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Sugar Land, TX 77478

Lipo-Abdominoplasty Conveniently located to serve Houston and Sugar Land

Tummy Tuck With Abdomen And Hips Only: Get The FLAT, SEXY Abdomen You’ve Always Wanted!

Before & After

Timeless Cosmetic Surgery‘s before-and-after pictures of real patients.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ankur Mehta – Timeless Tuck (360 liposuction with tummy tuck and muscle repair)


  • What is a Tummy Tuck?

    A tummy tuck is a procedure that removes the loose skin and extra fat from the abdominal region resulting in a flatter, tighter and sexier abdomen.

  • Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

    At Timeless Cosmetic Surgery, patient safety is of the utmost importance; therefore, an essential factor determining who can undergo a tummy tuck is the overall health of the patient. After performing a thorough gathering of your health history, if there is any question about overall health a medical clearance will be requested during which your primary care physician will do an overall assessment to determine whether it is safe to undergo a certain procedure.

    If your overall health is in good standing then almost anyone can undergo one of the 3 types of tummy tucks. Typical tummy tuck candidates have loose or extra skin of the abdomen and spreading of the abdominal muscles leading to an abdominal “pooch” or “bulge.” At your FREE consultation, I will take the time to understand what your goals and expectations are, perform an in depth physical exam and then develop an individualized surgical plan determining which type of tummy tuck will safely achieve the best cosmetic results for you.

  • Will diet and exercise help?

    I always encourage a healthy lifestyle…so if you feel like you can loose more weight in a healthy manner (no crash diets) and you are able to maintain your weight at that level I am all for it!!! The more weight you lose before surgery the better your results are likely to be after surgery.

    HOWEVER….diet and exercise will do NOTHING for loose skin or abdominal wall laxity (looseness/”pooch”/bulge). The ONLY way to fix that is through surgery.

  • What if I gain weight after surgery?

    Weight gain after surgery can compromise your results. Therefore, you should try and maintain your new post surgical weight. If you are able to lose some weight after surgery (in a healthy manner) then its possible for your results to get even better!

  • What about pregnancy and tummy tuck?

    If you have had a tummy tuck, you can still have a safe pregnancy because the tummy tuck will not interfere with the pregnancy. However, getting pregnant after tummy tuck can compromise the results because everything will get stretched out again and it may not snap back to what it was before pregnancy. Therefore, if you are still considering getting pregnant at some point in time then you should wait to undergo a tummy tuck once you are done having kids. If you happen to get pregnant after having a tummy tuck you should expect that a revision may be needed.

  • Is it worth going through the surgery and recovery of a tummy tuck?

    When it’s all said and done, undergoing a tummy tuck can be an amazing LIFECHANGING experience!!! The self-confidence of my patients dramatically increases during the recovery period. As their new bodies start to take shape I notice them standing taller, smiling more, being more proud of their bodies and they LOVE going shopping to buy more fitted clothing!!!

  • What are the different types of tummy tucks?

    There are 3 main types of tummy tucks:

    1. Mini tummy tuck
    2. Full tummy tuck
    3. Extended tummy tuck
  • What is a mini tummy tuck?

    A mini tummy tuck uses a smaller incision to remove a minimal amount of loose, extra skin below the belly button. Typically tightening of the abdominal muscles is not performed with this operation.

  • What is a full tummy tuck?

    A full tummy tuck involves removing all the loose, extra skin below the belly button along with tightening of the abdominal muscles. The incision goes from hip to hip.

  • What is an extended tummy tuck?

    An extended tummy tuck is like a full tummy tuck but the incision is longer, extending past the hip.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of tummy tucks?

    Mini tummy tuck


    • Shortest incision
    • No incision around the belly button
    • Easier recovery
    • Shorter down time
    • No drains needed


    • Doesn’t address loose/extra skin above the belly button
    • Not all stretch marks below belly button will be removed
    • Tightening of the muscles not performed
    • Can lead to hooding of the belly button
    • Very few, select patients are good candidates for this operation

    Full tummy tuck


    • Addresses loose/extra skin above the belly button smoothing out entire abdomen
    • Abdominal muscles are tightened giving a flatter abdomen
    • All stretch marks below belly button will be removed
    • No hooding of belly button


    • Long incision (hip to hip)
    • Incision around belly button
    • Longer recovery
    • Drains needed

    Extended tummy tuck


    • Addresses loose/extra skin above the belly button smoothing out entire abdomen
    • Abdominal muscles are tightened giving a flatter abdomen
    • All stretch marks below belly button will be removed
    • No hooding of belly button


    • Long incision (past hips)
    • Incision around belly button
    • Longer recovery
    • Drains needed
  • What if I am a little worried about the length of the incision?

