Tummy Tuck Procedure in Dallas, TX
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from your midsection to produce a slim and sculpted appearance. Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rai can also use this body contouring procedure to tighten abdominal muscles, further defining hips and waist, and producing a firm and tight midsection.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdominal area, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center online or by calling (972) 392-3511 to schedule your tummy tuck consultation today. Based in Dallas, Dr. Rai serves all surrounding Texas communities.
Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction
Liposuction is a procedure in which stubborn deposits of excess fat are removed from targeted areas of the body. However, for many people, liposuction is simply inadequate to address the bodily changes brought about by things such as significant weight loss and pregnancy. When excess skin, stretch marks, and loose muscles combine with excess deposits of fat, a tummy tuck becomes the better option.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck should be in generally good health and close to their ideal weight. As with all body contouring procedures, a tummy tuck is not intended as a weight loss method, rather as a way to tone and tighten your body after weight has been lost.
In addition to being in generally good health, ideal candidates for a tummy tuck should be:
- Nonsmokers or prepared to give up smoking for good
- Prepared for a surgical procedure and recovery period
- Aware of all potential risks and complications
- Willing to closely follow all of Dr. Rai’s pre- and postoperative advice
Abdominoplasty is more invasive than liposuction as it involves the excision of skin and the tightening of underlying muscle. However, when you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, it can produce long-term results that greatly improve your appearance, physical abilities, and overall health.
Tummy Tuck to remove abdominal scarring
Sometimes a tummy tuck is used to get rid of scars in the lower part of the abdomen. We have encountered this need in two specific situations, namely:
- Burns that have left behind burn scars on lower abdomen
- Long up and down scars on the abdomen from exploratory surgery, most often for ovarian cancer.
In both these situations a low bikini line incision is used to lift and then remove the scarred part of abdominal skin and then pull down normal skin from upper abdomen to replace it.
Pictures below illustrate this concept.
Above is the BEFORE image of a girl in early 20s. She had to have an abdominal exploration for diagnosing and staging ovarian cancer. She consulted with us when she was cancer free but not free from marks left behind in the form of an up and down scar and distortion of her belly button.
She had tried scar creams and lasers with no improvement.
An abdominoplasty technique was used to remove the whole segment of the affected abdominal skin along with its scar.
The AFTER picture below shows her new appearance.
The new scar is well below her bikini line and easily covered.
This gave her a new freedom and the reminder of her cancer surgery was gone.
A similar approach is used to deal with other abdominal scars resulting from injuries and burns.
Together with our oncological colleagues we can now offer this new approach to cancer surgeries.
When a patient desires to avoid visible abdominal scars we approach it pre-emptively. An up and down incision is never made. We make a bikini line incision and lift the abdominal skin out of harm’s way. The cancer surgery is done by the oncological surgeon. The raised skin is then returned to its original place and repaired with a scar that is easy to hide.
Tummy Tuck Costs
Dr. Rai will discuss the exact cost of your abdominoplasty procedure after a confidential consultation. However, the average range of tummy tuck costs at our Dallas office is between $6,500 and $7,500. This fee may vary depending on your specific needs. Our fees include Dr Rai’s surgical fee, the facility fee (operating room), a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, post-surgical garments, and all follow up visits. Dr. Rai offers payment and financing plans to keep tummy tuck costs affordable.
Read Dr. Rai’s blogs about Tummy Tucks and Abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck Questions
Are tummy tuck results long-term?
Yes. However, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid gaining or losing a significant amount of weight. Weight fluctuations will affect your results. And if you are planning on becoming pregnant, it is best to wait until after you are finished having children to undergo a tummy tuck.
How visible will my scar be?
The size of your tummy tuck scar depends on whether you opt for a full or mini tummy tuck. Mini tummy tuck scars are naturally smaller. In either case, your incision scar will be easy to cover up with underwear or most bathing suits.
Will my waistline be smaller after a tummy tuck?
Possibly. Because a tummy tuck tightens your abdominal muscles, your waistline is often drawn in as a result. Patients often choose to combine liposuction with tummy tuck for the best body contouring results.
To get all of your questions answered about your tummy tuck procedure, call (972) 392-3511 today to schedule your consultation with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rai.
Mini vs Full Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck targets a smaller area of your abdomen and therefore involves a much smaller incision and scar. Mini tummy tucks address issues only in your lower abdominal area. Dr. Rai will tighten lower abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and tissue from the area below your navel.
In comparison, a full tummy tuck treats your entire abdominal area, both above and below your belly button. Full tummy tucks provide the most dramatic results and are more effective at eliminating stretch marks.
Mini tummy tucks are generally used for patients who have a minimal to moderate amount of loose skin and fatty tissue to be removed. Full tummy tucks are recommended for patients who have a substantial amount of fatty tissue and skin that needs to be removed.
To find out which tummy tuck procedure is the right one to give you the body contours you want, call (972) 392-3511 today to schedule your consultation with Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rai.