Abdominoplasty in Dallas: Who is a Good Candidate?

August 30, 2019

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A flat, toned stomach is something many of us strive for through diet and exercise. But sometimes, even after a great deal of hard work, these methods cannot help us achieve our goals. Even people who have enjoyed washboard abs for most of their lives can find their midsection sagging and loose with age, pregnancy, weight gain and loss, or other hereditary factors. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can help restore a smooth firmness to the abdominal region. If you’re thinking about having an abdominoplasty in Dallas, Dr. Teotia can help you determine if you’re a good candidate.

 

A standard (full) abdominoplasty will require 3 hours in the operating room under general anesthesia. An incision will be made along your underwear line from hipbone to hipbone, with another small incision around the belly button. Dr. Teotia will be able to remove your excess abdominal fat, cut away excess skin, and tighten loose abdominal muscles. This will contour and narrow the waist while tightening the abdomen, giving you a flatter and more toned midsection. Many patients decide to have liposuction at the same time as an abdominoplasty to maximize their results. Dr. Teotia can extract additional unwanted fat from the hip rolls and flanks to create a trim, hourglass shape.

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Recovery time for an abdominoplasty will vary depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery, but most are able return to work within 2 weeks of the procedure. Recovery typically includes a compression garment to help minimize swelling and support the abdomen as it heals. In some circumstances, small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to help drain excess fluids. Patients should expect some scarring and it can take several months to a year for the incision scars to completely heal and fade as much as they can. 

 

Abdominoplasty is a highly individualized procedure and the decision to undergo this surgery is very personal. Generally, a good candidate for a tummy tuck must be physically healthy and able to maintain a stable weight. A tummy tuck cannot substitute weight loss. Therefore, for maximum results it is recommended that you be within 20% of your ideal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. There are, however, many other factors that go into determining if one is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty.

 

As always, the best patient is an informed patient. An ideal candidate must have realistic expectations for the goals of their surgery. Your age, muscle tone, skin elasticity, body frame, the amount of skin and fat to be removed, and your overall fitness level will all greatly impact the end result of your procedure. Every abdominoplasty will be different because every client’s body is different. The goal is not to turn you into someone else, but to help you become an improved version of your unique self.

 

Knowing what you want and how to talk about your aesthetic goals is important to getting the results you expect. You must be able to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about your body, where you want to see improvement, and what results you can expect from the procedure. From initial consultation to post-surgery recovery, Dr. Teotia makes sure her patients feel at ease discussing their concerns, goals, and questions about the procedure.

 

Above all, you should make sure you are doing this for yourself—not for someone else or to make yourself into an idealized image of how you “should” look. Examine your motivation for getting the procedure. An abdominoplasty can help you feel younger and more at home in your body, but it cannot give you a whole new life. Patients often have the best outcomes if they go into surgery with a generally positive outlook about themselves and a realistic understanding of what the procedure can do for them.

 

Dr. Teotia knows how much an abdominoplasty can mean to every individual client that walks through her door. Her goal is to help every patient achieve the aesthetic goals they desire. Dr. Teotia will take all the time you need to answer all of your questions to ensure that you are informed of all your surgery options and understand what results you can expect.

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