, with authentic contours and subtle definition.

Before and After Tummy Tuck SurgeryCommon Problems With Tummy Tuck Surgery Results

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, surgically flattens the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles of the stomach wall. Due to technical decisions that traditional tummy tuck surgeons make, the abdomen may look flat as a board after surgery, lacking natural definition and shape. Women who undergo abdominoplasty after pregnancy often complain that the waist does not look like it did before pregnancy. In many cases, the results look so incredibly “fake” that patients do not even feel comfortable baring their stomachs. When the tissues are pulled taut without factoring in the natural softness and subtle definition of an abdomen that does not need surgery, the results are often less than ideal.

Knowing that the results of tummy tuck surgery sometimes look “fake,” individuals respond in various ways. Some seek a tummy tuck alternative and attempt to achieve their goals with exercise, skin tightening, liposuction, or even lap band surgery. However, the results of these alternatives often fall short and cannot accomplish all that is possible with a tummy tuck. Other individuals choose to avoid surgery and live with their body the way it is, which can lead to a perpetually poor body image. Individuals who undergo tummy tuck surgery and are unhappy with their results may also choose to “accept their fate,” which can be equally troublesome because their goals are never satisfied.

Rather than settling for less, individuals can pursue and successfully achieve natural-looking tummy tuck results by undergoing the right procedure with the right surgeon. Dr. Patronella has spent many years studying and perfecting the True Form Tummy Tuck® so that he can provide the best tummy tuck experience. With this technique, Dr. Patronella has helped countless patients achieve remarkable results.

The True Form Tummy Tuck® Difference

If the question “which tummy tuck is right for me?” has ever crossed your mind, take a look at the True Form Tummy Tuck®. This technique, devised by Dr. Chris Patronella, focuses on redefining the natural, subtle abdominal contours present in individuals who have never needed abdominal contouring surgery. The True Form Tummy Tuck® ensures smooth and soft transitions throughout the abdomen, producing sculpted and natural-looking results rather than standard and flat results.

To accomplish this, the True Form Tummy Tuck® focuses on the following:

  • Abdominal contouring: Traditional tummy tucks pull the tissues downward to flatten the tummy. The True Form Tummy Tuck® accents the various natural contours along the upper and lower abdomen, highlighting the natural midline contour and soft muscle definition to restore a smooth and natural-looking abdomen.
  • Waist contouring: The traditional tummy tuck approach fails to fully address the waist and flanks, creating a flat abdominal profile but a “lumpy” frontal view of the midsection. Using contouring techniques such as liposuction, Dr. Patronella thins the waistline so that it gently tapers toward the hips in a longer and more graceful way.
  • Smooth transitions: Traditional tummy tucks may pull and suture the lower abdomen in such a way that the incision line creates an obvious line or “step off.” With attentive, precise suturing, Dr. Patronella applies careful finesse to create a smooth and natural-appearing transition at the incision line between the lower abdomen and the pubic area.
  • Consistent skin firmness above and below the navel: A traditional tummy tuck surgeon may fail to adequately address laxity in the upper abdomen, and this can contribute to inconsistent skin firmness above and below the navel. With the True Form Tummy Tuck®, the skin and tissues are advanced downward all the way from the lower ribcage to the pubic hairline to produce an equal distribution of tautness, fully eliminating laxity of the upper abdomen and reducing lower abdominal skin and fat.
  • Navel contouring: A traditional tummy tuck may fail to define the navel or may give it an irregular shape or angle. Using internal suturing and reattaching the belly button to the underlying muscle, a naturally youthful navel with a deep inward contour is restored.
  • Strategic incision placement: Many tummy tuck surgeons place the incision between the hip bones in the lower abdomen, which means that scarring cannot be hidden by some swimsuit and underwear options. With the True Form Tummy Tuck®, the lower abdominal incision is low on the bikini line for easy concealment of any scarring.
  • Muscle tightening: Weakened abdominal muscles may not be sufficiently tightened with traditional tummy tuck techniques. Dr. Patronella uses internal sutures to bring the muscles together and repair the stomach wall for stronger definition.

The key to the best tummy tuck results comes down to how a tummy tuck is performed. Dr. Patronella has earned top honors for his innovative techniques in tummy tuck surgery with the development of the True Form Tummy Tuck®. With its focus on natural-looking results, this procedure adds youthful definition and contour to the abdomen. Patients who undergo the True Form Tummy Tuck® can achieve their ideal results and have their abdomens sculpted with subtle contour variations, natural features, a consistent skin tone, and sensual beauty and elegance.

The best tummy tuck surgeon for you will understand your needs and your desires for a natural look with a defined and firm abdomen. Dr. Patronella is one of the nation’s foremost specialists in body contouring procedures and has spent years refining the True Form Tummy Tuck® to be able to achieve optimum results for every patient. To request your personal consultation with Dr. Patronella, call 713-799-9999 or fill out his online contact form today.

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SmartLipo or Tummy Tuck Surgery? A Tummy Tuck Patient Case Study

August 27th, 2012 client

Dr. Patronella performed corrective surgery to improve the poor results this patient received from a SmartLipo procedure, which left her with contour irregularities. He restored a smoother appearance to her abdomen through tummy tuck surgery.


By Dr. Chris Patronella

When skillfully performed on an appropriate candidate,  SmartLipo, like many other liposuction methods, is good technology that can be very useful in body contouring procedures. However, liposuction predictably has yielded less-than-ideal results for the patients I’ve seen who had mild to moderate skin looseness for a simple reason: when you remove fat from an area that has loose skin, the skin will not shrink back smoothly and evenly. Most of these patients eventually have opted for tummy tuck surgery to restore a smoother, more natural-looking youthful appearance to their abdomens.

One such patient, Kelly, consulted with me for revision surgery to improve the unsatisfactory results from a SmartLipo procedure she received elsewhere as part of a mommy makeover to rejuvenate the appearance of her abdomen after having two children. Though she was pleased with the results of her breast augmentation and breast lift procedure, her abdominal results were a stunning disappointment that left her with more noticeable aesthetic concerns than she had prior to surgery.

Like many women who’ve had children, Kelly had loose abdominal skin and weakness of the underlying muscle wall as a result of the stretching that takes place to accommodate the growing infant during pregnancy. These characteristics are best corrected through tummy tuck surgery. Because Kelly had good skin elasticity with skin looseness primarily beneath the belly button previous to having her initial surgery, I most likely would have chosen to perform a mini tummy tuck on her, a less extensive tummy tuck procedure that is appropriate for about 10 percent of my abdominoplasty patients.

In revision cases such as Kelly’s, it is often difficult to restore a fully smooth appearance to the abdomen because patients have a layer of scar tissue beneath the skin’s surface and little to no fat left as a result of the laser liposuction treatment they received.  Fortunately, improvement often is possible through corrective surgery. For Kelly, I performed tummy tuck surgery in conjunction with liposuction to sculpt the slimmer hip proportions she desired.

Though it’s a poor substitute for tummy tuck surgery, liposuction often serves as an excellent complement to enhance abdominoplasty results. In about 80 percent of my tummy tuck patients, I incorporate liposuction to accentuate the waist and/or to improve lower body proportions to help the abdomen’s appearance blend with adjacent areas for the most natural look.

Kelly was thrilled with her new look. Like many of the the revision patients I see in consultations, she was greatly discouraged by the poor results she received from her original surgery and fearful of going through a secondary procedure. Though revision surgery presents unique challenges to both the patient and surgeon, the resulting aesthetic transformation and restoration in these patients’ confidence makes it one of the most rewarding procedures I perform.




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