What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
An abdominoplasty, best known as a tummy tuck, creates a flatter abdomen by removing sagging, protruding areas of excess fat and skin in the midsection.
Greenwood plastic surgeon Dr. Ted Vaughn will tailor your tummy tuck procedure to your unique needs. Some patients, for example, benefit from a partial abdominoplasty—also known as a mini tummy tuck—while others require a complete abdominoplasty with liposuction to achieve the desired results. For more information about your options for a tighter abdominal area, please call 864-223-0505 today.
Deciding if a Tummy Tuck is Right for You
You may benefit from a tummy tuck if you experience:
- Stretched abdominal skin and muscles after pregnancy
- Excess skin after substantial weight loss
- Sagginess and loss of abdominal muscle tone due to aging
- Localized areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
- Genetic predisposition to fatty deposits
Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Trimming excess tissue and tightening muscle laxity in the abdominal wall, a tummy tuck reduces the protruding or hanging abdomen caused by the above situations. Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck include:
- People in good general health who want a flatter abdominal profile and a more aesthetically pleasing contour of the hips
- People who have undergone substantial weight loss and now have excess skin; you should be close to your ideal weight before the procedure as results may be lost if you experience significant weight gain or loss after your tummy tuck
- Women who do not plan to become pregnant after a tummy tuck, as results may be lost in the event of pregnancy
The type of tummy tuck procedure best suited to address your specific condition will be determined during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vaughn.
What are the Different Methods of an Abdominoplasty Procedure?
Full Tummy Tuck
In a complete tummy tuck, an incision is made that spans the abdomen from one hip to the other. After the incision is made, the skin is lifted away from the muscle and the vertical abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures, providing a flatter abdominal contour and a more toned appearance. Liposuction is then performed around the hips to create a narrower waistline. Excess skin will be trimmed away and the incision closed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck is a more limited procedure used to remove excess fat and skin localized below the belly button. A much shorter incision is used in this procedure. Typically, a mini tummy tuck tightens abdominal muscles but does not remove skin from the upper abdomen.
Your individual tummy tuck solution will depend on the unique aspects of your physique as well as your goals. During your personal consultation, Dr. Vaughn can answer your questions about abdominoplasty and recommend an option designed to meet your specific needs.
What Our Patients Have to Say
Dr. Vaughn is a friendly and very competent professional. Also an honest one, he could have operated (and charge accordingly) but chose to adopt a different method. It worked, proving his sound judgment. He's the only choice in his specialty." -
How Long Will My Abdominoplasty Results Last?
The results from your tummy tuck can last for years if you maintain healthy eating habits and exercise regularly.
Schedule a Consultation
If you live in Greenwood, Greenville, Anderson, Columbia or Laurens, SC or Augusta, GA and would like to learn more about your tummy tuck options, please contact Piedmont Plastic Surgery using the form on this website or call 864-223-0505 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Vaughn.