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

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I absolutely love Dr. Godat and his staff! Him and Chrissy are very honest and straightforward. Answered every question I could think of. They have given me my confidence back. I couldn’t have asked for better results!!
My experience with Dr. Godat and his entire staff after foot surgery in early February 2016, considerable follow-up and additional surgeries has been nothing but positive. Dr. Godat treated me as a whole person and did so with compassion, warmth and humor. He did not give up on me, answered my questions and provided excellent advice. Dr. Godat and each member of his staff are empathetic, caring and encouraging. My foot is healed and I could not have done it without them. Dr. Godat is an exceptional doctor and surgeon and has my wholehearted recommendation.
Dr. Godat performed surgery on me 3 weeks ago and I’m VERY satisfied with the results!!! Dr. Godat fall in the category of one of the BEST plastic surgeon in the Dallas area and his entire staff is professional and will handle any situations that arise in a VERY timely and prompt manner. Thank you to the entire Godat Plastic Surgeon team!!!
This is my second surgery with Dr. Godat. He and his staff go above and beyond in the care of their patients. His staff are kind, patient, and caring. I’m thrilled with the results of my breast reduction surgery and highly recommend Dr. Godat and his staff.
Dr. Godat performed surgery on me…. I could not be happier with the results. He and his team are very friendly and responsive. They made this process much easier and smoother than i could have hoped for.
I moved to the DFW area a couple of years ago got work and was looking for a new plastic surgeon to continue corrective surgery from a birth defect. Dr. Godat, Chrissy, Laura, and the entire staff are absolutely amazing. Regardless of the number of surgeries I have had the entire team is amazing and the work that Dr. Godat does is phenomenal. He truly takes pride in his work and has really done a great job building my confidence with his attention to detail and continues to surprise me after each procedure with how great the outcome is. I cannot Express how happy I am with the entire office.
Love Dr. Godat! I was a patient of his father’s and they have the same wonderful bedside manner.
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 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.
I had a breast reduction, lift and liposuction done in October 2020. I must say I’m very pleased with the work performed. Since my surgery, I’ve recommended several people!
Dr. David Godat performed surgery on me last year. I’m glad I got the results I wanted. He and his staff are friendly. If you are in need of help, greatly recommend using his service.
Went in expecting a possible run around because I didn’t know if I lost enough weight but the staff was completely welcoming and human and helped me to see things I couldn’t see on my own and I could get help for skin removal. Dr Godat walked in and cemented that feeling. He listened to my history and weight loss stats and told me I did just enough and I was a great candidate for surgery. My surgery date was set and 3 weeks later I had my tummy tuck. The after care was excellent and easy. I thank God for Dr. Godat and his staff!!!! Please call him! He won’t give up on you!
Dr. Godat revised a surgery I had 10 years ago and I couldn’t be happier with the results! Wish I would have done it sooner!
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 💛
Dr.Godat is the best, he does awesome work I got my tummy tuck on June 18,2018 and I can truly say I’m amazed at my results. I was not in any pain at all just a little soreness and tight but nothing you cant handle. I referred my dentist and he is set for surgery Nov.23,2018 for his procedure and a couple of the ladies from the dentist office. I’m referring everyone to Dr.Godat. Thank you Dr.Godat and his team for an outstanding service and I tip my hat off to his office team they are so nice.
Dr. Godat is amazing, so professional and his procedures have been succesfull … he provides everything needed for a full and easy recocery … every staff member in the office are so welcoming, friendly, progessional and provide 100% customer satisfaction … I habe been a his patient for 3 years now and will continue to be he loyal patient … i am so happy with my body now
Before going to Dr. Godat I had two previous breast surgeries, a lift and implant replacement. Both of them after so many years started to “sag” again. They were heavy and my bra straps began to dig into my shoulders. I learned about the internal bra surgery and made my appt with Dr. Godat. He and his nurses explained the whole procedure and this was exactly what I was looking for! Fast forward to today, almost 9 months after the procedure I wish I would had known about this the first time and didn’t waste the time, money or pain on the previous two procedures. I recommend ANYONE wanting a breast Augmentation to go to him and couple it with the “internal bra surgery” my implants stay up, stay in place, and the only reason I wear a bra is for “decoration!” Dr. Godat and his staff are amazing, they explain and answered all my questions even if I asked them twice! Everything about this procedure was awesome. Now I’m not going to lie, recovery takes a bit more time and care… but for me it was 100% worth it!
My experience with Dr Godat and his staff was amazing! Everyone was very professional and courteous and really listened to my needs. I will definitely go back to Dr Godat!
Answers all my questions! And very friendly
