Dr. Christopher K. Patronella's Blog

6 Tips That Can Help Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

August 16th, 2017 admin

True Form Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. PatronellaAs the creator of the True Form Tummy Tuck®, Dr. Chris Patronella has put a lot of time and effort into refining the tummy tuck process so that it produces the best results. To further improve your tummy tuck experience, Dr. Patronella recommends a number of things to help you with your recovery. While most people already understand that they will need childcare and a little help around the house, you may be surprised to find that the following things can also be of great assistance during your tummy tuck recovery.

1. Loose Clothing

Loose clothing will keep you comfortable as you recover. Because your abdomen will be temporarily more swollen than normal, clothing items like big, soft t-shirts and night dresses are recommended. You should also avoid wearing anything with a tight waistband so that you don’t irritate your incision. Yoga pants and sweatpants are highly recommended.

2. Protein-Rich Foods

Eating high-protein foods helps to support wound healing. Enjoy plenty of protein-rich foods that are easy to digest so that you can encourage the best healing response during your tummy tuck recovery.

3. Pre-made Meals

Consider preparing or purchasing your meals ahead of your tummy tuck so that you can easily freeze and reheat them. Mild, easily digestible foods are recommended for the first week or two.

4. Vegging/Relaxing Materials

During your recovery, make sure to have plenty of materials to relax with, such as books to read, movies or TV shows to watch, magazines, your laptop or tablet, games, etc. These materials are helpful to have on hand since you will you need to take it easier than usual while you are healing.

5. Cleaning Service

Consider hiring a cleaning service to help with household work. If you can enlist someone to be in charge of cleaning and household chores while you are recuperating, you most likely will be able to rest and relax better.

6. Extra Pillows or Towels

Laughing, sneezing, and coughing can be uncomfortable during the early days after a tummy tuck. A helpful solution is to keep a pillow or large, folded towel close by and press it gently to your stomach whenever you feel you are about to sneeze, cough, or laugh. This will reduce the pressure on your abdomen so that such actions are not as painful.

These tips and others can be found on Dr. Chris Patronella’s Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide. If you have any other questions about preparing for your tummy tuck and recovery, please schedule your appointment today. Call (713) 799-9999 or fill out our online contact form to request your consultation.

Dr. Christopher K. Patronella's Blog

The True Form Tummy Tuck® for Weight Loss Patients

September 14th, 2017 admin

Tummy tuck surgery isn’t just for mothers seeking to tighten their post-pregnancy bellies. Abdominoplasty can also help weight loss patients complete their journey and restore a youthfully firm and flat abdomen. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® is uniquely designed to be able to benefit patients who have lost a moderate or major amount of weight. With this specialized abdominoplasty technique, you can have smooth, flat, and natural-looking abdominal contours.

Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. Patronella

How a Tummy Tuck Can Help

Dieting and exercise can improve overall health and may help eliminate belly fat, but only surgery can address loose skin and muscles in the abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can help patients who struggle with loose abdominal skin, weakened or stretched abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat pockets. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and persistent fat and tightens the abdominal muscle wall to create a smoother and firmer abdomen.

The True Form Tummy Tuck® Goes the Extra Mile for Weight Loss Patients

The True Form Tummy Tuck® is a unique procedure developed from years of surgical experience and patients’ perspectives. Dr. Patronella has designed the True Form Tummy Tuck® to accommodate patients with specific needs, such as weight loss patients. Whereas a standardized approach to tummy tuck surgery can lead to an unnaturally flat or awkward appearance, the True Form Tummy Tuck® produces a result of natural and subtle definition that looks as though it has always been firm and flat.

The many contours of a naturally youthful and toned abdomen have a simple and elegant beauty that Dr. Patronella strives to recreate with every True Form Tummy Tuck®. His approach goes beyond that of a traditional tummy tuck. Using careful liposculpture, internal sutures, and attention to even the smallest details, Dr. Patronella can help weight loss patients achieve a slender waistline with a uniform skin tone that looks firm, youthful, and authentic. For many weight loss patients, especially those who have struggled to manage their weight throughout their whole lives, the True Form Tummy Tuck® can produce the attractive abdominal contours they never had and of which they’ve only dreamed.

For Moderate Weight Loss Patients

Moderate weight loss of up to 50 pounds frequently leaves loose, sagging abdominal skin. Skin laxity can occur in the lower and upper abdomen. The loss of skin elasticity and fat bulges create irregular contours that give the stomach rolls and folds. The True Form Tummy Tuck® selectively removes excess fat and skin to flatten the contours of the abdomen, eliminate rolls and bulges, and produce a more naturally youthful and toned abdomen.

True Form Body Contouring™ for Moderate Weight Loss Patients

Some moderate weight loss patients have a loss of skin tone that is also present in the hips, flanks, buttocks, and thighs. Dr. Patronella can combine your True Form Tummy Tuck® with True Form Body Contouring™ to address irregular contours in these areas as well. Extended liposuction, thigh lifts, and other techniques may be used to simulate the body contours that would be found on a naturally athletic, younger individual.

For Major Weight Loss Patients

Major weight loss of more than 50 pounds can leave stretch marks and folds of hanging skin. This skin may be discolored and cause irritation (dermatitis), especially in patients who have undergone massive weight loss of more than 100 pounds. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® removes excess abdominal skin and tightens separated abdominal muscles with internal sutures to recreate a toned and smooth abdomen.

True Form Body Contouring™ for Major Weight Loss Patients

Massive weight loss patients frequently have loose skin around their entire waistline, encircling their abdomen, hips, and buttocks. They may also have hanging skin in the upper arms. For these patients, the True Form Tummy Tuck® may be combined with a body lift, arm lift, breast lift, and other procedures into True Form Body Contouring™ to provide the full body contour corrections that are needed. Dr. Patronella can carefully reshape your mid/lower body and remove hanging skin to complete your weight loss journey and restore your self-image.

Plastic surgery after weight loss can accomplish what weight loss alone cannot. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® and True Form Body Contouring™ can help weight loss patients achieve a naturally flat abdomen and smooth, youthful body contours that instill self-confidence and a positive body image. For more information about the True Form Tummy Tuck®, schedule your consultation with Dr. Patronella today. Call (713) 799-9999 or contact us online to request your consultation now.

Dr. Christopher K. Patronella's Blog

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.

Dr. Christopher K. Patronella's Blog

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.

Dr. Christopher K. Patronella's Blog

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.


As Dr. Patronella's patient coordinator for nearly 20 years, Eva Cadena will work with you to ensure that your experience is professional, courteous, and rewarding in every way. Please call her with any questions you may have.

Schedule Now

Contact / Location

12727 Kimberley Lane, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024

Phone : (713) 799-9999

Get Directions