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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery in Dallas, TX

Pregnancy, aging, and major weight fluctuations can result in stretched-out abdominal muscles and loose, sagging skin in the midsection. If this sounds familiar, tummy tuck surgery or “abdominoplasty” could help you achieve a flatter, better-contoured waistline and lower abdomen. This body sculpting procedure surgically removes excess skin and fat deposits from the abdomen and repositions the abdominal muscles into a tighter alignment.

The tummy tuck surgery will help recontour your midsection to give you the firm, flat, and youthful abdomen you want.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?

Improve Abdominal Contour

Abdominal bulges and laxity are caused by loose skin, stubborn fat, and weakened or separated abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery addresses all three of these concerns and gives you a tighter and smoother abdominal contour. This surgical procedure helps you revitalize this tough-to-tone area and allows you to show off your new contours.

Get Rid of Loose Skin and/or Stretch Marks

Pregnancy or weight loss can leave sagging skin and stretch marks on the abdomen. No amount of diet or exercise can help significant stretched skin return to its youthful elasticity. Tummy tuck surgery removes damaged, excess skin of the lower abdomen along with many stretch marks to give you a flatter, smoother, and more youthful abdomen.

Eliminate Stubborn Fat

Belly fat can be particularly resistant to exercise and diet. Abdominoplasty corrects the tummy bulges caused by stubborn fat and removes the excess fatty tissue to create flatter and smoother abdominal contours. This is commonly performed alongside liposuction to tone the abdomen and the surrounding areas, including the hips, flanks, back, and buttocks.

Tighten Abdominal Tone

Fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, and previous surgeries can cause your core muscles to become weak, damaged, and stretched. Tummy tuck surgery restores the tight alignment of the abdominal muscles to create a firmer abdominal tone. This can even repair full ab separation (diastasis recti).

Youthful Body Contours

Because a tummy bulge is often caused by pregnancy or aging, irregular abdominal contours can make you look older or “matronly.” Abdominoplasty removes excess skin, tightens the muscles, and eliminates fat to produce a more youthfully firm and flat waistline. This can be combined with other body contouring procedures for enhanced results.

What Are My Tummy Tuck Options?

Abdominoplasty techniques vary considerably depending on the amount of skin laxity and fat deposits present. The following variations allow Dr. Morales to customize this body contouring plastic surgery procedure for your unique needs.

Standard Tummy Tuck

Best for: Patients with moderate excess weight, sagging skin, and muscle wall laxity, especially due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging

  • Addresses both the upper and lower abdomen
  • The incision runs horizontally from hip to hip
  • Trims away excess skin
  • Removes stretch marks on the skin that is removed during the procedure
  • Eliminates stubborn belly fat
  • Sometimes incorporates liposuction to further contour the results
  • Tightens and rejoins separated or stretched abdominal muscles
  • Repositions the navel in an anatomically correct and more youthful position
  • Produces a smooth, shapely, and sculpted midsection

Best for: Patients in good shape with minimal loose skin and slight muscle separation

  • Addresses the lower abdomen only
  • The incision is shorter (not much longer than a C-section scar) and can be hidden behind a bathing suit
  • Trims away excess skin in the lower belly
  • Removes stretch marks that appear on the skin that is removed during the procedure
  • Tightens lower abdominal muscles
  • Eliminates stubborn lower belly fat
  • Produces a flatter and firmer lower abdomen

Extended Tummy Tuck
(Circumferential / Body Lift)

Best for: Patients who have lost a tremendous amount of weight and have laxity of the sides, hips, and backside in addition to the abdomen

  • Most commonly used after massive weight loss, especially for successful dieters and weight loss surgery patients
  • The incision extends around the outside of the hips
  • Trims away deflated, loose skin from the abdomen all the way around the midsection
  • Removes stretch marks that appear on the skin that is removed during the procedure
  • Eliminates stubborn belly fat
  • Typically incorporates liposuction to further contour the results
  • Tightens and rejoins separated or stretched abdominal muscles (corrects diastasis recti)
  • Repositions the navel in an anatomically correct, elevated, and more youthful position
  • Produces a smoother and better-contoured abdomen, waistline, and lower body
  • This is also commonly referred to as a full body lift

What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

The details of the tummy tuck procedure will vary depending on the technique chosen. You will be given general anesthesia for the duration of the surgery, which typically lasts two to three hours. The procedure is performed either on an outpatient basis for a mini tummy tuck or with an overnight stay for the standard or extended tummy tuck procedures. Dr. Morales will perform the procedure by making the appropriate incision, tightening the muscles, removing excess skin and fat, and recontouring the waist. More details about your specific procedure will be provided for you during your consultation.

