LipoTuck™ – Excellence in Body Contouring

At Avante Plastic Surgery, we humbly believe that LipoTuck™  is the gold standard in body contouring not only in Houston | Sugar Land but worldwide; anything else is just an approximation. LipoTuck™ differs from the traditional tummy tuck in that it also incorporates significant liposuction to the abdomen, hips, love handles, back, pubis, and axilla.

In one procedure, we can remove excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles, contour your upper abdomen, and reduce waist and bra rolls.  LipoTuck™ includes all tummy tuck benefits plus much more!

LipoTuck™  is a one-stage procedure that creates a highly pleasing abdominal contour and waistline. The results are simply remarkable and unmatched. We encourage you to compare our before and after photos with those of other surgeons. You cannot afford not to.

Why should you choose Dr. Ahmadi for LipoTuck™?

Simply put, it is all about the surgeon’s knowledge, experience, and results. Dr. Ahmadi pioneered the LipoTuck™ procedure to combine tummy tuck and liposuction in 2002 and has been perfecting his craft ever since.

Why do people choose LipoTuck™ over tummy tuck or liposuction?

A traditional tuck fails to address the upper abdomen, hips, and love handles. Patients undergoing this procedure frequently have residual upper abdomen, pubic, and bra bulges. These patients lack waistline curves and often seek liposuction later to correct what should have been addressed the first time. By perfectly combining lipo and tuck, LipoTuck™ offers a one-stage solution for body contouring.


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Can I just get liposuction?

That depends on whether your abdominal skin is hanging. If there is any loose skin, liposuction makes the condition worse. Skin laxity usually results from rapid or severe weight loss (commonly seen after weight loss procedures such as Lap Band or gastric bypass) or stretch marks (frequently seen after pregnancy). During your consultation, Dr. Ahmadi can tell you if liposuction is all you need.

Is the recovery from LipoTuck™ longer?

No, the recovery is not longer than a traditional tuck. However, most patients report returning to their lives faster than friends who have had a  tuck elsewhere. This is because of our carefully planned and aggressive recovery protocol. The fact that no drains are used in a LipoTucksignificantly helps the recovery process.  Usually, patients can drive a week or two after their surgery and return to a desk job a week later with lifting precautions. Of course, everyone heals differently.

Is the pain worse than a C-section?

No, in general, the pain is less than in a C-section. Most patients take a few days of pain medication and stop. They commonly report being “tight” which resolves after a few days. Keep in mind that everyone has a different threshold for pain.

How much does LipoTuck™ cost? What is included in the price?

You may contact us to receive an approximate cost. The price covers anesthesia, facility, surgery fees, and routine follow-ups. Since every person is different, we can only provide the exact cost at the consultation. LipoTuck™ is much more cost-effective than getting an abodminoplasty and liposuction separately.
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  • LipoTuck™ patient before and 6 weeks postop
  • Skin removed: 4 lbs
  • Fat removed: 8 lbs
  • Dropped from a size 14 to 8


Do I need to have a long incision?  How will I scar?

The incision length depends on how far back the skin laxity extends.  If the skin only hangs in the front, the incision will also be limited to the front.  The good news is that the incision is placed low so it can be covered by underwear.  During recovery, ointments, injections, and silicone sheets will keep the scar flat and thin.  However, the quality of the scar varies from patient to patient.

Can I talk to previous LipoTuck™ patients?

We encourage you to talk to previous patients and ask questions, obtain information about their experience, and address any concerns.  After your consultation, a list of patients can be given to you upon request.

Does insurance cover LipoTuck™ cost?

LipoTuck™ is a cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance.  We do have financing options available.

What happens during the consultation?

You will meet with Dr. Ahmadi and his staff.  Dr. Ahmadi will listen to you and ask questions to guide you through decision-making.  He will discuss the procedure and recovery with you.  The staff will give you a quote for your procedure.  Our patients say the consultation process is informative, relaxing, and fun.  Our patients also tell us they wish they had come for consultation sooner and avoided all the hassle of searching and sifting through the plethora of online information, which is often confusing.

“Actions speak louder than words. The treatment that I received from Dr. Ahmadi and staff have been above and beyond my expectations.” 

– LipoTuck™ patient


What is included in the price quote?

