Many Dallas men and women experience a change in their abdomen after a significant weight gain or loss, leaving them with excess, loose abdominal skin. Women who have recently given birth to children may also be suffering from separated abdominal muscles, or diastasis recti, a common pregnancy complication that causes the belly to protrude and is best fixed surgically. For men and women experiencing any or all of these unwanted symptoms, a tummy tuck is an excellent procedure for removing unwanted, excess skin, repairing separated abdominal muscles and obtaining a tighter, smoother abdomen.*
Dr. Hopkins of J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery is a firm believer that the best way for a tummy tuck candidate to become fully informed about his or her potential procedure is to speak with the surgeon who will be performing it directly. For this reason, Dr. Hopkins, who has 18+ years of plastic surgery experience and has performed more than 5,000 procedures, spends a considerable amount of time with his Dallas plastic surgery candidates building an instant rapport with them, listening to them discuss their problem areas and concerns, and communicating to them what he, given his professional medical opinion, expects he can accomplish via a tummy tuck procedure.
Dallas tummy tuck patients have several things in common:
After evaluating each potential tummy tuck patient individually during their initial consultation, Dr. Hopkins tells them whether or not they are a candidate for the surgery. He explains to tummy tuck candidates that:
Dr. Hopkins never wants surgical pricing to become a barrier between you getting, or reclaiming, the body you want. Because he knows that tummy tucks can be cost-prohibitive for some, his practice, J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery, offers financing options for Dallas patients. This allows the procedure to be available to a wider variety of area residents. If you would like to learn more about our financing options, please call and speak with a member of our friendly team in our Dallas office today.
Having excess abdominal skin or fat, and/or separated abdominal muscles isn’t the only criteria you’ll need to meet to be eligible for a tummy tuck procedure. Additionally, Dr. Hopkins will need to confirm that:
For many of Dr. Hopkins tummy tuck patients, this procedure is the first surgery they have ever had. For that reason, some Dallas patients are understandably nervous about the procedure.
Dr. Hopkins believes in being completely transparent with his patients and uses patient education to prepare his tummy tuck patients for their procedure. While most Dallas women know that a tummy tuck will give them a tight, firm abdomen, they’re not always sure how the procedure is performed and where the incision will be placed.
After you have been prepared for surgery and given general anesthesia, Dr. Hopkins will first make an incision on your abdomen that reaches from hip to hip. While this is a long incision, it is necessary to give Dr. Hopkins the access he needs to the skin and muscles that need to be corrected. The good news is that the tummy tuck incision sits well below the bikini line and won’t be noticeable in clothing or swimwear, so you’ll definitely be able to show off your new figure at the beach without worry about showing off your incision, too.
Many times, women who elect to have a tummy tuck suffer from separated abdominal muscles, so once the incision is made Dr. Hopkins will carefully examine your abdominal muscles to determine if they need to be repaired. Separated abdominal muscles, or diastasis recti is often the result of pregnancy. Unfortunately, some Dallas women’s abdominal muscles to not return to their original position; therefore, a pooch is left behind. Diastasis recti is best addressed through surgical intervention for a permanent solution. For patients with separated abdominal muscles, Dr. Hopkins will correct them by permanently sewing them back together.
After he makes any needed repairs to the abdominal muscles, Dr. Hopkins will then get to work removing the excess skin from your abdomen. Removing excess skin can get rid of stretch marks as well, and this is what gives his Dallas patients the nice, tight abdomen they’ve been dreaming of – one that is totally beach-worthy!
After Dr. Hopkins has stitched your incision closed, you will then be taken to a recovery room and monitored until you wake up from the effects of anesthesia. You will need someone with you to drive you home after your surgery since the anesthesia will take hours to wear off.
A tummy tuck is major abdominal surgery, and as such, requires a careful recovery process.
The exact amount of time it will take for you to recover will all depend on your individualized surgical plan and the work that Dr. Hopkins performs. Typically speaking, Dallas tummy tuck patients require 2-4 weeks off work or school for rest and recovery.
In order to speed up your recovery, and make it easier, Dr. Hopkins recommends his tummy tuck patients:
As mentioned above, all physical activity, including heavy lifting (small children included), walking and riding a bike, should be limited during your initial recovery process. At about 3-4 weeks post-op, you can usually return to non-abdominal exercises.* Most tummy tuck patients can resume abdominal exercises about 6 weeks after their surgery.
General, tummy tuck procedures only have to be performed once, as long as the patient maintains a stable weight. While your skin will still age, and will probably lose some elasticity, it’s not likely that it will ever get back to the degree at which it was prior to your procedure. But remember, to maintain your tummy tuck results you’ll also need to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen.
The only way to know whether or not a tummy tuck procedure will help your specific “problem,” is to call J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hopkins. During your appointment, he will be able to fully examine your abdomen and develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs and body type.
If you’re ready for a tighter, smoother abdomen, then don’t delay. Get on your way to the body you want.
Call Dr. Hopkins’ Dallas office today to schedule an initial consultation at (972) 298-6641.
*Individual results may vary.