Recovery Experience

The length of your tummy tuck recovery will vary according to the technique used and your ability to heal. The recovery is generally quickest for the mini tummy tuck and longest for the extended tummy tuck, with the standard tummy tuck in between. Patients may need to stay at the surgical facility overnight after their surgery.
  • For all techniques, patients should rest and remain bent at the waist for two to three days after surgery to avoid excessive pulling at the incisions. Most patients will be able to transition to fully upright by day three or four of recovery.
  • Any pain can be treated with oral medications and an optional ambulatory pain medication pump that can be worn discreetly under clothing for three to five days after surgery.
  • An abdominal binder should be worn for two to four weeks for added support and compression to minimize swelling.
  • The timeline for returning to work can range from two to four weeks.
  • Exercise should be postponed for a full six weeks. By this point, most of the swelling will be gone, and the results will be visible.


The cost of tummy tuck in Dallas, Texas, varies according to the technique used, surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and other factors. A detailed tummy tuck price quote will be given to you after your consultation.

Financing options are available to help you make your dream procedure a reality.


Tummy tuck surgery can produce a dramatically flatter and tighter stomach. In correcting the vertical separation of the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat, abdominoplasty significantly improves the contour of the waistline. The striking results obtained with tummy tuck surgery will be further enhanced with proper exercise and diet after your surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Morales may recommend tummy tuck surgery to men or women who are bothered by their weakened abdominal muscles, stubborn belly fat, and loose, stretch-marked abdominal skin. Tummy tuck candidates should be healthy nonsmokers with a stable body weight. The best candidates will not be planning to have any future pregnancies because subsequent pregnancies will likely reverse the results of abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck surgery can be combined with breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, or breast reduction, liposuction body sculpting, and a variety of other body contouring procedures to improve your appearance. It is often performed as part of the Mommy Makeover to address body contour concerns that are frequently found in women who have been pregnant.
Abdominal laxity and bulging are related not only to the skin and fatty tissue but also the muscles underneath. The abdominal muscles that help you do sit-ups also hold your belly in and support your back. Pregnancy and weight loss can cause these muscles of the abdominal wall to pull apart. When the muscles separate, it causes the bulging belly you see on the outside. This is not a hernia or a hole in your belly wall; it is just an overstretching and looseness in need of repair. Exercises such as sit-ups will make your abdominal muscles stronger, but they cannot sew them back together. This is where tummy tuck surgery comes in. A tummy tuck surgically tightens the abdominal muscles and brings them back together so that your abdomen is once again flat and firm.
Your technique will be selected to meet your goals and anatomic needs. Once you have been properly assessed by your physician, your specific surgical goals can then be discussed to maximize your results while minimizing your incisions and recovery time.

Scars are likely to form wherever the incisions are made. Patients who get a mini tummy tuck are likely to have more modest scarring than patients who get other tummy tuck techniques. However, since scars are to be expected with all techniques, patients should take care to place the highest priority on choosing the technique that will give them the best overall results for their body contour.

Scarring is also affected by your ability to heal. Whenever possible, scars are placed discreetly so that they may be hidden by clothing. To minimize scarring for your incision, carefully follow the postoperative instructions given to you. All scars are likely to fade over time.

Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure like the lap band or bariatric surgery. A tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that restores a firm and flat abdomen. At most, patients will lose a small amount of weight from the removal of excess skin and belly fat. Still, the benefits of improving and rejuvenating your waist contours may create the impression that you have lost weight.

Learn more about the connection between tummy tuck and weight here.

The results of tummy tuck surgery can last for many years. Patients can help guarantee long-lasting results by exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, and avoiding weight gain and pregnancy.
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