Significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and age can all leave you with sagging skin and stubborn fat in the abdomen.
Dr. David Liland performs tummy tuck surgery in Dallas for patients with stubborn areas of fat or loose skin to provide a slimmer figure.
So what makes a tummy tuck a great option?
A Tummy Tuck Can Offer Dramatic and Long-Lasting Results
Removing excess fat and skin is the most effective route to seeing a slimmer abdomen.
While your results may change as swelling subsides after surgery, most patients see an immediate transformation after their tummy tuck procedure.
By maintaining a healthy lifestyle after your procedure, you can continue to enjoy the results of an abdominoplasty for years to come.
Abdominoplasty Is a Very Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Considering a Tummy Tuck after Significant Weight Loss?
Patients who lose a significant amount of weight are often left with loose, sagging skin around their abdomen. This side effect of weight loss is typically related to a loss of skin elasticity.
Dr. Liland understands how frustrating it can be to achieve your weight loss goals and still have excess skin and tissue in your midsection. An abdominoplasty can help you better enjoy the results of your hard work by removing stretched skin and creating a slimmer and more toned stomach.
Dr. Liland Can Assess Your Candidacy during a Consultation at our Dallas office
Have You Made Previous Attempts?
Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are patients who have attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise and still carry excess weight in the midsection.
Are You at a Stable Weight?
Fluctuations in weight, including gains and losses after surgery, can negatively impact your results.
Are You Unhappy with Your Abdomen?
This procedure is particularly appropriate for women who struggle to lose weight after pregnancy and is often used as part of a mommy makeover. It is also appropriate for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Are You in Good Overall Health?
It is important to be in good overall health before undergoing surgery of any kind. You should also stop smoking at least a few months before surgery as the habit increases your risk of complications.
Do You Have Realistic Expectations?
While an abdominoplasty can have dramatic results, it cannot provide a solution to all of your cosmetic concerns. Be prepared to have a frank discussion with Dr. Liland about what surgery can and cannot do for you.
Abdominoplasty Has a High Success Rate
While every surgery involves some risk, choosing a skilled surgeon can significantly reduce the possibility of complications.
In addition, a study published in the Archives of Plastic Surgery showed that less than one percent of tummy tuck patients experienced systemic complications.
Dr. Liland will fully review your medical history before your procedure to help reduce the chance of major issues during recovery.
Combining Liposuction Technology with Abdominoplasty
For some patients, a tummy tuck alone cannot achieve their cosmetic goals, especially if they also have an accumulation of excess fat around the torso. Dr. Liland can combine the techniques of liposuction with your abdominoplasty to achieve more dramatic contours.
During your procedure, Dr. Liland can use a cannula, or a thin tube, to break up and suction out fatty tissue. He can also set some of the tissue collected aside and use it to restore youthful volume to other areas of your body. This procedure is often referred to as fat transfer and can complement the effects of liposuction and abdominoplasty.
Your Consultation with Dr. Liland
Your consultation in Dallas is an opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Liland and ask him any questions you have about the abdominoplasty procedure. Dr. Liland will also ask you about your weight history, medical history, lifestyle, and budget.
He will use this information to help him determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck. He will also perform a thorough physical examination. He can show you where your incisions would appear and what your results could look like.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
Abdominoplasty procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Once you are sedated, Dr. Liland can begin making the incisions in the locations specified during your consultation. He can then remove excess fat, trim excess skin, and tighten the abdominal muscles.
When all of those steps are complete, he will then carefully suture your incisions. The entire procedure typically takes a couple hours or more, depending on the extent of work required.
Your Guide to a Successful Tummy Tuck Recovery
Knowing what to expect following your treatment at Park Cities Plastic Surgery in Dallas is often essential to a successful tummy tuck recovery.
Most patients need four to six weeks to recover after a tummy tuck. The procedure does not typically require an overnight stay, and patients are usually released to go home within a few hours.
You will have drains at your incision sites for a few days, which you must clean regularly to avoid infection. We will give you a support garment to wear for the first few days, and you should avoid showering for two to three days.
Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks, and the incisions take about two weeks to heal. While light physical activity such as walking is recommended, you should avoid more strenuous activities for the full six weeks. We will provide you with comprehensive post-operative instructions.
The First 24 Hours
The day of your surgery, you will need a designated driver to escort you to and from our facility. After the procedure, we will wrap the surgical site and stitches with bandages and, if necessary, place drains. We will monitor your recovery for several hours at the surgical facility to ensure your safety before approving you to return home. When you leave, you will receive a list of post-surgical instructions, which will often include recommendations such as:
- Taking prescribed medications to minimize inflammation and the risk of infection
- Taking over-the-counter pain relief
- Monitoring and changing your surgical drains and bandages
These instructions will often include information regarding when you should return for your first follow-up visit, as well.
The Following Weeks
For the first 48 to 72 hours, we recommend having a trusted friend or family member assist you around the house. Once the anesthesia wears off, light walking is encouraged because it can reduce the risk of complications like blood clots. However, patients should avoid bending over or lifting anything heavy.
You should also stay hydrated and follow any dietary guidelines given to you by Dr. Liland. Patients who use tobacco should stop smoking altogether for several weeks, as nicotine significantly hinders the body’s natural healing processes.
Preparation is the key to a safe recovery.
During your recovery, keep a close eye on your incisions. If you notice any redness, swelling, or other signs of infection, contact our office right away. Keeping your activity level to a minimum can help you avoid any complications.
When Can I Return to Normal Activities?
While exact timelines vary from patient to patient, those with sedentary desk jobs can often return to the office in about one week where patients with more physically demanding jobs should wait at least two to three weeks. You will be able to drive again after two weeks of healing and can resume any exercise routines after a month.
Tips and Tricks for Enjoying a Successful Recovery
Preparation is the key to a safe recovery. Before you come in for your tummy tuck, take time to sit down and review all pre-and post-op instructions. Make sure you gather everything you need prior to your surgery day. For example:
- Go by the pharmacy to pick up your prescriptions a few days early
- Stock your pantry with healthy foods
- Gather books, tablets, music, and other forms of entertainment and keep them by your bedside
- Do all your housework and laundry ahead of time
Think ahead and anticipate your needs. These simple things can make all the difference for a successful tummy tuck recovery.