John LoMonaco, MD, PA
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Houston, Texas 77006
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Abdominoplasty, or �tummy tuck� is a remarkable procedure that has changed the practice of body contouring surgery. Significant advances in the technique have occurred over the past 10 years, making the results even more dramatic, while also increasing the safety of the procedure. An important part of abdominoplasty is liposuction, itself one of the most frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures in the United States. The advent of newer abdominoplasty techniques and its combination with liposculpture has increased the potential for obtaining very pleasing results.

Certain changes can occur in the abdomen and trunk as a result of pregnancy and weight loss. Stretching of the skin as well as the fascia, which binds the muscle layers of the abdominal wall often occurs along with excess fat deposition in the lower. These changes give the appearance of a protuberant abdomen, sometimes with overhanging skin. Even though a woman may be very near her ideal, the extra skin and loosened muscular support may still give the appearance of a �pot belly.� Diet and exercise may help reduce excess fatty tissue, but the laxity of the skin and fascia often prevent the abdomen from appearing youthful again.

Patients with small amounts of excess skin and stretch marks may benefit from a procedure called mini abdominoplasty, which involves a much smaller incision just above the pubic hairline. This incision is easily concealed but still allows removal of excess skin and fat, plus tightening of the abdominal muscles.

A custom surgical plan is then formulated based on the patients� exact needs. Computer imaging and patient education are other important steps needed before proceeding with surgery. Often, a combination of procedures is recommended to achieve the best results. Patients with small amounts of excess skin and stretch marks may benefit from a procedure called mini abdominoplasty, which involves a much smaller incision just above the pubic hairline. This incision is easily concealed. Full abdominoplasty and liposuction often require observation in the hospital for a 24-hour period to ensure the best safety. At the same time, adequate pain control, antibiotics, and patient care can be administered, which maximizes the safety and comfort of our patients.

Before and after photos of Dr.LoMonaco's tummy tuck procedures:
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Before and after extended tummy tuck, leg lift and liposuction by Dr. Lomonaco. Note improved cellulite and skin texture  
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Before and after extended tummy tuck, leg lift and liposuction by Dr. Lomonaco. Note improved cellulite and skin texture  
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Before and after extended tummy tuck, leg lift and liposuction by Dr. Lomonaco. Note improved cellulite and skin texture  
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Before and after extended tummy tuck, leg lift and liposuction by Dr. Lomonaco. Note improved cellulite and skin texture  
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This woman was concerned with a "pot belly" and loose skin of the upper abdomen.   She had a standard tummy tuck and muscle tightening of the abdomen.  
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This woman desired a more trim-appearing abdomen   She had a standard tummy tuck with tightening of the abdominal muscles and liposuction.  
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This 38 year old mother desired an improvement in the appearance of her abdomen with a minimal incision.   A mini- tummy tuck and liposuction were done.  
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This patient underwent abdominoplasty and liposuction.   The belly button as also reconstructed to provide a more pleasing shape. Liposuction on the back might have provided a more balanced result.  
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29 year old patient who had tummy tuck plus liposuction of the hipe, waist, and back.  
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Weight loss patient who had tummy tuck, liposuction and upper leg lift. An inner thigh lift is planned for the future.  
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Weight loss patient who had a tummy tuck and liposuction. Note improved skin texture and more sculpted look from muscle tightening.  
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Weight loss patient after tummy tuck.  
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Weight loss patient after tummy tuck, liposuction, and upper thigh lift. All surgery is done through one incision.  
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Weight loss patient after tummy tuck.  
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Patient before and after tummy tuck and liposuction of the abdomen, back, hips, and waist.  
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Before and after liposuction and tummy tuck  
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Before and after tummy tuck and liposuction. She had a lot of scarring from a previous abdominal surgery that was completely corrected.  
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Before and after tummy tuck and liposuction.  
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Weight loss patient after tummy tuck. Scars can be hidden beneath even very low-cut clothes.  
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Before and after tummy tuck, liposuction, and upper thigh lift. All surgery is done through one incision. After surgery, she went on a diet and exercise program and improved her results.  
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Before and after tummy tuck and liposuction. The patient also had a breast lift. Combined surgeries like these can safely be done provided a facility with good support and a supervised overnight stay is available.  
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Before and after tummy tuck and liposuction. Note tightening of skin and improved texture. Scars are easily hidden by underwear.