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, Frisco, and Southlake, TX.


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Tummy Tuck Before Before
Tummy Tuck After After

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.

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 re-establish a youthful waistline. It is often combined with breast enhancement surgery, a combination of procedures termed a "Mommy Makeover." Anyone considering an abdominoplasty should also seriously consider liposuction of the flanks (aka: "love-handles"). Flank liposuction helps contour the waist line and accentuates the curves of the butt. Although most women are focused on the direct effects which childbearing has had to the front of their midsection, once a year passes from a tummy tuck, they now wish they had also addressed the love-handle region.

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.

Dr. Michael Bogdan is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in abdominoplasty for Fort Worth residents. 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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Tummy Tuck – Surgical Options

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a very effective surgical procedure which 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 the tightening of the abdominal muscles, the removal of excess skin, and the removal of excess fat in the midsection. A full tummy tuck addresses the entire abdominal area, while a mini-tummy tuck addresses only the area below the navel.

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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Recovery and Results

You will be sent home with dressings on your incisions, as well as a comfortably-fitting compression garment that provides support and helps to minimize swelling. You will need a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you through the first night following your surgery. Although you may be unable to walk fully upright for a few days, you are encouraged to walk around to prevent the formation of blood clots in your legs. Other than this, you will be restricted to light activities for the first 2 weeks while your body heals. After this initial period, you may resume light activities as directed by Dr. Bogdan, and you can begin to show off your new, slimmer midsection.

Dr. Bogdan wants you to have the best appearing scar possible, and has specific recommendations for scar care after your procedure. There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Dallas. 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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