Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Dallas
An undesirable abdominal shape, such as a “pot belly” or “pooch,” often results from the overstretching of skin and muscle and from fat deposits. Stretched tissue and stubborn fat may not respond to diet and exercise, and a belly paunch can make you feel self-conscious. For a solution, many patients seek out Dr. Steve Byrd for a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. A tummy tuck repairs abdominal skin and muscle that have been stretched, usually due to pregnancy or weight gain. The treatment restores the abdomen to a flatter, slimmer profile with scars hidden beneath the bikini line.
If a tummy tuck in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area is something you want to learn more about, then come in to talk with plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Byrd. Call (214) 821-9662, or request $100 off your consultation today. Our plastic surgery office is in downtown Dallas on North Central Expressway near the North Park Mall.
Why Choose Dr Byrd
- He has performed approximately 4,000 body and breast procedures.
- He safely combines liposuction with tummy tuck.
- He matches your body contouring needs with 1 of 4 variations of tummy tuck: mini tummy tuck, mini with umbilical float, traditional tummy tuck, or extended or circumferential tummy tuck.
- He creates incisions in areas where scars can be easily concealed.
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Dr. Byrd’s Approach
Although many methods for abdominoplasty exist, Dr. Byrd typically uses 4 techniques:
- Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Belt Tuck (Belt Lipectomy)
- Mini Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
- Float (Umbilical Float)
Full Tummy Tuck
Full abdominoplasty corrects all 3 facets of a poor abdominal contour: skin, muscle, and fat. From above the umbilicus (belly button) down to the pubic bone, excess skin is removed, and the belly button is returned to its normal position. The abdominal muscles are drawn together, and excess fat is removed from the upper abdomen and flanks (or love handles). With all of these factors addressed, the abdomen ends up with a flat, pleasing contour.
Sometimes excess fat and skin affect more than the abdomen, such as the waist, hips, lower back, buttocks, and thighs, but liposuction alone cannot correct skin laxity. In those cases, a belt (circumferential) lipectomy, sometimes called a “body lift,” can restore a slenderer midsection. This procedure also lifts the skin of the outer thigh and buttocks.
Mini Tummy Tuck
If redundant skin and fat is isolated to the lower abdomen, a mini tuck (mini abdominoplasty) is usually sufficient to restore a slim profile. This approach involves the area between the umbilicus and pubic bone, eliminating the scar around the belly button. It includes limited liposuction to remove excess fat, removal of excess skin, and tightening of the muscles.
Comparing Abdominoplasty Surgeries
|Tummy Tuck||Mini-tuck||Belt Abdominoplasty|
|Skin Addressed||From above umbilicus to pubis||Below umbilicus||Like Tummy Tuck|
|Muscles Addressed||Sternum to pubis||Below umbilicus||Upper buttocks and hips, sternum to pubis|
|Liposuction||An included part of the procedure||An additional procedure||An included part of the procedure|
|Belly Button Moved?||Yes||No||Yes|
In cases where the patient’s belly button sits high on the tummy and there is not enough loose skin in the upper abdomen, but there’s more excess skin than a mini tummy tuck can correct, the solution is an umbilical float. In this procedure, the umbilicus is detached from the abdominal wall. If necessary, the muscles are tightened. Then the abdominal skin is pulled down and the belly button reattached. The belly button is in a more natural-looking position, and the abdomen is flatter and firmer.
Are You A Candidate?
An ideal candidate for tummy tuck is a man or woman who is self-conscious about a bulging, flabby abdomen that does not improve with diet or exercise. You should be close to your target weight and be in good overall health and physical shape. With age comes lost skin elasticity. Mature patients who have experienced this age-related skin laxity can likely expect terrific results from a tummy tuck. Female patients may also benefit from combining their tummy tuck with breast augmentation or breast lift surgery.