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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Premier Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in the Ardmore area, near Oklahoma City and Dallas

Revolutionize Your Silhouette and Reclaim Confidence


Are you tired of stubborn belly fat that just won’t go away, no matter how much you exercise or diet? Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health in Ardmore is here to help with our tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) services. Our team is dedicated to providing women in the Ardmore area, near Oklahoma City and Dallas, with a flatter and more toned abdomen. This life-changing procedure that flattens your abdomen will enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

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What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

A tummy tuck, other times referred to as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that targets the reduction of unwanted fat and skin from the abdominal region. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles for an enhanced physical contour. Women, in particular, are drawn to this body-shaping procedure as it helps them achieve a firmer and more toned stomach, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Whether due to significant weight loss, childbirth, or merely the inevitable passing of time, a tummy tuck is an effective solution to help you obtain a sleeker and more trim physique.

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Common Reasons for Considering a Tummy Tuck

  1. Post-pregnancy body changes:
    • During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles and skin stretch to accommodate the growing baby, which can lead to diastasis recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles separate.
    • After childbirth, many women find it challenging to regain their pre-pregnancy abdominal contour through diet and exercise alone, as the stretched skin and muscles may not return to their original state.
  2. Significant weight loss:
    • After substantial weight loss, individuals may have excess, sagging skin that does not conform to their new body shape.
    • Loose skin in the abdominal area can cause discomfort and interfere with daily activities, clothing choices, and exercise routines.
  3. Aging:
    • Over time, the body’s natural aging process causes a decline in skin elasticity and muscle tone, leading to a less firm and toned appearance in the abdominal area.
    • Factors such as hormonal changes, sun exposure, and weight fluctuations can exacerbate these changes, resulting in a more pronounced sagging appearance.
  4. Genetic factors:
    •  a. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to store fat in the abdominal region, making it difficult to achieve a flat and toned abdomen despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

A tummy tuck can help these individuals by removing localized fat deposits and excess skin, resulting in a more balanced and contoured silhouette.


  1. Improve self-confidence:
    • A tummy tuck can significantly impact a patient’s self-confidence and overall well-being, as a flatter, more contoured abdomen can enhance their body image.

 Feeling more comfortable and confident in one’s body can lead to improved mental health, motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and increased satisfaction with personal and social relationships.


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Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Optimal candidates for a tummy tuck are women with surplus skin and fat in the abdominal region that cannot be rectified through diet and physical activity alone. This operation is frequently suggested to women who have experienced considerable weight reduction, as shedding pounds often results in lax, inelastic skin around the waist and abdomen. Moreover, those who have undergone substantial bodily changes due to pregnancy might also benefit from this procedure.
It is crucial to emphasize that abdominoplasty is not a weight reduction surgery and should not be regarded as a replacement for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Candidates who best suit this procedure should have a stable weight and be in good overall health. Additionally, it is recommended to refrain from planning any future pregnancies, as childbearing post-tummy tuck may alter or negate the final outcome, leading to further excess skin and persistent fat deposits.

Both men and women can get abdominoplasties.

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Why Choose Our Ardmore Practice for Your Tummy Tuck?

  1. Convenient Location Near Oklahoma City and Dallas
    • Easily accessible for residents of Oklahoma City, Dallas, and surrounding areas
    • Ample parking and nearby amenities for a comfortable visit
    • A comfortable environment designed with your needs in mind.


  1. State-of-the-Art Facility and Equipment
    • Modern and advanced surgical suites designed for optimal patient care
    • Cutting-edge technology to ensure the best possible results
    • Continuous investment in the latest industry advancements to enhance our practice.


  1. Personalized Care and Attention to Detail
    • Comprehensive consultations to understand your unique goals and expectations
    • Customized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs
    • Thorough preoperative and postoperative care, ensuring a smooth and successful experience
    • Highly trained and compassionate staff dedicated to providing personalized attention


  1. Commitment to Patient Safety and Satisfaction
    • Adherence to strict safety protocols and best practices in the industry
    • Transparent communication to keep you informed every step of the way
    • Focus on achieving natural-looking, long-lasting results that exceed your expectations
    • Proven track record of patient satisfaction and exceptional outcomes.


