Tummy Tuck

A flat and toned abdomen is a common objective of many diet and exercise programs. But people can’t always reach their desired goals, even with their most dedicated efforts. A tummy tuck is one of the most common procedures performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Camille Cash. Her tummy tuck patients in Houston, who come from Humble, Kingwood, and beyond, are consistently thrilled with their results and often report going down 1 to 3 clothing sizes. They no longer have to make wardrobe decisions based on how to best camouflage a bulging midsection. Dr. Cash’s patients love being free to wear form-fitting shirts, low-rise pants and even 2-piece bathing suits.

Dr. Cash recalls a woman she saw recently, 6 months after her tummy tuck and liposuction…

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"She was an average-size person who went from a size 14 to a size 8. Her self-confidence is now through the roof! Not only has her sex life with her husband improved, but they now often shop for lingerie together."

- Dr. Camille Cash

You deserve to look your best. Visit Camille Cash, M.D., for a tummy tuck consultation in Houston and see how she can help you feel confident about your body again. Request a consultation with Dr. Cash today for a personal, private appointment or call her office at  (713) 571-0600 to schedule a visit.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 395 View #1 View in Houston, TX
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Tummy Tuck

This 36-year-old mother of 2 is seen here before and approximately 1 year after surgery.  Prior to seeing me, this patient had undergone liposuction out of the country which left her with contour irregularities and residual skin laxity.  During surgery, I repaired her abdominal wall and removed a total of 710 grams (approximately 1.... Read More
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Liposuction and Mini Tummy Tuck

This 45-year-old patient is seen here before and 3 months after liposuction of her posterior and anterior trunk with excision of excess skin of the lower abdomen.  She had a C-Section scar that healed nicely but left some underlying scar tissue which created a lower abdominal bulge in addition to having an umbilical hernia.  In... Read More
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Extended abdominoplasty and liposuction of the flanks

This is a 62 year old patient who had lost over 100 pounds through multiple bariatric surgeries.  Though she also had laxity of the posterior trunk, she opted to just proceed with an extended abdominoplasty (rather than circumferential) combined with liposuction of the flanks at this stage and will have a posterior skin excision at a fut... Read More
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Tummy Tuck with liposuction of the flanks and iliac crest

This is a 40-year-old mother of two who disliked the appearance of the stretchmarks, lipodystrophy, and excess skin along her abdomen.  I first performed liposuction removing 550ccs of volume from her right flank, 875ccs of volume from her left flank, and 150ccs of volume from her mons pubis.  I then removed 1288 grams of tissue (ap... Read More
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Tummy Tuck with Hernia Repair

This is a petite 39-year-old mother of 3 who presented with a very large rectus diastasis, dense central stretch marks, and very thin attenuated skin of the abdomen.  The patient was made aware during her consultation that her preoperative soft tissues were compromised and that she may require mesh to reinforce the abdominal wall repair;... Read More
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Tummy Tuck and Liposuction on Male Weight Loss Patient

This is a 30-year-old patient who came to see me to remove the excess skin around his torso after losing over 200 pounds with diet and exercise.  To achieve the results seen here in his photos, taken 6 weeks after surgery, I first performed liposuction to remove 750ccs of volume from his left side and 725ccs from his right side.  To... Read More
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Tummy Tuck Case #308

This patient is seen here before and after her mommy makeover which included a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast augmentation with a 450cc implant on the right and a 520cc implant on the left to increase fullness and create symmetry.  1550cc of fat and aspirate were removed with liposuction from the patient’s right side and an ad... Read More
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Tummy tuck, hernia repair, and liposuction

This 41-year-old patient from Houston is seen here 6 months after surgery which included a hernia repair, tummy tuck, and liposuction of the flanks.  1450mls of volume were removed via liposuction from her right flank and an additional 1450mls were removed from the left.  1312 grams (approximately 3 lbs) of excess skin and tissue we... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that recontours and reshapes the midsections of patients who have developed loose or sagging skin and a weakened abdominal wall. Unlike other procedures that treat only the surface, tummy tuck surgery can improve all 3 layers of the abdomen: the skin, the fat, and the muscle.

