Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Dallas, TX

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For both men and women, loose skin and fat within the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to get rid of it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the primary reasons why an individual may not be able to reclaim a slim and tight stomach. Skin tightening of the abdomen is a body contouring surgery that redefines the abdominal region, achieving amazing outcomes for patients. Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe offers mini, extended, and no-drain tummy tucks that are based on the individual's cosmetic goals. Tummy tuck surgery at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery allows men and women the opportunity to have a redefined physique and more confidence. Call our Dallas, TX office today to learn more.

Ideal Candidates

Tummy tuck surgery can be offered to both men and women. If you battle loose or wrinkly skin in addition to pesky fat in the abdominal region, this body contouring procedure can help restore a slimming and more toned physique. Dr. Dauwe advises you to be at a normal weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss — it addresses loose skin. A form of liposuction is generally incorporated during the procedure to remove fat. If your tummy section has good skin tone, but you still are not satisfied with how your tummy looks and feels even if diet and exercise have failed, you may be a better candidate for liposuction. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing to make sure the results are not compromised.

Surgical Technique

Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. There are numerous surgical options that come into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Dauwe, which is tailored for the individual's current condition. Patients can choose from an extended, mini, or no-drain tummy tuck. 

Extended:
Men and women with sagging skin that extends around the waist might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This abdominoplasty technique makes the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic region.

Mini:
Individuals who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling below the belly button may be better candidates for a less invasive technique like the mini tummy tuck. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty, but will simply have a shorter scar.

No Drain:
A no-drain tummy tuck allows for a wide variety of benefits including the convenience of not having to hide a drain during the recovery process. This approach also reduces complications associated with drains. In addition, it provides an enhanced contour as the drain is not occupying the area where the tension stitches contour the skin down to the shape of the underlying muscles. 

Regardless of the method, all abdominoplasty procedures at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery involve the excision of hanging skin and liposuction.

What to Expect

When abdominoplasty surgery is completed, you will be cared for by Dr. Dauwe's overnight facility for at least one night. Dr. Dauwe will see you the morning following surgery, and you will be sent home wearing a compression device to help control swelling. Standing upright and walking will be difficult for a while, so you should take it easy for several days. Standing becomes less painful once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. You can generally resume a normal routine around two weeks. Workouts can begin around 3 - 6 weeks if you are given permission by Dr. Dauwe. The abdomen will feel some discomfort and tightness, but you will feel healthy and normal again once healed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Dauwe will customize your unique treatment plan to reach your unique concerns and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs as soon as the type of abdominoplasty is decided, which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and other factors. To ensure you get beautiful results from an experienced plastic surgeon, Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by taking several payment methods and giving you information on no-interest financing.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
You will probably get one of the three most common techniques for abdominoplasty: full, extended, or mini. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dauwe will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide on the technique that will produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to fix loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini abdominoplasty is better for concerns under your belly button such as a "pooch." The extended technique can address loose skin of your stomach as well as around your waist. 

What about my belly button?
The belly button is a critical part of this operation and deserves a lot of focus during a tummy tuck. The aesthetics of a trim and firm abdomen include a belly button that is tall with a narrow shape and no visible scars. Dr. Dauwe frequently receives compliments on the appearance of the belly button after tummy tuck.

What will my scars look like?
Incisions for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is being used. During all tummy tucks, Dr. Dauwe uses the thinnest incisions needed to minimize scarring. He also places incisions in areas that are less visible (through the belly button or in the pubic region) so they may be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your sutures heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While is it possible to get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Dauwe strongly encourages that you be finished building your family before you get an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Several patients get a second body surgery with an abdominoplasty to see more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Dauwe, talk to him about your desires so a personalized surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with breast surgery for a mommy makeover to rejuvenate your body after having children or losing a lot of weight.

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Recovery Time  
3 – 6 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2 1/2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
Procedure Recovery Location  
Overnight Stay
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Attain a Tighter Tummy

A variety of factors can result in a sagging abdomen that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin. We understand it can be a daily struggle — tummy tuck surgery is usually the key to overcome this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdominal region, whether it is significant or not, tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Dauwe in Dallas, TX can help you get the body you have dreamed of for years. We invite you to call Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery for more information.

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