What is Tummy Tuck or Abdominalplasty?

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck: What It Takes to Have the Tummy of Your Dreams

Healthy diet and fitness can help improve the body but unfortunately, they cannot create a miracle. Certain body imperfections can only be improved by a cosmetic surgeon. A sagging belly that has lost elasticity is one of such problems. In this case, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) will allow you to achieve the beautiful shapes of your dream. This procedure involves removing excess skin and underlying fat from the abdominal cavity.

Having the perfect tummy even after giving birth or significant weight loss is an attractive idea for many people. And we know that this is not just a whim. You want to fall in love with your reflection in the mirror, improve your health and well-being, get rid of extra inches in your waist line, feel confident, and invincible!

And you absolutely deserve it.

At SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics, Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) for men and women in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia.

What is Tummy Tuck or Abdominalplasty?

Aging, pregnancy, and weight problems leave behind extra fat that hides the natural anatomy of the abdominal area. Abdominoplasty is recommended for patients who have tried to tone the tummy area but have stubborn fat that cannot be addressed with diet and exercise.

You can spend years training and dieting, and sometimes it can be ineffective, and even unhealthy. Of course, a healthy diet and exercises should be always a part of your lifestyle, they help us maintain excellent shape physically and mentally. But for a faster, more pronounced result you need something more!

Speaking of cosmetic surgery, in some cases, liposuction may not be enough because it doesn’t address excess skin in the abdominal area. In this case, a tummy tuck in combination with liposuction is recommended. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and requires hospital stay.

People who had aggressive weight loss after a bariatric surgery (lost 100-200 lbs)  can face the issue of excessive skin on their arms, legs, breasts, and abdominal area. So sometimes a tummy tuck can be a part of the more comprehensive body  lift procedure.

Abdominoplasty: What To Expect?

Usually, our preoperative consultation starts with taking measurements and a good look at your needs and expectations. Your surgeon will ask what kind of surgery you had in the past, what kind of scars you have, what kind of other history you have to come up with the best options for you.

There are the different types of tummy tuck:

  • A standard (full) tummy tuck where the surgeon kind of pulls the skin down, puts the muscles together, and repositions your belly button.
  • A less extensive tummy tuck that is appropriate for men and women who only have excessive fat below the belly button. The procedure does not help with any laxity in the muscles.

The incisions for the full and mini tummy tuck are similar extending from one hip bone to the other one along the pelvic area. Scarring is well-hidden with your underwear. For a full abdominoplasty, the muscles may be tightened and held in place with sutures.

The duration of the surgery depends on individual factors. On average, it lasts approximately 1-3 hours under general anesthesia.

We take multiple measures to reduce the risks of possible complications to zero. Therefore, before the surgery, each of our patients must undergo a comprehensive medical examination. There are several factors that define the degree of surgical intervention, the type and method of anesthesia, and postoperative care. An experienced and thorough cosmetic surgeon should cover all individual factors and prepare extensively.

As for the recovery period, patients usually return to work after 2-4 weeks. Return to extensive physical activity and training usually occurs after 4-6 weeks and only after an examination by your cosmetic surgeon.

Scars will fade and soften in the following 3 months to 1 year after the surgery. For the first 4 weeks after the procedure you will need to wear a special corset.

Yes, the procedure may sound more complex than you imagined, but we have been performing tummy tucks for many years, and we have dozens of happy patients whose dream came true and they started enjoying their reflection in the mirror and their self-confidence again.

How Much Does Abdominoplasty Cost in Atlanta?

This is one of the most popular and common questions. Price of simple (basic) tummy tuck at SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics starts around $8,000. The price includes surgery, anesthesia, and the price of the facility. We make sure that each of our patients not only goes home with the tummy of their dreams but also received high quality services, a skilled board certified surgeon, and the best post operative care possible.

The cost of surgery varies by patient based on several factors. During your initial consultation, our team will discuss the cost of your procedure and share information about our flexible financing options.

Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer tummy tucks for men and women in Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Contact us today to schedule your abdominoplasty consultation.

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