The Key to Your Dream Body

Southlake Plastic Surgery

When it comes to stubborn body fat, you have spent years trying every tip, fad, and fact. You have increased your cardio and added abs. You have cut carbs and sugars. You have even added Brussels sprouts to breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

For a while now, it has felt as if your dream body must be impossible to achieve. If you are experiencing this sort of frustration, there is a solution for you.

Combining a tummy tuck and liposuction in Dallas at Southlake Plastic Surgery could be the key that unlocks your dream body. 

Are you feeling frustrated with your body?

Take a deep breath in, and hold it for just a moment. Now, let go. Feeling frustrated with your body is normal and okay.

Almost everyone questions their appearance from time to time. There are so many factors that can result in our bodies not looking how we desire. In many cases, these factors are beyond our reach. This can feel quite unfair.

Some of us experience this feeling of unfairness more than others. Maybe you have given birth several times. Maybe you have lost a substantial amount of weight after having gone through disordered eating. Maybe you have undergone traumas that have altered how you feel about your body. Or maybe your genetics are simply at odds with your wants.

There are situations where certain areas of your body are not under your control, no matter how hard you try. If changing these areas of your body would improve your mental health, confidence, or quality of life, keep reading. This is where aesthetic surgery can be the right answer.

Extreme dieting and overly ambitious exercise are often pushed on social media and in magazines. Don’t get us wrong—watching what you eat and being active are very important to your health. But there comes a point where no amount of crunches will change what’s frustrating you.

If this sounds like you, considering a tummy tuck and liposuction in Dallas is the next step in achieving your dream body. Our educated, talented surgeons at Southlake Plastic Surgery are passionate about providing you with the life-changing transformation you’re looking for.

This article will discuss the procedures themselves, associated costs, recovery, and more about tummy tucks and liposuction. 

Should I get a tummy tuck and liposuction in Dallas?

Tummy Tuck

Choosing to get a tummy tuck can be intimidating, as it is a major surgical procedure. It is also known as an abdominoplasty. First, it is important to understand exactly what a tummy tuck is.

A tummy tuck removes extra skin and loose tissue from the stomach. It also draws in the muscles in your abdominal wall, altogether reducing the appearance of a stomach protrusion, commonly referred to as a “pooch.” This term is most often used among women.

If you have already tried intensive exercise and diet to rid yourself of a “pooch,” a tummy tuck may be for you. This experience is especially common for people who have lost substantial weight or for women who have had multiple children.

Ideal tummy tuck candidates have loose, excess skin and fat in the stomach area. It is recommended that tummy tuck recipients are healthy and nonsmokers. If you have intentions of pregnancy in the future, you may not be a great candidate for a tummy tuck, as this will restretch the skin and abdomen. 


Understanding the differences between a tummy tuck and liposuction can be helpful in deciding how to move forward. Liposuction, like a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to address areas of the body that are too stubborn for diet and exercise.

However, rather than focusing on tightening the skin and muscles of the stomach, liposuction actively removes fat deposits. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; instead, a more accurate description would be that it is a contouring procedure.

A perfect liposuction candidate is a male or female who is at or near their ideal weight. This person should have healthy habits before, during, and after the liposuction procedure. Participating in regular exercise and nutrition will optimize your liposuction results. 

What happens during a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Tummy tuck and liposuction procedures have some similarities and some differences. If you are concerned with the specifics of either operation, this section will discuss how each surgery takes place.

We are going to talk about tummy tucks and liposuction as separate procedures. However, these treatments can be paired as one surgery to improve results. This is sometimes called a lipoabdominoplasty.

Tummy Tuck:

An abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia where you are fully asleep for the procedure.

Our physician anesthesiologist will confirm you are unconscious to ensure your comfort and safety during the surgery. You will be unable to feel any pain throughout the procedure.

