Tummy Tuck in Augusta, GA
The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that tightens and tones the abdominal region. Led by one of the area’s most respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Troy Austin, Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery provides tummy tuck and other cosmetic surgery for residents in and around Augusta, Evans, Columbia County, and nearby communities in Georgia and South Carolina.
What does a Tummy Tuck consist of?
A tummy tuck is medically known as an abdominoplasty, and this procedure surgically tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, sculpts the waistline, and creates a toned and trim abdominal region. Many individuals have accumulated sagging folds of skin and weakened abdominal muscles following dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or simply as a consequence of the aging process. A tummy tuck defines and tones the body contour and eliminates stretch marks from the lower abdomen. A full tummy tuck is done through a thin horizontal incision just above the pubic line, and a tiny incision in the area of the belly button. Weakened muscle tissue in the abdomen is tightened, and the belly button is moved to a higher position on the torso. The tummy tuck produces a very fine scar running across the lower abdomen, but it will be easy to hide under clothing and, in most patients, the scar fades over time and becomes virtually invisible.
Who is the ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is ideal for healthy adult male and female patients who have weakened abdominal wall muscles as a consequence of extreme weight loss, pregnancy, or the aging process, particularly when excess sagging folds of skin are present in the abdominal area. Some patients who have less fat accumulation and firmer skin tone may be suitable for a less-invasive liposuction treatment or a mini-tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck.
How does a Tummy Tuck differ from a Mini Tummy Tuck?
Every procedure is customized for each patient, and Dr. Austin and his team will determine which is the most suitable for you. A full tummy tuck is ideal for individuals with significant laxity in the abdominal wall muscles and a large volume of excess fat and skin to eliminate. A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure that may be ideal for patients who still retain some strength in the abdominal wall muscles, and have less fat and sagging skin to eliminate.
Can I combine a Tummy Tuck with other procedures?
If you want to rejuvenate your entire torso, consider a mommy makeover, which combines the tummy tuck with other procedures such as breast enhancement and liposuction with your tummy tuck, to achieve a customized makeover that treats all your cosmetic concerns at once. We recommend combining different procedures in one surgical session to reduce recovery time, cost, and risk.
How should I plan my recovery after a Tummy Tuck?
Following a tummy tuck procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home and help with basic care around the house for about 10-14 days so you can fully heal from the procedure and gradually resume non-strenuous activities. To ensure optimal healing, Dr. Austin recommends that you take it easy and slowly return to your normal activities over a period of six to eight weeks.
Is it safe to become pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?
Yes. While it is completely safe to become pregnant after a tummy tuck, Dr. Austin and our team of experts recommend postponing your tummy tuck procedure until after you are finished with any planned pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, because the effects of future pregnancies may alter the results of your procedure.
Can’t get your clothes to fit properly around excess belly fat, a thick waist and sagging skin in the abdomen? Dr. Troy Austin, a respected board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery, performs customized tummy tuck surgery for male and female patients in Augusta, Evans, and Columbia County, as well as neighboring areas in Georgia and South Carolina. Contact us today!