Tummy Tuck Overview
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is an ideal surgical treatment to remove the stubborn tummy “pouch” that's otherwise resistant to diet or exercise. It is a popular procedure for Dallas, TX women after pregnancy, and is usually recommended when there are no plans of having additional children. Dr. Daniel Beck is a tummy tuck surgeon and also offers this procedure for both men and women who have stretched skin in the belly area after going through a major weight loss. Patients considering a tummy tuck should be close to their ideal weight. The majority of patients who undergo this treatment report a significant boost in their self-confidence because of the improvement made to their physical appearance.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"Happy! Dallas, TX - I exercised and was not extremely over weight but i had a tummy. I could never get rid of it, well with the help of Dr. Beck and his awesome staff, they helped me not only achieve my flat tummy but have given me a boost of confidence. I returned for a second procedure, lipo, to conture my sides and back a bit. I am absolutely happy with my results!"- C. / RealSelf / May 20, 2016
"Kindest and Clearest of my Doctors - Dr. Beck was kind and through, and never talked down to me. He asked sensible questions to find out about what I was looking for out of my surgery. The office was clean and they provided a comfortable environment. One thing that struck me was that Dr.Beck did the whole appointment- he did not have a nurse explain the majority of the procedure and then step in for 5 minutes at the end( I had a previous consult with a surgeon, and it felt the same as a stop at the dentist where you spend 30 minutes with a hygienist and 2 minutes with the dentist). This was important to me because this is surgery! Dr.Beck showed that he cared and he was able to find out what I wanted, and meet those goals."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 06, 2016
"The only choice for plastic surgery! - Dr. Beck and his team were amazing. I had a tummy tuck and thigh lift on January 16th. I stayed overnight two nights in the recovery hotel. My surgery was great. The staff in the hotel was at my side night & day. I had very minimal pain and my recovery has been great. My scars are healing exactly as Dr. Beck described with the help of the healing cream they offered me. I consulted 5 other..."- D. / RealSelf / Mar 08, 2018
"I scheduled my first appointment with Dr. Beck, fully intending to see at least one or two other Plastic Surgeons in order to select the best one for me. After meeting with Dr. Beck and his staff, I knew I need not look further. He was so professional and throrough in describing exactly what he would do, and the results I should expect. Leading up to the surgery, the staff was more than thorough in getting everything they needed to make my experience safe and successful. They were there for me at every turn, answering every question I had, and guiding me through the pre op requirements. My surgery was quite involved, lasting over 6 hours. I had a tummy tuck and breast lift/augmentation after losing 170 pounds. I spent the night at the Cloister Hotel (awesome nurses!) and the next morning, I was able to see the preliminary results of the surgery. I literally could not believe my eyes. All I can say is that Dr. Beck is a miracle worker. I could not have hoped for better results. I'm 60 years old and I could literally wear a bikini if I so desired. I looked better after the surgery than when I was in my 20s, thanks to Dr. Beck. If you're looking for the best plastic surgeon in the metroplex, you have found him in Dr. Beck."- L.F. / Yelp / Apr 16, 2019
"I went to Dr.Beck for tummy tuck as well as a breast lift and I highly recommend him. I was so pleased with my results! He truly did an amazing job and staff were so friendly and helpful with any questions I had. Dr. Beck always thoroughly explained everything and really cared about the results. Thank you Dr. Beck I finally feel myself again!!!"- B.H. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
Tummy Tuck Surgical Technique
Full Tummy Tuck
In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck." The difference is that ideally the patients that undego this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Liposuction is still used and excess skin is trimmed then tightened. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned.
Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay can be required specific to complex cases. As with any other surgery, abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications are provided and a compression garment is worn. The patient will need to rest up to 48 hours. From then, it is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Recovery may take up to 6 weeks.
Tummy Tuck Expected Cost
The cost for a tummy tuck depends on a variety of factors, primarily on the technique recommended that will provide the best result of the patient’s condition. Schedule an appointment for a customized consultation with Dr. Beck to determine the cost of your procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Lipo or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, we will provide a thorough assessment and determine if liposuction alone is all that is needed, or if a tummy tuck will provide the best results.
Normally, abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen area. However, sometimes other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover”. It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. Previous C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy can reduce the positive outome of this procedure.