One of the most common body contouring procedures at our practice in Greenville is abdominoplasty, popularly known as a “tummy tuck.” The procedure consists of the removal of loose, excess abdominal skin and fat, usually along with the tightening of the muscle layer. For patients whose abdomens do not respond to diet and exercise, the tummy tuck can help them attain a trimmer, tauter midsection. Our cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sutton Graham, is highly respected for the results he is able to achieve with this treatment, and he has helped transform the appearance of many patients from throughout the Carolinas, including the communities of Anderson, Greenville, and Asheville. Learn more about tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) at the Aesthetic Center for Breast and Cosmetic Surgery, including the advantages, different types, and recovery aspects of the procedure.
Abdominoplasty is often used to correct changes caused by pregnancy or weight fluctuations. These conditions can cause stretch marks, increased fat beneath the skin particularly in the lower abdomen, lax or hanging skin, a roll or skin fold, and / or poor tone of the fibrous support layer of lower abdominal muscles. Clothing fit may be a problem as well. Abdominoplasty can help correct these cosmetic concerns for many men and women. Good candidates should be at their ideal body weight or mildly overweight, but otherwise in good health. For the best results, patients who plan on losing significant amounts of weight should to so prior to body contour surgery. Female patients should generally be finished having children.
There are several different types of abdominoplasty that can be performed, depending on the patient’s needs. All tummy tuck procedures trade some type of scar and numbness for the improved appearance, but a talented cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Sutton Graham can provide a scar that is as discrete as possible. A limited (short scar) abdominoplasty is usually a combination of liposuction, muscle tightening, and removal of skin looseness below the umbilicus. This is sometimes combined with breast lift and liposuction as a “mommy makeover” or “mommy procedure.” A dermolipectomy refers to removal of skin and fat without muscle tightening. This is useful for individuals who are mostly fit and toned but have a roll or hanging skin, or for patients who want easier recovery and less down-time. An extended abdominoplasty adds additional scar length for patients who have more loose skin than usual. The incision extends around the sides of the hips. During your consultation at our practice to discuss the tummy tuck, we will show you a variety of examples of other patients’ results. Dr. Graham will also use the mirror to demonstrate a moderate degree of improvement and the probable location of incisions.
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The tummy tuck procedure is generally performed in less than three hours under general anesthesia. After undergoing surgery at our nationally accredited facilities in Greenville, the abdominoplasty patient will usually return home after a brief stay in the recovery area. Medications are given to relieve post-operative pain. You may also have a device to slowly infuse a long-acting local anesthetic into the surgical site. Specific instructions are given to reduce the risk of blood clots following surgery and a compression garment is provided. In the beginning stages of your recovery you will need to have someone stay with you, and you will also need to walk early and often. Plan light activities at home early on, and then you can typically resume most activities in about 2-3 weeks. You’ll have several office follow-up visits with Dr. Graham to ensure a smooth, fast healing period.
Risks will be discussed and given to you in written form prior to surgery. The contour improvement after a tummy tuck procedure is quite significant, but it is important to maintain your weight and increase your activity for best results.
We receive patients from throughout upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina, including Spartanburg, Greenville and Asheville, who desire abdominoplasty/tummy tuck treatment. Contact the Aesthetic Center for Breast and Cosmetic Surgery today to discuss your body sculpting goals with Dr. Sutton Graham.
Contact our Greenville practice to arrange a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty consultation.
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