ABDOMINOPLASTY SURGERY, TUMMY TUCK
For women and men alike, getting rid of hanging skin and excess fat along the abdomen can be frustrating and challenging. 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 surgical procedure that successfully transforms the stomach area, creating extraordinary results for patients. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George A. Toledo performs abdominoplasties that are tailored to meet his patients’ needs. This popular surgery at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas allows patients the chance to have a new, youthful shape and renewed confidence. Before contacting us for your consultation, learn more about how a tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat, as well as tighten the abdominal muscles.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Dr Toledo and his staff are fantastic! I had an extended tummy tuck. They were there every step of the way. Dr Toledo was very informative in the consultation, and he was very thorough throughout the process. Sylvia is amazing, and she makes you feel very comfortable with her knowledge and care for the patients. Esther is also great! She is very kind, reassuring and attentive. Amy, one of his surgical nurses, was so supportive. All of the nurses and staff, even Dr Jackson, the anesthesiologist, is so wonderful! I lost 25 lbs from before the surgery to after healing, and I feel amazing! I am very happy with the results and my self confidence is higher, as well. I highly recommend this team!! Thank you all so much!"- K.B. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Dr Toledo and his staff are fantastic! I had an extended tummy tuck. They were there every step of the way. Dr Toledo was very informative in the consultation, and he was very thorough throughout the process. Sylvia is amazing, and she makes you feel very comfortable with her knowledge and care for the patients. Esther is also great! She is very kind, reassuring and attentive. Amy, one of his surgical nurses, was so supportive. All of the nurses and staff, even Dr Jackson, the anesthesiologist, is so wonderful! I lost 25 lbs from before the surgery to after healing, and I feel amazing! I am very happy with the results and my self confidence is higher, as well. I highly recommend this team!! Thank you all so much!"- G.O. / Google / Jan 29, 2020
"After 3 babies my body was a mess. Dr. Toledo did a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, the mommy makeover, in January 2016. I LOVE MY RESULTS. My belly is totally flat and my breast are perky again. My husband said this has given me my confidence back. I am over the moon happy and would recommend Dr. Toledo to anyone I know. One month later I'm running again and ready for summer. Update: This summer has been great! I was able to wear the sexiest swimsuits and even got some second looks from the frat boys at the Anatole pool. I feel like a new woman."- R.S. / Google / Mar 28, 2019
"Over the past 15 years I have had three procedures done by Dr. Toledo . Each experience was more than I could have dreamed and I was extremely pleased with the out come of each procedure . Dr.Toledo changed my life. He is the best. The first procedure in 2005 at age 48 was , after three nine pound plus babies and much weight gain and loss, was a much needed tummy tuck and breast lift. Even though there was so much loose abdominal skin my incision scar was minimal and the surgery transformed my life and the way I felt about myself. Three years later at age 52 after more weight loss I felt the need to address the loose skin on my neck and face. Dr. Toledo was forth coming with what I should expect and the results were phenomenal. He is truly the best at what he does. The entire experience with Dr. Toledo and his staff was professional. The care, compassion and understanding shown to me was the best anyone could receive. Over the next 12 years never once did anyone ask me if I had some “work” done because I never had that “pulled” too tight appearance. I only received compliments on how wonderful my skin looked or that I did not look my age. The facelift allowed me to age well. 12 years later, as gravity will do, I felt it was time for a lower mini lift. 5 weeks after surgery I could not be more pleased. I no longer look mad at the world. My face looks better on my face than sliding down my neck. Over the years I have sent countless friends to Dr. Toledo. For all types of procedures including Rhinoplasty, face lifts and tummy tucks. All have had the same experience as I. Pleased and grateful for Dr.Toledo’s surgical skills and the kindness and care shown to them by Dr.Toledo and his staff. I absolutely , with no reservations, recommend Dr. Toledo and I would do it all again."- C.H. / Google / Mar 07, 2021
"I recently had a tummy tuck and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Dr. Toledo was able to help me for the first time in my life actually to have a flat stomach. I had 2 large babies that stretched out my abdominal muscles creating what's called diastasis recti. Due to this my muscles separated and wouldn't go back together. This caused back pain, poor posture & an undesirable look to my belly. Dr. Toledo was able to remove excess skin as well as tighten my abdominal muscles back together. I am beyond pleased at the outcome. I am so ready to wear a bathing suit for the first time in my life. I highly recommend Dr. Toledo to ANYONE! He is an artist and does wonders for people every day. I love his staff and the professionalism they possess. Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center is a must!!"- N.T. / Google / Jan 22, 2019