I want to start by Thanking the whole Dr. Godat Team!! Everyone in the office has been fabulous, nice and very caring!! I want to give a special thanks to Chrissy for being the best ever and I wouldn’t of wanted to share this life changing experience with any other person/office!! I look amazing and feel even better! Dr. Godat did a great job! I went to many consults while trying to find the right doctor to do my breast and tummy tuck and the moment I stepped foot in there I knew that was where I’d be getting it done. The wait can be a tad bit over your appointment time, but they move quickly and that just goes to show how many others are willing to wait to get the best! Chrissy, Laura, Dr. Godat I love you guys and you took all my insecurities away and showed me the best! I love you all and I’ve been telling everyone come there they won’t regret it! I love you Chrissy thanks for being you!
Dr Godat took great care of my daughter! Explained everything to us in great detail and answered all of my questions
Dr Godat is a Great doctor, The staff are awesome in what they do I would refer anyone who wants the best results.
24 hours after my Microdermabrasion Facial with Godat Plastic Surgry and I couldn’t be happier about my skin! Clear and glowing – Thanks to Kristi for taking the time to explain the procedure process and offering at home treatments for best results! I’ll definitely be back and am excited to see the results after a few months of routine facials.
Dr. Godat and his staff are exceptional! I am extremely happy with my breast augmentation and will go back to him for all my future cosmetic procedures!!
I had breast reduction / liposuction on September 30th 2019.couldnt be happier. Dr. Today done an awesome job and I would recommend him to anyone he does all kinds of plastic surgeries and his office rocks.
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
Dr. Godat is an experienced professional. I went to him for breast reduction surgery and I am thrilled with the results. His staff is knowledgeable and caring. I highly recommend him for anyone in need of his services.
I had a breast reduction back in March of 2020 before Covid started and i must say I am PLEASED with the results! The staff was always friendly and very knowledgeable. I will be going back for some more cosmetic surgeries in the future.
Dr. Godat was very helpful when I was inquiring about botox for the first time. The staff was very friendly and I was able to make an appointment quickly with no hassle. Would highly recommend.
I had a tummy tuck on May 4 2020..I’m now 5week post opt. The service Dr Godat and staff has been awesome and very professional. I love my results. I would recommend him for all your needs
Loved Dr. Godat and his staff. They were all extremely helpful to me when it came to making my decisions. Also, my surgery went wonderfully and my results are incredible. Thank you, Dr. Godat!!
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!
Recommend to anyone. Amazing work!
I absolutely love this place, it’s really clean, looks super sanitized, the office staff are nice, friendly, professional.my appts they get me in and out I rarely have to wait if you want or need surgery dr david godat is on it in just a few weeks. that’s what makes him so great. I needed my eyelids operated on he did a super job
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Godat and his staff. From my first consultation to (now) months post-op, I have been given top notch care and attention. Every question answered clearly and honestly, every concern listened to and addressed. And let’s not forget about my amazing results. I highly recommend Dr. Godat. He changed my life!
DAVID GODAT,MD.. DID MY BREAST REDUCTION HE DID GREAT JOB I GET VERY GOOD COMPLIMENTS ON MY BREAST..IT’S WOMEN WHO WANT THEIR BREAST DONE BUT CAN’T AFFORD IT,BUT I DO RECOMMEND WHOEVER NEED A PLASTIC SURGEON I RECOMMEND DAVID GODAT,MD!!! HE HAVE A GREAT STAFF..I KNOW!! WHEN YOU GO IN HIS OFFICE THEY GREET YOU ASK YOU IF NEED ANYTHING TO DRINK!! I REALLY GIVE THEM A 100000000 🌟STARS!!!😍💙💯
Best plastic surgeon in the world. I am 6 weeks post op from a breast reduction & i absolutely LOVE my results. Dr Godat did an AMAZING job, his staff is very friendly, & i love going there the energy is amazing. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.
Dr. Godat removed a mole underneath my eye on my lower lid and did an amazing job. He kept me calm and most importantly, my eye looks the same minus the mole.
I had an exciting experience with Dr Godat. After my gastric bypass surgery in 2016. I ended up with a wrinkle stomach. Dr Godat did my tummy tuck in 2019. Surgery was successful but scar was a bit too high. He reconstructed the tummy tuck in 2020 and it looks amazing. So so happy. Love the entire place. Evrryone is so friendly and caring.. I highly recommend Dr Godat. Thank You Dr Godat
Dr Godat and his staff are friendly and professional. He performed surgery on my son’s broken finger and did a great job. Highly recommend.
Take care of requested service, clean office space, personable greetings, appointment reminders, all VERY SATISFIED, and other Professional amenities
Dr Godat is a very caring and straight forward doctor who goes straight by the book and he does everything that he suppose to do not cutting any corners and he will let you know the do’s and the don’ts and he is very strict on what he tells you about the operation and everything I would recommend him to anyone and mrs christine is right there helping him all the time . And his staff is very professional and respectful and responsible.
Thank You so much for all your help
I just want to say thank you so much !!!!!! This has not just been a physical but an emotional experience for me. THANK YOU !! To everyone of the staff members …. ( Ms Christi, Ms Laura ….and all others) they are so nice, understanding and have been such an awesome support for me !!! And Dr. Godat ….words cannot express how grateful I am for the wonderful job that he has done … I feel great and look wonderful and am looking foward to the rest of my life!!!!! ……… THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!
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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!

OUR BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON

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.

FAQ

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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