Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Atlanta, GA
The tummy is an area of concern for many people. Some have a hard time toning their abdominal area with crunches and the proper diet. Other factors like pregnancy or significant weight loss can wreak havoc on the midsection. Surgical correction of the stomach area is called abdominoplasty, or more commonly, tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Marisa Lawrence is a talented plastic surgeon who can slim your waist and tone your abdominal muscles for a tighter, firmer shape. She primarily treats individuals living in Atlanta, Alpharetta and surrounding areas.
What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Abdominoplasty corrects the following:
- Protruding belly
- Excess or sagging skin on the abdomen
- Weak or separated abdominal muscles
- Excess fatty tissue in the abdomen
Prime candidates for abdominoplasty are women whose skin and abdominal muscles have stretched with pregnancy, and men and women who have lost significant amounts of weight and have leftover loose skin. Ideally, female candidates should plan tummy tuck surgery when they are finished having children, and candidates of both sexes should not plan to lose or gain a lot of weight in the future.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery can vary by patient according to individual needs. It is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, and it takes several hours start-to-finish. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lawrence will make a horizontal incision within or just above the pubic hairline. She will repair and suture weakened abdominal muscles and remove excess fat, tissue and skin. If you have a lot of loose skin above the navel, Dr. Lawrence may make a second incision around the navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. She then closes the incisions with sutures and applies surgical dressings.
What is the Recovery Period After a Tummy Tuck?
Dr. Lawrence may advise you to wear an abdominal binder or support garment for several weeks as your body heals to its new contours. You will be swollen and bruised after surgery, but this should disappear within a few weeks. You may also experience some temporary numbness.
It’s best that you rest as much as possible for the first few days after surgery and avoid heavy lifting, straining and bending. Short walks are encouraged to promote healthy blood circulation. You will be able to return to your normal activities from one to three weeks after surgery. Dr. Lawrence will give you more specific instructions during your post-operative follow-up appointments.
What are the Risks of a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Tummy tuck risks include bleeding, infection, reactions to the anesthesia, accumulation of fluid, poor wound healing and changes in skin sensation. Dr. Lawrence will address these risks in greater detail during your personal surgical consultation.
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery
If you would like more information about abdominoplasty surgery, please contact our office. We are happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to meet Dr. Lawrence. We proudly serve the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta and nearby communities.