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.
"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.
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.
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.