The operation will begin with an incision just above the pubic area. It is placed carefully where underwear or a swimsuit will likely cover the resulting scar. A second incision circling the navel is made to free it from surrounding tissue.

Following the incisions, the skin and fat layers across the abdominal wall are lifted upward to expose the abdominal muscles. The surgeon will suture these muscles closer together. This creates a flatter, slimmer abdomen and waistline.

The layers of skin and fat will then be stretched back over the abdominal muscles. Additionally, your abdominal walls will now be flatter, allowing this skin to reach even further.

The remaining skin and fat layer will be trimmed and removed. A new hole for your navel will be created last. Once the skin is back in place, drainage tubes are usually placed on either side of the pelvis, just below the incision. These holes allow fluids to escape as you heal.

Your surgeon will ensure your incisions are bandaged properly and comfortably. After the excess fluid has been drained from your body, the tubes will be removed and the incisions will heal. Once healed, they are not noticeable. Tummy tuck drains are usually removed after 3-5 days, depending on the amount of drainage.

How long does a tummy tuck take?

The time a tummy tuck takes can vary depending on the amount of tissue to be removed. Also, in the case that you are having liposuction performed at the same time as a tummy tuck, the length of time it takes to complete the procedure will increase. Although, on average, the procedure takes 3 hours to complete.

An extended tummy tuck takes 4-6 hours because more skin and tissues need to be removed. This would be in the case of a weight loss patient.

What does a tummy tuck look like?

Many people are visual learners, which is why Southlake Plastic Surgery has provided a video explanation for a variety of procedures. Click below to watch an animated clip depicting a full tummy tuck. 

If you are concerned about feeling squeamish, know that this video is illustrated with care. It is not overly graphic, nor does it show bodily fluids in detail. At the same time, the clip does represent the operation steps accurately. 

Full Tummy Tuck Animation

What is a mini tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is very similar to a full tummy tuck. The main difference is that a mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower part of the abdomen and does not include any muscle repair.

The entire procedure takes place below the navel. Therefore, the navel position is left alone. Additionally, no incision is needed around the navel. Overall, the incisions required are generally smaller.

If you are still curious about a mini tummy tuck procedure, proceed to the link below. This link will take you to an animated clip showing a mini tummy tuck procedure from start to finish.

Mini Tummy Tuck Animation


Liposuction in Southlake is performed under general anesthesia. A person receiving liposuction at our clinic will be completely asleep.

First, the physician will carefully mark areas that will be sculpted and use those as guidance during the procedure.

Small incisions are then discreetly placed next to the troublesome fat deposit. A fluid known as tumescent solution is injected into the chosen area. Tumescent solution will numb the area, minimize bleeding, and lessen postoperative pain.

Fat cells are then extracted using a small suction tube called a cannula, which creates tunnels in the fat deposit. Once fat cells are removed, they are gone permanently. 

The incisions may be sutured or simply bandaged following the procedure. Over time, the treated areas will develop into smooth, desirable contours in the selected regions of the body.

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How long does liposuction take?

Barring extenuating circumstances, liposuction generally takes 1 to 2 hours to perform. However, the time it takes to perform liposuction varies greatly depending on the number of areas you are treating.

Liposuction may be performed on just one area or many areas of the body.

For instance, possible areas for receiving liposuction include the thighs, hips, buttocks, lower legs, back, abdomen, chest, upper arms, neck, jawline, and cheeks. Each of these areas is capable of looking slimmer and more shapely as a result of liposuction.

Can I gain weight if I get liposuction?

Once fat cells are removed, they are gone forever. However, if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can get larger so it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain a consistent weight to enjoy the benefits of your liposuction surgery.

What does a liposuction procedure look like?

As with the full and mini tummy tuck, Southlake Plastic Surgery has provided an educational clip regarding liposuction. This animation will demonstrate each step of the liposuction procedure and supply additional information.

Liposuction Animation

How much does a tummy tuck and liposuction cost?

