Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A flat, well-toned abdomen is something many people strive for through exercise and weight control. Despite these efforts, however, excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles prevent many individuals from having a smooth, slender abdomen. In those cases, Dr. Johnson recommends a tummy tuck. In the Memphis, Tennessee area, women and men have come to Dr. Johnson's Wolf River Plastic Surgery practice for years because of the excellent results he creates and the quality of care he and his staff deliver.
If you're looking in the Memphis area for a tummy tuck specialist, request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Johnson personally, or call our Germantown office at (901) 737-1050 and a member of our friendly staff will help schedule an appointment.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
Abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic procedure in which Dr. Johnson tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin. The result is a contoured tummy that restores the patient's confidence when wearing tight-fitting clothes or a bathing suit.
Women who want to regain the shape of their pre-pregnancy bodies often choose to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures in a mommy makeover. Additionally, both women and men who lose a significant amount of weight (sometimes more than 100 pounds) are good tummy tuck candidates.
The most common reasons a patient's abdominal area loses its shape include:
- Fluctuating weight
- Previous surgery
If you're considering a tummy tuck it's important to know that all surgery involving an incision leaves some kind of scar. Also, if you're primarily concerned with excess abdominal fat and your skin retains its elasticity and you have good muscle tone, then liposuction is probably the best treatment.
A tummy tuck is typically an outpatient procedure, although some patients remain overnight at the surgery center. The operation itself takes 3 or 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia.
Time off from work after this operation varies, depending on the physical nature of your job. While many patients feel well enough to do light office work after a week, Dr. Johnson recommends taking at least 2 weeks off before returning to an office job. Patients who spend a lot of time in a car or truck or need to use stairs often should plan on taking up to 3 weeks off. For those whose jobs are more physical, up to 6 weeks may be needed.
Dr. Johnson physically assesses your condition at the consultation and uses that information to create a customized surgical plan. A tummy tuck usually involves a horizontal incision made just above the pubic area that stretches from hip to hip. Dr. Johnson makes the incision as low as possible so the resulting scar is concealed by even a low-rise bikini.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Some patients may be candidates for a modified tummy tuck. Mini tummy tucks don't involve re-positioning the belly button because most of the excess skin and protrusion is below the navel. The best way to know if you should have a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck is to consult with Dr. Johnson personally.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I get a tummy tuck after weight-loss surgery?
Tummy tuck and other body contouring procedures are often desired by men and women who undergo bariatric surgery. It's important to be at or near your target weight before getting a tummy tuck. You should maintain a stable weight for at least 6 months before scheduling your surgery.
Should I have a tummy tuck if I have young children?
It is important not to lift anything heavier than about 5 pounds – including children – during the first few weeks after a tummy tuck. Before scheduling a tummy tuck, you should have a support system in place to help you around the house. Many moms with young children do get tummy tucks, knowing that they will have to lean on family and friends for help during their recovery.
How long will the results of a tummy tuck last?
The results are considered permanent, as long as you maintain a relatively stable weight.
Is there any way to make a scar less visible?
Dr. Johnson makes tummy tuck incisions as low as possible so that they can be easily concealed by a bikini bottom. There are also topical ointments and creams that can help reduce the visibility of your scar. Discuss these options with Dr. Johnson during your consultation.