Tummy Tuck Candidates

Ideal candidates are those who are at or near a healthy weight but are bothered by extra abdominal skin and fat that disrupts the natural proportions of their bodies. It’s important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure. Female patients should have no plans to become pregnant within 12 months of this procedure, as the physical changes caused by pregnancy can impact results.

During your consultation, Dr. Cash helps you determine your candidacy for this procedure and may make alternative recommendations in order to give you the results you want. Regardless of the procedure you select, Dr. Cash thoroughly explains what you can expect before, during, and after surgery.

How Can Abdominoplasty Help?

Women and men seek abdominoplasty due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Pregnancy: Because tummy tuck surgery does more than reduce unwanted fat, it is especially popular with women who have been pregnant. During pregnancy, the skin of the abdomen stretches and the muscles separate to accommodate the growing baby (technically called abdominal rectus diastasis). Following childbirth, the body doesn’t always regain its pre-pregnancy shape. Many women combine a tummy tuck with other procedures for a comprehensive mommy makeover.
  • Significant weight loss: The skin stretches to accommodate weight gain but often cannot bounce back after weight loss, especially after bariatric surgery when weight loss is rapid.
  • Genetics: Other people who seek abdominoplasty are men and women whose genetic makeup granted them a troublesome midsection they’ve been frustrated with for much of their lives.

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Tone and tighten your midsection after pregnancy.

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How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Houston?

The cost for a tummy tuck depends on several factors, such as the complexity of the procedure and whether it is combined with another procedure. The cost for a tummy tuck ranges from $9,000 to $13,000. Dr. Cash encourages you to consider a surgeon’s experience and qualifications above cost to attain the best possible results and ensure your procedure is performed with the greatest attention to safety.

Camille Cash M.D.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon • ASPS & ASAPS MemberNo matter what procedure you undergo with Dr. Cash, one thing is for certain—it’s all about you. She takes the time to get to know you as more than a patient, creating a treatment plan that’s just the right fit.

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Full Tummy Tuck

Dr. Cash performs tummy tuck surgery with the patient under general anesthesia. The procedure takes 3 hours or longer to complete. She starts with an incision that begins near one hip bone, travels down to the pubic area, then back up to the other hip. Dr. Cash makes a second incision just inside the belly button to release it from the abdominal skin. She removes the redundant skin and its underlying fat in the lower abdomen. If necessary, Dr. Cash performs rectus diastasis correction to repair the muscle layer. She then releases the remaining skin in the upper abdomen, pulls it down to the patient’s bikini line, smooths it out, creates an opening for the belly button, and removes the excess.

Dr. Cash often includes liposuction of the love handles or sides for more complete contouring. The result is a dramatically improved abdomen that is flatter and more toned. Unlike other procedures, a tummy tuck is long-lasting as it physically removes the excess skin and fat.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck addresses the skin of the lower abdomen only. It involves an incision that is shorter than for a full tummy tuck (see illustration). There is typically no incision around the belly button; therefore, the skin around the belly button is changed minimally. During this procedure, Dr. Cash removes extra skin and fat without tightening the muscle layer. Recuperation following a mini tummy tuck is typically shorter than that which follows a standard tummy tuck.

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Tummy Tuck From Dr. Cash

Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular procedures Dr. Cash performs. The many reasons patients choose her include:

  • Qualifications. Dr. Cash has almost 2 decades of experience and is a specialist in body contouring surgery. She was the first female African-American plastic surgeon in the state of Texas to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Results. The beautiful transformations Dr. Cash has made for her tummy tuck patients cannot be described in words. Look through her before & after tummy tuck photos to see for yourself.
  • Rapport. One of the most rewarding parts of Dr. Cash’s job is forming long-lasting patient relationships. Her warm, approachable personality and willingness to truly listen lead to positive doctor-patient interactions.
  • Patient reviews. Her patients report a very high level of satisfaction after tummy tuck surgery because the results improve their self-confidence and physical comfort. Read patient reviews.

