Tummy Tuck Surgery (Full, Mini, or Extended Abdominoplasty) – Dothan, AL

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About Tummy Tuck Surgery

For women and men alike, hanging skin and excess fat along the abdominal region can be frustrating despite efforts to lose it. Significant weight loss, childbirth, and aging are the most common reasons that an individual may not be able to attain a slim and tight abdomen. A tummy tuck is a body contouring treatment that successfully transforms the abdominal region, creating extraordinary outcomes for patients. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin performs tummy tuck surgery that addresses these patients' needs. This cosmetic treatment at Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL allows patients the opportunity to have a new, youthful shape and renewed confidence. Read more about how an abdominoplasty can eliminate excess fat and skin while it also tightens the abdominal muscles for a stunning shape. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed on both men and women. If you have loose skin in addition to excess fat in the abdomen, this surgical treatment can help you regain a slimming and more toned figure. Dr. Martin recommends that you be at a healthy weight before undergoing this treatment. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight loss procedure — it focuses on loose skin. A form of liposuction is often incorporated during the procedure to target fat. Women interested in abdominoplasty should be past childbearing so that the results are not impacted.

Surgical Technique

Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia. There are several methods that come into consideration when this surgery is performed by Dr. Martin, which is customized according to the individual's needs. To start, the incision type is selected based upon the quantity of excess skin. Some individuals with severe loose skin might benefit best from an extended tummy tuck. This method makes the incision from hip to hip, just on top of the pubic section. Some individuals who have minimal skin laxity may be better candidates for a smaller incision. These patients still benefit from tummy tuck surgery, but will simply have a less expansive scar. Most patients will also have internal sutures placed to tighten the abdominal muscles.  Regardless of the technique used, all abdominoplasty procedures at Martin Plastic Surgery involve the excision of loose skin and liposuction.

What to Expect

After your tummy tuck surgery, you will be carefully examined and sent home wearing a compression device to assist with swelling. Walking and standing will be challenging for awhile, so you should take it easy for a couple days. Walking becomes less painful once the muscles relax and the incision heals. You should be able to resume normal activities within two weeks. Workouts can begin around 6 – 8 weeks or earlier if you are given permission by Dr. Martin. The stomach will feel sore and tight at first, but you will feel normal once healed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At the time of your consult, Dr. Martin will create your unique tummy tuck plan to reach your desires and goals before estimating costs. He will be able to better estimate your costs once the type of abdominoplasty is decided, which technique will be used, whether liposuction will be used, and other factors. To ensure you get high-quality results from an experienced plastic surgeon, Martin Plastic Surgery makes it easier to afford your tummy tuck by accepting several forms of payment and by offering financing options.

What type of tummy tuck should I get?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Martin will listen to your concerns and goals before performing a physical exam. Then, he can help you decide the technique that will produce your best results. A full abdominoplasty is better if you would like to address loose skin in both the lower and upper stomach, whereas a mini abdominoplasty is better for problems under your belly button, such as a "pooch." The extended technique can address issues in the stomach, plus your upper thighs and hips.

What will my scars look like?
The incisions needed for your abdominoplasty will vary based on which technique is being used. Dr. Martin places incisions in areas that are less visible so they may be easily hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Following your tummy tuck, it is important to adhere to your scar management instructions so your incisions heal properly and eventually blend into your natural skin.

Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
Although you may still get pregnant following an abdominoplasty, it will likely affect your results. Dr. Martin strongly encourages that you be finished building your family before you get an abdominoplasty. If you do become pregnant following your tummy tuck, another surgery may be done to refresh your stomach.

Can I get a tummy tuck with another surgery?
Many patients combine a second body surgery with an abdominoplasty to get more dramatic results. At your initial consultation with Dr. Martin, talk to him about all of your desires so that a comprehensive surgical plan may be created to match your aesthetic goals. You might combine abdominoplasty with breast enhancement surgery, lower body lift, or brachioplasty. If you want to rejuvenate multiple areas after having children or losing a lot of weight, you might be a candidate for after weight loss surgery or a mommy makeover.

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Average Cost  
$4,500 - $6,250
Recovery Time  
6 weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2:30 - 4:00
Post-op Follow-up  
two weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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Attain a Tighter Tummy

A variety of factors can result in a sagging stomach that leaves behind loose skin. We understand it can be annoying and frustrating — surgery is usually the only way to overcome this. If you are tired of having the loose skin in your abdominal region, regardless of the severity, cosmetic surgery by Dr. Martin in Dothan, AL can help you get the body that you want. We invite you to call Martin Plastic Surgery for more information.

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