While a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is not an alternative to a healthy weight-loss program, it can be a great option for those looking to trim their midsections and give the abdominal area a smoother, tighter, and more toned appearance. Patients requesting a tummy tuck are often relatively physically fit but suffer from loose, excess skin brought on by pregnancy, weight loss, or a genetic predisposition. The procedure addresses these stubborn leftover fat deposits and skin in the abdominal region that you simply can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try.
Who’s a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Individuals who wish to improve their overall abdominal tone or contours after significant weight loss are the perfect candidates for a tummy tuck. This procedure is also greatly beneficial to women who suffer from loose abdominal muscles due to pregnancy; just make sure that you are done having children, since future pregnancies are likely to affect the results of your tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck procedure begins with an incision made from hip to hip, typically placed just below the bikini line. Dr. Talbott will make this incision as discreetly as possible, and any residual scarring can be easily hidden under clothing or swimwear. She will separate the navel from the skin and then tighten the underlying muscles, a step that narrows the waistline and firms up the midsection. Excess fat is removed, the navel is repositioned, and the skin is pulled taut around the stomach. The incision is then closed with sutures. The entire procedure typically takes about two to four hours to complete and is usually performed under general anesthesia.
This amazing procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis, and can take about 2-3 hours to perform. It is essential that you arrange for someone to take you home and stay with you after the procedure.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Patients can expect some swelling in the abdomen for a few days after the procedure; however, any pain and discomfort can be alleviated with medication. Although strenuous exercise should be avoided for six weeks after surgery, patients should take brisk walks soon after the procedure to prevent blood clots. All post-operative instructions should be followed carefully in order to allow the abdomen to heal properly and to achieve optimal results. Scarring from the procedure will never disappear completely, but scar creams will be given to improve results..
What Our Patients Are Saying
I have had a tummy tuck and now a breast reduction with Talbott Plastic Surgery. It is an amazing experience from the first meeting with LaDawn to the last check up post-surgery. She is a brilliant surgeon, amazing educator, and detailed in her results. I tell people she does that little extra to ensure you are satisfied beyond expectations. Making sure you love the results is her priority. Couldn’t be happier with the results; wish I had done both procedures sooner in life 🙂 – S.S.
Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty)
Mini abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, is a quicker and less invasive procedure than the full tummy tuck. Patients who have just a small amount of excess abdominal skin and those who are experiencing minor skin sagging due to aging are often good candidates for this procedure. Contact Dr. Talbott today to schedule a consultation and how a mini tummy tuck can help you.