Of all the body image issues, one seems to bother men and women equally. And that is the stubborn fat around the midsection, especially in the belly or “tummy” area. Happily, the problem is easily remedied with a procedure known as abdominoplasty.
Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers tummy tuck surgery for patients in Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and the surrounding areas.
What Is An Abdominoplasty?
Commonly known as a tummy tuck, an abdominoplasty removes fat and excess skin from the midsection or belly, resulting in a smoother silhouette and a more flat, taut, and youthful stomach.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery is appropriate for men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and now have excess skin and fatty deposits or women who have experienced abdominal laxity following the rigors of childbirth.
Candidates should not smoke, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results. While abdominoplasty will get rid of the pooch of excess fat and skin at your waistline, it may not make your stomach perfectly flat or give you a “six-pack.” The best way to determine if abdominoplasty is appropriate for you is to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon.
How Is the Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes between two and five hours. A supervised overnight stay in a medical facility may be required during your initial recovery.
During the procedure, an incision will be made along the natural skin fold of the lower abdomen. If there are pockets of stubborn fat in the area, Dr. Brothers may use liposuction to remove it.
Weakened or separated abdominal muscles will be tightened or repaired, if necessary, and excess skin is removed.
Your incision will be sutured and dressed.
What Is a Modified Tummy Tuck?
Patients who only have laxity below their belly button may benefit more from a mini tummy tuck. This less invasive approach allows you to target the lower abdomen for a flatter abdomen without the extensive changes to the muscles and tissues above the belly button.
This incision is very often shorter than the incision required for the standard tummy tuck.
What Is a Modified Mini Tummy Tuck?
A modified abdominoplasty may be selected if only the abdominal skin or muscle wall requires correction.
What Is Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is generally an outpatient procedure, and you may be able to return home shortly after the anesthesia wears off.
A compression garment may be wrapped around your midsection to protect the incision, promote blood circulation, and reduce swelling.
If your abdominal reshaping was extensive, you might need to wear a drain for up to a week following the procedure. You should expect a certain amount of pain, which can be managed with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Gentle exercise, such as walking, should be resumed almost immediately following surgery, but anything strenuous should be avoided for several weeks while you heal.
Most patients return to work within one to two weeks.
How Much Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of tummy tuck surgery varies from patient to patient. After your consultation, we will provide you with a detailed estimate that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff as well as any necessary medical supplies and details about follow-up care. Financing is available through CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, and we also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Will I have scars after my abdominoplasty procedure?
Scarring will develop along the incision line. This scar can be covered by underwear and bathing suits and will become inconspicuous over time.
When will I see results?
You will start to notice the effects of your tummy tuck immediately following your surgery, but it can take up to six months to see the full extent of your results.
What are the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, your tummy tuck does come with the potential for risk. These include:
- Reactions to the anesthesia
- Bleeding (Hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Prolonged wound healing
How long do results last?
The results of your tummy tuck are long lasting, but they are not necessarily permanent. You will need to maintain a consistent weight with diet and exercise.
Can I combine my tummy tuck with another procedure?