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WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)?
Stubborn fat deposits often accumulate in the abdominal region of the body, resulting in aesthetically unpleasant cosmetic issues, such as flabby or protruding stomachs. Additionally, abdominal skin laxity (looseness, loss of firmness) can be caused by multiple external factors, including: hormonal imbalance, genetics, severe weight fluctuations, age, stress, and pregnancy. Unfortunately, patients often find that proper diet and exercise alone are not sufficient measures to resolve their aesthetic abdominal problems, and this realization causes many patients to seek out surgical resolutions to these cosmetic obstacles.
For patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdominal region, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery may be the answer. During an abdominoplasty procedure, excess fat and skin is removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles along the abdominal wall are tightened, in order to give the appearance of a flatter, smoother stomach. At Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, located in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Bradley Hubbard, MD, specializes in abdominoplasty procedures, and will take all necessary steps to ensure that your surgery is both safe and successful.
Tummy tuck surgery can enhance the appearance of your abdominal region in a variety of ways, such as:
- Removing persistent pockets of abdominal fat
- Removing excess skin
- Reshaping a sagging, flabby abdomen
- Tightening abdominal musculature
- Flattening a distended stomach
- Defining and contouring an expanded waistline
Although his patients often have different motivations and goals for their abdominoplasty surgeries, Dr. Hubbard treats every patient with the utmost professionalism, utilizing cutting edge technology and meticulous techniques to bring each patient’s surgical goals to fruition.
TUMMY TUCK OPTIONS
There are many options to consider when electing to have a tummy tuck procedure. The different types of abdominoplasty options recommended by Dr. Hubbard include:
- The Extended Tummy Tuck
- The Standard Tummy Tuck
- The Mini or Modified Tummy Tuck
- The Reverse or Midline Tummy Tuck
- The Addition of Liposuction to Adjacent Areas: Waist, Hips, Mons Pubis and/or Buttocks
- The Addition of Flankplasty, Lower Body Lift or Thigh Lift
- The Addition of Breast Surgery for a Mommy Makeover
Selecting the right procedure (or combination of procedures) from a vast number of surgical options may seem like an overwhelming task; however, during your comprehensive initial consultation, Dr. Hubbard will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan to ensure that you achieve the surgical results you desire, and will take the time to answer your questions, and carefully and patiently explain the details of your tummy tuck procedure.
TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
Mosttummy tuck procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, either under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During a full abdominoplasty, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured through a horizontal incision made in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. Surplus tissue, fat, and skin is removed through this incision as well, and in some cases, a second incision around the navel may be required to move the belly button to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Your results will be visible immediately following your tummy tuck procedure, and will continue to improve over the next few months, as swelling subsides. Although every patient’s post-surgical recovery is unique, after your abdominoplasty, you should refrain from all strenuous activity for at least six weeks, and you may need to take up to a month off of work to ensure a safe and proper recuperation.
CONTACT DALLAS PLASTIC SURGERY INSTITUTE
If you would like additional information about an abdominoplasty procedure, please contact Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. Our board certified plastic surgeon and skillful staff members are more than happy to answer all of your questions and concerns, and to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hubbard.