Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Dallas

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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’ Approach to a Tummy Tuck

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 things in common:

  • Diet and exercise alone have not been an effective way to obtain the smoother abdomen that they desire.
  • Those who are considering a tummy tuck often feel uncomfortable about their appearance, especially when wearing tight fitting clothes, a bathing suit or when undressed.
  • Excess abdominal skin, common after significant weight loss, often makes it difficult for these men and women to wear certain clothing, or to exercise comfortably.

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:

  • A tummy tuck is a body re-contouring procedure, not a weight loss surgery.
  • A tummy tuck will create a hip to hip scar, typically hidden beneath the bikini line if possible, but patients should be aware that there are aesthetic trade-offs.

The Costs of a Tummy Tuck

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.

Determining if You are a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

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:

  • You are in good overall health
  • You have realistic expectations for the tummy tuck surgery and results
  • You are a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate both the tummy tuck surgery and its recovery process. Dr. Hopkins encourage any potential patients who smoke to quit for at least 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after their tummy tuck
  • You are in good psychological health

Learning About the Tummy Tuck Procedure

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 going under general anesthesia and want to fully understand what will happen to them during their surgery.

During a tummy tuck, you will:

  • Be placed under general anesthesia so that you are completely asleep and unaware of the procedure.
  • Have your unwanted belly skin and fat removed.
  • If needed for separated abdominal muscles; have permanent stitches placed to align these muscles and repair them.

The Tummy Tuck Recovery Process

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.

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.*

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today!

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.

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