Pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics can contribute to excess abdominal tissue. If you desire a flat, firm abdomen, the experts at the Center for Women's Health and Aesthetics in Tyrone, Georgia, have a solution. Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Kendy Verpile, MD, FACOG, and her team offer surgical tummy tucks to give you the body contours of your dreams. Schedule a consultation by phone or online to learn more.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which your doctor removes excess abdominal tissue and tightens your midsection to give you the slim waistline you desire.
Some of the many benefits of tummy tucks include:
Abdominoplasties are often beneficial after pregnancy or recent weight loss. Your doctor can combine the procedure with additional cosmetic surgeries, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, or liposuction.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck, your doctor reviews your medical history and desired results. They also complete a physical exam and might recommend you undergo blood or imaging tests. You must be in good overall health and at or near an ideal weight.
Tummy tucks are beneficial if you have abdominal skin laxity, separated abdominal muscles, or excess fat around your midsection. Your doctor lets you know what to expect during the procedure.
Follow all pre-surgery instructions prior to getting a tummy tuck. Stop taking certain medications, don’t smoke, and maintain a healthy weight. Make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Don’t eat or drink anything the morning of surgery.
Prior to a tummy tuck, you’re given general anesthesia to put you to sleep, or local anesthesia with a sedative, so you don’t feel any pain. Your doctor makes an incision in your abdominal area and removes excess skin and fat.
They use liposuction when necessary, and tighten abdominal muscles and skin to achieve a flat abdomen. A full tummy tuck is a more extensive procedure while a mini tummy tuck requires slightly smaller incisions. After surgery is complete, your doctor closes the incision site and takes you to a recovery room.
After a tummy tuck, you can often go home the same day, but someone must drive you there and stay with you for a night or two. You might have temporary hollow tubes that drain fluid out of your body during the healing process.
Follow all post-surgical instructions. Take medications as prescribed and get plenty of rest. Plan to take 1-2 weeks off from work and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.
Expect bruising and swelling that subsides over time. Wear a compression garment for several weeks. You might have to avoid standing up straight for a period of time.
Attend all follow-up appointments with your Center for Women’s Health and Aesthetics provider. Expect final results after about 3-6 months when you notice less swelling, tighter, more defined abdominal muscles, better-fitting clothes, and more self-confidence.
Don’t live with loose, sagging abdominal tissue, fat bulges, or a protruding midsection if it makes you self-conscious. Schedule a consultation with the Center for Women's Health and Aesthetics by phone or online today.