Many people are unhappy with the loose skin, lax muscles, and isolated fat deposits in their midsection. Some people simply inherit this body type, and others develop these problems after pregnancy or weight loss. Unfortunately, diet and exercise provide only limited improvement for excess skin and stubborn pockets of fat in this area, which is why so many people come to Dr. Michael Bogdan’s practice for abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, from Fort Worth, Dallas, Frisco, Plano, and Grapevine, TX.
Tummy Tuck Before & After Photos
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Mommy Makeover: Breast Lift & Tummy Tuck with staged Breast Augmentation 3 cm Rectus Diastasis tightened 6 cm. 1.1 kg abdominal skin / fat removed. Surgical time less than 4 and 1/2 hrs Initial photos shown 2 months after surgery. Second set of photos are at 6 months, after performing staged breast augmentation with silicone... Read More
This 30 year old mother of 4 from Fort Worth became interested in my practice after researching patient stories on RealSelf. She had been considering a Mommy Makeover and noticed that my patients seemed to have an easy recovery after surgery. She already had undergone breast augmentation surgery after her first two children due to breast deflation,... Read More
This extremely athletic 35 year old mother of three from Fort Worth was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen. Despite waking up at 4:30 am to make time for exercise (including 300 crunches per day!), she could not achieve the stomach she desired due to the excess skin left over from childbearing. She visited my Southlake office to see if a... Read More
6 weeks after Tummy Tuck procedure to address a previous C-Section scar, stretch marks, and abdominal laxity. Swelling is still present on the abdomen, as seen by the line from elastic clothing. Read More
This 31 year old mother of 2 had the widest rectus diastasis that I have ever seen. She is very physically active, and had great muscular tone. Although she looks pregnant while standing, when she lays down, her abdomen would become perfectly flat. In the laying position, she could flex her rectus muscles, and you could place you fingers between... Read More
This 34 year old mother of two from the Arlington region of Texas visited my Southlake plastic surgery office interested in improving the appearance of her abdomen. With her children, she had gained weight up to 200 lbs and was left with a significant amount of abdominal laxity and stretch marks. After discussing her goals, we agreed that a tummy... Read More
This 30 year old mother from north of Aubrey, Texas, visited my Dallas plastic surgery office interested in a Mommy Makeover consisting of a Breast Reduction and an Abdominoplasty. She had been considering a breast reduction for over 10 years, as her 34 H/I sized breasts interfered with her lifestyle. She had been considering a tummy tuck for a number... Read More
This 33 year old mother of 4 from Oklahoma was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen due to child bearing and c-section scars. After reviewing the results of my abdominoplasty patients, she decided to visit with me in Southlake for a consultation. Due to the significant amount of skin excess and abdominal wall laxity, we decided that an extended... Read More
This healthy 60 year old mother of two underwent a Mommy Makeover consisting of a Breast Lift, Abdominoplasty, and Liposuction of the flanks.
The operation took just less than 6 hours to complete. An anchor style mastopexy was performed to achieve our breast lift. 810 gm of skin and fat were removed from the abdomen and approximately... Read More
This 37 year old mother of five from Dallas visited my Southlake office interested in improving her abdominal contour. She was maintaining a stable weight with diet and exercise, but was unhappy with the appearance of her stomach and flanks after childbearing. We decided that a standard abdominoplasty combined with flank liposuction would achieve... Read More
This 35 year old mother of three from the Grand Prairie region of Texas visited my Southlake plastic surgery office interested in a Mommy Makeover procedure. She was considering both a breast lift to achieve more youthful and perky breasts, and a tummy tuck to address the excess lax skin left from childbearing. She had not been able to attain the... Read More
This 26 year old woman from the Mount Vernon region of Texas presented to my Dallas area medical practice with concerns regarding her stomach as well as fullness in her neck. She had delivered 3 children (all by C-section), and had been unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen since. She was bothered by fullness in the upper and lower abdomen,... Read More
This athletic 33 year old woman from North Richland Hills visited my Southlake plastic surgery office interested in a tummy tuck procedure. She was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen due to lax skin after delivering 2 children via c-section. Formal exercise with pilates and running between 10 to 15 miles per week was great for her muscle... Read More
This 30 year old very athletic woman was bothered by her abdominal skin laxity (as seen by skin folds when she sat down), stretch marks under her umbilicus, and the laxity (bulge) of her lower abdomen. She is 5'7" tall, 135lbs, and had delivered 2 children. Despite a vigourous exercise program, these areas could not be improved. She underwent a standard... Read More
This 34 year old mother of two visited my Southlake office interested in a "mommy makeover". We decided to perform a combined anchor incision breast lift and tummy tuck for her makeover. Photos are shown 6 weeks after surgery.
