A tummy tuck, known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which our surgeons, Dr. Alexandra Hart and Dr. John Connors, removes excess fat and skin from the stomach while tightening the underlying muscles to create a flatter shape. Abdominoplasty is a popular surgery among Atlanta, GA, women following pregnancy, and in both men and women with excess skin and fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta is proud to use advanced surgical techniques that create stunning results. Learn about our cutting-edge process by calling our team for a consultation today. We create custom surgical plans based on your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.
- Recovery Time: 2-6 Weeks
- Post-op Follow-up: 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location: Outpatient
How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for patients with a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During surgery, an incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients in relatively good shape but who desire a flatter tummy may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These individuals have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require skin tightening and body contouring following significant weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
How Long Is Recovery After A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around two hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4 – 6 weeks.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Should I Have A Tummy Tuck Or Liposuction?
Patients with loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for skin tightening procedures like a tummy tuck. However, those primarily concerned with unwanted belly fat may want to consider liposuction. Our surgeons can make recommendations about body contouring treatments like liposuction during your initial consultation.
Can I Combine A Tummy Tuck With Another Surgery?
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation or a breast lift for more comprehensive results. This combination surgery at Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta is sometimes referred to as a "mommy makeover. It is a popular way for women to manage a wider range of problem areas associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What About Scarring After A Tummy Tuck?
Scarring is a normal and expected part of this procedure, but every effort is made to minimize scarring as much as possible. Incisions are also placed in areas that could be concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel that the results of a tummy tuck far outweigh any scarring involved.
What If I Get Pregnant After A Tummy Tuck?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients in Atlanta wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure that any future weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.