Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Dallas Tummy Tuck Specialists - Genecov Plastic Surgery Group
Serving Tummy Tuck Patients in Dallas, Richardson and Carrollton, TX
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that both men and women elect to undergo to recover muscle tone and shape in the abdominal area. The tummy tuck procedure restructures abdominal muscles from the inside out, providing contouring and removing excess tissue from the area, resulting in a firmer abdomen and tighter skin. Tummy tucks provide excellent long-term results; however, you must maintain a stable weight in order to retain the desired results.
If you live in Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton or the surrounding areas and you're interested in having a tummy tuck, look no further than Genecov Plastic Surgery Group. We have performed countless tummy tucks in TX, and welcome new patients to set up a personal consultation with one of our highly trained surgeons.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that requires you to be fully sedated under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes between three to four hours. Surgery may take longer if you are having additional cosmetic procedures performed at the same time, such as liposuction.
Before the surgery, guidelines are made in pen on your abdomen to assist the surgeon in placing the incisions where they will be the least visible. Typically, the incision is placed in the bikini line, where your undergarments will cover them.
After making the incision, the surgeon then carefully moves the skin up toward the ribs to expose the muscles beneath the skin. The abdominal muscles are brought together and connected with strong, non-absorbable sutures. Special care is taken during this process to ensure the muscle does not intrude on the abdominal cavity. Then the skin and fat layers are placed back over the muscles, and any excess tissue is trimmed. The surgeon uses a special technique to reattach the skin and fat to the muscle, suturing in the midline area, which minimizes excess fluids during recovery. Small tubes (drains) are placed underneath the skin to collect what fluids do occur. Finally, the skin is reattached at the lower incision.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck procedure are men or women in good health who would like to improve the tone and shape of their abdomen, regaining their previous physique. Candidates with good weight control will see the best results.
Both men and women can benefit from a tummy tuck if they have undergone significant weight loss and now have loose abdominal skin and muscles. It's also perfect for women who have had their final pregnancy and wish to tone up. While abdominoplasty does not pose risks to subsequent pregnancies, the stretching of the abdominal area during pregnancy will counteract the effects of the tummy tuck.
What Kind of Post-Operative Tummy Tuck Care Can I Expect?
Immediately after surgery, you are taken to the on-site recovery suite, where patients often spend the night, attended by an RN. If you are responding well and there is no unusual discomfort, you will be discharged the following morning to return home for the balance of the recovery.
The drains that were inserted during your procedure will stay in place between 48 hours and four days, depending on the amount of fluid that needs to be released. During surgery, an abdominal girdle is put on, which creates compression and helps the body return any further fluids. The girdle is worn between three to six weeks, or longer if needed.
We advise our patients in Dallas, Richardson and Carrollton to wait two weeks after a tummy tuck before going back to work, or longer if their job requires lifting or heavy physical activity. During the initial two to three weeks of recovery, you will feel too uncomfortable to pick up young children, so you should make arrangements for assistance during that time if you have young ones at home. Within a month, the sutures are dissolved, and you will see results and feel recovered after about 3 months. At six months, the results are final and you should have no further discomfort.
Walking is the best exercise for the early period of recovery. You may begin walking for exercise as early as two to three weeks after surgery. More strenuous exercise such as lifting, aerobics, etc., should be avoided for at least the first seven weeks. When more strenuous exercise is resumed, you may choose to wear a support garment during exercise.
What are the Typical Results of a Tummy Tuck?
Most tummy tuck patients are thrilled with their new body, replacing loose, sagging skin with tighter, trimmer abs. To see these results first-hand, check out our tummy tuck before and after photos.
At Genecov Plastic Surgery, we strive to give patients the best results with as minimal scarring as possible. Our tummy tuck before and after photos are evidence of the quality you can expect when trusting one of our highly skilled surgeons with your surgery.
What are Dallas Tummy Tuck Costs?
Because each patient is different, It's best to discuss Dallas tummy tuck prices with your surgeon at your initial consultation. Your surgeon will be able to assess your specific needs and discuss all aspects of the procedure with you, including pricing.
Dr. David G. Genecov and Dr. Carlos Raul Barcelo are proud to offer tummy tucks to patients across the northern Texas region, including Dallas, Richardson and Carrollton. Trust us with your surgery and we can assure you that you will receive the most compassionate and quality care available.