Questions About Abdominoplasty

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What is a tummy tuck?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from your abdominal area and tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall, as well as improve the contour of your hips.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

A personal consultation with board-certified Greenwood, South Carolina, plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn will help you determine if an abdominoplasty is the best treatment option for your specific condition.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and abdominal liposuction?

Liposuction is used to remove fatty deposits from below the skin surface and provides minimal skin tightening. An abdominoplasty may entail the removal of both excess skin and fat from the abdomen while also tightening the muscles and providing a flatter abdomen.

Are there risks involved with a tummy tuck?

There are risks with any surgical procedure, but complications related to abdominoplasties are rare. Side-effects may include bleeding, infection and scarring. Dr. Vaughn performs all tummy tuck procedures in Piedmont Plastic Surgery’s accredited surgical suite, and he will completely review any potential risks with you prior to your procedure.

How long does it take to recover from an abdominoplasty?

A number of individual factors will affect your recovery period, but most patients are able to resume work and routine day-to-day activities within two weeks. Full healing may take several additional weeks, during which time the Piedmont Plastic Surgery team will monitor your recovery and gradually clear you for increased physical activity.

How long will the results of a tummy tuck last?

The results of a tummy tuck are long lasting if you maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes routine exercise. Dr. Vaughn will thoroughly discuss your post-operative guidelines with you to help ensure you have the tools to maintain the results of your abdominoplasty.

If you live in Greenwood, Greenville, Anderson, Columbia, or Laurens, South Carolina, or Augusta, Georgia, and would like to learn if an abdominoplasty is the best solution for you, please contact Piedmont Plastic Surgery online or call (864) 605-3151 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Vaughn.