Tummy Tuck Overview
Proper diet and exercise alone do not always result in the flat stomach you seek. Loose skin, excess fat, and lax abdominal muscles can sometimes limit your abdominal appearance no matter how many stomach crunches and sit-ups you do. If you are bothered by the less than sleek appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck may be a good option for you. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, surgically removes redundant skin and unwanted fat from the abdominal area and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a sleeker profile and a tighter, flatter tummy. The tummy tuck is a very popular surgery that can even improve the appearance of stretch marks.
Dallas, Texas double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, has performed many successful tummy tucks resulting in a flat, firm, and beautiful contour. Undesired excess fat and stretched skin around the belly is very common after a significant weight loss, aging, or after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty offers a great aesthetic solution, often leaving patients very comfortable and pleased after this procedure.
Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty offers great benefits to healthy men and women of all ages. It is best suited for those in relatively good shape, but with loose abdominal fat that won't respond to dieting or exercise. Patients considering a tummy tuck surgery should be at or near their goal weight. Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. White, believes that this surgery garners the most effective results once all pregnancies have been completed and additional weight gain can be avoided. Men or women bothered by any of the following conditions are often good candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Loose, sagging abdominal skin
- Excess fat in the abdominal area
- A protruding abdomen
- Abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"i had a tummy tuck in june2013. i am 4mos post op. i love the results!!!! Dr White did an amazing job. I had lost in the past year over 120lbs and with the birth of my children did not have the stomach that i wanted. Dr White is so amazing as a surgeon. We had a four hour consultation which was informative. Dr white took the time to go over the procedure and answer any question that my husband or i had. Surgery is a big risk and he is of the mind set know what you are getting into and be prepared. He does just that. i had so many of them and he is very patient and kind with all of my concerns. The scaring was what i was most concerned with in the beginning, now the scarline you can barely see it. The scar creme is working wonders. The thing that surprised me the most was the shape of my new body. I feel so much better after a run and knowing i do not have an extra stomach of skin to carry around. i felt like the surgery was the icing on the cake. I could not be any happier with the results. Some of the benefits that i did not expect was additional 20lb weight loss. Also i now have definition and a waistline! That is what i liked the most. Everyday is a new day! I highly recommend Dr White and his staff. They are on call 24/7 and will answer any question you have. i highly recommend Dr White and his staff!!"- L.M. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"There came a point in my life when my children were grown and I was able to think about myself first. I still felt young but my body didn?t match the way I felt. Going through multiple pregnancies had left the skin on my stomach loose and scarred with stretch marks. Also, no amount of exercise could tighten my damaged abs. I never wanted anyone to see my stomach. When I decided to have a tummy tuck, I started researching doctors. I poured over the before and after pictures in my area but was not overly excited about their results. So I broadened my search to Dallas. After interviewing several doctors there, I felt most comfortable entrusting my body to Dr. Steven White. He is a perfectionist and has the aesthetic of an artist. He is very experienced and double board certified. He and his staff spend as much time as you need explaining the procedure and recovery. They have videos for you to watch and literature to read. Abdominoplasty is serious surgery. Recovery takes time, but you will be up and leading a normal life in just a few weeks. I was fortunate to have a husband who was willing to take time off from work to care for me after my surgery. I stayed in Dallas just over a week and then returned periodically for check-ups. Dr. White is a perfectionist and it is important to follow his instructions but he is there for you every step of the way. He came to my hospital room the evening of my surgery and got me up for my first walk. He was on one side of me and my husband on the other and they made sure that I completed the circuit. He leaves nothing to chance and is very concerned about every patient. It has been almost a year now and I am so glad that I did it. I wish I had done it sooner. My tummy is flat and my skin smooth. The scar is thin, flat and in the process of fading. It is slightly pink now but will be a white line in few months. I also have a new and cute belly button. My body finally matches the way I feel. I even wore a bikini last summer. I am no longer embarrassed about my body."- L.P. