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What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure during which excess fat and skin are removed from the abdominal area. A tummy tuck can also be used to tighten abdominal muscles that have been weakened or separated.
    ATLANTA, GA, August 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Tummy tucks are most commonly performed following significant weight loss or pregnancy, but the procedure can also be effective for people with otherwise normal proportions who have loose skin or stubborn fat around their abdominal area.

Tummy Tuck Procedures
During tummy tuck procedures, incisions are made so the surgeon can access and repair weakened abdominal muscles, use liposuction to remove excess fat, and remove excess skin. Once the muscles and fat have been corrected, the skin is then lifted and smoothed over the abdominal area to create a smoother, firmer appearance. Incisions are kept as small as possible in order to minimize scarring. Scarring can be further reduced by focusing on the areas of most concern, and may even be hidden by the navel for some procedures.

Tummy tuck procedures are considered to be generally safe, but as with all surgeries, there is some level of risk including excessive bleeding, infection, and poor reactions to anesthesia. Some of the specific risks associated with tummy tucks include asymmetry, fluid accumulation, or improper healing of the skin. These particular risks can be minimized by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in abdominal contouring procedures.

After your surgery, you will be given compression garments to wear that will help with supporting your body as it heals. Depending on the technique used, recovery can take up to a month. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort as part of the healing process. 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.

If you are interested in finding out more about tummy tuck procedures in the Atlanta area, please visit the website of Mark E. Crispin, MD, PC.


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