Every patient and procedure is unique. Therefore, prior to a consultation, we can only provide an estimation of the price you will pay. If you are ready to consult with one of our specialists, select the first button to schedule an in-person surgical consultation. If you’re more interested in exploring what procedures might be right for you, take a look at our Treatment Planning Tool.

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Our pricing estimate includes the surgeon’s fee, surgery facility, anesthesia, and supply costs. Once again, these pricing estimates are subject to change based on the specifics of your wants and needs.

Tummy Tuck:

An abdominoplasty at Southlake Plastic Surgery is estimated to cost $10,000. The price of an abdominoplasty will vary if it is a full tummy tuck as opposed to a mini or extended tummy tuck.


A liposuction procedure at Southlake Plastic Surgery is estimated to cost anywhere between $4,500 and $12,000. The price of liposuction varies so greatly because it is dependent on the number of areas you would like to treat. 

Financing Options:

We want to prevent as much stress and hassle as possible for you. As a result, we provide several payment options. Let us take the time to figure out what works best for you. If you like, we will assist you with the pre-approval process for your ideal financing plan.

Our financing providers include Prosper Healthcare Lending, CareCredit, PatientFi, Alphaeon Credit, and lendingUSA. We believe a tight budget should not have to stop you from reaching your potential dream body.

How long is the recovery from a tummy tuck and liposuction?

Surgical procedures are largely individualized experiences. Everyone will have a unique postoperative recovery. Your personal health and wellness choices will impact how quickly you recover from a tummy tuck and liposuction in Dallas.

However, over time, we have observed trends among our patients. Average recovery rates include the following:

Tummy Tuck:
  • To resume daily activities: 7–10 days
  • To resume work with limited physical activity: 7 days
  • To resume physical exercise activity: 2–6 weeks
  • To achieve full recovery: 6 months
  • To see scars begin to fade: 9–12+ months

For the first few days, walking will likely be challenging, and the stomach will feel swollen. Most people return to a desk job after a week. A compression garment is worn for 6 weeks to reduce swelling and provide support as you heal.

Just like any other surgery, pain, bruising, and swelling are all normal occurrences. Once a week has passed, light walking is encouraged. Do not partake in running, weightlifting, or aerobics for at least 6 weeks. In general, if you are questioning if an activity is too strenuous, it is probably best to sit it out.

For 3 to 6 months, your scars may appear to darken or thicken as a normal part of the healing process. Around 9 to 12 months, the scars will likely begin to fade. Scar cream and time will be your friends. Make sure to keep your healing scars out of the sun or use sunscreen if uncovered.

After some time has passed, if your scars still appear too visible for your liking, consider your options. Southlake Plastic Surgery provides multiple treatments that can reduce the appearance of scars. This is something you can absolutely discuss with your doctor.

  • Resume full activities: 2–3 weeks
  • Mostly reduced bruising: 8–10 days
  • Mostly reduced swelling: 6–8 weeks
  • Full recovery: 6-9 months

After liposuction, you can expect similar symptoms as after a tummy tuck. Likely, you will feel tender and bruised for up to 6 weeks. Your discomfort can be mitigated with medication.

At Southlake Plastic Surgery we offer lymphatic drainage treatments which helps your body get rid of the excess fluid after surgery. This will also help in healing and decrease discomfort due to swelling.

It is normal for the intended skin contour to be uneven just after your procedure. It will settle over time. Your recovery will be aided by a compression garment. You are expected to wear this garment at all times.

After 2 weeks of wearing the compression garment, you will reduce wear time to 12 hours on, 12 hours off. You will do this for another 2 weeks.

Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction:

Tummy tucks and liposuction are both intended to improve body contours, including a flatter, slimmer abdomen. However, their methods and results are not identical.

For this reason, many plastic surgeons recommend combining these procedures to facilitate maximum results.

