Achieving a flat, toned tummy can be difficult—and maintaining it can feel impossible. Aging, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can all impact the appearance of your abdomen, leading to stubborn deposits of fat, loose or sagging skin, and even the painful separation of abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty is a popular surgical procedure that repairs separated abdominal muscles, removes hanging skin and excess fat, and tightens remaining skin for a flatter, smoother tummy. It has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers tummy tucks for men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia.
What is Abdominoplasty?
Several factors influence your ability to have a flat, firm midsection. The abdomen is prone to developing a type of fat that is reserved by the body and not easily metabolized. The muscles in the area stretch when you carry extra weight and when women are pregnant. These same situations also over-stretch the skin, leaving it hanging loosely on your body. None of these problems can be fixed with diet and exercise, but a tummy tuck will give you a sexy, toned abdomen.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, the clinical term for a tummy tuck, gives men and women a toned midsection that is enhanced with appropriate contours. The surgery remedies problems with the three elements of a flabby abdomen:
- Excess fat
- Sagging skin
- Lax, weak muscles
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Abdominoplasty?
Typical tummy tuck patients include women who have had children, those who have lost a significant amount of weight, and anyone who experiences the toll aging and gravity can have on the integrity of the abdominal skin and muscles. The best way to determine if a tummy tuck is the right procedure to address your concerns is to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the meantime, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have a “pouch” of loose skin and fat on my lower abdomen?
- Is my abdominal skin “puckered” and sagging over my pubic area?
- Does my tummy refuse to tighten, despite a healthy diet and regular exercise routine?
- Are my abdominal muscles weak and unaffected by toning exercises?
- Am I at or near my ideal weight and in general good health?
If you answered yes to these questions, a tummy tuck may help you achieve the results you want.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having a Tummy Tuck?
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Brothers. While tummy tuck surgery is a safe and effective option when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, it’s important to understand that it is an invasive surgical procedure that can involve extensive reshaping of the abdomen.
What Should I Expect on the Day of My Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and, unlike many other cosmetic procedures, you may be required to stay overnight for your initial recovery. Depending on the level of reshaping required, different techniques may be used:
- A mini abdominoplasty requires the shortest incision and involves tightening the lower abdominal wall skin only. This option is good if you have mild to moderate sagging skin and do not require dramatic reshaping of the area.
- A modified abdominoplasty is often recommended if only the muscle wall or abdominal skin requires correction, and is a good option if your concerns lie with one or the other only.
- A standard abdominoplasty is the best option for those who require both tightening of abdominal skin and repair and tightening of the abdominal wall muscles. This procedure is the most common and involves the largest incision.
Whatever option you and Dr. Brothers decide upon, your incision will be made as inconspicuously as possible along the natural skin fold of your lower abdomen. Typically, the incision is made below where a C-section scar is placed on a woman and just below the belt line for men.
If there are pockets of stubborn fat in the area, your surgeon may begin by using liposuction techniques to remove fatty bulges in the area. Once the fat has been removed, your surgeon will begin repairing the separated muscles (if necessary), removing sagging excess skin, and re-draping remaining skin for a smoother, flatter appearance. When the desired results have been achieved, your incision will be sutured and dressed.
How Long Does It Take to Perform a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery takes two to five hours.
What to Expect After Abdominoplasty
Depending on the level of abdominal reshaping and muscle repair required, you may be required to wear a drain for up to one week. This helps reduce excess fluid that may gather in the area, helping to promote healing, keep you comfortable during your recovery, and ensure your results are maintained. You will also be sent home in a compression garment.
After your procedure, you will experience some tenderness and swelling in the area, and your surgeon will prescribe oral pain medication to help manage your discomfort. It’s important to rest as needed and avoid strenuous activity, though we strongly recommend walking multiple times a day beginning the day after your surgery. After about two weeks, most patients slowly resume normal activity, though exercise should be avoided for about a month or so. Within three to four months, you’ll be feeling mostly like yourself and ready to enjoy your new, flatter tummy!
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Tummy Tuck?
You will have a scar after your tummy tuck surgery. The incision extends from one hip bone to the other and follows a line that is hidden by your bikini and underwear. If you have had a C-section, Dr. Brothers will try to use the same incision line.
When Will I See Results?
Your abdomen will be noticeably flatter after your surgery, but it can take six months to a year to see full results.
How Long Will the Results of a Tummy Tuck Last?
The long-term benefits of a tummy tuck are excellent, but you are still subject to the effects of aging and weight changes. If you continue to work out and eat properly, you can keep your midsection tight and toned for many years.
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How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of a tummy tuck varies by patient. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
If diet and exercise have not produced the toned midsection you want, a tummy tuck may be right for you. At Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta, we use the most advanced techniques for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David B. Brothers, and his team offer tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, emphasizing improved self-image and confidence of men and women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and surrounding communities in Georgia. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation!