Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Richmond, VA
Men and women value a toned, sexy midsection and commit a great deal of time and effort to achieving muscular contours in the abdominal area. Unfortunately, nature often wins the battle of the midriff bulge. But you have an advantage over nature — tummy tuck surgery, also known as “abdominoplasty.” Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers tummy tucks for men and women in Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
One area of the body that openly reveals any imperfections is the abdomen. In many cases, this is caused by excess skin due to childbirth or significant weight loss. Bulges in this area are visible in any type of clothing, which is why many women and, an increasing number of men, resort to restrictive garments to hold everything in place.
If you want to finally eliminate that unsightly bulge, we invite you to meet with one of our plastic surgeons to learn about abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” Our surgeons specialize in tummy tuck techniques that will tone and tighten the area above and below the belly button.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Not everyone needs a full tummy tuck to remove excess fat and skin from the entire abdomen. A mini tummy tuck is perfect for men and women who:
- Have fat that is isolated to the area below the belly button
- Have strong underlying abdominal muscles
- Do not have sagging skin above the bellybutton
This technique ensures that you do not undergo a surgery that is more extensive than what you need to have a great midsection.
Benefits of Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck will give your abdominal area a contoured and toned appearance. The technique can even be modified to eliminate “love handles” on the sides of your waist by adding liposuction to the procedure. Not only will you feel more confident about your appearance, but your clothing also fits better. We commonly see men and women trying out new fashions that they avoided before the surgery.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty is an extensive surgery that requires general anesthesia, so the best candidates are in good health. Additionally, you will need to be near your ideal weight and be committed to proper nutrition and exercise. For women who are considering having children in the future, we may recommend that you postpone your tummy tuck and combine it with our Mommy Makeover procedures.
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Abdominoplasty?
Although abdominoplasty seems to be a relatively straightforward surgery, the techniques do require a skilled plastic surgeon. Therefore, the best way to begin your process for a tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation at Richmond Plastic Surgeons.
What Should I Expect on The Day of My Tummy Tuck?
On the day of your abdominoplasty, our surgical team takes you to an area where you are prepared for surgery. At the onset of the procedure, your plastic surgeon makes an incision just above your pubic area. The incision extends from one hip bone to the other, following a line along the pubic bone. This placement will make it easier for you to hide the scar with your undergarments. If you are having a full tummy tuck, the surgeon begins to tighten the underlying muscles with sutures. For full and mini tummy tucks, the surgeon removes excess fat, pulls the remaining skin and tissue over the area and closes the incision. Excess skin and fat are then excised.
Liposuction may be used to refine the results of the procedure prior to closing the incision.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck surgery takes up to two hours, not including the time to prepare you for surgery and the time in recovery.
What to Expect After a Tummy Tuck
Your abdominal area is wrapped with a compression bandage to manage the swelling. Your plastic surgeon may prescribe a pain medication to help with any discomfort. You may also experience bruising, tenderness, stiffness and swelling. We will schedule follow-up appointments in the coming weeks to monitor your progress.
You will need to have someone stay with you for a few days after abdominoplasty because you will need to rest and significantly limit your activities. The compression bandage will remain in place for several weeks. Full recovery from tummy tuck surgery can take several months.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Abdominoplasty?
You will have a scar after your abdominoplasty. As the incision begins to heal, a pink scar will form. This gradually changes to tan or brown. After 12 months, the scar is faded, but will not completely disappear.
When Will I See the Results?
You will see initial results right after your tummy tuck. Full results can be seen after the swelling subsides.
What Are Possible Complications of a Tummy Tuck?
All surgeries that require general anesthesia carry a degree of risk which can be minimized by entrusting your care to the medical team and surgeons of Richmond Plastic Surgeons. When a tummy tuck is performed by a surgeon who is not qualified, some men and women experience:
- Changes in sensation in the abdominal area, such as numbness
- Irregularities in appearance
- Chronic pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Sagging skin
How Long Will the Results of Abdominoplasty Last?
Tummy tuck surgery is considered permanent, but you may experience unwanted changes to your results due to:
- Changes in weight
- Effects of certain medical conditions and medications
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Richmond?
Tummy tuck surgery is not covered by medical insurance because the procedure is considered elective. After your consultation, we are better able to provide a detailed cost for your abdominoplasty. For your convenience, we accept several forms of payment, and financing is available through CareCredit®.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long do tummy tucks last?
The result of your tummy tuck has the potential to last a lifetime with a balanced diet, regular exercise routine, and overall healthy lifestyle. We recommend you get your tummy tuck after you are done having children and have maintained a stable weight for several months prior to your procedure, as pregnancy and weight gain may disrupt your tummy tuck results.
2. Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
No, a tummy tuck alone does not remove fat. During your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will strengthen your abdominal muscles from your ribs down to your pubic area before the skin on your midsection is pulled tight and the excess tissue is trimmed away. Patients who are looking to remove extra pockets of stubborn fat from their midsection during their tummy tuck also undergo liposuction. Liposuction and a tummy tuck go hand-in-hand in giving you your desired look.
3. Is it safe to have a baby after a tummy tuck?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to have a baby after your tummy tuck. However, we recommend waiting until you are certain you are done having children before undergoing your tummy tuck surgery. This is because going through a pregnancy after your tummy tuck will weaken your abdominal muscles, re-stretch your abdominal skin and ultimately disrupt the results of your tummy tuck.
4. When can I exercise after a tummy tuck?
We recommend waiting between four and six weeks to start exercising again after your tummy tuck surgery. At this time, we recommend avoiding workouts that target the core and focusing more on light lifting with the arms or legs. We also advise you to refrain from jumping into vigorous cardio activities and ease your body back into your exercise routine with a long walk or short jogs.
5. Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?
Yes, you will get a scar from the incision made from hip to hip during your tummy tuck procedure. The scar will start out as a pink color and slowly tan or brown over time. After about 12 months, the scar will fade but not completely disappear. Feel free to use over-the-counter topical scar creams to help your scar fade after the incision heals and you get the OK from your plastic surgeon.
Do you dream of a toned, contoured midsection, but never seem to achieve the results you want with diet and exercise? Tummy tuck surgery may be right for you. Richmond Plastic Surgeons specializes in abdominoplasty for men and women in the Richmond area. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.