Tummy Tuck

Dallas, Texas Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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Dr. Godat specializes in customized treatment plans to help women feel confident after bodily changes from weight gain and weight loss. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Godat can help you reach your desired body goals.
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Why consider a tummy tuck?

Anything that dramatically alters the shape of your abdomen can leave lasting changes in your skin and muscles. Pregnancy is a prime example and creates astounding abdominal changes over a very short period of time. Regardless of how well you adhere to a postpartum diet and exercise plan, your muscles and skin can’t fully regain their pre-pregnancy shape and tone.
Weight gain and loss is another process that can stretch your skin and weaken your abdominal walls. Many men and women who lose 80 pounds or more are thrilled with their results but frustrated that their abdomen remains droopy and soft.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can address those concerns by removing excess skin and repairing your abdominal wall muscles. The process also removes stretch marks and creates a perky belly button.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

You’ll receive general anesthesia to ensure you rest throughout your procedure with David M. Godat, MD. Dr. Godat begins by creating a horizontal incision between your belly button and pubic hairline. That allows him to lift your abdominal skin and access your muscle tissue.
Once Dr. Godat repairs your abdominal wall muscles, he determines if an additional incision is needed to remove skin from your upper abdomen. He then pulls the remaining skin down to cover your abdominal muscles and ensures your belly button is properly placed before closing the incisions.
You’ll move to a recovery area and be cared for as the anesthesia wears off. You may be able to return home after your procedure, but if you’ve had massive weight loss or are combining more than one procedure like in a mommy makeover you may need to remain in the hospital overnight.

What can I do to speed the healing process after a tummy tuck?

The best thing you can do to enhance healing is to follow Dr. Godat’s post-operative instructions carefully. Be sure to give your body time to heal before you engage in strenuous activities.
At the same time, engaging in gentle exercise as soon as possible can speed up the healing process. Taking short walks is a great place to begin, then increase the duration and speed of your walks as you heal.
You’ll also need to wear a special compression garment in the weeks after your tummy tuck. Avoid bathing or swimming for a few weeks, although showering can resume the day of your procedure. It’s a good idea to take a week to recover before returning to work, and it can take as long as three weeks before you’re able to resume your normal activity level.
If you have questions or concerns about the tummy tuck process, come in to meet with David M. Godat, MD, to discuss the procedure in more detail. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

Trusted by Patients Across DFW

David Godat did a breast reduction, and made them look a lot similar then before. Very easy process.
I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Godat and his staff. I had my tummy tuck with muscle repair on March 1, 2021. My incision line is PERFECT and low from hip to hip! His staff is top notched. They’re professional, remember your name and greet you with a smile coming and going. Anytime I have a question, I get an answer verbally and/or within an hour if I ask via email. This is unheard of!! When my drains and stitches were removed, the staff was very gentle and eased my anxiety – priceless!I’m forever grateful and highly recommend Dr. Godat!
I wanted to express my full gratitude to you because I can’t thank you enough for changing my life! I am beyond impressed and more then satisfied with my results. you have given me all the reason to smile even more. The way I feel in my skin with the body I was meant to have means everything! Thank you for blessing me with this amazing chest and giving me life. You’re the best! Also I want to say thank you to the surgical staff who took part in this and all whos helped me with my journey here! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! And also your anesthesiologist Charles he made the process easy and made me relax…excited for my next procedure soon…
Dr.Godat and his team are amazing!!! This is my first surgery ever and my nerves were sky high. Dr.Godat and his team made me feel extremely comfortable and answered any and all questions I had and assisted me with recommendations on my breast implant size to best fit my body! I’m thrilled with the results of my breast augmentation surgery and highly recommend Dr. Godat and his staff! My confidence level is at its all time high! Thank you all so so much!
I cannot say enough great things about Dr.Godat and his team. Loved him, his nurses, assistants, receptionist, everyone! Very welcoming staff and great bedside manner (he’s a to the point type of doctor!). I got a reduction/lift and he delivered amazing results! I will be definitely be going back to him for other procedures. He’s awesome. Thank you again, Dr. Godat and Team 💛
I had breast reduction and lift with Dr Godat. I just had my one year post-op visit and my breast look amazing. The process was wonderful. They took great care of me. They can walk me through everything. The surgery was simple, easy effortless. I’m very pleased with the results. My breasts look like a 20 year old again and I’m 55. Thank you Dr Godat and staff. I look forward to coming to you for my future beauty needs as I continue with the enhancement of my beauty and confidence. Thank you 🙏🏾! I suggest to any woman or man come to Dr. Godat‘s office for all your plastic surgery needs
I had a Duodenal Switch in October of 2017 and since that time had gone from 389# to 235# which left me with and abundance of hanging skin. The weight lost actually increased my back pain due from my herniated disks due to the lack of “padding” as well as the added stress from the hanging skin. Once I was finally approved for the skin removal and abdominoplasty last December, The process was very quick. I had my first appointment on Dec 3rd, preop on Dec 9th and surgery on Dec 12th. Everything went great. I had and issue with one area of abdomen not healing properly ending up in the need for wound care for it to totally heal. The results have been AWESOME. I am now having very little back pain have lost another 20# (down to 215#) and 6 more inches from my waistline (44 inch waist before skin removal and now 38). Dr. Godat and his staff have been truly amazing thru this whole process.
Very happy with my results; Dr. Godat is an excellent surgeon with perfectionist tendencies. Office staff was considerate and answered every medical, financial, and insurance question patiently and with care. Highly recommend!!
Had a great result with replacements due to capsule contraction. Looks great! Very happy with results!
Love this place. Very friendly staff. Dr Godat is amazing. I am so happy with my tummy tuck. The place is always so clean and beautiful. Staff are so givrs such a warm welcome. Love the place. Will be coming back and I recommend Dr Godat. His work is amazing. Love the view from their window
Thank You so much for all your help

