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Tummy Tuck Dallas (Abdominoplasty)

Pregnancy or weight gain can stretch and weaken the abdominal muscles as well as leave excess skin across the stomach. A tummy tuck procedure is a popular choice for women who want to rejuvenate this area.

Dr Liland offers tummy tucks in Dallas, producing long-lasting results which tighten, flatten and restore the abdomen.

3500 Oak Lawn Ave
Ste 160
Dallas, TX 75219
United States

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck, medically called abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and sometimes fat from the abdomen to make the stomach flatter, tighter and smaller. Tummy Tuck procedures have a 95% worth it rating on RealSelf and can produce permanent results. 

The procedure is most popular among women who have been pregnant or gained weight around their abdomen, which has caused the abdominal skin to stretch and their abdominal muscles to weaken.

Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck Procedure

  • Removes excess skin from weight gain or pregnancy
  • Makes the abdominal wall stronger and more stable 
  • Improves the shape of the abdomen 
  • Helps the stomach to look tighter and flatter
  • Can help improve posture and reduce back pain 
  • Can correct various medical related issues (areas of the abdomen weakened by a hernia) 
  • Allows for permanent results (the abdominal wall remains strong and stable unless you fluctuate in weight or become pregnant and stretch the skin again.)

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?

Patients suitable for a tummy tuck will have concerns over excess skin or a weakened abdominal wall and potentially excess fat. If you only have concerns regarding excess fat deposits, then abdomen Liposuction is likely a more relevant procedure. Dr. Liland will evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate and talk through any specific concerns in your consultation. Generally, ideal candidates should:

  • Be a stable weight
  • Be physically healthy
  • Not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations 
  • Stop taking the contraceptive pill (as this can increase the risk of blood clots)

According to Mayo Clinic, you may not be a suitable candidate if:

  • You are planning to get pregnant anytime soon
  • You are trying to lose weight
  • Have had previous abdominal surgery which may make the procedure more difficult

Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures

There are multiple different types of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed. Dr. Liland will discuss these in your consultation and evaluate your specific needs to suggest the right option for you. Generally, the type of tummy tuck performed will depend on the amount of skin or fat you wish to have removed. The two main types of tummy tuck Dr. Liland performs are:

Full Tummy Tuck – This procedure is performed across the entire abdomen, so includes the areas both above and below the belly button. 

Mini Tummy Tuck– This procedure is performed when the area of concern is only the section of the abdomen below the belly button. 

What Is The Difference Between Liposuction And A Tummy Tuck? 

The main difference between abdominal Liposuction and a tummy tuck is that lipo procedures remove fat deposits while a tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. This means a tummy tuck is a better option if you have concerns over excess skin on your stomach or you have poor skin elasticity. While undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, Abdominal Liposuction is often also performed so that both excess fat and skin can be removed.

Some patients will be a more suitable candidate for one procedure over the other. During your consultation, Dr. Liland will evaluate your specific needs, walk you through both procedures and help you discover which would be most suitable for you.

Preparing For A Tummy Tuck

Before the Consultation

Before a plastic surgery consultation, you should research the procedure and consider your goals and ideal outcome. It is a good idea to bring in pictures of your ideal stomach so that Dr. Liland can understand your desired result and prepare a list of any questions you have.


During your consultation, Dr. Liland will examine your abdomen and make an assessment of which tummy tuck procedure is most suitable and how much skin or fat will likely be removed. Additionally, you will discuss any medical information with Dr. Liland including your medical history and any current medications or allergies.

Before the Procedure

At least a month before the procedure it is important to stop smoking to help reduce the risk of any complications occurring and stop taking any medications that Dr. Liland recommends.

How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?


A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist will administer general anesthesia so you remain asleep for the duration of the surgery.


An incision will be created at the bottom of the abdomen that tends to run from hip to hip. For a mini tummy tuck, the incision tends to be smaller as only the lower section of the abdomen is being treated.


Dr. Liland will remove any excess skin (and sometimes fat) and tighten the connective tissue of the abdominal muscle.

Closing the Incisions

Dr. Liland will then stitch the skin back together. In some cases, when a full tummy tuck is performed, the belly button will need to be brought out by making an incision so that it’s in a normal position on your abdomen.

For a flatter and more contoured abdomen to rejuvenate your figure after pregnancy or weight changes.

This 18-24-year-old woman was treated with a Tummy Tuck procedure as well as liposuction of her flanks.

More Information

What surgeries can be combined with a tummy tuck?

Multiple surgeries can be combined with a tummy tuck and many of our Dallas Tummy Tuck patients chose to undergo an additional procedure. During your consultation, you can talk to Dr. Liland about your specific needs and he can discuss the possible procedures that can be combined with your tummy tuck. Most commonly these include:

Liposuction– is often combined with a tummy tuck as many patients have deposits of unwanted fat in the abdomen that they wish to have removed. Therefore, patients with concerns over excess skin and excess fat in the abdomen might be suitable candidates for a tummy tuck that includes Abdominal Liposuction. Additionally, some patients choose to undergo Liposuction of another area while having a tummy tuck procedure.

Mommy Makeover– this is a popular plastic surgery procedure that combines a tummy tuck with multiple other procedures such as Breast Surgery and Liposuction of various areas.

How much does a tummy tuck cost in Dallas?

The cost of a tummy tuck in Dallas varies depending on the type of tummy tuck performed and the expertise of the surgeon. Dr. Liland will discuss the pricing for your procedure and which aspects will be included in the costs. For more information on the costs of tummy tuck procedures and for the factors which impact the cost you can visit our ‘How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Dallas and How Can I Finance The Procedure’ blog.

Recovery from a tummy tuck

An adult should drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for the first couple of days as your mobility will be reduced. Initially, after the surgery, it is important to follow all the instructions and advice Dr. Liland has given to you regarding garments, swelling, potential side effects, medications, and how to look after your incisions. Our Dallas tummy tuck patients generally take a few weeks off to give their body time to heal and recover but the exact recovery times will be dependent on the specific tummy tuck procedure you underwent. If you want more information on recovering after a tummy tuck you can read our ‘A Patient’s Guide To Tummy Tuck Recovery In Dallas’ blog.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck surgery?

Initial Side Effects:

  • Pain and bruising
  • Numbness in the area
  • Tummy may feel pulled
  • Swelling 
  • Initial scaring

Tummy Tuck Risks:

Healthline explains that tummy tuck procedures have a slighter higher rate of complications than many other cosmetic surgeries. 

  • Wound complications or infections (this is why is essential to keep the incisions clean after the procedure)
  • Can impact the nerves in the abdomen resulting in numbness or changes in sensations 
  • Fluid accumulation 
  • Tissue damage

General Surgery Risks:

  • Infections
  • An allergic reaction to the anesthetic
  • Blood clots (can lead to DVT)

“Wonderful experience and fantastic results with Dr. Liland and his staff. If I had known how easy and quick the recovery would be, I would have done it much sooner.”

N. Fatemian

Dr. Liland is experienced in a full range of procedures and can help you determine whether treatment is right for you and, if so, which solution is best suited to your needs.

If you want to take the next step and learn more about your options, contact us online or call us.