Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) 

Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty Plastic Surgery Houston | Katy TXTummy tuck, clinically called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at providing a flatter and firmer abdomen. In tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon will remove loose skin and excess fat, and in some cases, tighten the underlying muscles.

Dr. Paul Fortes is an eminent board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and other procedures for the breast, body and face. Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding communities.

Causes for Abdominal Fat

The need for a procedure such as tummy tuck may arise when a person develops excess abdominal fat, which eventually may lead to loose skin and weakened underlying muscles. This condition may not always be caused due to obesity or overweight. Men and women with moderate body weight may also develop a protruding belly with sagging skin. The causes could be sedentary lifestyle, multiple pregnancies, aging process, substantial weight fluctuations, or genetic factors.

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Adults who are bothered by the presence of excess fat deposits, sagging skin and loss of contour in the abdominal area may consider tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure. The surgeon may recommend this surgery particularly if the fat pockets are stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise. A prudent candidate will have stable body weight and impressive general health to undergo this procedure. The candidate should be a non-smoker or ready to stop smoking several weeks before the surgery. Women candidates should ideally not have planned a pregnancy in the near future.


As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Fortes ensures that adequate preparation is put into place prior to a major procedure such as tummy tuck. He will conduct a medical evaluation and may require the patient to undergo a few medical tests. The patient will be required to refrain from smoking as well as avoid medications such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory and herbal supplements. Patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding areas have an opportunity to receive tummy tuck surgery from Dr. Fortes.

Surgical Procedure

Tummy tuck surgery may be performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. The surgeon will begin the procedure by placing an incision horizontally in the area between the navel and the pubic hairline, or another pre-determined location. Length and shape of the incision can vary according to the extent of fat and skin removal required.

Excess fat and skin will be excised through the incision, and underlying abdominal muscles may be repaired and sutured. In a full tummy tuck, a second incision around the navel may be placed to remove loose skin from the upper abdominal area. Once the procedure is over, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesive.


Most patients may experience mild pain and discomfort in the first three to four days following tummy tuck surgery. This can be managed with pain medications. The patient will be required to take off from work for about 10 to 14 days, and may perform only mild activities at home during this period. Vigorous movements and exercises should be avoided for at least a month.

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston | Katy TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes HoustonThe most important factor for success in any cosmetic surgery is the surgeon who is going to perform the procedure. In these procedures, it is critical to achieve the perfect balance in terms of maintain the health and safety of the patient, while achieve their desirable aesthetic goals in comprehensive manner.

Dr. Paul Fortes provides state of the art procedures in plastic surgery relating to the breast, body, and face. Along with his team of experts, Dr. Fortes makes sure that total patient satisfaction is achieved in every case and the results are sustainable, natural looking, and aesthetically superior. He receives patients from Houston, Katy, TX, and surrounding areas.

Why should a plastic surgeon be board certified?

Academics and Training

Dr. Fortes has had outstanding academic success at every level during his education. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University. At Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his Doctor of Medicine, he was chosen as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He received training in general surgery at the Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, and advanced training as a plastic surgeon at the Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Fortes holds board certifications from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, which places him in the exclusive category of top cosmetic surgeons with double board certifications. His extensive surgical training and experience in various breast, body and face procedures have earned him a top reputation in the field. Patients in Houston, Katy, TX, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive surgical procedures from Dr. Fortes.

Professional Recognition

  • Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery in Houston
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Member
  • Honors Evaluation (9 Medical School Courses)
  • Merit Attendance
  • Western Surgical Association Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
  • Merit Award
  • In-Service Exam in Plastic Surgery: Top score Nationwide
  • Certification in CO2 Laser Surgery
  • Erbium Laser Surgery
  • Alexaudrite Laser


Dr. Fortes is an active member of several professional organizations in order to stay updated with the latest developments in the field, and apply that knowledge for the benefit of his patients. His key memberships include the following:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons (FICS)
  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Fellowships and Research

Dr. Fortes completed a fellowship from the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, and another fellowship in advanced Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. During the course of his career, Dr. Fortes has also been involved with advanced research activities. His major areas of research include the following:

  • Biomechanical Characteristic of the MITEK Anchors, for Facial Reconstruction, 1995
  • In-Vivo Effects of Tamoxifen on Fibrous Dysplasia in Nude Mice, 1992-1993

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Fortes enjoys hospital privileges at some of the leading hospitals in the region, including St. Luke’s Episcopal, Memorial Hospital, SW Memorial City, Memorial Hermann-Fort Bend Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Memorial City,Methodist Hospital, Methodist Sugarland, Oprex Surgery Center, Park Plaza Hospital, Spring Branch Medical Center, and Methodist Hospital.

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For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston | Katy TX Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-489-7996.