Abdominoplasties can be performed on both men and women. The best candidates should be in good health, non-smokers, and near their ideal body weight. Women should be finished with childbearing. Most patients typically experience one or all of the following:
· Excess, loose, and/or sagging abdominal skin
· Abdominal musculature that has stretched out or weakened (called diastasis recti)
· Hernias (umbilical, incisional, or ventral) caused by pregnancy, weight gain, or a previous surgery
· Excess fat deposits under the abdominal skin and waistline
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is not a weight loss procedure—it focuses on reducing loose skin and improving poor abdominal muscle tone. All of these factors can lead to low self-esteem and are not correctable by diet and exercise. During your consultation at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Toledo will discuss with you your personal goals and the available surgical options to meet these goals.
Dr. Toledo will create a unique treatment plan for each patient based on their needs and desires. The extent of the tummy tuck depends on many factors, but the largest determining factor in your surgery is your amount of loose skin. The goal is for the muscles to be flat and tight, as well as for minimal loose skin to be observable when in a sitting position. The types of abdominoplasty are as follows:
· Mini or Partial Tummy Tuck: This surgery typically focuses on loose skin in the lower abdomen and usually results in a shorter scar. This procedure may incorporate Cesarean section and/or hysterectomy scar revision as well.
· Full or Standard Tummy Tuck: This surgery addresses all the excess skin of the anterior abdomen, as well as muscle looseness and hernias. This method places the incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area.
· Extended Abdominoplasty: This includes a standard tummy tuck, as well as addresses the excess skin over the lateral hip, thigh, and buttocks area. The most comprehensive of these procedures is also known as a mid-body lift.
What to Expect
Your surgery will most likely be performed as an outpatient procedure at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center. After a recovery period, you will be sent home with a compression garment to promote optimal healing and support hose to prevent blood clots/deep vein thrombosis. You will experience some discomfort for a few days, which can be managed by prescription pain medication. After one week, you should be able to resume nonstrenuous activities; however, we recommend waiting 3 to 4 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise.
Dr. Toledo and the staff of the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas will provide you with detailed written and verbal instructions describing aftercare and will be available to address any post-operative questions or concerns that you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of tummy tuck should I get?
There are three main types of tummy tucks: mini, full, and extended. In your consultation, Dr. Toledo will ask about your needs and goals before examining your stomach. Then, he can better recommend which tummy tuck procedure 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 preferred if you only have problems below your belly button, similar to 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 how extensive a correction is desired. For all tummy tucks, Dr. Toledo makes the smallest, thinnest incisions possible to limit scarring. He also makes incisions in less visible areas, such as 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 that your incisions heal as flat as possible 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 may alter your results. Dr. Toledo recommends that you be finished with planned pregnancies and childbirth before you consider a tummy tuck. If you do get pregnant after a tummy tuck, a revision surgery can be performed to refresh your results if needed.
Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine other surgeries with a tummy tuck to get more dramatic improvements. During your consultation, Dr. Toledo will discuss your concerns so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that matches your goals. You may combine a tummy tuck with breast surgery or liposuction. See our mommy makeover section for more information.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,500 - $14,000
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, and surgery is generally the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having loose skin in your abdomen, regardless of the severity, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Toledo in Dallas, Texas can help you get the look you want. Please contact the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center to learn more.