Diet and exercise have no effect on tightening skin!
If you’ve tried everything else and are still not seeing the results, then a tummy tuck may be the right solution for you!
Exercise can strengthen and tighten the muscles and deeper
tissues, but you can never regain the tension in your skin. Sit-
ups, crunches, and diets cannot tighten your skin.
You’ve done the work. You’ve shown that you’re disciplined with
your food. You’ve measured perfect portions of all the right
foods. You’ve cut out sugars, breads, fats, and processed
foods. The scale shows that you’ve lost the weight, but you still
see those unsightly love handles, stretch marks, and loose skin.
A tummy tuck performed at our cosmetic surgery center in
Atlanta may be the right solution for you. This is a real option for
many people who just need a little bit of help after they’ve done
so much work with exercise and diet.
We perform several types of abdominoplasties.
Lower abdominoplasty: for people with loose skin, mostly at the bottom of their abdomen. The lower loose skin and fat are removed, in these situations. This procedure can be easily combined with liposuction, to give improvement to the top, bottom and sides of the abdomen. In every case of tummy tucks, we examine the abdominal muscles before and during the surgery to decide if tightening will help the result. If the muscles are loose, allow bulge, or have a separation, we then recommend the muscle be tightened and repaired. If the muscle is in good shape and no looseness or weakness can be found, we do not necessarily recommend tightening the muscle.
In cases where there is loose skin above and below the belly button, the skin and fat must be released all the way up to the bottom of the chest and separated from the belly button, and re-draped lower.
Sometimes liposuction will be needed to contour the stomach, with the tummy tuck, and there are definite places that should have liposuction performed, to protect the blood supply, but your surgeon will show you where these are.
It can be from hip to hip, and sometimes even more if there is a lot of loose skin to take care of.
Tummy Tucks start at $4,400.
Normally, the scar is kept below normal bathing suit or underwear line, so it often remains hidden. The belly button scar usually becomes minimally visible, over the next 6 months.
In many cases, we can avoid the belly button scar, by moving the belly button down, still attached. If the circumstances are right, Tummy Tuck can be achieved with no visible scar with your bathing suit on.
Drains are normally places after surgery to prevent fluid build up. Fluid build up is one of the most common issues that occurs after a Tummy Tuck.
We recommend antibiotics for at least as long as the drain stays in.
Some people will have skin tightened so much, that it is more comfortable to walk with a slight bend of the back for a week or so, so the skin will have time to heal. This normally does not cause problems.
This will often be a permanent improvement, and a long lasting one in most cases. It is important for the patient to keep their weight under control, post-op, to help this.
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