What Is A Tummy Tuck?

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tummy tuck is the common phrase used to describe abdominoplasty, a cosmetic surgery used to make the stomach area tighter, slimmer and firmer. During an abdominoplasty procedure, our surgeon can remove excess skin and fat and restore weakened muscles to achieve the desired results.

Who Can Benefit from a Tummy Tuck?

This procedure is a favorite of women who have gone through several pregnancies and as a result, find they have excess skin around the belly that doesn’t go away even with exercise and weight loss. It’s also effective for men and women who were previously obese and still have excess skin in the abdominal area, although they have lost weight. Tummy tuck candidates must be in good overall health. If you’re planning to have children or would like to lose weight, you may want to delay this surgery so that the results remain permanent.

What is Involved in the Surgery?

It is important to understand that the details of each tummy tuck procedure vary from patient to patient. Some people require a complete abdominoplasty, whereas others only need a partial abdominoplasty. It all depends on the unique situation. Either general or local anesthesia will be used. Again, this will depend on the situation. Regardless of the techniques used during the procedure, the end goal is to tighten and tone the midsection.

A tummy tuck does require a recovery period. As such, good candidates for the procedure know and accept this. They are willing to follow our team’s instructions regarding healing in order to get the best results possible. They are also willing to take the necessary steps to maintain their results.

Learn More About Abdominoplasty

Most people who have tummy tuck surgery are pleased by their slimmer profile, which improves the fit of clothing and increases self-confidence. Some choose to undergo abdominoplasty in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as liposuction or breast surgery.

During a consultation with Dr. Bootstaylor at Atlanta APC Plastic Surgery, you can learn more information about the tummy tuck procedure and whether or not it may benefit you. We have offices in Atlanta and Alpharetta. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon.

By Lisa Bootstaylor, MD

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