A Reputation Built on Results

When searching for a plastic surgeon, multiple people referred me to Dr. Cash. I had my augmentation...
Absolutely amazing experience with doctor Cash and her staff ! Got a breast augmentation yesterday and...
I have always wanted this procedure done since I was in my early 20s. No matter how skinny I was I always...
Lipo 360 with tummy tuck - results are everything I ever wanted and more I have always wanted this procedure...

Combining Procedures

Many women have multiple areas they would like to improve, especially those who have had children or lost a lot of weight. Dr. Cash frequently combines other procedures with tummy tuck surgery, including:

It is so common to combine breast procedures with a tummy tuck that there’s a name for it: mommy makeover surgery.

What to Expect During Recovery

After surgery, Dr. Cash places drains beneath the skin of your abdomen. These drains normally remain in place for 7 to 10 days. Depending on your type of job, 1 to 3 weeks off from work is recommended to allow your body to heal properly. You will be able to begin light exercise after 4 weeks, but it will take 6 weeks before you can resume strenuous activity or lifting weights.

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Your Beautiful Results

Most patients find that they no longer need to do sit-ups or any other abdominal exercises after tummy tuck surgery. Their midsections will be flat and smooth. However, Dr. Cash reminds patients that a healthy lifestyle is necessary in order to maintain their results. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and sticking to a regular exercise routine can preserve tummy tuck results for many years by preventing unnecessary skin stretching.

Although it’s perfectly safe for women who undergo tummy tuck surgery to become pregnant, it’s important to understand that pregnancy can drastically alter cosmetic results or even reverse them. Dr. Cash generally recommends that female patients are done having children before undergoing a tummy tuck in order to get the most from their results. If you’re considering the surgery but aren’t yet sure if you’d like to have more children in the future, she may make recommendations for alternative procedures that suit your lifestyle.

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"I’ve always had a ‘pot belly’ since I was a young athletic girl. As an adult, I would exercise, eat ‘right,’ and weight lift but it wouldn’t go away … I never felt comfortable wearing a two piece swimsuit or anything that would bring attention to my stomach. Thanks to Dr. Cash, NO MORE ‘pot belly.’ It’s GONE and I can’t wait to go to the beach!!! I have more confidence and I just LOVE, LOVE IT!!"

- Patient Review on RealSelf.com

*Keep in mind each patient is unique and your experience may vary.

Common Questions

How much pain will I have?

Most patients describe their discomfort as moderate to severe. However, Dr. Cash uses an FDA-approved pain management system called EXPAREL® to significantly decrease your discomfort following surgery. Dr. Cash injects EXPAREL, a local analgesic that gradually releases into the body over 3 days, into the tummy tuck incision during surgery. EXPAREL helps reduce the need for additional pain medications immediately after your tummy tuck surgery.


How do I choose between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

During your consultation, Dr. Cash will evaluate your cosmetic concerns and give you a professional opinion about which types of procedures she believes will be most beneficial. In general, liposuction in Houston is appropriate for women and men who only have excess fat in the abdominal area, while abdominoplasty also retightens loose muscle and removes extra, hanging skin.


Where is the surgery performed?

Depending on the length of surgery, any medical conditions you may have, and your family support at home, Dr. Cash may recommend an accredited hospital for your abdominoplasty where you can stay 1 to 2 nights, or you may have the procedure done in an accredited surgical center and go home several hours after surgery.


Will I have a scar after a tummy tuck?

Scars are inevitable with any surgery, unfortunately, but there are precautions that can be taken to give you the best outcome possible. Dr. Cash will close all incisions meticulously with suture material that has an antibacterial coating and is absorbed by your body. Other remedies ranging from over-the-counter products to silicone sheeting can be also be used.


What are the possible complications with this surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery has potential risks associated with it, as do all surgeries, such as bleeding and possible infection. These complications rarely occur and are often minor and resolve easily.

Patients very rarely desire a revision to improve the appearance of a scar.

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