At Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery, our physicians offer a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help patients with a tighter, flatter abdomen. This procedure is designed to remove excess fat and skin – and in some case, restore weakened or separated muscles. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer, often enhancing a patient’s overall body image and confidence.
An abdominoplasty performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons is an outpatient procedure. Patients are placed under general anesthesia, and incisions are typically made in the bikini line and sometimes around the navel. After the incision, skin is separated from the abdomen and lifted up. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened before the incision is closed. Both incisions are well-hidden and tend to fade nicely with time.
Following abdominoplasty, you may experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. To alleviate pain, our surgeons will put in a post-operative pain pump, which helps manage the discomfort for the first few days. Drains are also placed and are generally removed within a week after surgery.
You’ll be given a compression garment, which supports the abdomen and aids in healing. This should be worn for at least a month. Most stitches will be removed in five to seven days while deeper stitches are taken out two to three weeks following the procedure. Most of our tummy tuck patients are able to go back to work after two weeks. However, all patients should avoid strenuous activity for up to six weeks.
Patients are typically pleased with their new shape, being both slimmer and trimmer.
Some patients are concerned about the scarring involved with a tummy tuck. While there is some scarring, our surgeons make every effort to hide them as much as possible. Additionally, they will fade over time. Real-life examples can be found in our tummy tuck before and after pictures via the link below.
Due to the individual nature of this procedure, costs tend to vary. The best way to learn more about abdominoplasty is to schedule a consultation with any of our board-certified plastic surgeons. To discuss cost and schedule a consultation, please call our office at 601-261-3690.
Hattiesburg Clinic Plastic Surgery offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Mississippi including Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Lamar County, Laurel, Meridian and the Pine Belt. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, David J. Gray, MD; Richard A. Pecunia, MD, FACS; Petra R. Schneider-Redden, MD, FACS; and William O. “Trey” Thomas, III, MD, FACS are committed to providing quality care.