Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty and Lipoabdominoplasty)

Patients come into our office to discuss a tummy tuck for a variety of reasons.  Some have loose sagging abdominal skin. Others have abdomens that protrude because their abdominal muscles have been stretched by pregnancy. Some have lost weight and have excess tissue that won't go away on its own. Almost all have tried dieting and exercising and are discouraged by the lack of results. In fact, patients find that as they lose weight the skin becomes looser and looks even worse!

Whether it is from weight loss or child bearing, our patients all say the same thing:  they have been self conscious about their stomachs for a long time, and it affects what they wear, and how they feel about themselves.

Patients come into our office thinking they need liposuction to regain a tight and toned stomach. While some can get the improvement they are looking for from liposuction, others will need a tummy tuck to fix saggy stomach issues, or a combination of both of these procedures.  If you have loose abdominal muscles or excess skin in addition to localized fat deposits around your midsection, then liposuction alone will not fix these issues. You will need an abdominoplasty or lipoabdominoplasty.

Traditionally, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction have been separate procedures. A traditional abdominoplasty tightens the abdominal muscles and removes loose skin, but doesn't thin out the fat layer. Lipoabdominoplasty is a new, single-stage approach combining liposuction with a traditional abdominoplasty approach to the muscles and skin.

Patient Results

This 36 year old was a former breast augmentation patient of Dr.Griffin who had children and couldn’t get rid of the little pooch in her tummy despite losing all of her pregnancy weight and hours of exercising. Dr. Griffin met with her and thought she was an excellent candidate for liposuction and a mini-tummy tuck. This got rid of her pooch and improved her contour so that she doesn't look like she's pregnant when she puts on that little black dress.

It is important to understand that abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is not considered a weight loss procedure and is best suited for men and women that are in relatively good shape. A tummy tuck is not recommended for you if you still need to lose a significant amount of weight or if you plan on becoming pregnant again.

If you are just starting your journey into abdominoplasty or lipoabdominoplasty surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, we have put together a brief overview of what to expect.  We would love to have you come in and consult with Dr. Griffin for a more detailed understanding of the process as it relates to your individual needs.  In the meantime, we hope the information helps you with your decision. Dr. Griffin's overview includes:

  • What kind of operation and recovery is association with a Tummy Tuck at Nashville Cosmetic Surgery?
  • Will I have a drain? How long will it be in?
  • Will I have to wear special garments, and how long?

Dr. Griffin's Tummy Tuck 101

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