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Tummy Tuck in Decatur, GA

Weight loss requires commitment and dedication, whether accomplished after pregnancy or as the result of a lifestyle change. Unfortunately, despite such an accomplishment, loose, excess skin on your midsection can leave you feeling self-conscious even when following a proper diet and exercise program. By removing this leftover skin and excess adipose tissue, and tightening the abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck, Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr. of the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery can create a tighter, flatter midsection for individuals who live in and around Decatur, GA.

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed in an effort to flatten the abdominal wall, reshape the waistline and create a tighter, slimmer abdominal region. After pregnancy or dramatic weight changes, many individuals develop issues with loose skin and weakened abdominal muscles that hold the midsection tightly in place. The procedure works by removing excessively loose, hanging skin and fixing and tightening stretched out abdominal muscle tissues. The procedure may also work to remove stretch marks on the lower part of the midsection; however, it is not always possible for every single stretch mark to be removed. The surgeon begins by making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. This incision often causes light scarring. The amount of skin that will be removed will determine the length of the incision. In some instances, another incision is made in the area of the belly button in order to pull excess skin from just above the belly button downward to remove it. This does not change the position of the belly button.

Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck

The ideal tummy tuck patient is in overall good health and is maintaining a stable weight at, or close to, their ideal weight. There are many benefits of tummy tuck surgery, including:

  • The removal of loose, sagging, excess skin and stretch marks.
  • The repairing and correction of stretched or separated abdominal muscles that cause the belly to stick outward.
  • A reduction in the look of scarring from prior surgeries, such as C-section, appendectomy or gynecological procedures.

How Is A Tummy Tuck Performed?

Dr. Work carefully makes an incision across the bikini line and another near the belly button. Skin from above the belly button is pulled down to the pubic area and loose stretched out skin is removed. The leftover skin is pulled tight, and the belly button is repositioned. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck to shape the midsection to help achieve more definition and a tighter, slimmer contour.

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