Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) in High Point, NC
Are you struggling to achieve the firm and toned abdominal contour you desire? Weight loss, pregnancy, and genetic traits can cause us to develop excess tissue around the abdomen that detracts from the attractive figure underneath.
Tummy tuck surgery is designed to contour the abdomen to provide a more slender, toned midsection and revitalize your appearance.
Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
If you are in good health and feel that your abdomen lacks tone, a tummy tuck can help. Candidates for the procedure often have loose skin, excess fat, and/or stretched abdominal muscles.
We tailor each abdominoplasty to enhance your physical characteristics and give you the body shape you desire. You will work closely with your surgeon to determine which elements are necessary for your procedure.
Patients with significant excess fat in the abdomen and/or bothersome fat in other areas often choose to combine liposuction treatment with their abdominoplasty.
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, and the length of the procedure will vary depending on the type of correction needed. Most patients are put under general anesthesia for their operation, but other sedation techniques may be used.
All aspects of your tummy tuck are customized to your body and aesthetic goals.
What Is a Traditional Tummy Tuck?
A traditional abdominoplasty is ideal for people with laxity in the upper and lower abdomen. This generally develops in the form of skin looseness and muscle weakness.
A traditional technique involves creating two incisions: one low in the pubic area and a second around the navel. Excess skin is trimmed away, and sutures are used to tighten the muscles.
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is most suitable for patients with minimal abdominal weakness and minimal skin laxity below the navel.
During a mini tummy tuck, only one incision is created along the bikini line. Weakened muscles are tightened through this incision, and abdominal skin is trimmed to create a more defined contour.
What Is an Extended Tummy Tuck?
An extended tummy tuck is typically reserved for people who have undergone dramatic weight loss that has left them with folds of excess skin. This procedure may be performed in combination with post-bariatric body contouring surgeries to achieve optimal results.
The extended technique requires a longer incision that runs along the pubic area, over the hips, and possibly onto the back. Your plastic surgeon will use this incision to remove excess skin and enhance your body shape.
What Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Look Like?
You will experience some bruising and swelling following your tummy tuck procedure. Wearing a compression garment throughout your recovery will help minimize swelling and maximize your results.
Most patients can return to light work within two to four weeks and resume their regular exercise routine at six weeks.
We offer our patients the option to stay the night after surgery at Comfort Cottage with a nurse available for any necessary assistance.
What Are the Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Like all surgeries, abdominoplasty poses minor risks, including infection, hematoma, blood clots, scarring, and seromas. However, once your initial recovery is over, your risk of complications is low.
When Will I See My Tummy Tuck Results?
Most patients will see initial results in four to six weeks as swelling fades. Final results should become visible within six months.
To maintain your new physique, we recommend a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet and adequate exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost of tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the technique you choose. The more extensive abdominoplasty procedures tend to cost more and take longer. The price of a tummy tuck can also vary based on the fees charged by the surgeon, anesthesiologist, operating facility, and more.
You will receive a customized tummy tuck price quote from your surgeon at the end of your consultation.
Will my tummy tuck leave scars?
All plastic surgery will cause scarring, and abdominoplasty is no exception. Fortunately, the scars caused by tummy tuck surgery are easy to conceal beneath clothing and bathing suits.
Most patients will find that their surgical scars fade over time and become hard to notice within a few years. Scars fade faster with proper treatment, including keeping the scar tissue out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
What is the difference between abdominoplasty and liposuction?
Both liposuction and tummy tuck are body contouring procedures, but they accomplish very different goals. Liposuction surgery removes excess fat deposits. Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and tightens loose muscles. They can be performed together, but neither procedure is a replacement for the other.
Can tummy tuck surgery be combined with breast enhancement procedures?
Yes. Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with procedures such as breast lift surgery, breast augmentation surgery, and breast reduction surgery. Any combination of breast and body procedures is known as a Mommy Makeover procedure.
Can abdominoplasty help me lose weight?
Body contouring procedures like tummy tuck surgery may cause patients to lose a small amount of weight, but weight loss is not the goal of the procedure. Any weight loss is likely to be minimal, rarely exceeding five pounds. This will depend on the amount of excess fat, skin, and other tissues removed.
Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure. It is important that patients understand this before undergoing surgery. Abdominoplasty is ideal for patients who have already lost weight or who are at a healthy weight and looking to improve their appearance.
How should I prepare for my tummy tuck?
Before surgery, patients should ensure they have someone to drive them home after the operation. Patients will need significant assistance with daily tasks during the first two days after surgery. To help alleviate this, we suggest patients do whatever they can around the house ahead of time and arrange to have someone be there to help them.
Good examples of how to prepare for your abdominoplasty include:
- Clean the house
- Meal prep: cook and store a week’s worth of meals
- Prepare your recovery area with blankets, books, electronics, snacks, and other things you might want on hand