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What Is an Abdominoplasty?

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An abdominoplasty is a type of surgery that is also known as a tummy tuck. It targets significant signs of weight loss, often after pregnancy, by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the stomach muscles. Dr. Mullins, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs tummy tucks on patients throughout Alpharetta, Georgia.

Trilogy Med Spa patients consistently report that Dr. Mullins’ tummy tuck procedure improves their confidence. The treatment helps men and women feel more comfortable in their own bodies.

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The Procedure

There are many medical benefits of abdominoplasty surgery. The benefits may include: correcting a ventral hernia, an improvement in stress urinary incontinence, a decrease in back pain, and an improved posture.

During treatment, the abdominal wall’s muscles are tightened. You will either have a partial, mini tummy tuck or complete tummy tuck, depending on your concerns.

Before your tummy tuck in Alpharetta, Dr. Mullins administers anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. Your surgeon will make an incision between the pubic hairline and belly button to access the abdominal muscles.

Next, he will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal wall. Your surgeon will close the incisions once the results look natural. This means, results will reveal a flatter stomach that is in proportion with the rest of your body.

Are You A Candidate For An Abdominoplasty?

In order to be considered as a candidate for this surgical procedure, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Be a non-smoker or quit smoking a number of weeks prior to your surgery
  • Have no medical conditions that may adversely affect the procedure or your recovery
  • Have no plans for future pregnancies
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Recovery After Surgery

Your surgeon will give you detailed post-surgery instructions. These may include:

  • How to care for your bandage in a way that promotes healing
  • The best position to sit or lay in during your recovery
  • Medication to ease pain
  • Information on when drainage tubes will be removed

You will need to book some time off work, 2-4 weeks to ensure complete healing during your tummy tuck recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the abdominoplasty procedure take?

The cosmetic procedure can take anywhere between 2 – 4 hours to complete. Depending on whether you undergo a full or mini abdominoplasty.

What are the risks?

No surgery is without risk or possible complications. These may include a negative reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, or swelling. Your surgeon will give you very clear instructions along with pain medication to minimize risks and complications.

How soon before I see results?

Since swelling after surgery is normal, results are more visible when swelling goes down. Patients may notice more defined results within six to eight weeks of cosmetic surgery.

Can a tummy tuck alleviate stretch marks?

Yes. A major benefit of a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is that it gets rid of stretch marks.

Contact Dr. Mullins

He has more than 40-years of plastic surgery experience and can help you achieve your desired abdominoplasty goals. Book your consultation with him at our Alpharetta office today.

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