    I try to explain to all my patients that although I understand this concern, this is not something that you should worry about. You should NEVER sacrifice the tummy result for the length of the scar. The goal of a tummy tuck is to get you the flattest, smoothest ABDOMEN possible and in many people this requires a slightly longer incision. However, in almost all my patients I am able to place the incision so low that you can easily hide it when wearing underwear or even in a bikini!

    • Do you make a “new” belly button?

      This is actually a quite common misconception! In a mini tummy tuck, nothing is done to the belly button, it does however, get pulled down lower to some degree.In the full and extended tummy tucks the belly button is separated from the abdominal tissue and remains connected to your abdominal wall (abdominal muscles.) After the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen are removed, the upper abdominal tissue is tightened by bringing it downward. A hole is made and the belly button is brought through the hole. So the belly button is still your own, actual belly button!

      I have a special technique to hide the incision as close to the inside of the belly button as possible and I shape the belly button opening into a vertical oval. I believe this vertical oval shape enhances the sexiness and the flatness of the abdomen.

    • Why do your patient’s belly button look so good!?

      I like to try and shape the belly button into a vertical oval and hide the incision as far in the belly button as possible. The vertical, oval shape of the belly button adds to the effect of making you look even more slender and sleek. The incision being hidden on the inside of the belly button or very close to its edge, also helps prevent the most common “give away” that you have had an abdominoplasty which is the scar around the belly button.
    • If I wear a bikini will my incision be seen?

      The way I perform my operation allows me to keep the incision VERY low so that it can be hidden when wearing undergarments or even bikinis!
    • Will I have drains?

      I strongly believe in the use of drains. Although there are some products out there that can be used to avoid the use of drains there aren’t any that are consistent and that work for ALL patients! I don’t believe it’s worth taking a chance not using drains because they help prevent the formation of a fluid collection (seroma) in the operative region and work VERY well! 2 drains are usually placed, with one being removed the 1st week and the 2nd being removed the 2nd week. In some patients the drains can be removed sooner and in some patients the drains may have to stay in a little longer (very rarely do they stay in longer than 2 weeks).
  • Why is having a tummy tuck safer with Dr. Mehta?

    I perform all my surgical procedures under IV sedation (twilight) and do not use general anesthesia. No breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is needed because you are able to maintain all your protective reflexes, breath completely on your own and your blood flows better. The post-operative risks of using IV sedation (the way I do my surgeries) compared to general anesthesia are MUCH less including but not limited to decreased risk of nausea, vomiting and MOST importantly a significantly DECREASED risk of forming blood clots. Your heart, lungs and blood pressure will be monitored during the entire operative procedure and no pain will be felt during the procedure. Studies have shown IV sedation to be much safer than general anesthesia.

  • Will I need to stay in the hospital?

    Only in rare circumstances is a hospital stay needed. All my patients are able to safely go home the day of surgery as long as they have a responsible caregiver at home. Outpatient surgery has been shown to have many advantages over hospitalization and tends to lead to better post-operative recovery, early ambulation and less risk of infection. I believe being taken care of by a loved one allows for more personalized care. This is also financially beneficial for patients because hospital stays are very costly.

  • Is it safe to go home after a tummy tuck?

    It can be VERY safe to recover at home after a tummy tuck as long as you have a responsible caretaker to be with you for at least the first week or two. I believe a loved one will take much better care of you in your own home, than someone who doesn’t know you taking care of you in a hospital. Also, it is VERY likely that there are fewer germs in your home then in a hospital setting.

  • What if I need to speak to someone after hours?

    Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.

  • How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?

