What is Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Abdominoplasty / tummy tuck surgery removes excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery also tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and can dramatically reduce a bulging abdomen. Abdominoplasty does, however, produce a permanent scar that may extend from hip to hip. Tummy tuck surgery is one of the post-bariatric cosmetic surgery procedures we offer at our practice.

Real Patient Results

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 1

    36 yo patient lost 137lbs, would like to see improved abdominal contour. Post op: Patient underwent Abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 2

    37 yo female desires smoother contouring of the abdomen, thighs and hip area. Post Op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty, with tightening of the rectus muscles, as well as liposuction of the inner and outer thighs, and posterior hip area.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 3

    32 year old woman is unhappy with her abdominal contour. Post Op: patient has undergone abdominoplasty with repair of her abdominal muscles. The patient also had liposuction of her inner thighs.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 4

    40 year old woman who has completed her child-bearing. She has recently lost 35 pounds with diet and exercise and is unhappy with her abdomen. Post Op: patient has undergone abdominoplasty with repair of her abdominal muscles.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 5

    34 year old woman with umbilical hernia who desires improvement of excess skin and stretch marks after child-bearing. Post Op: patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle repair/tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 6

    37yo patient presents after 30lb weight loss, concerned with appearance of abdomen. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 7

    46 yo woman desires abdominal contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle repair and liposuction to the inner and outer thighs.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 8

    30 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after c-section. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 9

    32 year old woman desires waist-line contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with liposuction of the posterior hips.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 10

    22 year old female patient desires abdominal recontouring after childbirth via c-section. Post op: Patient underwent Abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 11

    30 year old female patient desires better contouring of her abdominal wall. Post op: Patient underwent Abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 12

    49 year old patient desires abdominal contouring after massive weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent extended Abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 13

    39 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 14

    49 year old female patient present for abdominal contouring status post 100lb weight loss. Post op: Abdominoplasty with muscle repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 15

    18 year old patient desires abdominal contouring after weight loss. Post op-Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 16

    25 year old female patient desires better abdominal contour after c-section. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 17

    27 year old female patient desires tummy tuck after 3 pregnancies and hernia repair surgery. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 18

    42 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 19

    39 year old female patient desires abdominal re-contouring after c-section. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 20

    40 year old patient desires abdominal and thigh contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty, UAL liposuction to inner, outer, and front of thighs.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 21

    25 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after childbirth by c-section. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle plication.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 22

    33 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after c-section. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening. Shown 9 months post op.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 23

    31 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 24

    33 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after 3 pregnancies. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening. Post op pictures shown at 6 YEARS POST OP.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 25

    62 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after weight loss over the last several years. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening. Post op pictures shown at just 1 month post op. Swelling and healing still underway.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 26

    55 year old female patient expresses frustration with her "middle section". Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening and ultrasonic liposuction to hips.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 27

    50 year old healthy female patient with history of 2 children and hysterectomy desires flatter tummy. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 28

    59 year old female patient complains of skin and fat around mid-section. Desires better contour. Post op: Patient underwent skin only abdominoplasty with liposuction to hips and back.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 29

    41 year old female patient who states frustration with her abdomen after 50lb weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening, removing 4 lbs of skin.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 30

    39 year old female patient desires abdominoplasty after 2 pregnancies. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with mild diastasis (muscle) repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 31

    45 yo female lost 15lbs, would like to see improved abdominal contour. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 32

    22 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 33

    34 year old female patient desires improved abdominal contour after pregnancies. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 34

    41 year old female patient desires revision of her previous abdominoplasty with another surgeon. Post op: Patient underwent scar revision abdominoplasty to the abdomen with incidental liposuction to mons pubis.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 35

    48 year old female patient desires abdomen contouring. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 36

    46 year old female desires abdominal contouring after childbearing. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 37

    38 yo female patient desires body contouring after losing 100lbs. Post op: Patient underwent skin-only abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 38

    42 y/o female desires abdominal contouring after four pregnancies. Post op: Abdominoplasty with muscle repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 39

    37 y/o female with a history of weight loss and two pregnancies. Patient desires abdominal contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle repair.

  • Abdominoplasty - Case 40

    36 year old female patient desires abdominal contouring after childbearing. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with muscle tightening.

Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Surgery

At our plastic surgery practice in Nashville, Tennessee, abdominoplasty / tummy tuck surgery usually requires two to three hours depending on the extent of the procedure. A mini tummy tuck usually requires one to two hours. Two incisions are made during tummy tuck surgery: One long incision is made above the pubic region extending from hipbone to hipbone; another is made to free the navel and surrounding tissue. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall, in order to reveal the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles are tightened and pulled together, resulting in a firmer abdominal wall. The skin is stretched back down and any excess skin tissue is removed.

After Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck Surgery

After visiting our cosmetic surgery office in Nashville, Tennessee for abdominoplasty / tummy tuck surgery, you will experience some swelling and discomfort for the first few days. Any pain or discomfort you experience can be treated with medication. After five to seven days, surface stitches will be removed. Support garments can replace any dressings on your surgical incisions as instructed by your surgeon.

Recovery

Following an abdominoplasty, it may take several weeks or perhaps even months before you start feeling normal again. Expect it to take a minimum of four months for the swelling to resolve completely. Those in good physical condition, with strong abdominal muscles, will experience a quicker recovery from tummy tuck surgery. Exercise is helpful in improving post-surgical healing, though you should avoid strenuous activity or vigorous exercise until you feel comfortable. During the first three to six months of the healing period, the surgical scars may appear to worsen, though they will eventually flatten out and fade in nine months to a year. The scars from an abdominoplasty won’t disappear completely, but most types of clothing, as well as bathing suits, usually conceal them.

Potential Risks

At our cosmetic surgery office in Nashville, Tennessee, we perform abdominoplasty / tummy tuck surgery regularly and with excellent results. Complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection after an abdominoplasty can be treated with antibiotics and drainage, but this treatment may prolong your recovery and healing time. Moving around as soon as possible after tummy tuck surgery can minimize the risk of blood clots. A second operation may be required if a patient is healing poorly, in order to avoid conspicuous scarring. It is important to be honest with your surgeon. We are able to get a tighter, better contour safely if you can quit smoking.

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