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Abdominoplasty in Atlanta

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A flat belly is a fitness and beauty goal for many. Magazines and television ads make it seem easily attainable with diet and exercise, but for many, there are additional obstacles to achieving a slimmer profile that aren’t so simple. Genetics can determine where your body stores stubborn fat; pregnancy can stretch and change the shape of your abdomen; and drastic weight loss can leave loose, excess skin that will not tighten on its own. If you feel less confident in your physique because of a protruding belly or excess abdominal fat and skin, you may be a good candidate for an abdominoplasty.

The Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center invites you to come in and discuss your concerns with our team of experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons. You can schedule your complimentary consultation at any of our convenient Atlanta-area locations in Fayetteville, McDonough, Newnan and LaGrange. There are multiple options to customize your abdominoplasty for beautiful, natural results. The surgeons at Advanced Aesthetics can help you decide which approach is best to meet your aesthetic goals.

The Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery team is available throughout your recovery and beyond to ensure that all of your questions and concerns are addressed. You will have several follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that you are healing well, and although complications are rare, we are always available to help if you feel as though something is wrong. We want you to be proud of your tummy tuck results and find renewed confidence in your body, and we know this is best accomplished when your recovery goes smoothly. To learn more about an abdominoplasty in the Atlanta area with the Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center team, contact us today at 770-461-4000 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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What is an abdominoplasty?

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is designed to flatten and contour your belly. It is also frequently called a tummy tuck because it “tucks” a protruding or sagging belly, giving you an overall flatter stomach with a more toned appearance. During the procedure, your surgeon removes unwanted excess skin and fat from the surface of your stomach while tightening underlying abdominal muscles.

This combination of processes effectively eliminates lumps, bumps and sagging areas from your abdomen and repositions your abdominal muscles so that you can achieve a sculpted and muscular look. Your abdominal skin will be re-stretched over your flatter belly to eliminate any wrinkling or puckering. If you have lower belly stretch marks or scars that are visible in low-cut bottoms or two-piece swimsuits, your abdominoplasty may completely remove them.

Is a tummy tuck in Atlanta right for me?

The best candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who has tried to achieve their goal physique through diet and exercise but has been unable to see the results they want due to stubborn fat or excess skin. We commonly see women who have struggled to lose post-pregnancy weight, and people whose recent weight loss has left them with stretched abdominal skin. We also see tummy tuck clients whose bodies are more prone to store abdominal fat due to genetics or hormonal factors. Tummy tucks are not usually recommended for women who plan to become pregnant again or those who are still trying to lose a significant amount of weight; major changes to your body post-abdominoplasty can interfere with your results.

Tummy tuck surgery is typically reserved as the most intensive option for abdominal sculpting. There are several different approaches to body contouring that include completely non-invasive procedures, such as CoolSculpting, and minimally invasive procedures, like liposuction. These procedures each come with their own set of pros and cons, and the right body sculpting approach for you depends largely on your concerns and your body type.

If you think that you might be a good candidate for any body contouring procedure, including a tummy tuck, it is best to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can help you determine which one makes the most sense for you. For premier and personalized body contouring in Atlanta, look no further than the experts at Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center.

Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

There are several different approaches to an abdominoplasty, depending on the extent of your concerns and the body shape you want to achieve. The standard abdominoplasty is the tummy tuck that most clients undergo. This technique uses a low hip-to-hip incision that gives your surgeon access to underlying fat and muscles and allows them to completely remove unwanted lower belly “aprons” of overhanging skin and fat. If your concerns extend around your hips and flanks, an extended tummy tuck uses a longer incision to reach these areas in addition to the belly. In cases of loose skin or fat on the upper abdomen as well as the lower abdomen, a fleur-de-lis tummy tuck adds a vertical incision to the hip-to-hip incision, allowing your surgeon greater access to the area above your navel. If your concerns are limited to the upper abdomen alone, a reverse abdominoplasty uses an incision along the underside of the breasts or pectoral muscles for more direct results.

Beyond the particular technique of your tummy tuck, several other body contouring procedures can be performed simultaneously to ensure your final physique is balanced and fully sculpted. Quite often, we recommend additional liposuction to remove excess fat from the hips, thighs and flanks, providing a balanced and fully sculpted figure. We can also perform arm lift, outer thigh lift, inner thigh lift, breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction surgeries alongside your tummy tuck. Your surgeon will help you create an ideal plan for your procedure or procedures after a full evaluation at your consultation.

Tummy Tuck Results and Recovery

Your abdominoplasty with Advanced Aesthetics will be performed at our fully licensed and certified Surgi-Center in Fayetteville. You will spend 30-60 minutes in our recovery room after your procedure, and then your surgeon can clear you to return home. We typically use intravenous sedation and epidural anesthesia for our tummy tuck clients, inducing a gentle sleep before administering the epidural and keeping you out of pain throughout your surgery. When you awaken after the surgery, the epidural will continue to keep you comfortable. You will need a family member or other trusted loved one to pick you up and drive you home from your surgery.

We are committed to maintaining your comfort at home, as well, implementing sophisticated pain relief technology to reduce the danger of negative reactions to pain medications. We recommend that our clients use the On-Q Painbuster Post Op Pain Pumps that we supply to anesthetize the area. These pumps minimize the use of narcotics to ensure less sedation, constipation and nausea — common side effects of prescription pain medications. We recommend taking two weeks off from work or normal daily responsibilities, after which your surgeon can clear you to return to light activity. Strenuous activity like exercise or heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks post-op. You will be ready for post-op pictures in six weeks.

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