Tuck Your Tummy! All About our Abdominoplasty

The abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is without a doubt one of our most popular procedures to date.  This surgery gives immediate results that are continual for over eight months- you literally just keep on shrinking!  We always hear Dr. Nguyen ask our tummy tuck patients, “Am I your best friend yet?”  Needless to say, Dr. Nguyen has a lot of best friends.  The results are really beautiful, and our patient testimonials speak for themselves.

If you’re thinking about getting an abdominoplasty, you definitely want to do as much research as possible so that you are well informed and know what to expect.  This is one of the many reasons why we offer complementary consultations to our patients.  The consultation process gives Dr. Nguyen a chance go through the entire surgical process, perform an exam, as well as show you a few before and after photos with previous patients who are similar in anatomy and body type.

So who is an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck?  Patients with loose or sagging abdominal wall skin or abnormal relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles; this is very common after pregnancies, prior surgeries, or major weight loss.  Many individuals are unable to tighten their abdominal wall with exercise and find this procedure to be the perfect resolution.  A tummy tuck is usually performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgical center, and patients are allowed to go home that day.  During the procedure, Dr. Nguyen will liposuction the abdomen and flanks, as well as realign and tighten the abdominal wall.  The incision is relatively low, goes from hip bone to hip bone, and can easily be hidden under panties or bikini bottoms.  We also have an amazing scar cream that will do wonders, if you keep up with it!

After you leave the surgical center, you will have drains for about a week and be required to track your drainage for Dr. Nguyen.  Once you reach a certain amount, we will remove your drains (this is usually 7-10 days post-surgery).  We recommend taking it extremely easy for at least 2 days and then to start walking around, which will help get the fluid out faster.  Light activity will be okay after about 2 weeks, and regular exercise after 6.  You will see full results in about 6-8 months and can even track your progress with our Nutritionist for your ideal results!

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WOW, what a difference!!

…and that’s just a little sneak peak.  Call us to schedule your free consultation and Dr. Nguyen will show you some more of his work on patients that have anatomies and/or body types very similar to your own.   This gives you an individualized and realistic visualization of your expected results!  Awesome!



Interested in “tucking your tummy?”   Be one of our first 5 comments below, telling us a little about yourself, and receive 10% OFF YOUR TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE!







Vitamin C: Nature’s Most Powerful Antioxidant Therapy


Daily exposure to the damaging rays of the sun and the environment can prematurely age your skin. So, your skin needs all the protection it can get to stay looking young and healthy. Vitamin C has been proven to neutralize free radicals in the prevention of skin cell damage when absorbed by the skin.  It is the most powerful antioxidant in the world and has led to several scientific breakthroughs in skin care.

Our C-Serums contain the professional-grade Vitamin C that gives your skin the protection it needs.  By penetrating the epidermis and dermis to protect skin cells and stimulate collagen production, they help skin to look and feel healthier.  All of our vitamin C serums are jam packed with THD Ascorbate, the most powerful form of Vitamin C.  According to Tatiana Kononov, director of research and development for Revision Skincare, “One of the ingredients breaking through now is the THD ascorbate, a vitamin C derivative that’s unique in that its extremely stable and functional. It’s similar to L-ascorbic acid, but without those issues of being unstable and not bioavailable. It’s anti-aging, antioxidant, and brightening. It’s a very expensive ingredient, but it is the gold standard of Vitamin C technology.” It also promotes collagen synthesis and protects skin from UVA/UVB rays.  Who wouldn’t want this?!  The perfect solution for looking years younger and sporting a beautiful, healthy glow at any age.

Professional C Serum Antioxidant Therapy:

  • Helps to prevent signs of premature aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps to protect against future skin damage
  • Stimulates collagen production for firmer, more resilient skin
  • Lightens and brightens skin for more even tone
  • Moisturizes and increases skin hydration for softer, smoother texture


What Makes Professional C-Serums Better?

Professional C Serums offer maximum antioxidant protection with superior penetration and stability that you won’t find in other Vitamin C products.

Easy To Use – Simply apply a few drops of serum to your face, neck , chest and around your eyes in the morning for maximum daily skin protection benefits.

Quickly Absorbed – Your skin will absorb the serum quickly, providing immediate antioxidant benefits that won’t rub or wash off.

Lasting Stability – Our Professional C Serums are proven to be more stable over time, which can lead to greater efficacy. Other serums can break down and lose potency more quickly.


Don’t Wait to Start Protecting Your Skin!!  Protecting your skin is the greatest gift you can give yourself. By implementing antioxidant therapy into your daily routine, you’ll enjoy healthier, younger-looking skin.


