Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we see patients who want a flatter, firmer abdomen for a variety of reasons, including aging, post-pregnancy changes to the body, excessive skin after dramatic weight loss, and even because of the natural shape of their bodies. With an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, our board-certified plastic surgeons can improve the contour of the abdomen by removing fat (panniculectomy), tightening the abdominal muscles (abdominoplasty), and eliminating excess skin.

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"Our physicians have performed thousands of abdominoplasty and body-contouring procedures, written numerous journal articles on reshaping the body, and continue to teach future plastic surgeons."

Ronald E. Hoxworth, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery

Before recommending the best approach for abdominoplasty, our surgeons consider the individual circumstances of each patient. We evaluate body type, the amount of skin and adipose (or fat) tissue to be removed from the central trunk area, and other factors. 

Types of Abdominoplasty

An Extended Abdominoplasty
(Central Body Lift)

The surgeon makes incisions around the waist to remove fat and sagging skin. Remaining skin is then flattened over the abdomen. Muscles are tightened during the procedure. We also make sure the belly button is positioned appropriately. Patients can expect a flatter abdomen and smaller waist size with this procedure.

A Mini Abdominoplasty

This is an option for patients with a high torso, along with smaller amounts of excess skin and adipose tissue, particularly above the belly button. The procedure allows for minimal incision just above the pubis area, along the bikini line. It then continues laterally to the hip. The surgery provides more impact than liposuction and can be performed on an outpatient basis. 

If You Are Considering a Tummy Tuck

  • It is important to have this procedure performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in abdominoplasty procedures.
  • Abdominoplasty is not an alternative to weight loss.
  • For the best results, it’s important to be within a healthy weight range for your height. A tummy tuck should never be a replacement for weight management. If you are significantly overweight, we recommend various diet and exercise plans in addition to other surgical and non-surgical weight loss methods available at UT Southwestern.
  • We are a leader in techniques and research involving aesthetic and reconstructive procedures such as abdominoplasty.
  • It is important to receive care at an accredited medical facility from a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced with abdominoplasty procedures.