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"Absolutely love Dr. White and the whole team!!! I had been morbidly obese most of my life. Found a trainer, went through all the hard work of diet and exercise for about 4 years and at the end I was super happy with being smaller and wearing smaller sizes, being able to move and being athletic. HOWEVER... I had a LOT of extra skin. Every time I saw it it made me feel fat. It looked gross and considering all the work I had put in... it still looked like I didn't work out. Fact is, there is a point where you cannot diet / exercise certain things away, and that's where I was. I also had decided during this process that I wanted to compete in fitness and all that pudgy looking extra skin would have to go. So I did lots of research, talked to lots of surgeons' offices/docs and read about choosing a surgeon, looked at before & after pics and started to notice that results were not the same some looked kinda bad even though they were promoting their results. I worked really hard to have abs, I wanted them to show! I wanted a well placed incision so I could wear a bikini, and it was getting kinda scary... then I found Dr White's website. As a side note: If you are going to a Plastic Surgeon, you are spending a good deal of money for a voluntary procedure. You should be treated a certain amount of special, not primadona special but special. Some Dallas docs treat you slightly or not even better than a free clinic. Pretty sure Dr. White ends up fixing their work ;-) Okay, so here's why I love the whole Dr White practice: Every person is a professional and is caring and concerned about your mental and physical well being. Jennifer painstakingly lays out all the prep work before your surgery so you know what to do, have on hand and expect! Never seen this before, ever! Whenever you call Jasmine, Jennifer, everyone... all super helpful and knowledgeable. Even the surgical team who you really only consciously spend a few minutes with are awesome and memorable! How does one man pull such an amazing team together? Okay about Dr. White: he is a perfectionist, and who doesn't want that in a plastic surgeon?!?!?! He is brilliant, witty, enthusiastic and so caring. I was scared about having this surgery but I knew I would lose motivation to workout everyday and eat the way I needed to if I didn't get rid of the icky extra skin and lax tone of my midsection. When I visited Dr. White they were honest and clear about where my head needed to be and that I should be able to maintain my weight to follow through. I had checked the after pics and he was the ONLY surgeon who had tummy tuck patients with contour on their abs and midsection... the ONLY one! I was shocked! I had worked too hard to develop strong abs for them to never show! BTW, every step of the way, my husband was looking over my shoulder to make sure that I was not taking chances or being reckless in any way with my health. So when we met Dr. White and both felt he was the Doc for me, that was a HUGE hurdle! I was scared to have any surgery and Dr White and the ladies there made me realize that was kinda silly, the worrying was on them, the prep and healing parts were my part, with their assistance. The perfectionist in Dr White is amazing and consistent, in your visits in the office, the OR and hospital. The hospital staff is even aware of his perfectionism, great results and detail to every single procedure including getting you out of bed with this procedure. The incision is perfectly placed, my stomach has never looked better, there were some extra bonuses to my procedure that make me super tickled with the results. I am so very happy with my midsection that I recently went back to Dr White to have my eyes and brow lifted. If you are considering a tummy tuck at whatever age (did I mention I'm 56?) be sure to check out Dr White and his team. "- J.R. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"I was always envious of women with bigger breasts than mine and had secretly always wanted them. I knew surgery was expensive and from what I had seen on friends and co-workers sometimes the results can look fake and unattractive. I then became friends with a women who had breast implants and hers looked amazing. I had to keep reminding myself everytime I saw her because they looked so perfect and natural. After further discussion with her I decided to schedule an appointment with Dr.White. After meeting him and his staff I knew this was the right decision for me. Dr. White is an amazing surgeon, his attention to detail and perfection is outstanding. His staff is absolutely wonderful. I was anxious about the procedure but I knew I was in good hands with Dr. White. The procedure went beautifully, my pain level was none, no bruising or discomfort of any kind, I was home by 4:00pm the day of the surgery. I was out running errands with my husband the next day. As my breasts have settled and are looking more natural, I love them. I feel so confident and happy about my new breasts, this was one of the best decisions I made for myself. I have family and friends that want breast augmentations, tummy tucks, lipo, I tell all of them Dr.White is the only doctor you need to visit. This has been a wonderful and very easy expereince for me. I am extremely happy with my results."- A.T. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
