Atlanta Tummy Tuck Specialists
The surgeons of Artisan Plastic Surgery have helped many Atlanta tummy tuck patients. Please read more about the procedure below and visit our tummy tuck before and after gallery to view the results achieved by our Atlanta tummy tuck patients.
What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
The Atlanta tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is designed to reshape your abdomen by removing excess fatty tissue and loose, sagging skin and by tightening the abdominal muscles. The result is a smoother, flatter, more youthful abdominal profile. The incision is placed within or just above the pubic area, which is hidden within your swimsuit lines.
Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Good candidates for the abdominoplasty are patients who have exercise- and diet-resistant accumulations of fat and sagging skin and/or abdominal muscles that have been weakened by age or pregnancy. In fact, women who have had one or more pregnancies are often ideal candidates for Atlanta tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck patients must be in good physical health to tolerate the procedure. To determine if you’re a candidate, speak to one of our cosmetic surgeons, who will discuss your aesthetic goals and examine your skin elasticity, stretch marks, localized fat, and muscle tone. Other cosmetic procedures appropriate for you will also be discussed at this time.
Before your tummy tuck procedure.
Patients must refrain from eating anything after midnight the day before surgery and the morning before surgery. Patients should not wear makeup, deodorant, skin lotion or contact lenses when they check in for their operation.
What does the tummy tuck procedure involve?
Atlanta tummy tuck surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia and can last from two to five hours. During surgery, an incision is made from one hip to the other, just above the pubic line. A second incision is made around the belly button. Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall and the muscles are tightened and stitched in their new position. Excess fat and skin is removed and stitched into place.
What is the recovery like from a tummy tuck?
The side effects of the surgery include temporary swelling, bruising, and numbness of the abdominal wall. After the procedure is finished patients are required to spend up to 24 hours in our recovery unit before they can go home. We recommend patients arrange for a friend or family member to drive them home afterwards. It is unsafe to operate a motor vehicle the day after surgery.
Most of our patients are up and walking one day after surgery, but they generally require two to three weeks of recovery before returning to work. We advise against heavy lifting or vigorous activity for approximately six weeks after surgery.
In addition to treating Atlanta tummy tuck patients, the surgeons of Artisan Plastic Surgery have also helped many liposuction and thigh/buttock lift patients. Please visit these pages to learn more about the other body contouring procedures offered.
Serving Atlanta plastic surgery patients, Artisan Plastic Surgery is a renowned plastic surgery clinic. The physicians of Artisan Plastic Surgery have helped many Atlanta liposuction, breast augmentation, facelift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients achieve beautiful and natural results.