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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an Atlanta body contouring procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed from your abdominal area. In addition, a tummy tuck can be used to tighten abdominal muscles that have been weakened or separated, restoring a firmer, smoother and more appealing midsection.
A tummy tuck is often used following significant weight loss or pregnancy, but can also be effective for people with otherwise normal proportions who have loose skin and stubborn fat around the abdominal area. During your initial consultation with board certified Atlanta plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Crispin, your abdominal area will be examined and it will be determined if a tummy tuck is the best procedure for you.
A mini tummy tuck addresses excess skin and fat below the belly button only. You will have an incision from hip to hip that is easily concealed in your bikini line. In contrast, a full tummy tuck addressed excess skin and fat above and below the belly button, as well as tightening of the abdominal muscles. **see diastasis recti** A full tummy tuck requires an incision around your belly button and a horizontal incision from hip to hip that is easily concealed in your bikini line.
1) What is diastasis recti?
Diastasis Recti is separation of the rectus abdominal muscle most common in women post pregnancy. It is that “post-baby belly pooch” that never goes away. A full tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, is used to tighten and repair this separation giving you the appearance of a flat and smooth abdomen.
2) What is the difference between liposuction of the abdomen and a tummy tuck?
Liposuction removes fat only, no skin, while a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat as well as tightens the abdominal muscles when needed.
3) Is a tummy tuck painful?
When correction of diastasis recti (muscle repair) is required, more discomfort can occur. Dr. Crispin can use Exparel-long acting anesthetic injected directly into the muscle at time of surgery to provide more comfort in addition to oral pain medications
4) Will I have drains after my tummy tuck procedure?
Yes-all abdominoplasty patients have drains that will remain in place for 3-5 days. This allows for quicker healing and less complications after surgery
5) What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
Your recovery from your abdominoplasty procedure will depend on the technique used. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are all part of the healing process and may last for up to four weeks. While you should be able to return to work after one to two weeks, many patients do not feel completely back to normal for up to two months. During this time, it is important that you follow all of Dr. Crispin’s postsurgical advice, wear your compression garments, and take any medications you may have been prescribed. These steps will help ensure your comfort and improve the aesthetic results of your procedure. The final results of your tummy tuck can take several months. Be patient, this is an involved cosmetic surgery procedure, but it offers remarkable results. A tummy tuck can provide you with the defined body contours you have always wanted. During your initial consultation with Dr. Crispin, additional information about what you can expect before, during and after your procedure will be offered and all of your questions about abdominoplasty will be addressed
I always knew after I had children, I would want a tummy tuck. My friend had hers done with Dr. Crispin and she looks great. Happy to say I have my pre-baby tummy back! Dr. Crispin is not only an amazing surgeon but has a great bedside manner. As a person in the medical profession myself, I highly value his talent, skill, commitment and care. Would recommend him to everyone.