"Dr. Steven J. White, Doc of Ageless (mine) I scheduled a tummy tuck July 2010, in Tyler, Texas. Thank goodness, my THEN husband and family threw a SHOE, and I cancelled. 210 lbs later (divorced husband), I did some thorough research and 'discovered' Dr. White. As demanding on himself and he is on me, Dr. White is not an easy task master. However, I am sooo thankful my former husband and family were so completely against the surgery in 2010. Tummy Tuck? No, not really. I believe that Dr. White should rename his procedure...maybe Total Torso Transformation. (come on, he IS an artist, after all). This surgery is not for everyone. Only the dedicated should venture here. However, I am so glad that I did. The office staff is attentive, and responsive to all gripping, complaining, and grumbling. They are also GREAT encouragers. My surgery was May 21 - it is June 7th... and I still have a few months to go to appreciate the final results. But today... Thank you Dr. White, Jennifer, Jasmine, ALL office staff, and the hospital staff at the Texas Institute of Surgery. You KNOW how I talk.... D'Laine Shipp"- D.S. / Google / Jan 30, 2014
consult with dr. white
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering a tummy tuck. Plastic surgeon Dr. Steven White believes in a careful and thorough patient consultation to assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have. This will help Dr. White develop an individual surgical plan.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during a consultation with Dr. White include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
During your initial examination, Dr. White will evaluate:
- The quality and elasticity of your abdominal skin
- The status of the underlying abdominal muscles
- The amount of excess fat in the area
- The location of any existing scars
In men and women with limited issues to correct, Dr. White may suggest alternate treatment options, such as liposuction or a mini-tummy tuck. Dallas patients are encouraged to ask Dr. White any questions they might have while exploring all of their cosmetic treatment options before surgery.
Prepping for Surgery
It is important to follow Dr. White's instructions when preparing for tummy tuck surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours after you leave the hospital
Tummy Tuck During/After Surgery
For your comfort and convenience, Dr. White maintains privileges in several hospitals in greater Dallas/Fort Worth. Abdominoplasty may require a short, one- to two-night hospital stay, though some patients are able to return home the same day.
During surgery, medications will be administered to ensure comfort. General anesthesia is used to allow you to sleep during the procedure. Dr. White uses only doctors (anesthesiologists), not nurses (CRNAs or anesthetists), to administer anesthesia to his Dallas cosmetic surgery patients. He will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
Abdominoplasty procedures generally use a horizontal incision above the pubic area. When possible, the incision will be kept within average swimsuit lines. The incision length will depend upon the amount of loose skin to be removed. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs. Abdominal skin is drawn down and excess is removed. Using this incision, Dr. White may tighten the abdominal muscles, if needed, by pulling them together and stitching them in place. He will also trim any excess skin from the lower abdomen. Though it is not always possible to remove them all, stretch marks are often removed with the excess skin.
With a complete abdominoplasty, a new opening is cut for the navel. A second incision around the navel is used so the skin can be pulled down and the excess removed. In this instance, the navel will remain intact in the underlying tissue, but will be exposed through a new section of skin. Both incisions are stitched closed. Although the navel's position remains unchanged, its appearance may be slightly altered and is often improved due to Dr. White's refined techniques.
Dr. White uses advanced techniques to foster faster recovery in all his Dallas cosmetic surgery patients. Directly after surgery, you'll be taken to a recovery area. To prevent the accumulation of fluids, small drainage tubes will have been placed beneath the skin. Though you will feel some soreness, it is generally well-controlled with pain medication. Dressings may be applied to your abdomen and covered with tape or an elastic bandage.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
To promote blood circulation, you will be encouraged to get up and move around soon after surgery. Bending and lifting, however, should be avoided at this stage. Sleeping on your back with your knees up may also be recommended for the first few weeks after surgery.
Though everyone heals at a different pace, your recovery will roughly follow this general time line:
Within the first 7 – 10 days:
- Swelling and bruising will reach their peak
- Drainage tubes will be removed
- Stitches may be removed
After several weeks:
- Activity and exercise will gradually increase
- Non-strenuous work will resume
- Bruising and swelling will continue to subside
- Your results will begin to emerge
After a few months:
- Your final results will begin to appear
- Tightness will disappear
- Sensation may slowly improve
- Your incision line may begin to fade
After surgery, the patient has a flatter, trimmer abdomen. Scars are permanent, but will fade with time.