So, which of our vitamin C serums would be best suited for you?

glytone c serumRight now we have the 2 best vitamin C serums on the market; one is from our Glytone line, the other from Revision Skin Care.  They both contain THD Ascorbate, which is the most powerful form of vitamin C, to help brighten dull skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and moisturizes skin.   Our Glytone Vitamin C Serum is best suited for maturing skin (I would say age 30 and up).  Glytone’s serum has time released vitamin C & E, red tea flavonoids, and Glycolic acid, and is better suited for patients needing correction.  Glytone’s Vitamin C Serum is priced at $120.

revision vit cOur Revision Vitamin C Serum has many of the same benefits as Glytone’s without the glycolic acid.  Revision’s vitamin C serum is best suited for younger, less mature skin, and patients seeking long-term protection for their skin.  Revision’s Vitamin C Serum is priced at $66.  Check out a recent article from MedEsthetics Magazine, featuring our Revision and Glytone skin care lines!

journeejpegWe also have a tinted moisturizer, Journee, and although it is not a serum, this product is saturated with vitamin C along with other potent antioxidants.  Like other Neocutis products, Journee has growth factor to help with cellular turn over, boost collagen production, and actually improve the DNA of your skin.  It also contains medical grade SPF, making it the perfect all-in-one day cream.  Journee is suitable for ALL skin types and is priced at $120.  Click here to read more information on our Neocutis line!

SLPS Referral Program

It’s pretty obvious that we love our patients, but when we get the same feedback from them, we are one happy team.  No referral is better than our patient referrals, and to show you our gratitude, we have set up a program to say “thank you” and lets us give back to YOU!  Here’s the gist:

Step 1: Send us a referral.

Step 2: Have your referral come in for a consultation and provide us with your name.

Step 3: Instantly collect points (same as cash) towards ANY of the products and services we provide.

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*For each referral you send us, you will receive 25 points (25 points =$25)

*If your referral buys any product or in-office service, your points will double (50 points=$50)

*If your referral books a surgical procedure, you will receive 100 points total (100 points=$100)

Nutrition Supplement Pyramid with VitaMedica®!

Nutrition Supplement PyramidThe VitaMedica® Nutrition Supplement Pyramid is based on 4 key recommendations for establishing a solid and complete nutrition program:

1. Take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement to cover gaps in your every day diet.

2. Make sure you are adding good quality Omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Take extra phytonutrients for enhanced free-radical protection (antioxidants!).

4. Add additional nutrients to meet to your specific health and wellness goals.

Remember to call and set up a free consult with our Nutritionist!

The Importance of Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation with VitaMedica®

Did you know that our bodies temporarily go through an array of changes and transformations following any type of surgery?  Fueling our bodies with key nutrients does not only aid in the healing process, but it can also significantly decrease recovery time.  This is imperative for those who need to be back on their feet and get back to their daily routines quickly – or for those who just want to show off their new, fabulous self!  Allowing your body to heal correctly will give you optimal results much faster; and at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery, we want to make sure you are as healthy as possible following surgery and otherwise.

We are so proud and excited to bring on our newest line of vitamins from VitaMedica!  We now have 2 vitamin lines: VitaMedica Recovery, and VitaMedica Wellness.  We’ll discuss both lines to better inform you on the key nutrients these formulas have to supports the healing process, as well as give you a better quality of life.


vita_RecoveryVitaMedica Recovery

The VitaMedica Recovery line is made up of several categories, which helps us individualize which products our patients will need in their specific situation.  The most popular being the Arnica Montana line for bruising and inflammation.  Arnica Montana is a European flowering plant that has been used for medicinal purposes for several centuries.  It is best acclaimed for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.  Arnica Montana is crucial for more invasive surgeries but can also be extremely beneficial for less invasive treatments, like Botox® or Juvederm injections.  Our Arnica Montana is medical grade and contains 30X the amount of healing nutrients when compared to a similar over the counter product.  Our healing support program contains Arnica Montana, along with Bromelain and Quercetin.  Bromelain is an enzyme found in the stem of a pineapple that has miraculous anti-inflammatory properties.  Bromelain and Arnica Montana work synergistically to treat and heal up to twice as fast than taking nothing at all.  If you are investing in your surgery, it is wise to add this into your treatment package for optimal recovery.  We also have a relieving and soothing Arnica Montana topical cream which can be included in your package.  At Sugar Land Plastic Surgery we want to make sure you have an optimal recovery process, and we want you to look your absolute best as SOON as possible; taking the proper supplements for recovery is super easy and well worth it!

Our full Recovery Support Program includes all three supplements (Clinical Support, Bromelain with Quercetin, and Arnica Montana 30X).  This program is ideal for our older patients undergoing any type of surgery, and for all patients going through an extensive surgery.  Extensive surgeries include a rhytidectomy, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, breast reduction & reconstruction, liposuction, and all body sculpting procedures.  This program provides the perfect nutritional support for an ideal recovery!


vita_WellnessVitaMedica Wellness

VitaMedica has also brought on a wellness line for our patients.  We want to make sure our patients look amazing from the inside out.  That includes making sure you are getting all of the right nutrients, because when your insides are healthy, your outside shows it!  It is so very important to stay at optimum health so that you can truly look and feel your best.  Our wellness vitamin lines include:

