Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Performed at our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming and Newnan, GA locations.
Abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The muscles of the abdominal wall are also tightened to give the stomach a tighter, flatter, and thinner overall look.
Candidates for tummy tuck surgery include men and women who are in relatively good shape, but have a stubborn, large fat deposit in the abdominal wall that requires tightening. Tummy tuck surgery is also recommended for women who have loose abdominal skin from the effects of pregnancy. Tummy tuck surgery for post-maternity women, often part of a mommy makeover, is not recommended for women who wish to become pregnant again.
To perform an abdominoplasty, an incision is made from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area (so it is easily hidden from view in underwear or a bathing suit). The surgeon then separates the skin from the abdominal wall up to the ribs and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. The lifted skin is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed to create a flatter, tighter abdominal look. Because the skin and naval are pulled downward into a new position, a new opening is also cut for the navel during the tummy tuck procedure.
In some cases, a full tummy tuck is not needed for a patient that has a smaller amount of fat in the abdominal area. For these patients, the surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery will recommend a mini abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck. A much smaller bikini incision is used in this procedure and the muscles are tightened without moving the naval. For a mini tummy tuck, liposuction of the abdomen and small skin removal complete the procedure.
Can other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures compliment a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is frequently performed with a breast lift or reduction and, in some cases, liposuction as one component of a mommy makeover, a combination of several cosmetic body contouring procedures designed to restore a woman’s body after the effects of a pregnancy. A tummy tuck can also be performed with other procedures that lift and tighten excess, sagging skin after significant weight loss, such as breast lifts, arm lifts, and thigh lifts.
What can I expect while recovering after a tummy tuck?
During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given very specific instructions that will detail how to care for the surgical site, any medications that need to be taken, specific concerns to look for, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. While patients’ individual healing rates may vary, it is generally recommended that you limit strenuous activity for at least six weeks and that you take a minimum of two weeks from work after the surgery in order to ensure proper recovery. Your doctor will advise you on specific recommendations you may need to take in order to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Some patients mistakenly believe that body contouring procedures in general, and tummy tucks in particular, can reverse the effects of a sedentary lifestyle and poor dietary decisions overnight. However, abdominoplasty is usually most effective in healthy patients who have already lost weight through conventional diet and exercise. Optimal candidates for abdominoplasty include men and women who are in relatively good shape, but who have small, isolated deposits of stubborn fat in the abdominal wall, sagging skin left behind after significant weight loss, or loose, distended abdominal muscles forming a stomach “pooch” that require tightening. Tummy tuck surgery is also ideal for women who have been left with loose abdominal skin after the effects of pregnancy, but is not recommended for women who may wish to become pregnant again as subsequent pregnancy or weight gain may ruin the results of the procedure.
Is there a less extensive form of abdominoplasty that results in a smaller scar?
When a patient only has minor ‘pooching out’ of the lower belly caused by stretching of the lower abdominal muscles, without a great deal of excess skin, a full tummy tuck may not be necessary. In these cases, a mini abdominoplasty, or a mini tummy tuck may be all that is required to improve the body’s contour and overall appearance. Using a much smaller incision in the bikini-area, the muscles can be tightened without having to relocate the naval. This makes it possible to achieve specifically targeted results with significantly less scarring and a substantially reduced recovery time.
The following doctors perform Abdominoplasty at Atlanta Plastic Surgery. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After Tummy Tuck surgery photographs.