Tummy Tuck Fort Worth

What To Expect During And After Surgery

Tummy tucks are considered outpatient procedures, and are performed in Anderson Plastic Surgery’s accredited surgical facility. Usually the surgery can be completed in about 2 hours. After discharge, patients will be expected to wear a compression garment and will need to rest as much as possible for the first 48 hours after surgery. Patients should make a concerted effort to move around to promote blood flow, but should initially only attempt to stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Medication will be provided to help with postoperative pain and discomfort. Most patients will be permitted to resume exercise after 4-6 weeks.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $8,000 - $12,000
Recovery Time 2 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 3-4 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1 Week
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Surgical Techniques

Full Tummy Tuck

A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It has now become quite common for this to be performed on female patients post-pregnancy. During this surgery, an incision is made that extends from hipbone to hipbone, granting the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures of the abdomen. Liposuction is used to remove fat, while the abdominal muscles are pulled tight and secured. It is also typical to reposition the navel in order to maintain the most natural look possible.

 

Mini Tummy Tuck

If an individual in relatively good shape still desires a flatter stomach, they may be a strong candidate for a “Brazilian”, or mini, tummy tuck. These patients may have loose abdominal fascia, but their underlying muscle structure is not stretched to the point of requiring a full tummy tuck. A smaller incision is used in this surgery, made along the lower abdomen. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat, and finally the remaining skin is pulled tight. The navel should not be affected by this surgery.

Overview

An individual reaching their weight loss goals is a great achievement, but sometimes they may encounter challenges in gaining that perfect shape they were after. At times like those, an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a reasonable consideration. A tummy tuck can remove the loose, stretched skin and stretch marks in the lower abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles to achieve a more toned, flatter abdomen and narrower waist. Liposuction is a good option to be performed in tandem with a tummy tuck to further contour localized fat deposits and enhance the patient’s results. When it comes to life-changing tummy tuck surgery, plastic surgeon Dr. Daniels is the Fort Worth area’s specialist. The best candidates for an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure are men or women with excess abdominal skin and fat concentration, but who are otherwise of a relatively average weight for their frame. Anderson Plastic Surgery is considered a leading Fort Worth cosmetic surgery practice in a variety of contouring procedures.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
Individuals with loose lower abdomen skin, or poor skin tone, are typically better candidates for tummy tuck procedures. Those with otherwise good skin tone but a desire to remove unwanted belly fat, are likely to only require a less invasive option such as liposuction (which removes fat only).

Combination Surgery?
Often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover”, combining abdominoplasty with other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation/lifting or liposuction on other areas of the body, have become a fairly common practice post-pregnancy.
What About Scarring?
Scarring is unfortunately a part of the tummy tuck procedure, but most patients feel the physical results of the procedure significantly outweigh any scarring left behind. That said, every effort can and will be made to minimize it. The incisions will generally be placed in easily concealable areas of the body. Any female patient with an existing C-section scar will typically experience that being replaced by the tummy tuck incision.
Pregnancy or Weight Gain?
It is advisable that female patients delay having abdominoplasty until they have completed all desired pregnancies. This ensures that the weight gain and stretching of the skin that occurs during pregnancy will not compromise the results of their tummy tuck procedure, giving a more optimal result.