The quote includes the surgeon, anesthesia, and facility fee.  Just remember, no hidden fees.

Is there a consultation fee?

The consultation fee is nonrefundable.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for details.  We assure you that the money spent will be well worth it.  You will have your questions answered honestly by Dr. Ahmadi.  You will not be pressured to sign up for surgery and get many questions answered.

So what’s next?

The next step is for you to call or email our office to request more information or, even better, schedule a consultation.  You will not be disappointed.

What areas of the body can liposuction treat?

Abdomen, hips, back, flanks, axilla, pubis, inner thighs, outer thighs,  knees, arms, neck, and neck.

I have excess skin and fat in the pubic area; what happens after surgery?  Will it bulge out?

Typically the pubic area will be lifted and liposuctioned during LipoTuck™.  


How far out are the pictures on the website taken after LipoTuck™ surgery?

Six weeks post-surgery.


Where does Dr. Ahmadi perform his LipoTuck™ surgeries?

Dr. Ahmadi performs all surgeries at Sweetwater Surgery Center, a QuadA-certified outpatient surgical center.


Do I go home on the same day of my LipoTuck™ surgery?

Yes, you will have a follow-up appointment the next day.


I am from out of state or another city.  What do you recommend?

We can start with a virtual consultation and do an in-office visit later.  If you decide to proceed with the surgery,  we ask you to stay in town for a  few days.  We have special pricing set up with local hotels.


Is the LipoTuck™ surgery painful?

Pulling the skin and tightening the abdominal muscles are uncomfortable.  However, all patients receive adequate pain medication to ensure they are comfortable after surgery.


Are there any drains after LipoTuck™ surgery?

There are no drains.

Should I lose weight before my LipoTuck™ Surgery?

Maybe not, but please call our office and ask one of our coordinators for recommendations.  Dr. Ahmadi will recommend losing weight before your LipoTuck™  if necessary to achieve optimal results.  Performing  LipoTuck™ on a “loose abdomen” compared to a “tight abdomen” produces significantly better results.


When can I drive after LipoTuck™ surgery?

Patients can usually drive ten days after surgery.


Do I need help after LipoTuck™ surgery?

Yes, you will need someone to take care of you for five days after surgery.


When can I go back to work after LipoTuck™ surgery?

Most patients return to a desk job 10-14 days after surgery.


Will I have any restrictions after LipoTuck™ surgery?

You cannot lift, pull, or push anything more than five lbs for six weeks post-surgery.


Where will my incision be?

The incision is low enough that your underwear can cover it.


I have a C-section scar.  Will Dr. Ahmadi get rid of that?

In most cases, the C-section scar will be removed, and you will have a new scar.


Will my LipoTuck™ scar be thick?

After recovery, your scar will end up as a thin line along the bottom of your abdomen.  Following all of Dr. Ahmadi’s instructions is essential for the best results.


I get keloids, will my scar keloid?

There are ways to prevent keloids during and after surgery.   Dr. Ahmadi will monitor and watch closely, so the scars don’t form keloids.


During the LipoTuck™, what happens to my belly button?

Dr. Ahmadi will make an incision around the belly button to release it from the surrounding skin.  Next, the skin from the top of the belly button gets pulled down over the belly button to the pubic area.   A new hole will be made, and the belly button gets pulled through.   Of course, there is more to it than that.  Dr. Ahmadi’s belly buttons are renowned for their natural appearance.


How will my belly button look after surgery?

It will be small and attractive.  After recovery, it will look very natural.


Are you available after hours if I have any questions?

Our nurse is available for emergency questions and concerns after hours.


How long is the procedure?

LipoTuck takes longer to perform than a traditional abdominoplasty.  The additional time is spent on contouring the body and doing liposuction.  Typically Lipotuck lasts between 4-6 hours, depending on each patient and the total number of liposuction areas.


Do you have financing for LipoTuck™ Surgery?


I’m planning on becoming pregnant.  Should I have the LipoTuck™ now or wait?

Suppose you are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future.  In that case, we recommend you postpone your surgery until after pregnancy since the abdominal muscles can expand, and the skin will be stretched during pregnancy.

What should I do before my consultation?

Please fill out the patient forms before your consultation to expedite your visit.

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