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Abby Culver, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. As a surgeon, she specializes in a range of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery techniques, including breast reduction surgery, breast surgery and mommy makeover.
Dr. Culver earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed an integrated plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at UT Southwestern. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.
She is the Associate Director of the Resident Cosmetic Clinic in Dallas, Texas and the Associate Director for medical students interested in plastic surgery at UT Southwestern. Her research interests include outcomes in breast reduction surgery and laser and other minimally invasive approaches to plastic surgery.
Dr. Culver served as the Administrative Chief Resident during her training, and in 2021 she received UT Southwestern’s Resident Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Abby Culver’s priorities are non-negotiable: the comfort, privacy, and trust of her patients always come first when performing breast reduction surgery, a mommy makeover, abdominal contouring, or abdominoplasty.
Dr. Culver chose to specialize in plastic surgery in Dallas, Texas, because it gives her a way to work with people of all ages and all needs to enhance and restore their bodies and their confidence. It also allows her to be creative. “Plastic surgery is an art as well as a science,” she says. “Each person is unique, so each procedure is unique as well.”
While every surgery is different, every patient can expect the same quality of care from Dr. Culver. “I want to connect with my patients and listen to their goals so we can create an individualized surgical plan that will really meet their needs and generate beautiful, natural results,” Dr. Culver says.
She believes that good communication is essential to good results. She and her team prioritize giving clear instructions to patients and being responsive to questions and concerns, both before surgery and during recovery.
“I want my patients to feel happy, to feel well informed, and to know that my team and I will be there every step of the way,” Dr. Culver says.
Dr. Culver specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. Her practice includes primary and revision aesthetic breast reduction surgery, abdominal contouring and abdominoplasty, and mommy makeover surgeries, which can address the breasts, abdomen, and other areas as needed. Once an individualized plan is established, patients can feel comfortable with what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
Dr. Culver is also involved in research related to wound healing techniques and recovery protocols that help patients get back to life safely and as soon as possible.
“Patients seeking breast reduction often want comfort for daily living, decreased back pain, and improved self-image,” Dr. Culver says. UT Southwestern in Dallas uses leading surgical techniques and 3D technology when creating a patient care plan.
Patients can expect to be put at ease during their initial consult with Dr. Culver as they outline their goals for natural results. A breast reduction and lift is typically an outpatient procedure, where the patient goes home the same day. It involves minimized and hidden scarring with minimal downtime from normal activities, and it includes a recovery period closely followed by Dr. Culver. Patient results include a more youthful appearance, less pain, and improved comfort for exercise and clothing fit.
“Bodies change after having a baby, and we listen to your goals to help restore your most confident version,” Dr. Culver says, who understands women who desire to feel better after pregnancy and childbirth. Mommy makeovers can address many areas of the body, tailored to each patient’s desire.
With mommy makeover plastic surgery, consultation with Dr. Culver includes outlining the patient’s target areas with options that include: aesthetic breast surgery, such as breast or nipple reduction, implant removal, or lift (with or without implants); abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and abdominal contouring; liposuction; thigh or arm lift; labiaplasty, and more. Recovery time varies based on the procedure.
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