Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks are among the most transformative procedures performed in plastic surgery. The recontouring of the midsection can enhance self-image in dramatic ways. At his Rocky Mount, NC, practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick K. Park specializes in offering exceptional tummy tuck results to Greenville, Halifax, and Nashville-area men and women.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the midsection and, in most cases, repairs weakened or separated abdominal muscles, restoring a slimmer waist and a flatter, firmer tummy.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Achieve?

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes, these methods cannot achieve our goals. A tummy tuck can help by tightening lax skin and shaping a slimmer, firmer abdomen, especially when combined with liposuction.

What Doesn’t a Tummy Tuck Achieve?

A tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. It cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that are excised.

Dr. Park’s Approach:

I have tremendous respect for tummy tuck and body lift surgeries. I believe they are some of the highest-risk plastic surgery procedures performed in terms of patient health. The risk of blood clots and embolism are real and should be carefully considered when embarking on this type of surgery. That being said, this surgery can be done safely and effectively with good patient selection and using proven techniques to lower the risks of complications. 

I generally use a technique of high lateral tension and multiple site muscle tightening when necessary to provide a drainless tummy tuck option at my Rocky Mount practice. This can achieve beautiful results. In the patient population near their ideal body weight who have muscle issues, this is my technique of choice. Drains are used on a casebycase basis, but I am using less drains than I have in the past and now it is more the exception to have drains placed. 

Who Is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Ideal tummy tuck candidates are individuals who have developed an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging, despite having an otherwise normal body weight and proportion. The most common causes of this include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.

Does a Tummy Tuck Always Include Muscle Repair?

Dr. Park frequently offers tummy tucks without muscle tightening. This results in a shorter surgery, a more comfortable recovery, and a much quicker resumption of normal activity. Dr. Park has found that many patients are thrilled with the results even without muscle tightening.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Park performed muscle work on almost every patient. However, many of his patients today are not quite near their ideal body weight and have a primary goal of removing overhanging tissues from the lower abdomen. Most of these patients have loose muscles, but in carefully listening to and understanding their goals, Dr. Park has recognized the benefits of offering an option that does not include muscle repair.

What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?

Following a tummy tuck, most people can return to work after 2 to 3 weeks and resume vigorous exercise after 6 weeks. Your recovery time may vary based on the complexity of your surgery, how quickly your body heals, and how physically demanding your job is.

Tummy tuck scars run along the lower abdomen from hip bone to hip bone. Most people find these scars are an acceptable trade-off for a significantly improved shape.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

The cost of a tummy tuck varies depending on the complexity of the surgery, the technique used, and your surgeon’s level of expertise. The best way to determine your pricing is to visit us for a private tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Park.

To schedule an appointment at Park Plastic Surgery, please call us at (252) 888-2691. If you have any questions or comments, or if you want to learn more about the services we provide, please complete and submit our contact form.

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