Tummy Tuck Conveniently located to serve Memphis and Shelby County
If you are struggling with stubborn excess fat, drooping skin, and sagging muscle tissue in your midsection, a tummy tuck can work wonders. Also known as an abdominoplasty, this plastic-surgery procedure can help you get rid of stubborn fat that sticks around even after consistent workout routines and diets.
Learning More About Abdominoplasty Surgery
Abdominoplasty is a way to contour a patient’s abdomen and make them look slimmer and in better shape. If you have experienced dramatic weight loss, this procedure may be an excellent option. If you’re a new mother experiencing post-pregnancy body issues like stretch marks, drooping muscle tissue, and sagging skin, a tummy tuck is a great way to address these issues.
The procedure is typically performed under generally anesthesia, but local anesthesia with IV sedation may also be an option.
Williams Surgical Arts caters to the individual needs of its patients and customizes treatment options based on their needs and goals. We offer you the option to choose between a standard tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, and an extended tummy tuck. The right technique for you will depend on the amount of tissue to be removed.
The Standard Tummy Tuck
At the start of a standard abdominoplasty, a curving horizontal incision is made from hipbone to hipbone across the front of the abdomen. Another incision may be made around the bellybutton in order to provide greater access.
During the procedure, excess sagging skin is removed using a scalpel, excess fat is removed with liposuction, and sagging muscles in the abdominal wall are tightened and rejoined with internal sutures. Finally, the skin is redraped and incisions are closed using sutures.
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The Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck focuses specifically on issues with the lower abdomen. It uses a shorter incision than the traditional tummy tuck and removes less tissue, making it overall less invasive. Because of this, it offers a reduced recovery and healing period. This procedure does not affect the bellybutton.
The Extended Tummy Tuck
For those who have excess tissue on the sides as well as the front of their abdomen, an extended tummy tuck may be the perfect choice. A greater amount of tissue is removed during this technique. The incision for this procedure reaches around the sides of the lower back, allowing for increased contouring by Dr. Williams.
Recovery and Healing After Your Tummy Tuck
Once your tummy tuck has been performed, you will return home to rest and recover since it is performed outpatient. Typically, patients can return home the same day as their procedure. It will be helpful to have a friend or family member spend the night and help with any difficult tasks.
You will need to take some time off from work to heal, particularly physically taxing work involving lifting heavy objects. The amount of time will vary depending on the type of tummy-tuck technique used. Do not perform any strenuous exercises, since they can damage the healing incisions.
Painkillers will be prescribed for the recovery process, and bruising and swelling will be present for a time. You will wear a post-surgical elastic compression garment to help control swelling and to help your skin better contour to the abdomen’s reduced volume.
Contact Our Office for a Consultation
A tummy tuck from Dr. Williams gives patients a great new look. During your abdominoplasty consultation, Dr. Williams will take special care to assess if you are the right candidate for the procedure and will answer any questions you may have. He will also walk you through the procedure in greater detail. Schedule your consultation – contact our office today.