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Posted January 28, 2020 in Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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What Is a Tummy Tuck?


A tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess fat from the abdominal area.

This cosmetic procedure helps reshape the abdominal area by tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and tissue to achieve a flatter stomach.

A woman undergoing a consultation for a tummy tuck.

Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty surgery is for both men and women looking to have a flatter tummy.


The procedure can benefit individuals who have gone through an extreme amount of weight loss or pregnancy.


Deciding to get a tummy tuck is a personal decision, and there are many reasons why someone might want to undergo the procedure.

What Are the Procedure Steps?


Before the procedure, your surgeon will provide you with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The anesthesia will provide you with comfort throughout the surgery.

First Incision

During a full tummy tuck, the first incision will be made between the pubic hairline and the belly button in a horizontal line. The length of the incision will depend on the excess amount of skin. When the skin is lifted, the weakened abdominal muscles are repaired.

Second Incision

The second incision is then made around the navel area to remove any excess skin from the upper abdominal. Upper abdominal skin is pulled down, excess skin removed, and remaining skin is sutured together. A new belly buttonhole is made, everything is positioned then sutured together.

Closing the Incisions

Lastly, the incisions made are closed by either sutures, skin adhesive, tapes, or clips. This procedure will result in a flatter and firmer stomach than before.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Post tummy tuck surgery, there may be dressings and bandages covering your incisions. Including an elastic bandage or garment to control any swelling. Small tubes will also be placed under the skin to gather any excess fluids.


Your surgeon or nurse will be able to tell you how to take care of your incisions and tubes. It is best to avoid any physical activities that might affect your incisions.


You should take medication that has been prescribed to you to help reduce the chances of any infection occurring.


It is important to rest after surgery and to eat light, nutritious foods that will help your healing process.

What Is the Average Cost of a Tummy Tuck?

The average cost of a tummy tuck is around $6,253, but prices may vary depending on the surgeon. You should consult with your plastic surgeon about the rates of the procedure.

Want to Know More?

If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck options in the Dallas, Texas, area, contact Dr. David Morales at (214) 827-8407 or visit our online consultation page.