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Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Right for Me?

A woman walking down a pathOur bodies change as we gain weight, lose weight, have kids, and get older. These changes can lead to strain on the skin as well as stretch marks, particularly around the stomach and sides. Dr. Mark A. Deuber offers tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to get rid of loose skin and improve a patient’s overall figure.

That sounds great, but you may be wondering if a tummy is the ideal procedure for you.

The team at our Dallas, TX plastic surgery center would like to go over some of the basics of tummy tuck surgery. You may find out that tummy tuck is just what you’ve been waiting for.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Accomplish?

During a tummy tuck, incisions are made around the lower abdominal area. Through these incisions, a plastic surgeon can revise the underlying structures of the abdominal region, remove excess skin, and redrape the abdominal skin. The result is a trimmer, slimmer stomach free from drooping and sagging.

Reasons People Undergo a Tummy Tuck

The most common reasons why people undergo a tummy tuck tend to involve weight loss and loose skin. Below are three common reasons why people ask us about the procedure.

Loose Skin Around the Abdomen

Drooping skin around the abdominal region can be a major issue, affecting your appearance as well as the way you feel about your body. A tummy tuck can fix that.

Massive Weight Loss

After losing a lot of weight, you’re bound to have a lot of loose skin around your stomach. A tummy tuck is ideal for getting rid of this loose belly skin. Whether you lose weight naturally or undergo bariatric surgery, a tummy tuck can help.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth puts a woman’s body through many changes, which includes stretching out the skin of the abdomen. A tummy tuck will get rid of this loose skin, helping you have a trimmer stomach in the process.

The Timing of a Tummy Tuck

If you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, we will need to discuss the timing of your surgery. It’s important that you have reached an ideal weight or body mass prior to the surgery being performed. That ensures a plastic surgeon’s ability to remove as much excess skin as possible.

If the tummy tuck is performed too early, you may wind up with a little bit of sagging skin as you continue to shed unwanted weight.

Other Procedures That May Be More Ideal for You

Sometimes a tummy tuck is not the right option for a patient’s body contouring needs. More involved procedures may be better for comprehensively sculpting and shaping a patient’s figure.

Women who’ve experienced many changes from pregnancy and childbirth may be more ideally suited for a mommy makeover. For people who’ve lost major amounts of body mass, a body lift after massive weight loss would be more ideal.

Both the mommy makeover and body lift combine a tummy tuck with other contouring and skin tightening procedures. We’ll be sure to discuss these matters with you in greater detail during the consultation process. This is a great chance for us to assess your body contouring needs and cosmetic goals.

Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you would like more information about tummy tuck and whether or not it’s right for you, be sure to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon. We’ll be more than happy to answer all of your questions and address your concerns about this and other body contouring surgeries.

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