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
"Implant exchange and mastopexy, liposuction - Dr. Dauwe is amazing!! I had BA with another doctor in 2015, my implant was way too big for my chest wall, and I was never truly happy. After having my Tummy Tuck with Dr. Dauwe in July, I knew I wanted to have him fix my Breasts. I am so glad that I did!! My surgery was yesterday, February 26, 2021, at 3, I already LOVE my results. Dr. Dauwe and his team are amazing! He's so sweet, sincere, and has the best bedside manner. When you walk into his office you immediately feel comfortable it's truly like a family. I love everyone there! If you're looking for an amazing Cosmetic Surgeon, go see Dr. Dauwe, you will not be disappointed!"- J. / RealSelf / Feb 27, 2021
"Dr. Dauwe and his staff are absolutely phenomenal!! I have had multiple procedures (Tummy Tuck, Lipo, BA Revision with lift) with Dr. Dauwe and am completely IN LOVE with my results!! He makes you feel very comfortable with his incredible bedside manner! He will completely explain every step of the process and answer every question you have with ease. His staff is just as amazing Julie is THE BEST! I followed her to Dr. Dauwe and am so thankful that I did! She will answer every question you have with ease, she will reassure you when you get nervous, she will be your best friend! As soon as you step off the elevator into their office, you will be treated like part of the family. I have called, texted and emailed Dr. Dauwe and Julie at nights, on weekends and even interrupted one of Dr. Dauwe's family vacations and they never made me feel bothersome to them. During my last surgery, Bre was with Dr. Dauwe and she is just the sweetest thing ever. It really helps to ease your nerves going into the operating room with a friend by your side (since spouses/visitors are not allowed into surgery centers due to COVID). I just can not say enough wonderful things about this entire team! If you are considering Cosmetic Surgery, go see Dr. Dauwe, you will not be disappointed!!!!"- J.W. / Google / Apr 07, 2021
"The results are beyond what I expected - Coming in HOT with another 5 star review! I recently had a full mommy makeover by Dr. Dauwe and I don't think I can even put into words my gratitude for him and his team. Hands down THE BEST surgeon in Dallas. From my tummy tuck, to some lipo and a breast reduction/lift - 2 weeks post opp, I look amazing! The results are beyond what I expected!! The entire team is extremely kind & helpful anytime you need them. If you are reading this post and have questions about my experience, find me on IG because I will rant and rave your ears off until you go see him! Dr. Dauwe, I truly thank you for changing my life!!"- S. / RealSelf / May 12, 2021
"Amazing! Wow! Impressive! Exceeded expectations! Those are all words I’ve used to describe the results and the service my wife got from Dr. Dauwe & his staff. My wife got a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast reduction/lift from Dr. Dauwe. It was the best decision she could have made. From the moment we first called his office and spoke to Julie to the post op care we received from the nurse and the doctor, everything has been perfect. His front end staff made up of Julie, Sarah & Brie have been PHENOMENAL. Sarah, especially. This woman is simply amazing. She answered all our questions with a patience I had never encountered before in a medical setting. And let me tell you we had many-many questions as anyone going through this would be expected to have. This is no easy process but they made it so seem-less for us by being so kind and helpful. They literally held our hand as we navigated this process. We visited and considered several surgeons in different states and nobody came close when it came to service and results. Dr. Dauwe’s attention to detail and care for his patients is world class. He’s got a excellent bedside manners and truly cares for his patients. When you come to Dr. Dauwe you can expect a doctor that is meticulous and with high expectations for himself and the results he gives you. My wife and I could not be more grateful and happy to have chosen Dr. Dauwe. If you are reading this and are considering choosing Dr. Dauwe, do it. You will not be disappointed at the service and results you will receive from him and his staff. I truly hope that the gratitude I feel for Dr. Dauwe and his staff transcends this review and makes it your way. We are so lucky to have found this Doctor and this office. I hope you do too. Edit: The Anesthesiologist(I don’t remember her name) selected for the operation was amazing. She took really good care of my wife. My wife had low blood pressure and that anesthesiologist stayed with my wife from start to finish and didn’t leave until my wife was great. She too, was amazing. Fred R."- F.R. / Google / Jun 11, 2021
"Coming in HOT with another 5 star review! I recently had a full mommy makeover by Dr. Dauwe and I don't think I can even put into words my gratitude for him and his team. Hands down THE BEST surgeon in Dallas. From my tummy tuck, to some lipo and a breast reduction/lift - 2 weeks post opp, I look amazing! The results are beyond what I expected!! The entire team is extremely kind & helpful anytime you need them. If you are reading this post and have questions about my experience, find me on IG because I will rant and rave your ears off until you go see him! Dr. Dauwe, I truly thank you for changing my life!!"- S. / RealSelf / May 19, 2021
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 is a Drainless Tummy Tuck?
With a specialized layered suturing technique, a drainless tummy tuck combines liposuction with a traditional tummy tuck and eliminates the need for drains following the procedure. Once the surgery is complete, multiple layers of sutures are used over the treatment site and no drains will be needed, and you will not need to measure fluid output. By combining liposuction with the tummy tuck technique, patients can experience enhanced results for increased fat reduction and skin tightening. During a thorough consultation with Dr. Dauwe, he will be able to determine if you may be an ideal candidate for a drainless tummy tuck for your best possible outcome.
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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