What to Expect with Tummy Tuck
Soon after surgery, you may begin to notice an improvement to your abdominal shape. As you heal and your swelling subsides, your firmer, sleeker contour will begin to emerge. Many Dallas tummy tuck patients report a boost in their confidence and a heightened body image after surgery. Though your tummy tuck scarring is permanent, it is generally easy to conceal beneath undergarments and will fade significantly over time.
Generally, you can expect long-lasting results from your abdominoplasty procedure. If you maintain a fairly steady weight, you can expect to keep your new contour for many years. Gravity, aging, and weight fluctuations may loosen the abdominal skin somewhat. If any of thes occur, additional surgical treatment can be used to restore your sleek contour.
Dr. White believes in the importance of follow-up visits, to answer any questions you may have and monitor your healing process. Rather than delegating all of these visits to a nurse, he enjoys seeing his patients as they heal over time. Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled after the initial healing period, during the first few days after surgery. In the following months, Dr. White may ask you to return for periodic check-ups. Keeping these appointments is important to allow him to assess your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Additional Options for Tummy Tuck
A full, traditional tummy tuck is not needed for all patients. Some patients will achieve the results they seek with a limited or "mini" abdominoplasty. Liposuction alone may also meet the needs of some. During a consultation for abdominoplasty, Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. White, will explain these options and evaluate whether they are viable options for you.
The "mini" abdominoplasty procedure is used to correct issues in the lower abdomen only. It entails less scarring than a full tummy tuck, but will not address loose skin above the navel.
Liposuction alone is the option viable only for those with good skin elasticity and muscle tone. Though liposuction can remove abdominal fat, it cannot smooth loose skin or tighten abdominal muscles. It is, however, a popular option for women who are planning future pregnancies.
Tummy Tuck Other Considerations
Because pregnancy and weight fluctuations can mar your tummy tuck results after surgery, many women postpone their procedures until they plan to have no more children and their weight is stable. Abdominal scars from previous surgeries can limit your abdominoplasty result. Though in some cases, such as with many Cesarean section scars, the new incisions can be made below the existing scar which can then be removed at the time of your tummy tuck for an enhanced look.
Though thousands of men and women undergo tummy tuck surgery each year and experience no major complications, the procedure does carry some degree of risk. It is important you be well informed of these risks when considering a tummy tuck. Dallas cosmetic surgeon, Dr. White, sees the discussion of potential risks and complications as one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, he will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer instructions on how to minimize your risk.
Tummy Tuck Choosing the Right Surgeon
Dr. White believes choosing a qualified surgeon to perform a successful tummy tuck is one of the most important factors. Though it's hard to believe, not all physicians who perform cosmetic surgery have had formal surgical training. It's important to research the credentials of all surgeons you consider for your procedure. Dr. White is fully trained in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, as well as Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). He invites potential patients to fully explore his training, background, and experience during a personal consultation.
Find out if your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Surgeons with this certification have completed a minimum of 5 years of surgical training following medical school, including a plastic surgery residency program. During this intensive program, surgeons learn to perform surgical procedures for the entire body and face. At the same time, they develop their technical skills and aesthetic judgment. After training, a surgeon must pass comprehensive oral and written exams before being granted certification.
Both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery require their members to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons with this certification have completed approved training and examinations in plastic surgery, including both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
Dallas, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. White, is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is one of the few plastic surgeons in the United States certified by both of these boards.
It is also very important to find out if your surgeon has operating privileges in an accredited hospital for the procedure you are considering, even if you are planning to undergo surgery in your doctor's office or at a surgery center. Before granting privileges, hospital review committees evaluate a surgeon's training and competency for specific procedures. Dr. White is proud to maintain surgical privileges at several hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Attain a Flat Tummy!
Though extensive tummy tuck information is provided on this website, the best way to get answers to specific questions about your needs is to schedule a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For individuals in the Dallas area considering an abdominoplasty, Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. White, is ABPS certified and will gladly address any questions and concerns you may have during a consultation. If you have loose and sagging skin in your abdominal region and are ready to attain a flat tummy, please call our plastic surgery office today and schedule a consultation with the acclaimed Dr. White today.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
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