(The red flushing on her chest is due to stress rather than surgery.) Read More
This 42 year old woman underwent a mommy makeover including a breast lift with abdominoplasty. Surgery took 4 hours and 18 minutes. 1.3kg of abdominal skin and fat was removed. Her 6 cm rectus diastasis was tightened to 8 cm. Photos are shown 2 months after surgery (she is very happy with the changes!) Read More
This 34 year old mother of two from Carrollton Texas came to my Southlake plastic surgery office interested in improving her abdominal contour. She was unhappy with the appearance of her stomach as a result of child bearing as well as previous surgical scars. She had sustained a pelvic fracture during a car accident a number of years ago that required... Read More
This 39 year old mother of two from the Sulphur Springs region of Texas came to my Southlake office interested in improving her abdominal contour. She was very physically active, performing boxing for exercise 3 times per week, but was unable to improve her abdominal contour to her satisfaction. After our office examination and discussing the results... Read More
This 36 year old mother of two visited my Dallas plastic surgery office interested in a tummy tuck operation. She had been considering the procedure since delivering her last child via c-section, but was quite anxious due to some medical concerns. She was not happy about the appearance of her abdomen despite doing cardio exercise and weight training... Read More
This 44-year-old woman from the Waxahachie area presented to my Southlake medical practice desiring a “mommy makeover”. She has one grown child, and has always been bothered by the deflation of her breasts that occurred after breast feeding, and the laxity of her lower abdomen, which she could not improve despite exercise. She was satisfied with... Read More
This 27 year old woman from the Bedford area is the daughter-in-of a recovery room nurse who referred her to me after being impressed with how smoothly my patients tend to recover after surgery. The patient had been considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) since the birth of her son and had been trying to choose a surgeon. Despite being very physically... Read More
This 35 year old athletic mother of 4 from the Euless region of Texas was ready for her Mommy Makeover. She had gained and lost 60 lbs with childrearing, but now was back with a healthy diet and good exercise program. She was happy with her breast volume, but missed some of the "perk" that she had before kids. The stretch from childbearing had left... Read More
6 months after Abdominoplasty (850 grams removed, abdominal wall tightened 6cm) and Flank Liposuction (550 cc removed per side). Surgical time 3:22.
The last photos were added at the patient's request. While searching the web trying to select a surgeon, she wanted to see more photos of the actual scar. Most post-operative photos are taken... Read More
This very athletic 42 year old mother of 3 from Oklahoma was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen. She has been vigilant at maintaining a healthy lifestyle, running 3 miles per day and keeping a trim figure. After delivering 2 children via c-section, she underwent a "mini" tummy tuck (by another surgeon) that was rather disappointing - it left... Read More
This is a 57 year old woman from the Dallas area who presented to my Southlake practice. She was unhappy with the appearance of her stomach, which she could not improved despite actively dieting and exercising at Curves. She had a significant amount of skin laxity, and was bothered that it “hung over” in the region of her old C-section scar.
