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After pregnancy, aging, or weight loss, the belly may suffer from an excess of sagging skin that limits wardrobe choices and reduces self-confidence. With childbirth, the abdominal muscles may become weak and separated, further compromising the lower body appearance. A tummy tuck in Dallas can be performed to beautifully restore a taut, firm midsection when dieting and exercise fail to provide results.

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What concerns can a tummy tuck address?

  • Sagging skin
  • Weak, separated stomach muscles
  • Excess fat
  • Protruding gut
  • Minor stretch marks
  • Poorly positioned belly button
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How is a tummy tuck performed?

Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and takes several hours to complete. While there are multiple tummy tuck techniques to choose from, the conventional approach is to create an incision that runs from hip to hip, with the scar well-hidden by the panty or bikini line. An additional incision may be created around the belly button as well.

Dr Beale will lift the skin up from the abdominal wall to access the underlying musculature, which he will tighten for a more toned, youthful appearance. Excess skin, fat, and tissue are removed to further improve the stomach’s contours. The doctor may employ liposuction to add refined definition and sculpting.

Dr Beale did an amazing job on my tummy tuck and breast reduction/lift. I could not be happier. Dr Beale, Blake, Dawn & Heather are a great team who made me feel very comfortable from the very first visit!

- L.T.

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What are the different tummy tuck options available?

Full tummy tuck — A full tummy tuck addresses the skin both above and below the navel, removing redundant folds while tightening the six-pack muscles. The belly button may be repositioned in a more youthful position. The surgery is often combined with a mommy makeover or liposuction to achieve comprehensive improvement in the lower body.

Mini tummy tuck — A mini tummy tuck typically addresses the area of skin beneath the navel and is performed with a shorter incision. The procedure may be most appropriate for those with limited signs of aging who are still unhappy with their appearance and have not found relief through their workouts.

Extended tummy tuck — During an extended tummy tuck, excess skin, fat, and tissue are removed not only from the stomach but also from around the flanks, waist, and hips, completing a more extensive arc around the body. Patients who have undergone massive weight loss may benefit the most from this approach.

Tummy tuck for hernia — If an umbilical or ventral hernia is present, Dr Beale can address it at the same time as your tummy tuck. Umbilical hernias can be congenital, or they may develop after multiple pregnancies. Abdominoplasty helps strengthen the stomach while improving its cosmetic appearance.

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What can I expect from my recovery?

After surgery, you’ll be accompanied home by a friend or family member who will need to assist you for the first 24 hours. Dr Beale will ensure you are well-prepared for recovery with an in-depth aftercare plan, prescription pain medications, and a compression garment to help reduce swelling. He may place drains in the treatment area to help escort excess fluids out of the body. You’ll need to avoid heavy lift, bending, and strenuous activities for 4-6 weeks, or as instructed by Dr Beale. However, most clients can expect to resume sedentary work within 2-3 weeks following their tummy tuck in Dallas.

Why choose Dr Beale?

Dr Beale is renowned for his elegant, natural results and individualized approach. With every procedure, he aims to create an outcome that is carefully curated with the patient’s unique wishes, anatomy, lifestyle, and comfort levels in mind. Dr Beale’s technical skill, consummate artistry, and passion for excellence combine to make him among the most sought-after body contouring authorities in the area.

Dr Beale underwent elite training in General, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery at the world-renowned University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he was named Chief Resident. He then completed a demanding fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Can a tummy tuck be combined with other procedures?

Yes! Abdominoplasty is often a primary component of a mommy makeover to help restore the figure after pregnancy. It can also be paired with liposuction, a thigh lift, or breast surgery.

How should I prepare for surgery?

Dr Beale will go over your current medications before surgery and may ask you to stop taking certain pills as needed. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital and assist you for the first 24 hours or so after your procedure. Make sure to fill all your prescriptions, create a comfortable recovery space, and notify your job of time off prior to your surgery day.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Tummy tuck fees will depend on the extent of the work performed and on whether you undergo additional cosmetic treatments at the same time as your abdominoplasty. Factors that will affect the final cost include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anesthesia fees, postoperative garment fees, and others. Because a tummy tuck is usually a purely cosmetic procedure, it is not typically covered by insurance.

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