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Dallas, Texas Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your surgery date is scheduled, and you’re ready to begin the next chapter of your life!
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.
Grab our free decision aid guide. See 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.
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.
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