For many people, weight loss or pregnancy can be a journey. At the end of it, it can be disappointing to be left with pockets of stubborn fat or stretched skin. Unfortunately, these things don’t respond to diet and exercise. In these cases, a tummy tuck is one of the best options available. Whether you’ve already undergone a tummy tuck or are scheduling your consultation, it’s common to have questions about what to expect after your recovery. Here are some answers to common questions about tummy tuck surgery.

Why Do I Still Weigh the Same?

It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. You’re a good candidate if you’re at or near your ideal weight, meaning you won’t lose any substantial weight with a tummy tuck surgery. The amount of fat and skin removed during a tummy tuck surgery is usually not enough to affect the number you see on the scale, but rather your measuring tape and waist ratio.

Will I Regain Weight?

It’s still possible to gain weight after a tummy tuck surgery, although it may not be as concentrated in your abdominal area. However, the remaining fat cells may still expand with weight gain, affecting your results. For this reason, it’s important to have a well-established exercise and diet regimen in place before you consider a tummy tuck.

Can I Get Pregnant After a Tummy Tuck?

Yes. A tummy tuck surgery does not affect your ability to have children, so you should make sure that you have no future plans for children when you undergo a tummy tuck. This is because pregnancy can negatively affect your results and you might require future correction. A tummy tuck can be extremely beneficial after you’ve gone through pregnancy, however, since it can correct stretched muscles and skin.

Can I Get Another Tummy Tuck in the Future?

Ideally, you should only need one tummy tuck within your lifetime. You will still need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. However, if you gain weight or experience unfavorable results, it’s advisable to wait at least six months between procedures to ensure that you’re fully healed and can benefit from another surgical procedure.

How Do I Prevent Gaining Weight Afterward?

Maintaining your exercise regimen after a tummy tuck is vital to keeping your results slimmed and effective. If you don’t already have one in place, however, Dr. Homas can help you create the right plan. Your healthy lifestyle plan should be based on burning more calories than you take in, as well as eating a varied diet with the right nutrients and vitamins. Dr. Homas can also recommend the right exercises to help tone and strengthen your abdomen for enhanced results.

Schedule a Consultation

If you think a tummy tuck is right for you and your body goals, then New Image Plastic Surgery can help. Dr. Homas can discuss your options and preferences during a consultation and make a recommendation for the right tummy tuck procedure for you. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Getting A Flatter Stomach

Our abdominal areas are one of the hardest body parts to keep toned and flat. A flat, sleek profile is desirable for many. However, over the years, your stomach may gain excess fat and skin due to aging, genetics, or pregnancy. Luckily you can correct this by removing the excess skin and fat if other options aren’t working. An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that restores the separated and weakened torso muscles while removing excess skin and fat tissues. The end result is a smooth, firm, and toned midsection. A tummy tuck can be performed for both women and men that have excess skin due to major weight loss can get this procedure to have a firmer midsection.

Better Results

To get an overall improved appearance you can combine a tummy tuck with other procedures like a Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, Butt Lift, or Liposuction. This can be discussed during a consultation with Dr. Homas to see if you want to combine procedures.

Are You An Ideal Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?

The following are some ideal requirements to receive a tummy tuck.

  • Are in good health but have loose muscle, excess skin, and fat around the midsection
  • Close to their ideal body weight
  • Keeps a healthy lifestyle
  • Should be done having children

Top Reasons To Get A Tummy Tuck

To Remove Loose Skin Around The Abdomen.

Regular exercising and dieting can help tone your abdominal muscles, but they cannot take away sagging and loose skin. A tummy tuck restores the normal anatomy of your abdominal muscles by realigning them to the midline and gets rid of excess skin and fat.

To Reduce Stretch Marks

Stretch marks usually occur when you have a significant weight loss or during pregnancy. They form due to the stretching of the skin. With a tummy tuck, many of your stretch marks will be removed with your excess skin, thereby drastically reducing the visibility of your stretch marks.

To Improve Scars

If you have had any previous abdominal surgeries that have left unsightly scars, some of those scars may get removed entirely with your tummy tuck.

To Wear Bikinis

Many women fear wearing revealing clothing because of their loose skin or unsightly scars. You can feel more confident wearing bikinis and other clothing because you have an improved abdominal profile. Often, the lower tummy tuck scar can be hidden by a bikini bottom.

To Improve Self-Confidence

Getting an abdominoplasty is more than having a flat stomach. It improves your self-esteem and confidence, allowing you to continue living your best life. You are bound to look and feel better than ever!

Considering A Tummy Tuck

It is essential to note that a tummy tuck is a major surgery that is done under anesthesia. It takes around three hours and the recovery time requires you to take it easy for at least two weeks. Typically, you can return to light exercise 4-6 weeks after the surgery. If you are thinking of getting a tummy tuck, ensure you are aware of what it entails. You can start the conversation by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Homas at New Image Plastic Surgery to get more information.

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With more time off for the holidays and the new year coming up, it’s the perfect time to restore your pre-pregnancy body with a mommy makeover! A mommy makeover is a combination of surgical procedures to address changes that have occurred after pregnancy and childbirth. If restoring your body and confidence is part of your New Year’s resolution, here’s what you need to know:

What Procedures to Include

The mommy makeover is highly customizable, so you can choose the procedures you need to address your unique concerns. The most commonly performed procedure after pregnancy is the tummy tuck. The abdominal area is highly affected by pregnancy, resulting in loose skin and tissue. With a tummy tuck, the abdominal tissue is tightened and excess skin is removed to achieve a toned appearance. Liposuction techniques can be used at the same time if stubborn fat is present.

