Tummy Tuck

Advanced Surgical Arts

Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Plano, TX

A tummy tuck dramatically improves your appearance by eliminating excess fat, removing loose skin, and tightening your abdominal muscles. Doohi Lee, MD, FAARM, at Advanced Surgical Arts has extensive experience performing tummy tuck surgery and the artistic ability to deliver results that meet your expectations. If you’ve dreamed of a more youthful, tighter abdomen, call the office in Plano, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Tummy Tuck Q & A

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove extra skin and fat from your abdomen. Before performing the tummy tuck, Dr. Lee uses liposuction to maximize the fat reduction before tightening your skin.

After liposuction, extra skin is removed, weak or separated abdominal muscles are repaired, and your navel is repositioned if necessary. The final result is a flat, well-toned abdomen.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

For some patients, a tummy tuck is the final step after losing weight or a way to regain a tight abdomen after a pregnancy.

In some cases, patients have maintained a healthy weight for years but still have problem belly fat and unattractive loose skin due to genetics, stress, lack of sleep, hormone changes, and aging.

Most patients who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen are good candidates for a tummy tuck. However, you’ll get the best results if you’re physically healthy and at a stable body weight.

What are the different types of tummy tucks?

Depending on the location and amount of extra skin, and your aesthetic goals, Dr. Lee may recommend one of the following types of tummy tucks:

  • Standard tummy tuck: improves the contour of your entire abdominal area
  • Extended tummy tuck: more skin is removed from a wider area
  • Mini tummy tuck: improves only the area below your navel

An extended tummy tuck is often the best procedure for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. A mini tummy tuck is reserved for those who need minimal improvement.

What should I expect after a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a safe procedure, but it’s still major surgery, and you need to plan downtime to recover. After your tummy tuck, your abdomen will feel sore and tender. You may also have temporary tubes in place to help drain fluid.

Dr. Lee provides detailed aftercare instructions and lets you know the amount of time you’ll need to take off for your recovery. In most cases, patients get back to their normal routine in a few weeks.

A tummy tuck is a great way to reclaim a tight, smooth abdomen. If you’d like to learn more about the procedure and whether it’s a good choice for your goals, call Advanced Surgical Arts or book an appointment online.