The Tummy Tuck Procedure

  1. Initial consultation
  • Assessment of individual needs and goals:
    • Detailed review of the patient’s medical history, current health status, and any previous surgeries.
    • Conduct an examination of the abdominal region to analyze skin elasticity, muscle tension, and fat distribution.
    • Discussion of the patient’s specific concerns, desired results, and motivation for seeking a tummy tuck.
  • Discussion of expectations and possible outcomes:
    • Providing a realistic understanding of the potential results, including potential limitations and risks.
    • Presenting before and after photos of previous patients to showcase the surgeon’s expertise and give a visual representation of potential outcomes.
    • Encouraging open communication to address any questions or concerns the patient may have.
  1. Preoperative preparations
  • Lifestyle changes:
    • Maintaining a stable weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise to ensure optimal results and minimize complications.
    • Ceasing smoking no less than 4-6 weeks before surgery is advised, as smoking could impede the recovery process and raise the risk of complications.
    • Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding certain medications and supplements that may increase bleeding risk.
  • Medical evaluations:
    • Obtaining necessary preoperative lab tests and imaging studies, as recommended by the surgeon.
    • Consulting with other healthcare providers, if necessary, to guarantee the patient is in peak condition prior to surgery.
    • Obtaining medical clearance from the patient’s primary care physician, if required.
  1. Surgical procedure details
  • Anesthesia options:
    • General anesthesia, ensuring the patient is unconscious and pain-free throughout the surgery.
    • Intravenous sedation or regional anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendation.
    • An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will be present to monitor the patient’s safety and comfort during the procedure.
  • Incision techniques:
    • Full abdominoplasty: A horizontal incision is made between the pubic hairline and the navel, along with a second incision around the navel to free it from the surrounding skin.
    • Mini abdominoplasty: A smaller incision is made, focusing on the area below the navel, ideal for patients with minimal skin excess and muscle laxity.
    • Extended abdominoplasty: A longer incision is made, extending around the hips, to address excess skin and fat in the love handle and lower back regions.
  • Duration of surgery:
    • A tummy tuck procedure typically takes 2-5 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and the patient’s specific needs.
    • Additional procedures, such as liposuction, may increase the surgery time.
  1. Postoperative care
  • Recovery timeline:
    • Patients are usually discharged on the same day or may require an overnight stay at the surgical facility, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation.
    • Patients should anticipate beginning light day-to-day activities within 1-2 weeks and going back to work within 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of occupation.
    • Full recovery and resumption of strenuous activities, including exercise, can take 6-8 weeks or more, as advised by the surgeon.
  • Pain management:
    • Prescription pain medication will be provided to manage postoperative discomfort.
    • Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended once the initial pain subsides.
    • Cold compresses and elevation of the affected area can help alleviate swelling and discomfort.
  • Follow-up appointments and monitoring:
    • Regular postoperative appointments will be scheduled to monitor the healing process, remove sutures or drains, and address any concerns.
    • The surgeon will provide specific instructions on wound care, bathing, and activity restrictions to ensure a smooth recovery.
    • Long-term follow-up appointments may be scheduled to assess the patient’s satisfaction with the results and to monitor the maintenance of their new abdominal contour.


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Recovery Timeline From Tummy Tuck Surgery

Immediate Postoperative Care

Immediately following the surgery, you will spend time in the recovery room, where we will closely monitor you. Pain management will be a top priority, and you will be instructed on how to manage the pain during this time. Movement and activity will be restricted during this time to allow for proper healing.

First Few Days

In the first few days following surgery, you will continue to receive care for the incision sites and drains. Pain management will still be a top priority during this time, and you will be instructed on how to care of yourself to minimize pain and discomfort. Rest and relaxation will also be essential during this time, and you will need to make sure you’re getting proper nutrition and hydration.

One to Two Weeks Post-Surgery

You will return to us for a follow-up appointment within one to two weeks after the surgery. We will assess the healing process and may remove sutures and drains. We will provide further instructions on when it’s safe to resume activities and exercise. Throughout the recovery process, you will be asked to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and provide support for the healing tissues. It is essential to wear the compression garment as directed by the surgeon.