The breasts are another area highly affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you experience unwanted changes to your breasts after pregnancy, you might consider a procedure like a breast reduction to address enlarged breasts, or an augmentation with implants to restore volume loss. You might also consider adding a breast lift if you experience excess skin and sagging.

The Benefits of Combining Procedures

You might’ve thought you had to have each of your procedures done separately, however, it’s perfectly safe and even more beneficial to combine them. By having your procedures done at once, you won’t have to go through separate recovery processes. Instead, your surgical sites will heal together to reveal full-body rejuvenation. You can also expect to save money on fees by having the procedures done in one sitting.

To learn more about the mommy makeover or to start customizing your procedures, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas.

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When it comes to achieving a toned waistline, there are a number of factors that can affect your results. The presence of loose skin and hanging tissue from weight loss, pregnancy, or age can be impossible to remove without a surgical procedure. Stubborn fat is also a common culprit and can be resistant to diet and exercise alone. With these cosmetic procedures completed by Dr. Homas at New Image Plastic Surgery, you can achieve a toned abdominal area and slim your waistline!

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tissue from the abdominal area. The skin can stretch during pregnancy, with a dramatic weight loss, or from gravity and aging. During the tummy tuck procedure, this excess skin will be removed and the underlying tissue is tightening to tone the midsection. The belly button will also be repositioned during the process. In an extended tummy tuck, excess skin and tissue that extends to the flanks and back can also be addressed. New Image Plastic Surgery also offers a drainless tummy tuck option which is very similar to a traditional tummy tuck, but sutures are placed within the abdomen, replacing and eliminating the need for drains. The results of the tummy tuck procedures are a flatter stomach without excess skin and tissue in the way! These results are permanent as long as you maintain your healthy weight. Scarring can be expected, but Dr. Homas will ensure that this can be easily concealed below the bikini line.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure using very tiny incisions and a cannula to break up and remove fat cells. Liposuction is commonly used in the abdominal area to remove stubborn fat and sculpt the tummy. For men, this often involves sculpting a more muscular looking abdominal, while many women wish to achieve an hourglass figure. Because only tiny incisions are used, patients can expect little to no scarring with liposuction alone. Once the fat cells are removed, they cannot return to the treated area.

Combining procedures

If excess skin, hanging tissue, and stubborn fat are all causing your poor abdominal contour, you might combine procedures to treat all your concerns at once! Liposuction techniques are often recommended during the tummy tuck process to remove stubborn fat and optimize body-recontouring.

To start slimming your waistline, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas. Dr. Homas can determine which techniques are right for you to customize your contouring procedure.

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A drainless tummy tuck is just what the name suggests – a tummy tuck without the drains! Drains are an essential part of the traditional tummy tuck recovery process, working to remove any excess blood and fluid from the treatment site. But with a new technique, the need for drains can be eliminated, offering some benefits you’ll want to know about.

Same effective results

The drainless tummy tuck removes excess skin and repositions the tissue to recontour the abdominal area, just like a regular tummy tuck. The difference with a drainless tummy tuck comes at the end of the procedure. Instead of placing the drainage tubes, your surgeon will use quilting sutures in the abdominal fat and muscle layers. This eliminates the risk of a fluid buildup, and the need for drains!

Less discomfort

Like any surgical procedure, you’re going to feel some discomfort after a tummy tuck procedure. However, you can lessen your discomfort with the drainless tummy tuck. Without drains in place, you won’t have the extra pain of tubes sticking out or tugging on your skin. Instead, you can experience a smoother recovery without the discomfort of having drains in place or removed.

No Hassle

Dealing with drains during your recovery can be a hassle. If you’re freaked out by the idea of removing fluid from your drainage tubes, you might consider going drainless! Without the drains, you can also shower and dress more easily, without having tubes to watch out for. Instead, you can focus more on healing and feeling better, so you can enjoy your results!

For more information on the drainless tummy tuck, contact our office. We can schedule your consultation with Dr. Homas to determine if the drainless tummy tuck is right for you.

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While a tummy tuck can be a great way to achieve a slim, contoured abdominal profile, there are some great medical benefits that come with it as well. This is because a tummy tuck procedure includes steps taken to strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall, which can become loose and ineffective from things like pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain. Here are some of the conditions that tummy tucks can help improve.

Urinary Stress Incontinence

This condition is not one often talked about by women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth, but many patients suffer from it. It’s usually indicated by poor bladder control and leakage, especially when movement of the abdomen is included (coughing, sneezing, laughing, etc.). By strengthening the abdominal muscles, it gives the pelvic region greater support and ability to manage the bladder.

Back Pain and Poor Posture

While the spine bears most of the responsibility for upright posture, the abdominal muscles are also important in supporting the torso and upper body. Although it’s a common problem that women experience back pain during pregnancy, many women also report back pain after childbirth because the abdominal muscles have become ineffective at holding up the spine and posture. Correcting the stretched abdominal muscles can sometimes lead to greater quality of life in patients who endure chronic back pain.

Ventral Hernias

Hernias are caused by a strain that causes the intestine or abdominal tissue to be pushed through the abdominal wall. Patients with loosened abdominal walls can be especially susceptible to hernias because it’s far easier for the tissues to push through the muscles. Often, corrective hernia surgeries include abdominoplasty techniques to prevent further hernias, since patients usually experience subsequent ones after the initial hernia.

A tummy tuck can be a great option for patients looking for solutions to the above conditions that can’t easily be corrected through diet and exercise. We also offer drainless techniques to make sure you get back on your feet as soon as possible. If you’re looking for more information or to discuss your treatment options with Dr. Homas, contact New Image Plastic Surgery at (210) 988-9819.

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