Tummy Tuck

Author: Dr. Michael Bogdan

Many people are unhappy with the loose skin, lax muscles, and isolated fat deposits in their midsection. Some people simply inherit this body type, and others develop these problems after pregnancy or weight loss. Unfortunately, diet and exercise provide only limited improvement for excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat in this area, which is why so many people come to Dr. Michael Bogdan's practice for abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, from Fort Worth, Dallas, Frisco, Plano, and Southlake, TX.

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This extremely athletic mother of 2 children was very unhappy with her body after pregnancy. Despite spending a lot of time in the gym (both she and her husband were avid gym-goers), she could not repair the damage that her children had done to her abdomen. Her diastasis was so severe, that you could actually see her bowels moving thru her skin when she was laying down! After an extended tummy tuck with liposuction of the waist, she is back to the body she deserves!

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

Abdominoplasty is often necessary to remove excess skin and improve the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen or belly. This procedure also allows tightening of the abdominal muscles in order to achieve an improved profile and reestablish a youthful waistline. Tummy tuck is often combined with breast enhancement surgery, which is a combination of procedures termed a "Mommy Makeover."

Should I Consider Liposuction With My Tummy Tuck?

Anyone considering a tummy tuck should also seriously consider liposuction of the flanks (aka: "love-handles"). Flank liposuction helps contour the waistline and accentuates the curves of the butt. Although most women are focused on the direct effects childbearing has on the front of their midsections, about a year after tummy tuck surgery, many wish they had also addressed the love-handle region.

How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

If you do not mind viewing actual surgery, here are a few links to Instagram videos that Dr. Bogdan has posted which show how he performs the surgery. The First Video shows the drawing of skin to be removed, incision, skin & fat elevation, a side view of muscle closure, skin removal, and partial skin closure. The Second Video shows the final skin closure (the top 2 of 3 layers of sutures). And the Third Video shows a great close-up view of the muscle closure. Before and after photos show the surgeon’s work, but operative videos are the best way to see how it is actually accomplished.

Why Choose Dr. Bogdan for Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr. Michael Bogdan is a top board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in abdominoplasty for residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has extensive training and experience performing tummy tuck surgery, and he can help you to regain a tighter, flatter midsection with either a full or partial abdominoplasty. If you would like to learn more about abdominoplasty, request a consultation with Dr. Bogdan at his office in Southlake.

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How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Texas?

The cost for a tummy tuck ranges from $9,000 to $12,000 depending on the specifics of the procedure. When combined with some type of breast surgery (such as breast augmentation or a breast lift), the combination is called a "Mommy Makeover" and can range from $15,000 to $25,000. For the best care and tummy tuck results, it's important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Bogdan who has extensive experience performing the procedure. You will be provided with a personalized price quote at the end of your consultation.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a very effective surgical procedure that slims and tightens the abdominal area. Almost everyone who has a sagging stomach can benefit from an abdominoplasty, but it is particularly popular among women who have had multiple pregnancies and patients who have experienced significant weight loss, such as post-bariatric patients. The three main components of an abdominoplasty are:

  • Tightening of the abdominal muscles
  • Removal of excess skin
  • Removal of excess fat in the midsection

What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?

A full tummy tuck addresses the entire abdominal area, whereas a mini tummy tuck addresses only the area below the navel. A mini tummy tuck:

  • Requires a shorter incision (about the length of a C-section scar) than a full tummy tuck
  • Repairs separated abdominal muscles
  • Tightens lax abdominal skin below the navel
  • Does not require an incision around the navel

It is important to understand the mini tummy tuck does not provide significant tightening of the abdominal skin. Because most patients need tightening of both the abdominal muscles and skin, appropriate candidates for the procedure are rare.

The Abdominoplasty Procedure

Your procedure will begin with general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified MD anesthesiologist. In the case of a full abdominoplasty in Dallas, Texas, the incision runs horizontally along the lower abdomen, between the two pelvic bones, and also requires a second incision around the navel. Dr. Bogdan designs his incisions with the input of his patients, as clothing and swimwear preference can affect the ideal scar location. For a partial abdominoplasty - or mini tummy tuck - a shorter horizontal incision is made along the pubic area. Dr. Bogdan is very careful to make the incision so that it is easily covered by underwear or a bathing suit.

Dr. Bogdan will repair weakened abdominal muscles by suturing together the loose muscle tissue. He then removes excess skin and can reduce fatty deposits along the flanks (love handles) with the assistance of liposuction if it is indicated. During a full tummy tuck, skin is removed from both the upper and lower abdomen, utilizing the second incision around the navel. The incision(s) will be closed with dissolving sutures, and often a small, temporary drainage tube is placed beneath the skin to prevent any fluid from accumulating.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results

While patient experiences vary, the recovery after a full tummy tuck generally proceeds along the following timeline:

Day of Surgery

After the surgery you will be a bit groggy and feel tightness in your abdominal area. You'll need a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first 3 days. You'll be sent home with a dressing on your incisions and a comfortably fitting compression garment that provides support and helps minimize swelling. You won't be able to stand up straight at this stage. Surgical pain is easily managed with prescribed medicine. It is helpful to sleep in a recliner during the early weeks of recovery so you can maintain a flexed position through the night.

Three Days After Surgery

You may still not be able to walk fully upright 3 days after your tummy tuck, but it's important to stand and walk around throughout the day to prevent the formation of blood clots in your legs. You'll be restricted in your activities for the next couple of weeks.

One to Two Weeks After Surgery

Most patients are off medication within 5 to 7 days. Dr. Bogdan recommends avoiding driving, and work from home, till 10 days after surgery. You should be able to stand up almost straight within 2 weeks of surgery. Patients typically return to non-strenuous jobs 14 days after surgery. Dr. Bogdan has specific recommendations for scar care after your tummy tuck to help minimize the final appearance of the scar.

Three Weeks After Surgery

After this initial recovery period, you can switch to wearing the compression garment whenever you like and can resume light activities (elliptical machine, gentle cycling) as directed by Dr. Bogdan.

One Month After Surgery

It is normal to still have swelling that makes clothes feel tight at this point.

Six Weeks After Surgery

The surgical area is usually healed enough at this point to allow you to sleep on your stomach again if you desire. Patients are typically ready to gradually resume strenuous workouts, including lifting weights and jogging, working up to their normal routines within about 2 weeks. You will likely begin to feel ready to show off your new, slimmer midsection.

Three Months After Surgery

The majority of the swelling resolves within 3 to 5 months.

Six Months After Surgery

At this point, patients are usually 90% healed and feeling more comfortable and confident in a wider variety of clothing.

One Year After Surgery

Swelling may take up to a year to completely dissipate, but your final results should be fully achieved at one year. Scars typically fade and flatten over time.

Does a Tummy Tuck Have Risks?

There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. It is important that you seek the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon to assist you in determining if an abdominoplasty is right for you.

If you have more questions regarding tummy tucks, please visit our Tummy Tuck FAQ page.

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, click here to request a consultation with Dr. Michael Bogdan, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has received advanced surgical training in some of the nation's most highly regarded residency and fellowship programs. Or, you can call our office at (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Bogdan offers a range of cosmetic plastic surgery options in Southlake, Texas, including rhinoplasty, facelift, tummy tuck, breast lift, and Mommy Makeover surgery. He serves Fort Worth, Frisco, and other communities in the DFW metro area.

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