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Tummy Tuck in Atlanta

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Battle Against Tummy Fat

Atlanta Plastic Surgery

As we age, the battle against tummy fat becomes more difficult. Small bulges of fat hide the hard work you put into slimming your midsection. If you have excess fat on your abdomen resistant to traditional weight loss methods, consider a tummy tuck in Atlanta. Dr. Killingsworth and his dedicated surgical team are excited to show you your cosmetic possibilities. Discuss your options during a consultation at our Atlanta or Cumming location.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck can restore a flatter, more toned midsection when diet and exercise are not enough to achieve the contoured results you want. Both men and women often desire a firm, tight abdomen.

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address stubborn fat deposits and excess skin of the midsection that can contribute to a lax, sagging appearance. Due to genetic predisposition, pregnancy, childbirth, weight loss, or the natural aging process, the muscles in the abdomen are often pushed apart and stretched out; this makes it exceptionally difficult for even the strictest diets and most rigorous exercise routines to re-tighten them. A tummy tuck can strengthen the core muscles of your stomach and remove extra skin to help you attain a flatter, firmer, and toned abdomen.

What are the Benefits Of a Tummy Tuck?

Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA

Abdominoplasty has helped millions of patients worldwide overcome the devastating physical changes that come along with extreme weight loss or pregnancy. For the right candidate, a tummy tuck is considered a safe and effective way to remove loose skin, excess fat, and stretch marks. It can even repair abdominal muscle separation, a condition known as rectus diastasis that commonly occurs due to pregnancy or obesity.

More than a cosmetic procedure, a tummy tuck can have far-reaching benefits such as improved self-image, fewer skin rashes, and feeling more comfortable in your body. The surgical scar is discreet, so no one will know you had surgery to look your best. A tummy tuck may not be suitable for you if you are looking for a way to lose weight. Rather, a tummy tuck is for men and women who follow a proper diet and exercise yet still have fatty bulges on the front and side of the abdomen. A tummy tuck can:

  • Tighten the skin
  • Remove deposits of extra fat
  • Make underlying muscles tauter

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Many patients report life-changing benefits after a tummy tuck, such as:

  • A firm, toned abdomen
  • Freedom from loose skin
  • Tighter abdominal muscles
  • Improved mobility during exercise
  • Better fitting trousers and swimwear
  • More confidence during intimacy with a partner
  • A reduction in stretch marks on the lower abdomen
  • Increased motivation to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Fewer rashes and skin irritations from the excess skin rubbing together
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Am I a Good Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?

During your initial consultation for a tummy tuck Atlanta plastic surgeons, Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team will perform a thorough evaluation of your health (including your medical history) before assessing the laxity of your skin and determining the extent of excess tissue and fat deposits around your midsection.

We will encourage you to be specific about the changes you want and will take the time to understand your procedure goals to determine if they are realistic. If you qualify for abdominoplasty, Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Killingsworth will then customize a treatment plan designed to meet or exceed your expectations and goals. A tummy tuck is not right for everyone. The ideal candidate is not pregnant or nursing, does not smoke, and is in good overall health. For the best results, you should be within 15 pounds of your goal weight.

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If you plan on having more children, it may be best to wait to have your surgery. Consider a tummy tuck if you have the following cosmetic issues after pregnancy or weight loss:

  • Excess skin
  • A lower tummy pouch
  • Loss of firmness and tonality
  • Separated abdominal muscles
  • Stretch marks on the lower abdomen
  • Fat deposits that refuse to budge with diet and exercise

What are my Tummy Tuck options?

Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA

The ideal option for your tummy tuck surgery will be discussed in detail during your Atlanta tummy tuck consultation. While tummy tuck surgery is not an alternative to a healthy weight loss program, it can be an effective option if you want firmer abdominal contours more proportional to your body type and weight. There are three different types of tummy tuck procedures

Complete Tummy Tuck

During a complete tummy tuck, an incision is made around the belly button, while another incision is made just above the pubis. Excess skin is removed and reshaped, while the underlying abdominal muscles are surgically tightened. Liposuction may also be performed to remove excess fat and sculpt a firmer-looking midsection.

Mini Tummy Tuck

The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure requiring an incision above the pubis. This technique is ideal for patients with minimal amounts of loose abdominal skin. The mini tummy tuck does not tighten underlying muscles like a traditional tummy tuck and does not require an incision around the navel.

Circumferential Tummy Tuck

Skin and fat can be removed from the midsection and back during a circumferential tummy tuck. Abdominal muscles can be tightened, and excess skin can be reshaped for a firmer profile. A circumferential tummy tuck can accentuate lower body contours.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

A tummy tuck and liposuction serve different purposes. They are often combined during a tummy tuck or mommy makeover surgery. Liposuction reduces fat on the abdomen, while a tummy tuck removes the loose skin. Adding liposuction to a tummy tuck results in optimal slimming and sculpting of the abdominal contours for a more refined result.