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Combining a tummy tuck with liposuction at Southlake Plastic Surgery offers comprehensive body contouring results. Liposuction targets stubborn fat pockets, while a tummy tuck addresses excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles. A combined procedure will result in a more sculpted and toned midsection.

If you are seeking to address each of the following concerns, a combined procedure is likely what you would be happiest with:

  • Loose and sagging skin
  • Weakened or damaged abdominal muscles
  • Stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise

Considerations when combining a tummy tuck with liposuction:

While combining a tummy tuck with liposuction can yield transformative results, it may lead to longer operative times and increased postoperative discomfort compared to standalone procedures.

Incorporating liposuction into a tummy tuck typically adds around 1 to 2 hours to the overall procedure duration at Southlake Plastic Surgery.

Additionally, there could be higher risks associated with anesthesia and surgical complications. 

Overall, the risks are minimal in healthy patients who are good surgical candidates. Your specific risks and any concerns will be discussed in detail during your consultation. Our highly experienced staff would never make a decision that puts your health at risk.

The Experts

Southlake Plastic Surgery is home to many incredible medical professionals. We are proud to lay claim to a variety of talented plastic surgeons, clinical staff, and med spa team members.

Our doctors include Mark E. Mason, MD, and Matthew Novak, MD. Both of our surgeons have impeccable training and reviews. It is at their recommendation that many people choose to combine the tummy tuck and liposuction procedures.

Dr. Mark E. Mason

Mark E. Mason, MD, is a top plastic surgeon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and he founded Southlake Plastic Surgery. He is certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Mason completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as general surgery residencies at the University of Texas Health Center San Antonio. He was first in his medical school class there, and it is one of the country’s foremost medical institutions.

Dr. Mason finished his plastic surgery residency at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California. There, he became an expert on state-of-the-art plastic surgery techniques in the heart of high-tech Silicon Valley.

Dr. Mason has a genuine love for plastic surgery. He is always seeking to provide reliable information about cosmetic surgery to those who are interested.

Dr. Matthew Novak

Matthew Novak, MD, was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas. Dr. Novak performs a wide spectrum of surgical aesthetic procedures for the body, breasts, face, and nose.

The happiness and satisfaction of his patients is his top priority. Making a big impact on the lives of the patients he helps is what drives him.

Dr. Novak received his undergraduate degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University. His medical degree came from the University of Texas McGovern Medical School. This institution is based in the world’s largest medical center.

Dr. Novak became interested in plastic surgery early in his training. He had thorough exposure to many facets of plastic surgery including general reconstruction, hand, breast, craniofacial, microsurgical, and aesthetic surgery.

After residency, Dr. Novak completed a fellowship in aesthetic surgery at the highly sought-after Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. This additional year of training was spent focusing on all aspects of surgical and non-surgical aesthetics of the face, nose, breast, and body.

Southlake Plastic Surgery is home to some of the most accomplished and attentive plastic surgeons in Southlake, Texas. Dr. Mason and Dr. Novak, as well as their staff, go above and beyond. Their commitment to extraordinary patient care and service is the gold standard.

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Southlake Plastic Surgery takes your aesthetic desires seriously. We can provide you with an incredible tummy tuck and liposuction procedure in Dallas, Texas. Our facility will prioritize your comfort, safety, and privacy above all else.

We have our own on-site surgical suite at Southlake Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Our surgery center is American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (QUAD A) certified. The families and caretakers of our patients have access to a private waiting room, complete with Wi-Fi access and streaming TV.

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We’re also here to be your resource for other procedures, including facelifts, blepharoplasties, and other aesthetic surgeries you may be interested in.

Our medical staff includes knowledgeable surgical registered nurses and considerate patient coordinators. Professionalism and informed medical decisions are at the core of everything we do.

Stop being so hard on yourself because of that stubborn fat deposit or loose skin. Many times, these things are out of your control. We can take that burden off your hands.

Select a button below to connect with us, and move forward in your journey to your dream body.

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