Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, genetics, and the aging process can leave you with unwanted skin and fat deposits on your abdomen.
If diet and exercise have not helped you reach your goals, Dr. Bruce Hermann can perform a tummy tuck to permanently correct these concerns.
Why is abdominoplasty a great choice for many patients at our Denton, TX, practice?
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Requirements for Patients Considering Abdominoplasty
The most common limitations of tummy tuck surgery occur when patients are significantly overweight. An abdominoplasty is safest and provides the best results when the patient is close to their ideal body weight. During your consultation, Dr. Hermann will share his thoughts on whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Your safety and satisfaction are Dr. Hermann’s top priorities, so you can rest assured that he will be completely up-front and honest in his evaluation of whether you are a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery and what type of outcome you can expect.
Are you worried about post-surgical scars?
We Work Carefully to Minimize Scarring
The length of the incision needed to perform an abdominoplasty is different for each patient, depending on the amount of loose skin you have. Most patients will have an incision that extends a fair distance across their abdomen. However, the incision is made low on the abdomen so that it is hidden in the bikini line.
Given the fact that most patients’ scars will heal very well, those considering this procedure are more than happy to trade a scar in the bikini line for a much improved and more youthful appearance in their abdomen.
What steps will Dr. Hermann take during treatment?
More Information About the Procedure
Abdominoplasty is the medical term for the procedure more commonly known as a tummy tuck. As we age, and especially after child birth, the skin of the abdomen or tummy area can become loose or lax resulting in an unwanted appearance. Unfortunately, this unwanted appearance often cannot be improved with exercise. Not only does the skin get laxity or looseness, but the fascia (the tough layer that makes up your abdominal wall) can get stretched out as well, which can result in abnormal bulges in the abdomen along with the excess skin.
Having an abdominoplasty addresses both issues by tightening up the fascia layer, as well as removing any excess skin, to give your abdomen a more attractive and youthful contour. The incision made during the procedure is placed at the bottom of your abdomen in the bikini line to better conceal the incision. The abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, and it is not covered by insurance.
What is the difference between a full and mini abdominoplasty?
Some patients only have modest laxity of their skin that is isolated to the area below their belly button. If they don’t have bulging of the abdomen from an overly loose fascia, they may be candidates for a mini abdominoplasty, where the operation is limited to the area below the belly button. This operation results in less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery. During your consult, Dr. Hermann will evaluate and determine if you are a candidate for the mini abdominoplasty.
Do I have to have drains placed if I have an abdominoplasty?
Yes, all patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery will have one or two drains in place when they awaken from their procedure. The drains collect any excess fluid that would accumulate in the space where the dissection is performed for an abdominoplasty. The length of time that the drains are required to stay varies from patient to patient, but most patients will have their drains removed in 1-2 weeks, depending on how much fluid they collect each day.
In addition to the drains, you will also have a very small catheter at the top of your abdomen which is used to deliver an anesthetic pain medicine to your operative site. This is removed within 2-3 days after your surgery.
What are the risks of abdominoplasty?
As with all surgeries, infection is a risk, albeit very low. Given that drains are placed at the time of surgery, the risks of bleeding, hematoma, and seroma are all greatly reduced since the drains will collect any excess fluid underneath the skin on the abdomen. Issues with wound healing at the incision site sometimes occur, and these are increased when a very large amount of skin and/or fat has been removed. All risks will be thoroughly discussed at the time of your consultation.
How is an abdominoplasty procedure performed?
In the operating room, you will be placed under a general anesthesia. An incision is made at the bottom of your abdomen in the bikini line area. From there, the skin and fat of the abdomen is dissected off the abdominal wall fascia, up to the upper abdomen. If your fascia is loose, Dr. Hermann will place sutures to tighten up your abdominal wall. At this point, the skin and fat of the abdomen is pulled down to tighten it. The excess skin and fat is removed, and the belly button is placed in its new position on your abdomen. The drains and pain catheter are placed, and the incision is closed in a manner to provide the best scar possible. You will be placed in an abdominal binder compression garment, which you will wear for a several weeks after surgery. Patients are sent home the same day as their surgery.
How is the recovery after an abdominoplasty?
The first few days after tummy tuck surgery can be quite sore, although the pain catheter goes a long way to reduce this discomfort. You will feel like taking it easy for several days after your surgery, but you will soon feel up to returning to your daily activities. In 2-3 days, your pain catheter will be removed. You will record the output of your drains each day, and they will be removed as soon as the output drops to desired levels, which takes about 1-2 weeks.
Bruising and swelling are common after abdominoplasty, but they generally resolve within 1-2 weeks. Patients generally return to work within 2-3 weeks. Usually, within 4-5 week after surgery you can resume any exercise or strenuous activity. Contact us at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery Center in Denton, Texas to learn more about abdominoplasty surgery.
Achieve a More Toned Appearance with a Mini Tummy Tuck
For patients with excess skin or fat below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can restore a slimmer, more toned waistline. In comparison to a full tummy tuck, this modified procedure uses a shorter incision and targets the mid-abdomen area. At North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery Center in Denton, TX, Dr. Hermann can remove stubborn fat cells with liposuction, tighten the abdominal wall muscles, and trim excess skin to add more definition and shape to your figure. Although not considered a weight loss procedure, a mini tummy tuck can help patients achieve a flatter midsection when diet and exercise prove ineffective.
Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Full Tummy Tuck
We recommend a full tummy tuck for patients with loose skin and excess fat throughout the entire abdomen, as well as weakened abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy or weight loss. This procedure generally necessitates a hip-to-hip incision and requires the naval to be removed and repositioned.
A mini tummy tuck is ideal for patients with localized excess fat and skin in the mid-abdomen area, which cannot be addressed with diet or exercise alone.
A mini tummy tuck, also known as a partial abdominoplasty targets areas below the naval. Only a single incision is required for this procedure, and it does not involve removing and repositioning the naval. In addition, the incision is generally smaller than that of a traditional tummy tuck. This treatment is ideal for patients with localized excess fat and skin in the mid-abdomen area, which cannot be addressed with diet or exercise alone. As a mini tummy tuck involves less extensive treatment, the recovery period is shorter.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for this procedure include healthy patients who are within 10 percent of their normal body weight. It is also imperative that patients:
- Do not smoke
- Do not wish to become pregnant in the future
- Are committed to maintaining results
- Have realistic expectations about the procedure
- Do not have a serious medical condition that could hinder recovery
Dr. Hermann can review your medical history and cosmetic goals during your private consultation to determine whether a mini tummy tuck is right for you. He can also discuss the procedure in detail, taking the time to answer any questions or address any concerns. To ensure your comfort both during and after the procedure, Dr. Hermann can review pre and postoperative instructions.
What to Expect
We can perform this procedure under local anesthesia and mild sedation, or if necessary, general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia we recommend will depend on your needs and complexity of your procedure. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Hermann can make an incision beneath your naval directly above the pubic bone to access the underlying tissues and muscles. The incision itself is generally three to five inches in length and can be easily concealed by underwear or bikini bottoms.
Dr. Hermann can then remove stubborn fat cells with liposuction and tighten the abdominal wall muscles as needed. Next, he can trim excess skin and close the incision with sutures, before placing a compression garment over the area.
Most patients can return home within a few hours of the procedure. You can typically resume normal activity within two to three days. However, you should avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks. If you experience post-operative pain or discomfort, you can take over-the-counter medication or any prescribed medication as directed. Wearing your compression garment can also help to minimize swelling and bruising.
Benefits of a Mini Tummy Tuck
As compared to a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck provides exceptional benefits for the right patients, including:
- Minimal scarring
- Faster recovery
- Reduced postoperative pain
In addition, a mini tummy tuck can improve your confidence and quality of life.
Tummy Tuck Cost Factors
Tummy tuck cost depends on a variety of factors, including the extent of your procedure and whether or not you combine it with other body contouring treatments. As costs vary from patient to patient, Dr. Hermann can take the time to review the treatment process and discuss all costs involved during your consultation at our Denton, TX, office. By doing so, he can ensure you feel confident in the decision to undergo surgery. As tummy tucks are not usually not covered by insurance, we accept CareCredit® financing at North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery Center, to make our treatments more affordable and accessible.
Complexity of Surgery
Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and the natural aging process can significantly impact the appearance of your abdomen. When diet and exercise are no longer effective, you may wish to consider a tummy tuck. At North Texas Breast and Plastic Surgery, we offer both mini and full tummy tucks. We can recommend the best procedure for your body type and goals.
Dr. Hermann will also take the time to discuss the procedure in detail and the costs involved. This will eliminate any surprises from the process and provide clarity and peace of mind.
While a traditional tummy tuck delivers more dramatic results, it is also more extensive and will generally cost more than a mini tummy tuck. If you wish to address areas of concern limited to your lower abdomen, Dr. Hermann typically recommends a mini tummy tuck, especially for patients who are within 10 perfect of their normal body weight.
We often perform a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover to help our patients regain their pre-pregnancy figure. During treatment, we can incorporate liposuction, a thigh lift, and breast surgery for comprehensive results. When we combine multiple procedures into a single plan, we can reduce the overall cost of treatment.
Surgeon’s Experience and Skill
Plastic surgeons with years of experience may charge more for cosmetic treatments than surgeons new to the industry. However, when researching surgeons, it is important to consider their caliber, reputation, and results. A surgeon who charges less upfront may save you money initially, but if they are unable to provide high-quality care, you may experience complications or require additional surgery.
When you trust your care to Dr. Hermann, you can feel confident that he will provide personalized care and excellent results. He was educated in the most advanced techniques under world-renowned surgeons, and he is passionate about helping patients achieve their ideal figures. Read why so many patients have chosen Dr. Hermann to perform their plastic surgery procedure.
Location of Practice
The geographical location of the surgical facility can also impact the total cost of your tummy tuck. Facilities located in cities tend to charge more for plastic surgery procedures than practices located in suburban areas. Choosing to have your procedure performed in Denton, a suburb of Dallas, may result in a lower cost than undergoing treatment within the Dallas city limits.
North Texas Breast & Plastic Surgery
Dr. Bruce Hermann has trained under world-renowned plastic surgeons and implements the BodyLogic™ system to achieve optimal surgical outcomes. We accept financing so every patient can access our advanced treatments:
- United Medical Credit
"Dr. Hermann is one of the finest plastic surgeons in the city of Denton. Dr. Hermann recently removed my breast implants and gave me a beautiful lift."Kathy