A tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, remove excess bulk, and improve a waistline that has been stretched over time.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is used to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Conditions that a tummy tuck successfully treats include loose skin after pregnancy or significant weight loss, stubborn fat pockets that do not respond to diet and exercise, and a flabby abdomen due to normal aging processes. Patients who undergo a tummy tuck at Premier Image can look forward to having a tight and youthful appearance of the abdomen after their procedure.
A tummy tuck is typically performed as an outpatient surgical procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers intravenous sedation (IV) or general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist monitors the patient throughout the procedure to make sure they are completely relaxed and comfortable and do not feel any pain. The procedure is performed using the following steps:
- Liposuction. Fat is precisely and gently removed from the abdomen and waist using liposuction technique.
- Skin and fat removal. Incisions are made on the lower portion of the abdomen and around the belly button. Loose skin and fat are surgically excised.
- Muscle tightening. Sutures are used to gently pull the abdominal muscles closer together and hold them in place.
Skin from the upper abdomen is gently pulled down and reconnected to the skin from lower abdomen using special sutures. Small tubes may be placed in the incision so fluid does not accumulate in the abdomen. Surgical dressings are placed over the incision. On average, the total procedure time is one to two hours.
Patients are brought to the postoperative recovery room after their procedure. While there, they are monitored by doctors, nurses, and support staff. Once patients are awake and alert and their pain is controlled, they are able to be driven home by a family member or friend. It is recommended that someone stay with the patient the night of surgery and the following day.
Patients will feel some soreness after their procedure because their abdominal muscles are tighter. Your surgeon will recommend that you rest and relax at home for at least a few days. Specific instructions will be given to patients before they go home regarding the following:
- Dealing with soreness and discomfort
- Taking care of surgical drains and dressings
- Getting up and moving around the house
Patients see their surgeon for their first postoperative appointment approximately one week after their procedure. At this appointment, further instructions are given. Patients can expect to return to work two to four weeks after their procedure. Exercise and strenuous physical activity can typically be resumed six to eight weeks after surgery.
I had some stubborn back fat that would not go away with diet and exercise. I decided to get Liposuction with Dr. Boehm and am very pleased with my results. I felt that she was able to understand exactly what I was concerned with and gave me very realistic expectations. She has great bedside manner and is very knowledgeable and skilled. I will plan on using her for any of my future needs.
Results are typically seen one to two weeks after surgery. Patients who undergo a tummy tuck at Premier Image receive the following results:
- A firmer, flatter abdomen
- A slimmer appearance
- An improved body contour
Patients also find that it is much easier to fit into their clothes and they are able to wear more clothing styles. An increase in self-confidence is also very common.
Men and women who have a flabby abdomen, excess fatty deposits and loose or hanging skin may candidates for a tummy tuck. The procedure is usually only performed on patients who are physically healthy, do not smoke, and have realistic goals and expectations. The procedure is particularly helpful to men and women who, through episodes of weight gain and loss or pregnancy, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal.
An Initial Consultation with Premier Image
A tummy tuck at Premier Image is a highly individualized procedure. Your initial consultation with your surgeon will consist of the following:
- A medical history review
- A physical examination
- A question and answer session
You will sit down with your surgeon and talk about your appearance, problem areas, and surgical goals. A customized surgical plan will be created and the doctor will go into great detail explaining what type of results you can expect after your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, your surgeon will answer or address them. All patients go into surgery feeling informed and at ease with their treatment decision.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will my tummy tuck results be permanent?
Tummy tuck results will be permanent if you maintain a healthy lifestyle after your procedure. A well-balanced diet and regular exercise will ensure you stay at an ideal weight and look great. If at any point in your recovery process you are concerned about losing your results, you can make an appointment with your surgeon for a checkup.
What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?
Liposuction is used to remove fat. A tummy tuck is used to remove fat and tighten the abdominal muscles and skin. The tightening of the abdominal muscles and skin is what gives patients a tight and youthful appearance following their procedure. In general, liposuction is used for removal of excess fat while a tummy tuck also addresses excess or sagging skin and loosened abdominal muscles.
Should I have liposuction or a tummy tuck after pregnancy?
Pregnancy can cause the abdominal muscles to stretch and not return to their normal position. For this reason, a tummy tuck may be recommended instead of liposuction. It should be mentioned that surgical recommendations are based on numerous factors. Patients who are interested in learning what treatment option is right for them are encouraged to arrange an initial consultation at Premier Image.
Can I plan on having children after my tummy tuck?
Patients who want to have children are advised to do so before having a tummy tuck procedure.
Can men get a tummy tuck?
As they age, men commonly accumulate excess fat in their abdomen area. This fat can be extremely difficult or impossible to get rid of with diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck can be used to remove fat and tighten the stomach. Countless men have had their abdominal fat problem solved by a tummy tuck at Premier Image.
Are their risks associated with a tummy tuck?
There are risks associated with all surgical procedures. At your initial consultation, your surgeon will tell you all of the risks associated with a tummy tuck. They will also explain the measures they takes to greatly reduce each risk. The overwhelming majority of patients find that the potential results of a tummy tuck procedure outweigh the risks.
How quickly can I expect to see my results?
There will be some swelling after your procedure. You may also find that it is hard to stand completely upright because of muscle tightness. Once the swelling goes down and your muscles stretch, you will see your results. This usually happens one to two weeks after surgery.
Will I have a noticeable scar after my tummy tuck?
You will have a scar from your procedure; however, it will not be noticeable when wearing most underwear and bathing suits. The surgeons at Premier Image carefully place the incisions along natural skin folds and creases so they blend with the skin. You will be able to wear most any type or style of clothing you want after your procedure without having to worry about people noticing a scar.
Can I take care of my kids after my procedure?
Parents may take care of their kids as soon as they feel they are able to do so. Your surgeon will recommend that patients not lift their children until their incision completely heals. At follow up appointments, patients know how their incision is healing and what types of activities they can perform.
Do I have to take a break from sex after my procedure?
To ensure maximum results, it’s recommended that patients take a short break from having sex after their procedure. During postoperative appointments, patients will be given information regarding when it is okay to start having sex again.
Do I have to stop smoking to have a tummy tuck?
Smoking can increase the risk of infection and interfere with the body’s healing processes. Patients who smoke will be asked to stop doing so before and after their procedure.
Can I have a tummy tuck if my weight fluctuates?
Tummy tucks are generally performed on patients who are able to maintain a stable weight for an extended period of time. If your weight dramatically fluctuates, your surgeon may recommend a treatment option other than a tummy tuck for your condition.
Can I see before and after pictures of some of my surgeons tummy tuck patients?
Your doctor will be happy to show you pictures of some of their patients who have had a tummy tuck. They will choose patients who had a condition similar to yours. Many patients are amazed at how well their surgeon is able to use before and after photos to explain what type of results they can expect after their procedure.
Is it important to have my tummy tuck performed by a specialist?
Patients who get the best results are those that are treated by a tummy tuck specialist. Only a board certified body surgeon has the education, skills, and experience needed to provide patients with permanent tummy tuck results that they love.
What can I do to prepare for my initial consultation?
To get the most out of your initial consultation at Premier Image, you should be prepared to discuss the following:
- Your surgical goals
- Current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking
- Previous surgeries you have had
Being open and honest about what you would like your tummy tuck to help you achieve helps to ensure that you get maximum results.
How do I arrange my initial consultation?
To arrange your initial tummy tuck consultation, you can contact Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA, at (770) 457-6303 or (888) 455-FACE.