What is a Tummy Tuck?
For both men and women, loose skin and fat within the abdominal region can be frustrating, especially when repeated efforts to get rid of it have had little to no success. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are a few of the primary reasons why an individual may not be able to reclaim their previously slim and tight stomach. A tummy tuck — also known as an abdominoplasty — is a surgical procedure that redefines the abdominal region by tightening the skin and restoring damaged muscles. In this way, it is able to achieve amazing results for our patients in Dallas, TX. At Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe offers mini, extended, and no-drain tummy tucks that can be utilized in order to achieve each patient's unique cosmetic goals. Tummy tuck surgery allows individuals of almost all ages the opportunity to have a redefined physique and a boost in confidence. Call our office today to learn more.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"After having four babies in eight years, my tummy was in desperate need of help. I researched surgeons and procedures and I knew I wanted a plastic surgeon who preformed a drainless tummy tuck and had an overnight facility for the first night post-op. I had consultations with several qualified surgeons and had come to believe that all plastic surgery offices were going to feel like a “take a number, wait your turn, and then send you on your way” operation. I was *this* close to putting money down with another surgeon until my gut told me to just do one more consult. That consult led me to Dr. Dauwe and made all the difference in this process. Dr. Dauwe is not only a competent, meticulous, and well-trained surgeon, he is also a wonderful person! He has patiently answered all of my many, many questions—never making me feel like I was annoying or burdening him. He has cheered me on and celebrated with me in the recovery process. He makes you feel like you are his only and most important patient. I am beyond satisfied with my results and it is not an exaggeration to say that I look better now, at 37 and after four pregnancies, than I did at 21. Dr. Dauwe is a true gem and I can’t recommend him highly enough."- L.C. / Google / May 20, 2018
"Dr. Dauwe and his staff earned every one of these stars! My journey that ultimately led me to Dr. Dauwe started with giving birth to two sets of twins, gaining 140+ pounds, and then losing those extra pounds after 12 years of carrying it around. I went on many consults, but he was the only one that asked me sincere questions about my well being, vision for myself, and what would make me feel confident again. He heard me and then offered options that took what I wanted into account while keeping my health in mind. Seeing him and hearing him speak about our action plan made it apparent that he is an artist and is extremely passionate about his work.I'm thee weeks out from a MAJOR breast lift and tummy tuck that corrected pretty serious diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) from my pregnancies. I am over the moon - pie in my eyes excited over the results!The obvious difference is physical, but I want to talk about the other things I have experienced that have already made an impact. I am a singer, and I stopped performing after my children were born due to lack of breath control/diaphragm control. Almost immediately after surgery I discovered that my strong voice is back! It has been an awesome surprise that I hadn't expected.In about 2 weeks I have concert tickets and plans for a pretty epic date night with my husband, and I find myself being excited about "THAT" dress. We all have one... It's the one we want to wear but never make it out of the house in because we lose our nerve. I tried it on and darn near cried when I saw that I look like myself again, but even better than I remembered. All in all, if you want to create a relationship with a surgeon that cares for you as a whole person Dr. Dauwe is your guy. I couldn't have asked for a better experience."- S.S. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
"100% THE Best!!! - Dr. Dauwe is, without a doubt, the best physician I have had the privilege of working with. I originally started seeing him in August of 2014 after a tummy tuck and arm lift. My main surgeon left shortly after my procedures and Dr. Dauwe seamlessly took over my post op care. Not one time did I ever feel uncomfortable or like a burden with all of my crazy questions. He was extremely patient,..."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 09, 2017
"State of the art - My experience with Dr Dauwe was amazing. I had a bbl and tummy tuck 8 months ago and i am so very pleased with my results! Dr Dauwe will give you the best tummy tuck. He has a special technique that will get you a tighter tummy! Don't hesitate to chose him for your surgery. You will not be disappointed!"- N. / RealSelf / Aug 02, 2017
"I'm so very happy I had the best experience - I am so grateful to have met Dr. Dauwe. I was so concerned about having both silicone implants removed, double mastectomy with fat-grafting for fat transfer then correcting my previous abdominoplasty scar. I am so happy to say that the end results exceeded my expectations. Dr. Dauwe was comforting and reassuring the he was going to take great care of my needs, reassuring me that everything..."- D. / RealSelf / Jun 22, 2017
Am I an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks are suitable for both men and women. If you experience loose or wrinkly skin in addition to pesky fat in the abdominal region, this body contouring procedure can help to establish a more slim and toned physique. Dr. Dauwe advises all patients considering a tummy tuck to be at their normal weight before undergoing this procedure. Though a tummy tuck can make patients appear more slender, it is not a substitute for weight loss. Rather, it simply addresses loose skin in the abdominal area. A form of liposuction is generally incorporated during the procedure in order to remove any fat in the associated area. If your tummy section has a decent 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.
How Are Tummy Tucks Performed?
Abdominoplasty is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Dr. Dauwe will take numerous surgical options into consideration when performing this surgery. He can perform one of three techniques, depending upon the exact desires of the patient. These include extended, mini, and no-drain tummy tucks.
Extended Tummy Tuck:
Men and women with sagging skin that extends around the waist will likely benefit the most from an extended tummy tuck. This technique makes the incision along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic region.
Mini Tummy Tuck:
Individuals who are concerned with minimal skin wrinkling below the belly button may be better candidates for this less invasive technique. Men and women who receive this treatment still benefit from an abdominoplasty but will simply have a shorter scar.
No-Drain Tummy Tuck:
A no-drain tummy tuck allows for a wide variety of benefits, most notably the convenience of not having to hide a drain during the recovery process. This approach also reduces complications that are often associated with drains. In addition, it provides an enhanced contour as the drain is not occupying the area where the tension stitches shape the skin to 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 for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Once the operation is complete, you will be cared for in our overnight facility for at least one night so we can monitor your health. Dr. Dauwe will see you the morning following surgery, at which point you will be sent home wearing a compression device to help control the swelling. Standing upright and walking will be difficult for the first few days so it is extremely important for patients to rest as much as possible during this time. Standing becomes less painful once the abdominal muscles adjust and the incision heals. Patients can generally resume their normal daily routine around two weeks after the procedure. However, we do ask to refrain from workouts and other forms of strenuous exercise for at least 3 – 6 weeks or until you are given permission by a member of our staff.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Dauwe will customize your unique treatment plan to address your unique concerns and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs as soon as decisions are made regarding which technique will be used, which anesthesia you will need, and many 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?
There are 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 a 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 — usually 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. We strongly encourage patients to be finished building their family before receiving a tummy tuck. If you do become pregnant following the procedure, another surgery may be necessary in order to regain your results.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Several patients get a second body surgery at the same time as a tummy tuck to complement their results. At your initial consultation, feel free to talk to us about your specific goals so a personalized surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic desires. For example, some patients choose to combine abdominoplasty with breast surgery for a mommy makeover to rejuvenate their body after having children or significant weight loss.
Plan Your Procedure
- 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
Attain a Tighter Tummy
A variety of factors can result in a sagging abdomen that leaves behind loose and wrinkled skin. We understand these types of stubborn and persistent issues can cause major blows to your self-confidence. For many patients, a tummy tuck is the key to overcoming this. If you are bothered by the stretched-out skin in your abdominal region, whether it is significant or not, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Dauwe to discuss the benefits of tummy tuck surgery. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in Dallas, TX to help you with any of your cosmetic needs.
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