What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening the underlying muscles. It can result in a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. The surgery is often sought by individuals who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, and are left with loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks can enhance body contours and provide a more toned and youthful appearance to the midsection.
Chances are, if you are a viable candidate for a tummy tuck, then you may also be interested in additional combination surgeries, including liposuction or a mommy makeover. To schedule a consultation for arguably the best tummy tuck Atlanta has to offer, contact Northside Plastic Surgery today.
Who makes the best abdominoplasty candidate?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your stomach and have found that non-surgical strategies have had little effect on your physique, an abdominoplasty may be an ideal procedure to accomplish your aesthetic goals. Our doctors suggest the following general guidelines for patients:
- Non-smokers, or willing to quit before their surgery
- In good health, both emotionally and physically
- Free from any major medical conditions that would interfere with treatment
- Finished having children
- Good skin elasticity
- Realistic expectations for their results
- Willing to follow instructions
What are my abdominoplasty options?
You have several options for your tummy tuck: A full tummy tuck, a mini-tummy tuck, and lipo-abdominoplasty.
- A full tummy tuck involves removal of excess lower skin, tightening of the muscles, and repositioning of the belly button.
- A mini-abdominoplasty simply involves removal of excess skin in the lower abdomen.
- Lipo-abdominoplasty involves a combination of liposuction of the trunk, combined with a tummy tuck, and is a procedure that results in improved waist definition, as well as contouring of the upper abdomen.
Whether a full tummy tuck, a mini-abdominoplasty, or lipo-abdominoplasty, the results will be a flat stomach with no rolls or bulges. Now that you’ve dropped the weight, a tummy tuck procedure at our conveniently located Atlanta plastic surgery center will give you the figure of your dreams.
I am so glad I picked Dr. Klein to do my tummy tuck. Everyone in the office has been wonderful. - K. K.
What can I expect during my surgery?
Tummy tucks are designed to address excess skin and fat in the midsection, as well as tightening the underlying muscles. During the surgery, an incision is made along the lower abdomen, excess tissue is removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened and repositioned for a more toned appearance. Liposuction can also be incorporated to enhance contouring.
Tummy tucks can be customized based on the patient's needs, ranging from full tummy tucks for more extensive correction to mini tummy tucks for those with less pronounced concerns. Recovery typically involves a period of rest, avoiding strenuous activities, and following post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and optimal results. An abdominoplasty in Alpharetta can provide individuals with a smoother, firmer abdominal profile, increased self-confidence, and an improved body contour, helping them achieve their aesthetic goals and enjoy a more comfortable and confident lifestyle.
What can I expect from my recovery?
After a tummy tuck, your abdominal incision and your belly button will likely be covered with surgical dressing. A drain is often placed to promote healing without fluid in the area.
You’ll likely feel moderate pain, which will be controlled by pain medication. It’s normal to have swelling in the surgical area for about six weeks. In some cases, swelling might take up to three months to resolve.
You’ll be required to wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about three to four weeks after your tummy tuck. This will help prevent fluid buildup and provide abdominal support while you heal.
For the first six weeks after your tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA, you’ll need to somewhat limit activity, such as vigorous exercise and heavy lifting.
What is the cost of the procedure?
Your tummy tuck costs will be explained in full during your private consultation. The total fees will depend on the option you decide on – full tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck or lipo-abdominoplasty – as well as on whether you undergo any additional treatments at the same time, such as a mommy makeover for instance. As always, our office will work with you ensure you receive the best financing options.
Why choose Dr. Klein for a tummy tuck in Atlanta?
With over 20 years of expertise in body sculpting, Dr. Marc Klein is a veteran of the Atlanta surgical circuit, offering honest advice and exquisite results. Dr. Klein completed a demanding six-year residency at the University of Maryland in general surgery, following by a two-year residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He then was chosen as a trauma fellow at the distinguished Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Over 50,000 surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed
- Over 20,000 surgical procedures performed between Dr. Majmundar & Dr. Klein
- Over 7000 body sculpting procedures performed
- Over 200 body sculpting procedures performed per year
How can I find out more about a tummy tuck in Atlanta or Alpharetta?
To determine which tummy tuck procedure is best for you, schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation for a tummy tuck in Atlanta by calling our office or completing and submitting the consultation request form. Dr. Majmundar and Dr. Klein will perform a physical exam, and create a personalized approach that meets your needs and resolves your concerns with your appearance.
They will be able to answer all your questions so you can move forward with confidence. You will have the chance to browse our before and after photos, which will give you a more accurate idea of how your results will look. You can also bring in your own photos that help the doctors to better understand your artistic sensibilities and fulfill your wishes.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
How long does a tummy tuck last?
The results of a tummy tuck can sometimes last for many years, but individual outcomes vary based on factors like lifestyle and aging.
What are the risks of a tummy tuck?
Risks of a tummy tuck include infection, scarring, blood clots, and anesthesia complications. Your surgeon will discuss these in detail.
How much weight will I lose with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is not primarily for weight loss. Any weight loss is due to tissue removal, and results can vary.
Who should not get a tummy tuck?
Individuals with certain medical conditions, unrealistic expectations, or those who plan future pregnancies should avoid a tummy tuck.
What other procedures go well with a tummy tuck?
Liposuction, breast procedures, and body lifts are commonly combined with a tummy tuck for more comprehensive results. Your surgeon can provide recommendations.