Our Process

Step 1

Book a free 15-minute phone consultation where we learn more about you and see if we’re a good fit.

Step 2

Meet with Dr. Godat and a dedicated patient coordinator to discuss your goals in depth. We typically give a quote the same day, provide financing options, and develop a plan for surgery.

Step 3

Your surgery date is scheduled, and you’re ready to begin the next chapter of your life!


About Dr. Godat

Dr. David M. Godat is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas with over 25 years of experience. He remains on the cutting edge of advancements in the science and art of plastic surgery using techniques such as the superior medial pedicle reduction mammaplasty that creates a well-rounded breast and removes unwanted breast tissue under the arm. He is also one of only five Texas surgeons to offer the internal bra procedure, which delivers lasting breast lift results when combined with breast implants.
Just as important as Dr. Godat’s surgical skill is his dedication to getting to know his patients and their unique treatment needs and goals. He takes the time to provide all the information needed to support realistic expectations about each surgical procedure.

Make an Informed Decision

Grab our free decision aid guide. See more before & after photos & gain a detailed insight into our procedural process. Then, determine if Dr. Godat is the best fit for your needs.


We are experienced in what insurance is looking for to be eligible for coverage. Although this procedure is purely for aesthetic purposes, we can help you with this process. 

After examination with Dr. Godat, we will provide you with a decision regarding medical eligibility.

Each insurance entity has its own timeline for authorization approvals. This process can take 1-6 weeks. We submit to your insurance company within three business days after your consultation and will notify you immediately of the determination.

In cases wherein this surgery isn’t approved by your provider, we offer you a flexible payment plan.

Yes! We work with CareCredit to provide you with convenient, low-interest financing for any of our plastic surgery procedures. 

CareCredit like a credit card that is used exclusively for healthcare and cosmetic surgery services.

In addition to using CareCredit financing for surgery, you can use your card for follow-up appointments or additional procedures so that you can schedule appointments to fit your lifestyle.

In addition to using CareCredit financing for surgery, you can use your card for follow-up appointments or additional procedures so that you can schedule appointments to fit your lifestyle.

The tummy tuck procedure allows you to have a firmer, more defined flat abdomen.

If you want to maintain the results of the surgery, we recommend following a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

After our procedure, we will walk you through the post-surgery care you can do at home, and our surgeons will give you advice about the best lifestyle routines for you.

Tummy tuck procedure is a major surgical procedure that involves an incision from hip to hip.

Patients should expect the outer incision to heal for about two to three weeks. Avoid doing strenuous physical activities for at least four to six weeks.

Dr. Godat is an experienced surgeon helping patients achieve their dream body shape for over 25 years.

Knowing that tummy tuck can leave a permanent scar, he finds the right area to place the incision to avoid it from being seen on clothing. 

We also use cutting-edge laser technology to shorten the length of recovery downtime and reduce the visibility of scars.

Although a tummy tuck is done to remove loose excess skin in the abdominal region, a tummy tuck may hide unwanted scars such as pregnancy stretch marks, C-section scars, and hysterectomy. The skin in your abdominal region could be corrected when a tummy tuck is done to tone your abdominal muscles for a slimmer, flawless look. 

Apart from the aesthetic benefits of a tummy tuck which restores the pre-pregnancy or pre-bloating shape of your abdomen, a tummy tuck also helps with muscle repair that may help you get rid of back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancies. 

Males can also benefit from a tummy tuck, helping them get toned, firmer abdominal muscles, and enjoy being active in physical activities without the loose, excess skin.

There is no aspect of abdominoplasty surgery that impedes a woman’s ability to conceive,. Your future pregnancy will likely stretch your abdominal muscles and skin, which can be solved with tummy tuck surgery.

Research also shows that tummy tuck surgeries can help you improve back pain and urinary incontinence that comes after a previous pregnancy.

Restoring Bodies. Changing Lives.

From this moment on, forget everything you have ever heard or read about what age “must do” to your appearance. Forget anything you have ever believed about how “old” you must look at thirty, forty, fifty, or even sixty. Because starting with this moment you are about to look and feel beautiful and confident at all stages of your life.
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