Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that both tightens stomach muscles and removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. Tummy tuck surgery is considered major surgery. As such, Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Dr. R. Morgan Davoudi performs the tummy tuck procedure in outpatient surgery centers attached to hospitals, for your ultimate safety.
Who is a good candidate?
The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are healthy people who have stubborn fatty pockets in the abdominal area that they would like eliminated. A tummy tuck is not appropriate for people with serious health conditions or overweight or obese people who want to lose weight. Women should no longer be considering additional pregnancies following a tummy tuck because they may need a second procedure to achieve the same results.
What results can I expect from my tummy tuck surgery?
People who have a tummy tuck in Atlanta, Georgia, can expect to end up with a tight and flat abdomen that looks much like the effect achieved by using an old-fashioned girdle. Because the abdomen is drawn tighter, the waist will be narrower, and the thighs and buttocks become firmer and appear to have a more flattering curve. A tummy tuck can also eliminate stretch marks in many candidates because the procedure removes most of the “stretched-out” skin below the navel. You can also expect to have drains inserted into each side of your abdomen to remove excess fluid as it accumulates following surgery.
Your Consultation with Dr. Davoudi
Dr. Davoudi devotes a considerable amount of time to patient education and communication to ensure that his patients are fully informed about their procedures. During your initial consult, Dr. Davoudi will examine and take pictures of your body then perform a 3D computer analysis of your abdomen. He will discuss the images with you, complete a goal analysis, review your options and suggest recommendations. As the consultation ends, Dr. Davoudi will answer your questions and explain the risks of the procedures. Online consultation is also available.
If you and Dr. Davoudi decide abdominoplasty is right for you, you will return for a preoperative visit two weeks before your scheduled procedure. During this visit, you will see Dr. Davoudi again to review the procedure, receive instructions and discuss perioperative responsibilities. What’s more, you will meet the anesthesia team and receive pertinent lab work.
What surgical options does Dr. R Morgan Davoudi offer?
Dr. Davoudi offers different surgical options, and the level of procedure you choose will impact the length of the surgery, which ranges from two to four hours.
In a complete tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Davoudi makes an incision from hipbone to hipbone along the lower pubic area so the resulting scar is hidden by bathing suits or undergarments. He then lifts the loose skin off the abdominal wall then tightens the underlying rectus muscles, which give the abdomen strength. He pulls the skin down and removes excess skin.
If necessary, Dr. Davoudi disconnects the umbilicus or “belly button” from the abdomen, repositions it and reattaches it after removing loose skin.
A partial or mini abdominoplasty is also an option for patients who want a less extensive procedure. During mini abdominoplasty, Dr. Davoudi makes an incision that generally spans only the width of the pubic area and is similar to the incision associated with Cesarean delivery.
What is the cost of surgery?
Call Dr. Davoudi’s office to get a broad range of the possible cost of a tummy tuck. The initial consult is free, and at that visit, Dr. Davoudi will share exact costs with you based on the complexity of your tummy tuck surgery.
What are some risks associated with surgery?
All surgical procedures carry some level of risk, and a tummy tuck is no exception. Anesthesia complications can arise in any procedure in which it is used. Excessive bleeding and swelling are possible as are poor healing and infection. Serious postsurgical complications include cardiac or pulmonary issues and deep vein thrombosis. Discuss your concerns with Dr. Davoudi, who will work to minimize the risks you face.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with any other procedures?
Patients with excessive fat in the hips and flanks may have liposuction in these areas to contour them. Liposuction is not possible in the parts of the abdomen that are being stretched because this could cause damage to the blood circulation in those areas, leading to scarring or even skin loss.
What is the typical recovery time after surgery?
Your activity level will be very limited during the first week following abdominoplasty. During this time, take pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed to prevent your pain and swelling from becoming overwhelming. You will also receive instructions for handing your bandage and drain. Avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks to allow time for recovery.