44 year old mother of two from north of the DFW metroplex visited my Southlake plastic surgery office initially interested in an abdominoplasty to fix abdominal laxity that she had after childbearing. She had a very stable exercise program, but was not happy with the appearance of her abdomen. We were all set to proceed with surgery, when an abnormality... Read More
This 39 year old woman from the Arlington area presented to my Southlake surgical practice desiring improvement of her abdominal contour. She had delivered 2 children, and (despite a good exercise program) was unable to improve the appearance of her stomach. She had a bulge in the lower abdomen, stretch marks from childbearing, and fullness in general. I... Read More
This 51 year old woman from the Fort Worth region presented to my Southlake practice desiring improvement in the appearance of her abdomen. She had delivered one child, and had undergone non-elective abdominal surgery that resulted in a low midline scar. She was displeased with the stretch marks and budge in her abdomen that resulted from childbearing,... Read More
This 39 year old mother of 3 was unhappy with her body after childbearing. Despite a busy home life chasing the kids and managing to find time to do elliptical for cardio (as well as visiting the gym), she could not get back her pre-baby body. Twins had stretched out her stomach skin & muscles, and even though she managed to loose... Read More
This is a 41 year old mother of three children (2 delivered by C-section) from the Fort Worth area who came to visit me at my Dallas area medical office. Because of her pregnancies, she had lost the intrinsic tone of her stomach wall, and had significant stretching and drooping of her abdomen. She was unhappy with the appearance of her tummy, and... Read More
This 43 year old mother of 2 from Odessa visited my Southlake plastic surgery office seeking an abdominoplasty. She was quite unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen after childbearing. After researching tummy tuck procedures extensively on-line by visiting surgeon's websites and reviewing their photo galleries, she found she liked the results... Read More
Abdominoplasty is often necessary to remove excess skin and improve the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen or belly. This procedure also allows tightening of the abdominal muscles in order to achieve an improved profile and reestablish a youthful waistline. Tummy tuck is often combined with breast enhancement surgery, which is a combination of procedures termed a “Mommy Makeover.”
Should I Consider Liposuction With My Tummy Tuck?
Anyone considering a tummy tuck should also seriously consider liposuction of the flanks (aka: “love-handles”). Flank liposuction helps contour the waistline and accentuates the curves of the butt. Although most women are focused on the direct effects childbearing has on the front of their midsections, about a year after tummy tuck surgery, many wish they had also addressed the love-handle region.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
If you do not mind viewing actual surgery, here are a few links to Instagram videos that Dr. Bogdan has posted which show how he performs the surgery. The First Video shows the drawing of skin to be removed, incision, skin & fat elevation, a side view of muscle closure, skin removal, and partial skin closure. The Second Video shows the final skin closure (the top 2 of 3 layers of sutures). And the Third Video shows a great close-up view of the muscle closure. Before and after photos show the surgeon’s work, but operative videos are the best way to see how it is actually accomplished.
Why Choose Dr. Bogdan for Your Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Michael Bogdan is a top board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in abdominoplasty for residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has extensive training and experience performing tummy tuck surgery, and he can help you to regain a tighter, flatter midsection with either a full or partial abdominoplasty. If you would like to learn more about abdominoplasty, request a consultation with Dr. Bogdan at his office in Grapevine.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Texas?
The cost for a tummy tuck ranges from $9,000 to $12,000 depending on the specifics of the procedure. When combined with some type of breast surgery (such as breast augmentation or a breast lift), the combination is called a “Mommy Makeover” and can range from $15,000 to $25,000. For the best care and tummy tuck results, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Bogdan who has extensive experience performing the procedure. You will be provided with a personalized price quote at the end of your consultation.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a very effective surgical procedure that slims and tightens the abdominal area. Almost everyone who has a sagging stomach can benefit from an abdominoplasty, but it is particularly popular among women who have had multiple pregnancies and patients who have experienced significant weight loss, such as post-bariatric patients. The three main components of an abdominoplasty are:
Tightening of the abdominal muscles
Removal of excess skin
Removal of excess fat in the midsection
What Is the Difference Between a Mini Tummy Tuck and a Full Tummy Tuck?