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Tummy Tuck Procedure

At Astra Plastic Surgery, It starts with trust

In a traditional tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made just above your pubic hairline; the length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess fat and skin that you have. As we do in every surgery we perform, our plastic surgeons attempt to make the incision as discreet as possible so that any residual scarring can be easily camouflaged with clothing.

Excess skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen, and the weakened underlying muscles are tightened, narrowing the waistline while firming the midsection. The remaining skin is pulled taut around the stomach, and the incision is then closed with sutures. Often performed in combination with liposuction, a tummy tuck can greatly reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

Tummy Tuck Results & Recovery

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After your tummy tuck surgery, your final results may be initially hidden by swelling. However, once your healing is complete (this may take several weeks or even months, depending on your healing capabilities), your new, slimmer profile should become apparent, so you can enjoy your tummy tuck results for years to come.

Tips for a Successful Recovery:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep the wound clean
  • Wear a compression garment
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Reduce sodium intake to minimize swelling
  • Attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon
  • Avoid heavy lifting, driving, vigorous exercise, smoking, and alcohol
  • Contact your surgeon immediately if you have a fever or signs of infection

What to Expect in the Days, Weeks, and Months After a Tummy Tuck

Recovery Timeline

Day 1

  • Feeling tired or groggy from anesthesia
  • Bruising, swelling, and numbness are prominent
  • Take short walks to reduce the risks of blood clots
  • You may need assistance walking and rising from bed
  • Someone will need to drive you home from the surgical center

Week 1

  • The discomfort starts to taper off
  • Showering is okay on day two
  • Continue to rest and recover at home
  • Take prescribed medications to ease discomfort
  • The abdomen is tender, numb, and markedly swollen

Week 2

  • Less discomfort than last week
  • Increase physical activity by taking slightly longer walks
  • Most patients feel comfortable enough to walk fully upright

Weeks 3 and 4

  • Numbness persists
  • All bruising resolves
  • Return to work and driving
  • Light exercise may resume
  • Scar begins to soften and flatten
  • Acute discomfort is replaced with mild aching
  • The abdomen is still firm; Swelling begins to subside
  • Begin scar treatments (scar cream, silicone strips, etc.)

Weeks 5 and 6

  • The scar becomes softer and flatter
  • Continue wearing the compression garment
  • Safe to resume strenuous exercise and jogging

Month 3 to 6

  • Feeling more like yourself
  • Numbness begins to resolve
  • Scar begins to lighten in color
  • All activities may resume without restriction
  • Sixty to 80 percent of the swelling has subsided

Month 6 to 12

  • Nearly all of the swelling is gone
  • Final tummy tuck results become apparent
  • The scar fades until it blends with the surrounding skin
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Tummy Tuck Scars

Atlanta Plastic Surgery

Like all surgery, a tummy tuck leaves a scar. The surgeons at Astra Plastic Surgery minimize scarring by placing the incision on the lower abdomen where it will be hidden in most styles of swimwear and clothing.

The length of the scar depends on the type of tummy tuck you had. A mini tummy tuck has the shortest scar, a full tummy tuck has a scar from hip to hip, and an extended tummy tuck leaves an elongated scar across the lower abdomen and above the hips. As the surgical scar matures, it should soften and become lighter in color, eventually fading to a fine line. This process takes a year or more. For the best-looking scar, stay hydrated, avoid sun tanning, and consider scar treatments such as scar gel, silicone sheets, or laser scar lightening.

Schedule your Tummy Tuck consultation in Atlanta at Killingsworth Center Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, Dr. Stephanie Farber and their staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss tummy tuck surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at (678) 400-0302, or request an appointment online today.

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Tummy Tuck FAQs

Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his plastic surgery team specialize in several tummy tuck techniques to help men and women achieve natural-looking results. The cost of abdominoplasty surgery varies by technique and by the patient. After your consultation, we will give you a detailed cost of your tummy tuck procedure. You can pay for the procedure by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.

You should be at or close to your ideal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck. Patients with a BMI higher than 30 have an increased risk of complications. Likewise, if you have a tummy tuck before reaching your goal weight, and then continue to lose weight, you may develop loose skin. Source

Removing the lax skin during a tummy tuck may remove some stretch marks on your lower abdomen.

The tummy tuck results are technically permanent, although your skin will continue to age and may lose firmness as you get older. Once the loose skin is gone, it will not return so long as you maintain a steady weight. Patients that commit to a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, tend to have the most long-lasting results.

Most tummy tuck surgeons discourage getting pregnant after a tummy tuck since it can lead to excess skin, fat deposits, and muscle separation all over again. However, a tummy tuck does not affect fertility, so a future pregnancy is possible.

At Astra Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we believe plastic surgery can achieve beautiful yet subtle results that accentuate your natural contours. Whether you opt for surgical treatments or non-invasive procedures, your cosmetic surgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the body's symmetry and proportions to ensure the best possible outcomes.*

Schedule a consultation today to learn how Astra Plastic Surgery can empower you to take control of your look.