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Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Robert Oliver Jr.
Dr. Jason M. Jack

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in
Birmingham, Alabama

The tummy tuck is a procedure designed to remove excess fat and sagging skin around the stomach to produce a thinner torso.

Losing a significant amount of weight or giving birth can cause your stomach region to have excess loose skin, fat deposits, and weakened abdominal muscles. These symptoms are difficult to correct through diet and exercise alone. A tummy tuck can address the definition of your stomach by reducing the fat in this area, removing excess skin, and pulling the muscles closer together. The remaining skin is then pulled taut and smoothed out to provide thinner, tighter abs.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?

Robert I. Oliver, Jr., M.D. and Jason M. Jack, M.D., located in Birmingham, Alabama, offer tummy tuck surgery at their practice, Plastic Surgery Specialists. Providing patients with personalized care and close attention to detail, our plastic surgeons and caring staff welcome those interested in this body contouring procedure. We are devoted to rejuvenating and enhancing your natural beauty using state-of-the-art procedures.

Excess Sagging Skin

If you have excessive accumulation of loosely hanging skin after weight loss, then abdominoplasty can help you achieve a smooth, tight result by removing excess skin.

Stubborn Fatty Tissue

Diet and exercise are typically unable to improve the appearance of the abdomen area. A tummy tuck can reduce any residual fat on the stomach for a thinner, more favorable outcome.

Stretched Abdominal Muscles

Loss of skin elasticity or diastases (loose ab muscles) are common after pregnancy. The skin and fat deposits are removed, then the abdominal muscles are properly aligned and pulled tightly together.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Entail?

Anesthesia and Incisions

Abdominoplasty surgery usually lasts between two and three hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, anesthesia medication is administered, and an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision extends horizontally across the lower abdomen towards the hip bones. The extent of correction will determine how long the incision needs to be.

Fat and Skin Removal

The skin on the midsection is stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is excised. Abdominal muscle tissues are tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and a more defined waistline. Remaining excess skin is removed, and, in some cases, an additional incision is made around the navel to create a new opening for the belly button. This process achieves a flatter, more toned appearance.

Additional Procedures

Some tummy tuck procedures also include liposuction, which injects a sterile solution known as a tumescent fluid into the targeted locations. By utilizing the tumescent method, the blood vessels are constricted, and blood loss is minimized, helping reduce swelling. In some circumstances, power-assisted liposuction is used, which has a moving device that gently breaks up the fatty tissue and suctions it out.

Closing Incisions

Lastly, the incisions are closed, and the skin is stitched back into place. The abdominal area may be wrapped with surgical gauze or a support garment to promote healing.

Before & After

Addressing Your Concerns

Recovery

Patients are provided detailed postoperative care instructions, which include what to do and what activities to avoid during your recuperation. No heavy lifting or strenuous activities should be attempted for the first few weeks to help speed up the healing process. As your body recovers, you can expect minor swelling, bruising, and overall discomfort. Your stitches are removed shortly after the surgery, depending on the procedures involved.

Absorbable sutures are used whenever possible to help minimize suture removal. Usually, one or two drainage tubes are placed during surgery and are typically removed early in the postoperative recovery process. Normal activities can generally be resumed within two weeks. It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration. With proper diet and exercise, the striking results of your surgery can be long-lasting.

Scars

Scarring occurs after any incision, and your surgeon takes special care to make inconspicuous incisions whenever possible. The resulting scars are usually around the bikini line and can be concealed with underwear or a swimsuit. Most scars fade over time and become a light-colored thin line.

Cost

Every tummy tuck procedure is slightly different depending on which techniques are utilized and if any other procedures are combined with the operation. Different methods will incur a different cost. Dr. Oliver will discuss these details during your consultation and provide a price estimate.

Pain

Any discomfort experienced during your recovery can be relieved by taking prescription medication. Most patients feel better a few days after their tummy tuck.

The desire of Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack at Plastic Surgery Specialists located in Birmingham, Alabama is to provide you with the finest personalized care while creating beautiful, natural results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

    If you have loose skin after pregnancy or weight fluctuations, then tummy tuck surgery may benefit you. An evaluation and discussion with Dr. Oliver will help to determine if a tummy tuck is right for you.

  • Can I combine my tummy tuck with other procedures?

    Some Birmingham, Anniston, and Tuscaloosa patients decide to combine a tummy tuck with other body-enhancing procedures, such as breast augmentation or a complete Mommy Makeover, to streamline their physique. Please discuss your cosmetic goals and preferences with your surgeon during your initial consultation to see if combining procedures can help you achieve your desired results.

  • What is the expected outcome?

    Tummy tuck surgery is designed to achieve a slimmer, more defined abdominal region with less localized body fat. The stomach is strategically targeted to produce the desired results.

  • How long do the results last?

    Patients who adopt a healthy lifestyle can see long-lasting results. The fat and skin removed during the procedure are permanently gone, but new fat cells can affect your outcome if you gain weight after your surgery.

Schedule a Consultation in Birmingham, Alabama

We at Plastic Surgery Specialists would like to hear from you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

2000 Stonegate Trail, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242

Phone: 205-298-8660

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