Four to Six Weeks Post-Surgery

Most patients can return to work and resume regular activities after four to six weeks, provided their surgeon has given them clearance. Patients should still use caution when resuming exercise and should start with low-impact activities. If any pain or discomfort is experienced, they should ease off the activity and consult with their surgeon.


Long-Term Recovery

Full recovery from a tummy tuck can take several months. In this time, patients will need to be patient and give their bodies time to heal fully. Swelling should gradually decrease, and scars will begin to fade over time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and regular exercise will help ensure the surgery results remain long-lasting. 

Overall, recovery from a tummy tuck surgery requires patience, self-care, and close communication with the surgeon throughout the entire process. By following instructions and taking the necessary precautions, patients can ensure they heal properly and achieve the desired results.

How Long Will the Tummy Tuck Results Last?

The outcome of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting if the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise. However, factors such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can affect the longevity of results. In some cases, revision surgery may be necessary to maintain or enhance results.

Regardless of the type of tummy tuck procedure chosen, proper aftercare is crucial to ensure long-lasting results. This includes following post-operative recovery instructions closely and avoiding extreme weight fluctuations that could damage the newly tightened muscles and skin around the midsection. With good care and maintenance, people can expect to enjoy lasting tummy tuck results for many years to come.

It’s important to have realistic expectations about their tummy tuck results. While it can provide significant improvement in appearance, it should not be viewed as an alternative to adopting healthy habits for overall health and wellness.

Say Goodbye to Belly Fat – Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Today!

At Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, we understand the importance of ensuring our patients feel heard and safe while making these decisions. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients and are dedicated to ensuring their experience is as successful and rewarding as possible.

We offer personalized care for each patient, so you’ll have peace of mind that your needs are met every step of the way. We take the time to understand your goals and create customized treatment plans tailored to your body type and desired outcome. You will be in the care of Dr. Ramirez, an internationally renowned physician in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery for women. 

We know taking the plunge into any surgical procedure can be intimidating but we are here to guide you through your journey every step of the way—from initial consultation until aftercare support. Our ultimate goal is for you to have peace of mind that everything was done correctly from start to finish so that you can enjoy a healthy lifestyle after recovery without any worries. 

Contact Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health today for more information on our tummy tuck procedure!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I eat after a tummy tuck surgery?

After undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, your body goes through a healing process that requires proper nutrition. Consuming the right foods can aid in wound healing, reduce inflammation, and promote tissue restoration.

Moreover, the days following the surgery can be uncomfortable, and nausea and discomfort are common. Eating light, nutrient-dense meals and drinking plenty of fluids can alleviate these symptoms and help your body recover.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck does not prevent you from getting pregnant. However, it is generally recommended that you wait until after you have finished having children before undergoing the procedure. This is because pregnancy can undo the results of your tummy tuck by stretching out your abdominal muscles and skin again.

Is abdominoplasty painful?

Since the procedure is conducted with general anesthesia, it should be noted that there will be no pain at all. In the course of healing, bruising, swelling, and soreness can be expected, though medicine can be given to alleviate any pain or distress. Most of the discomforts should vanish after a few days.

Can I gain weight after a tummy tuck?

Gaining a handful of pounds after your procedure won’t compromise your final tummy tuck results. You can usually fluctuate within 10 to 15 pounds of your goal weight without any significant issues. However, weight gain over the 15-pound mark can cause skin and abdominal muscles to slowly stretch out of place. This can create a belly bulge and impact the elasticity of your skin.

To avoid gaining weight after undergoing a tummy tuck, it is essential to maintain a healthy way of life that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. 

Will I have any scarring from the tummy tuck procedure?

Scarring is an unavoidable outcome of the tummy tuck procedure. The degree and prominence of scarring vary depending on the type of tummy tuck performed and the body’s inherent healing process. Generally, incisions are placed low on the abdomen, making it easy to conceal scars with clothing such as underwear or swimsuits. Although scars gradually fade and become less apparent over time, they will not vanish completely.

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