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Posted November 01, 2021 in Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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Desiring a fitter, firmer midsection contour is common. For this, many men and women turn to plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments.

However, if you are new to plastic surgery, you may be unsure which procedure will get you the results you are looking for. Luckily, if you have been considering a tummy tuck, you have come to the right place. 

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about tummy tucks, so you can determine if this surgery is right for you.

Woman wrapping a tape measure around her abdomen

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that tightens, thins, and flattens the abdomen. The operation involves removing excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen and restoring weakened muscles by tightening them, giving a firmer appearance to the stomach. This tightening of the muscles repairs common postpartum side effects like diastasis recti (the separation of the abdominal muscles).

What Makes a Tummy Tuck Different?

A tummy tuck isn’t the only option when it comes to improving the appearance of your stomach. Other body contouring options, like liposuction, aim to give the patient a more defined and contoured abdomen by removing unwanted fat. However, a tummy tuck procedure is much more extensive. 

While liposuction only removes fatty deposits, a tummy tuck removes fat and excess skin. This is an important distinction because the patient can be left with droopy, excess skin after liposuction (if they are not the appropriate candidate), but not after a tummy tuck.

Additional body contouring procedures can be performed alongside a tummy tuck, including:

What Are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck has many physical and health-related benefits, including:

  • An improved appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Enhanced posture
  • Relief of back pain
  • An easier ability to exercise
  • Removal/reduction of cesarean scars
  • Umbilical hernia relief

However, it’s important to note that a tummy tuck procedure shouldn’t be seen as an alternative to weight loss. 

While a tummy tuck can offer fantastic, long-lasting results, these results can be compromised if the individual puts the weight back on. For this reason, tummy tuck patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise routine post-surgery.

Will There Be Scars After a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty requires an incision that often runs hipbone to hipbone across the lower abdomen. This will result in a scar. Fortunately, this incision is made very low on the abdomen — beneath the bikini line — allowing the scar to be easily concealed with underwear and bathing suits. 

Your incision will fade with time.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Look Like?

If you are legitimately considering a tummy tuck, you are undoubtedly curious about the types of results possible with this surgery. The best way to learn what you can realistically expect is to view before and after photos of previous tummy tuck patients. To see how Dr. Morales has helped his previous patients, visit our tummy tuck before and after gallery

Before and after image showing the results of a tummy tuck performed in Dallas, TX.

Book Your Tummy Tuck Consultation With Dr. Morales Today!

If you think a tummy tuck is right for you, book a consultation to learn more. Dr. Morales will examine you during the consultation and confirm if this is the correct procedure for your desired results. Additionally, he will take the time to answer questions and address any concerns you may have about the surgery.

Dr. Morales is a top plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas, who specializes in tummy tuck procedures. Take the next step towards a new, more confident you and book your appointment today. Call (214) 827-8407 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment.