The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who have hanging abdominal tissue, usually caused by excess fatty deposits as well as excess loose skin. Removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, remove excess bulk, and recreate a waistline that has otherwise been stretched over time. The results can significantly enhance your appearance and self-confidence.
Your private consultation at Atlanta Face & Body will introduce you to the procedure, which will be performed with a partner surgeon and center. A long incision from hip to hip (don’t worry, a modest bikini would hide it) allows removal of the loose skin, which could include any stretch marks in the area. Extra fat is thinned from the underside to trim the abdominal contour. Abdominal muscles are tightened, creating a waistline and flattening the tummy. The incision is closed with dissolvable stitches and a compression garment placed to decrease swelling and bruising.
It’s important that you walk and sleep with your waist bent for the first seven days to lessen the tension on the skin closure (this is important to produce healthy skin that is as tight as possible). In seven days you’ll be walking upright and lying flat on a bed. Bending and twisting motion should be limited. The abdomen may seem tight at first, but will loosen with time. Most patients are back to work in a few weeks.