  • Anti-Aging Formula
  • Clear skin Formula
  • Essentials Formula
  • Energy Support Formula
  • Bone Support Formula
  • Phytonutrient Complex Formula
  • Omega 3 Formulas
  • Probiotic-8
  • Healthy Skin Formula
  • Glucosamine Sulfate

Come speak to our Nutritionist to help pick out the perfect vitamin regimen for your individual needs!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

To actually repair your complexion…
• It has to be corrected from the inside out – not from the outside
• You have to actually reverse the causes – and signs – of aging
• You have to pick a medical grade skin care regimen
You have to make a commitment to stay with it for 4-5 months

As our skin ages, it’s not so pretty…
• The outer layer of your skin thickens, creating uneven texture
• You have less cell turnover
• Your pores enlarge
• Cells that make melanin function irregularly, leading to age
spots and discoloration
• Collagen and elastin production slows down, weakening and
loosening your skin
• Thick, irregular connective tissue forms, contributing to wrinkles

Over-the-Counter Skin Care Products…
• Contain low (weak) concentrations of active ingredients, by law
• Aren’t formulated with enough strength to heal below the surface
• Only work on the top layer of your skin
• Don’t penetrate deeply enough to actually change your skin
• Won’t correct your underlying skin condition, so they…
• Won’t result in a permanent improvement in your skin

We invite you to retrain your skin back to health with a customized plan to treat your unique skin concerns. The plan takes only moments a day, and once your skin has been repaired you can keep it healthy with a simple maintenance plan.  Set up a skin analysis and start your journey to beautiful, flawless skin!


More About the VISIA Complexion Analysis System:
The VISIA Complexion Analysis System scans your skin and captures key visual information, using multi-spectral imaging and analysis, of eight areas that affect your skin’s health and appearance. We use the VISIA to measure your skin pigmentation, pore size, porphyrins (evidence of bacteria), UV spots, photo damage (typically from sun damage), texture and wrinkles. With this quantitative assessment of your skin, we compare your skins features to other individuals of the same sex, age and skin type to provide you with your relative skin condition within your peer group. We then prepare your personalized skin care regime and rejuvenation program.

As your treatments progress, the VISIA is used to track the changes in your skin and the effectiveness of your skin care program. Set up an appointment for a free consultation today!

New Year, New You!

Happy New Year

Happy 2013! The 2012 Holiday season is officially over! Time to take down decorations, write thank-you notes, and tell your family to finally go home… (kidding!). The beginning of a New Year is one of our favorite times of the year at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery. We like to think of it as a chance to start over with a fresh, clean slate. This is a time to focus on you. Be selfish, Christmas is over! The Holiday of “giving” has come to an end so no need to feel guilty. We want to help you feel good about yourself in whatever way we can. A few of the most common New Year’s Resolutions this year include losing weight, eating healthy, taking better care of yourself, increasing self confidence, enjoying life to the fullest, spending more time with family, quit smoking, and becoming better organized. While we can’t help you with the latter few, here are a couple of ways SLPS can assist with making some of your resolutions last!

Losing weight and eating healthy

Losing weight and eating healthy:

We are proud to introduce Nutrition services at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery, including a medical grade vitamin line and Nutrition Counseling with our very own Clinical Nutritionist.  Whether following a cosmetic procedure or focusing towards your overall health, we are here to help you out in the long run.  We strive to meet every individual’s beauty, health and wellness needs, and together can come up with a customized plan to help you achieve your specific goals.  Nutrition consults are free, so call us to set up an appointment and jump-start your journey to a more healthy and beautiful life!

Taking care of your skinTaking better care of your skin:

Give your skin the treatment it deserves this year with our exclusive medical grade skin care products.  Whatever your concern may be, we have the perfect solution for you.  Our skin care experts can help you address: aging skin, acne, vascular skin, hyperpigmentation, delicate and sensitive skin, rosacea, KP, or all of the above.  Call us to set up a free skin analysis with our VISIA Complexion Analysis System and let us help you come up with an individualized skin care regimen that’s specifically formatted for you!

Self-confidenceIncreasing self confidence:

Our appearance can often have a big impact on our self-confidence, poise, and self-esteem.  Looking for a quick fix?  Botox® and injectable fillers can make a dramatic difference in your appearance and give anyone a substantial confidence boost.  Don’t just trust anyone for these treatments, Dr. Nguyen has an artistry background which helps to give you the absolute best results.  Looking for something a bit less invasive?  We have several skin care and laser services with the best technology and products on the market.  Skin care and laser services include: microdermabrasions, a variety of chemical peels, bio-boost eye treatments, laser hair, vein, and tattoo reduction, pigmented lesion correction, and IPL photo facials.  We also offer complementary make-overs following any skin care treatment with our amazing mineral make-up line, Glo Minerals.  Check out our Glo Minerals post to learn more about the make-up line!

What are your resolutions this year?  Comment below and receive an EXTRA 10% off any skin care product for the month of January!