Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure that trims away excess fat and skin to contour the abdomen. Dr. David Liland performs tummy tuck surgery at his Dallas, TX, office for patients with stubborn deposits of fat and loose skin around their midsections. A tummy tuck not only eliminates excesses of fat and skin, but it can also strengthen the abdominal muscles. This gives patients a firmer and more toned look, for a slimmer overall figure.
Ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are patients who have attempted and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise and carry excess weight in the midsection. This procedure is particularly appropriate for women who struggle to lose weight after pregnancy (provided they are finished having children) and is often used as part of a mommy makeover. It is also appropriate for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and now have excess skin in the midsection.
If you have struggled to eliminate stubborn fat around your midsection to no avail, abdominoplasty can help you achieve a more youthful and contoured appearance.
Excess fat and skin can also accumulate in the abdomen as a result of our age or genetics. Patients who are at or near their goal weight are ideal candidates for abdominoplasty. Fluctuations in weight, including gains and losses after surgery, can negatively impact your results.
Your Consultation with Dr. Liland
Your consultation 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.
Recovering from Your Tummy Tuck
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.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have struggled to eliminate stubborn fat around your midsection to no avail, abdominoplasty can help you achieve a more youthful and contoured appearance. Contact us online or call us at (214) 692-6500 to schedule your consultation.