A full tummy tuck addresses the entire abdominal area, whereas a mini tummy tuck addresses only the area below the navel. A mini tummy tuck:
Requires a shorter incision (about the length of a C-section scar) than a full tummy tuck
Repairs separated abdominal muscles
Tightens lax abdominal skin below the navel
Does not require an incision around the navel
It is important to understand the mini tummy tuck does not provide significant tightening of the abdominal skin. Because most patients need tightening of both the abdominal muscles and skin, appropriate candidates for the procedure are rare.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
Your procedure will begin with general anesthesia, administered by a board-certified MD anesthesiologist. In the case of a full abdominoplasty in Dallas, Texas, the incision runs horizontally along the lower abdomen, between the two pelvic bones, and also requires a second incision around the navel. Dr. Bogdan designs his incisions with the input of his patients, as clothing and swimwear preference can affect the ideal scar location. For a partial abdominoplasty – or mini tummy tuck – a shorter horizontal incision is made along the pubic area. Dr. Bogdan is very careful to make the incision so that it is easily covered by underwear or a bathing suit.
Dr. Bogdan will repair weakened abdominal muscles by suturing together the loose muscle tissue. He then removes excess skin and can reduce fatty deposits along the flanks (love handles) with the assistance of liposuction if it is indicated. During a full tummy tuck, skin is removed from both the upper and lower abdomen, utilizing the second incision around the navel. The incision(s) will be closed with dissolving sutures, and often a small, temporary drainage tube is placed beneath the skin to prevent any fluid from accumulating.
Dr. Michael Bogdan
Dr. Bogdan is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a passion for his craft who is known for working closely with patients to get excellent results.
While patient experiences vary, the recovery after a full tummy tuck generally proceeds along the following timeline:
Day of Surgery
After the surgery you will be a bit groggy and feel tightness in your abdominal area. You’ll need a friend or loved one to drive you home and stay with you for the first 3 days. You’ll be sent home with a dressing on your incisions and a comfortably fitting compression garment that provides support and helps minimize swelling. You won’t be able to stand up straight at this stage. Surgical pain is easily managed with prescribed medicine. It is helpful to sleep in a recliner during the early weeks of recovery so you can maintain a flexed position through the night.
Three Days After Surgery
You may still not be able to walk fully upright 3 days after your tummy tuck, but it’s important to stand and walk around throughout the day to prevent the formation of blood clots in your legs. You’ll be restricted in your activities for the next couple of weeks.
One to Two Weeks After Surgery
Most patients are off medication within 5 to 7 days. Dr. Bogdan recommends avoiding driving, and work from home, till 10 days after surgery. You should be able to stand up almost straight within 2 weeks of surgery. Patients typically return to non-strenuous jobs 14 days after surgery. Dr. Bogdan has specific recommendations for scar care after your tummy tuck to help minimize the final appearance of the scar.
Three Weeks After Surgery
After this initial recovery period, you can switch to wearing the compression garment whenever you like and can resume light activities (elliptical machine, gentle cycling) as directed by Dr. Bogdan.
One Month After Surgery
It is normal to still have swelling that makes clothes feel tight at this point.
Six Weeks After Surgery
The surgical area is usually healed enough at this point to allow you to sleep on your stomach again if you desire. Patients are typically ready to gradually resume strenuous workouts, including lifting weights and jogging, working up to their normal routines within about 2 weeks. You will likely begin to feel ready to show off your new, slimmer midsection.
Three Months After Surgery
The majority of the swelling resolves within 3 to 5 months.
Six Months After Surgery
At this point, patients are usually 90% healed and feeling more comfortable and confident in a wider variety of clothing.
One Year After Surgery
Swelling may take up to a year to completely dissipate, but your final results should be fully achieved at one year. Scars typically fade and flatten over time.
App for iPhone® & iPad®
If you have an iPhone or iPad, Dr. Bogdan encourages you to download his enhanced photo gallery application. This FREE app is available for download from the App Store℠.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. It is important that you seek the guidance of a board-certified plastic surgeon to assist you in determining if an abdominoplasty is right for you.
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