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.
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.
A Journey of Tummy Tuck/abdominoplasty from its start to Finish
What is in the name:
Tummy Tuckis EXACTLY what the name implies. It tucks up tummy. However, tuck is just one dimension of abdominoplasty. Abdominoplastylives for a higher purpose. It aims to beautify tummy beyond just providing a tuck. Abdominoplasty looks at bigger picture. It not only tucks the tummy it aims to make it flatter, curvaceous and overall better than just a tuck.
Tummy Tuck is often an important part of abdominoplasty in women who seek it after having babies as part of a mommy makeover or after weight loss. However, it is not all of abdominoplasty.
However, abdominoplasty can be done without tucking in other situations, for example:
Patients who want to get rid of unwanted scars in lower abdomen. Such scarring may be result of burn injury or other surgical operations where such scars have been left behind on abdomen.
We encounter later situations in patients who have had exploratory cancer surgeries. Such surgeries often need up and down incisions. These leave behind corresponding abdominal scars.
Who benefits from Tummy Tuck/ abdominoplasty?
Most beneficiaries are those who have gone through pregnancies. As result of carrying babies the abdominal wall has stretched, skin has also stretched and there are perhaps stretch marks. Similar situation exists in patients who have lost weight.
Subset of patients need abdominoplasty because of scars on abdomen from surgeries or healed burns.
Start of Journey:
Journey starts with consultation with a qualified, experienced upfront plastic surgeon.
Steps into Journey:
After consultation there is scheduling of the surgical date. Often there will be a preoperative visit with the surgeon. During this visit procedure is discussed again, all questions are answered, photos are taken and consent for surgery is signed. Needed prescriptions are given.
Most often it is an outpatient surgery. However sometimes abdominoplasty is done in conjunction with other surgeries, such as hysterectomy or exploratory abdominal surgeries. In those situations, hospital stay may be required.
What is done during surgery?
A low abdominal incision is made in lowest possible location that will allow site of belly button to reach down to it. Entire abdominal flap consisting of skin and fat is then rolled up all the way to ribcage.
This requires detachment of belly button from skin layer.
Abdominal fascia (not the muscles) are tightened to tighten and flatten tummy.
Skin and fat flap is rolled down over the muscle layer. Excess in it is trimmed. Goal is to remove all the tissue starting above the belly button to the incision down below.
Sides of abdomen are liposuctioned to give a more defined waistline.
Abdominal flap is secured to muscle layer with multiple stitches to eliminate empty space and stabilize abdominal flap.
Drains or not:
If space is adequately collapsed no drains are used.
If space still exists, it is prudent to use drains to avoid complications from fluid build up.
Thus although drainless tummy tuck is often hyped it is not wise to not to use drains when they are needed.
Abdominal incision is repaired.
Belly button is secured in its proper place.
Abdominal binder is applied and operation is concluded.
Time Line of Healing:
Patients are encouraged to ambulate soon after surgery. They can sit in a chair or rest in bed. Showers are allowed from second day onwards.
Stitches are removed in 7-10 days. Driving is permitted after 10-14 days. Light duties can be resumed in 2 weeks.
Light workout can be started in 4 weeks can build up to full workout by 8 weeks.
When to expect final result?
It takes up to six months to get final figure after abdominoplasty. Scar keeps on improving up to 18 months.
Key to success is always finding right plastic surgeon before starting this journey and being realist in your expectations
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.
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.
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.
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