    Detailed post-operative instructions will be given during your pre-operative evaluation, which usually takes place about 2 weeks before your planned procedure. Here are some general helpful guidelines:

    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Start an iron supplement along with a stool softener at least a month before surgery.
    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all herbal medication, Aspirin products (Alleve, Ibuprofen, Advil etc…), vitamin E and fish oil/Krill oil at least 1 month before surgery as long as it is approved by your physician.
    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop ALL tobacco products AT LEAST 6 weeks before your surgery to decrease the risk of healing complications associated with smoking. (This includes patches and gum)
    • VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Stop all hormone-based medications if approved by your physician at least 1 month before surgery. If stopping birth control please use non-hormonal methods for continued birth control.
    • Arrange for someone to look after you for at least the first 72 hours after surgery. (This can be a dependable and capable family member , friend or a hired caretaker)
    • Arrange transportation for your clinic appointments and for your family members because you will not be able to drive for at least 2 weeks.
    • Help will be needed for housework and for small children because heavy lifting or strenuous activity will not be allowed for 6 weeks.
    • A recliner or back pillow with arms or multiple pillows to assist with sleeping while bent at the waist.
    • Adult or puppy pee pads to place in the bed.
    • 4×4 gauze
    • Milk of magnesia
    • Light foods and plenty of fluids are recommended after surgery with the following as examples: Electrolyte replacement drinks, soups, yogurt with acidophilus/lactobacillus, jello, pudding, crackers etc…
  • What will my postoperative care for a tummy tuck involve?

    You will be given all the prescriptions needed during your pre-operative visit. That way you will have plenty of time to have them filled prior to surgery.

    • No showering until ok’d by Dr. Mehta
    • No driving for at least 1-2 weeks or while on pain medication/muscle relaxants
    • Drain care for 1-2 weeks (will be counseled)
    • Remain bent at the waist for at least 2 weeks
    • No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks
    • No working out for 6 weeks
    • No sexual activity for 6 weeks
    • Wear only surgical garments provided unless directed otherwise by Dr. Mehta
  • Does Dr. Mehta charge patients for follow up visits?

    NO!!! I have an open door policy and do not charge my patients to come and see me after their surgery. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the staff will fit you in.

  • Will my tummy tuck be covered under insurance?

    No, it won’t. This is considered a cosmetic procedure and cosmetic procedures do not get covered under insurance. Also, Timeless Plastic Surgery is a completely cosmetic based practice so we do not take insurance.

  • What will be provided for me?

    • During your pre-operative evaluation (approx 2 weeks before surgery) you will be given prescriptions for a muscle relaxer, pain medication, antibiotic, stool softener and anti-nausea medications.
    • Along with other medications during surgery you will get the appropriate dose of IV antibiotics.
    • Immediately after surgery you will be provided with and dressed in the appropriate garments needed during your recovery period.
    • Immediately after surgery you and your caregiver will be given my personal cell phone number to call on weeknights and weekends with any questions or concerns.
  • How long is the recovery?

    • No driving for at least 1 week or while on pain medication/muscle relaxants.
    • At least 1 week off work.
    • No heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
    • No sexual activity for 6 weeks.
    • No working out for 6 weeks.
  • How often will I need to be seen for follow up?

    Patient care is of the utmost importance to my staff and I. Therefore, I tend to keep a very close eye on my patients to make sure the recovery goes as smoothly as possible so that any issues can be prevented or taken care of as soon as possible. I will call you the same night of your surgery, once you are at home, to make sure everything is going well and that you and your caretaker have no questions or concerns. The following is a general schedule of appointments but can be changed at any time:

    • 1-2 times per week for the 1st 2 weeks
    • Once a week for the next 2 weeks
    • Once a month for the next 2 months
    • At your 6 month mark from surgery
    • At your 1 year mark from surgery
    • Once a year after your 1 year mark

    There is no charge for follow up appointments. If for any reason you feel like you need to be seen in between appointments or sooner than your scheduled appointment you can always call the office and the girls will fit you in.

  • Are there risks for this surgery?

    With any surgical procedure there are risks, however, these risks are very rare and one usually is at higher risk of getting into a car accident than these risks. Some of the most common, but still infrequently occurring risks include, but are not limited to:

    • Pain
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Asymmetry
    • Scarring
    • Fluid collections (seroma)
    • Blood collection (hematoma)
    • Poor wound healing

    As stated before, many precautions are taken by my staff and I to prevent these things from occurring in the first place.

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