What is a Tummy Tuck?

A Tummy Tuck – also known as abdominoplasty – can be requested by clients who are dissatisfied with their abdominal contours. Childbirth, aging, and significant weight loss can all play a role in compromising the appearance of the abdomen. After pregnancy, the stomach muscles often remain stretched apart or separated. Dieting and exercise alone often cannot achieve the look that most women want after having babies.

A “tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty with Dr. Bryan Pruitt, which is often combined with liposuction, is an option to help his clients obtain a more contoured or sculpted shape and the self-confidence that can come with it. The procedure can improve the silhouette, allow better clothing options, and allow patients to get more out of their workouts. To learn more about "Tummy Tuck" or abdominoplasty possibly with liposuction, reach out to Dr. Pruitt’s Dallas office and set up your consultation with a helpful, knowledgeable member of his team.

Why Select Dr. Pruitt as your Tummy Tuck Surgeon?

Dr. Pruitt practices a conservative approach using the latest technology that helps to minimize post operative discomfort and downtime. He wants his patients to be up and active within the first hour after their procedures. Most patients can begin to see their results almost immediately. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has extensive experience, and has performed hundreds of successful plastic surgical procedures of the abdomen. 

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Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

A "tummy tuck" or abdominoplasty is designed to reduce the presence of excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdomen while tightening and repositioning the muscular foundation below that is often stretched or lax. The end result is a much improved abdominal shape, contour and appearance.

The tummy tuck is ideal for:

  • Tightening and smoothing loose abdominal skin
  • Removing stubborn fatty tissue
  • Addressing the presence of stretch marks in the lower abdomen
  • Creating a more youthful-looking belly button
  • Correcting the loose separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)

The Tummy Tuck Experience

During your consultation, Dr. Pruitt will go over the surgical techniques that he will use to create your personalized results and will explain the procedure in detail. He will help you to form realistic expectations regarding incision placement, recovery, and your final results.

Dr. Pruitt favors IV sedation with local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia for most patients. With IV sedation and local anesthetic you will not have a tube down your trachea. You will also not feel or remember anything although you are comfortable and breathing on your own. Some people call this “ twilight anesthesia”. An anesthesia professional is with you at all times safely monitoring your care. Dr. Pruitt believes this type of sedation with local to perform the surgery helps to reduce risks, enhance patient comfort, and minimize downtime. Most tummy tucks take just over two hours to complete, depending on the specifics of your treatment plan. Once the surgery is over, you will be monitored in the recovery suite until you are ready for discharge.

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Enjoying Your Impressive Results

Dr. Pruitt and his team will ensure that you receive detailed aftercare education and instructions and know exactly what to expect after your tummy tuck procedure is completed. He wants his patients to be up and moving during the entire recovery process and likes to see you back frequently in his office to check on your progress.

Full recovery times vary depending on the patient’s overall health and level of fitness but you will be encouraged to be active during the process. In a short time, you should be able to enjoy a new range of wardrobe choices and improved confidence in your image. To get started on your aesthetic journey, reach out to Dr. Pruitt’s Dallas office, and set up your initial consultation today.

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