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

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat along the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging despite attempts to lose it. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging are the most common reasons why someone may not be able to attain a tighter and slimmer abdomen. A tummy tuck is a cosmetic treatment that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating extraordinary results for patients. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George A. Toledo performs abdominoplasty that varies on the patient's needs. This popular surgery at Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, TX allows patients the chance to have a new youthful shape and renewed confidence. Learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat while also tightening the abdominal muscles before contacting us for your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Abdominoplasty can be performed on both women and men. If you have loose skin, as well as excess fat in the abdomen, this surgical treatment can help you regain a tighter and slimmer figure. Dr. Toledo recommends you to be at a healthy weight prior to surgery. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure — it focuses on loose skin. Liposuction is often implemented during surgery to target fat. If your abdominal area has healthy skin tightness, but you are still unhappy with your appearance even on a healthy diet, you could consider liposuction. Women considering this treatment should be past pregnancy so that the surgical outcomes are not impacted. 

Frequently, patients desiring abdominoplasties also have hernias that should be repaired during the procedure. These hernias are usually caused by pregnancies or previous procedures. The most frequent hernias encountered are the umbilical (belly button), incisional, and ventral hernias. Patients interested in pursuing plastic surgery should be in good health and should not smoke. It is also important to disclose any medical conditions or medications to Dr. Toledo so that he can ensure patient safety throughout the procedure and recovery.

Surgical Technique

Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods to consider when the surgery is performed by Dr. Toledo, which is customized according to the patient's needs. For starters, the incision type is selected based on the amount of excess skin. Some patients with severe loose skin may require a full tummy tuck. This method places the incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Other patients who have minimal skin laxity may be better suited for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery but will simply receive a smaller scar. Regardless of the technique used, all tummy tuck procedures at Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center involve the removal of loose skin and fat.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be monitored and released wearing a compression garment to assist with swelling. You will be allowed to go home after a recovery period of 1 – 2 hours, or transferred by our nurses to a facility for a planned overnight stay. Walking and standing will be challenging at first so you should rest for a couple of days. Walking becomes easier once the muscles relax and the incision begins to heal. Most patients should be able to resume normal activities within two weeks. Exercise can resume later, closer to 6 – 8 weeks or when you are cleared by Dr. Toledo. The stomach will feel sore and tight, but you will feel normal after recovering.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: full, mini, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Toledo will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better decide which tummy tuck will give you your best results. A full tummy tuck is ideal if you want to address issues in the upper and lower abdomen while a mini tummy tuck is good if you only have problems below your belly button, like a "pooch." An extended tummy tuck is designed to improve the abdomen, as well as the hips and upper thighs.

What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your tummy tuck will depend on which type you are getting. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Toledo makes the smallest, thinnest incisions possible to limit scarring. He also makes incisions in less visible areas (in the pubic region or belly button) so they can be easily concealed by a swimsuit or underwear. After your surgery, it is important to follow your scar care instructions so your incisions heal flat and blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While you can still get pregnant after a tummy tuck, it will alter your results. Dr. Toledo recommends that you be done with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a second surgery can be performed to refresh your results.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine another surgery with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation with Dr. Toledo, talk to him about all of your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift for a lower body lift or several areas for body contouring. If you are trying to improve your whole body after pregnancy or losing a significant amount of weight, you may be a candidate for a mommy makeover or after weight loss surgery.

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Attain a Tighter Tummy

Many factors can lead to a stretched-out stomach that creates hanging skin. We know it can be annoying and frustrating — surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Toledo in Dallas, TX can help you get the look you want. Please contact Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center to learn more.

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