- Abdominoplasty surgically removes excess skin and fat from the lower stomach
- This procedure works best for people at a stable weight and dealing with a protruding lower stomach or excess skin from massive weight loss
- Results are long-lasting, provided you don’t gain weight
Do you exercise regularly but still can’t shed stubborn fat on your stomach? Or have you recently achieved a big weight-loss goal and are now stuck with extra skin around your midsection? Perhaps you’re struggling to regain your prepregnancy silhouette.
If any of the above sounds like you, abdominoplasty could be your solution. Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the lower stomach.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Thomas McFadden and Dr. Peter Felice have helped people reshape their figures and regain confidence for decades. If you’re in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson area, schedule a consultation with us to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you.
Abdominoplasty at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
A tummy tuck is performed to remove excess skin or fat from the lower belly and tighten sagging abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss solution, but instead targets the abdominal area to achieve a slimmer waistline and trim silhouette. For people who have recently undergone massive weight loss or can’t get rid of a postpartum belly, abdominoplasty can be transformative.
How it works
Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. This surgery involves making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, usually from hip to hip. In cases requiring large amounts of excess skin, a secondary vertical incision may be necessary as well.
The surgeon then trims away excess fat and skin. To firm up loose abdominal muscles, they may make internal sutures in the connective tissue, called fascia, that holds in the abdominal wall. Finally, the skin of the abdomen is repositioned, including the navel if necessary, and the incision is closed.
After a tummy tuck, the abdomen is immediately smoother and flatter. Full results may take 6–12 months to appear.
Mini vs. full tummy tucks
There are two main types of tummy tucks: mini and full. A full tuck offers more dramatic results than a mini; it removes excess skin and fat from the pubic area to the rib cage, and may involve internal sutures to improve loose musculature. A mini tuck only addresses skin and fat below the belly button and does not include internal sutures. At your consultation, we’ll discuss which procedure makes the most sense for you.
Why Choose Us for Abdominoplasty?
When considering a serious operation such as a tummy tuck, it’s crucial to choose an experienced surgeon. At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, our team is exceptionally qualified to perform your surgery.
- We’ve been performing safe, successful cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries in the Greenville area for two decades
- We use only the latest state-of-the-art technologies and surgical methods
- All our staff and anesthesia personnel are certified professionals
Moreover, our lead plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas McFadden, is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
- The American Institute of Plastic Surgeons’ 10 Best Plastic Surgeons in South Carolina (2016)
- America’s Most Honored Professionals Award for Top 1% of Doctors, from the American Registry (2016)
- 13 various awards from Vitals.com, including Patient’s Choice and Top 10 Doctor in South Carolina
Before and After Photos
Please keep in mind that each patient and surgery is unique, and results may vary. Patients pictured here may have undergone other surgeries in addition to abdominoplasty.This photo gallery does not guarantee that everyone who undergoes abdominoplasty will obtain these or similar results.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are dealing with stubborn stomach fat or excess abdominal skin after weight loss or pregnancy. Additionally, you should:
- Be in good physical health
- Be at a stable, healthy weight
- Not smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol
- Not plan on becoming pregnant
Talk to us to find out your candidacy for this procedure and whether a tummy tuck is the right decision for you.
What to Expect During Your Abdominoplasty
This operation takes 2–5 hours, during which you will be fully anesthetized. Afterward, you will stay overnight or go home the same day, according to our recommendation. In either case, you’ll need someone to drive you home.
When planning your tummy tuck, make sure to allow adequate time for recovery. In the first few days after your surgery, expect soreness, bruising and swelling. For 3–6 weeks, you must wear a compression garment at all times to support your abdominal muscles and minimize fluid buildup. You won’t be able to perform strenuous activities such as exercise or heavy lifting for up to 6 weeks.
Additionally, you’ll need to take antibiotics, follow a specific diet and care for your incisions and drainage tubes according to a schedule prescribed by your surgeon. Multiple follow-up appointments at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery will ensure the healing process goes as smoothly as possible.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, we offer several surgical and nonsurgical options beyond abdominoplasty to eliminate unwanted fat. These include:
- Liposuction: This fat-removal surgery can be performed not only on the abdomen but on the hips, thighs, buttocks and elsewhere on the body. Liposuction is a better option than a tummy tuck for anyone with a heart condition or who is trying to lose weight, and for women who plan on becoming pregnant. It is also commonly performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck
- Belt liposuction: This type of liposuction is ideal for people who have lost a large amount of weight and have excess skin on the lower half of the body. This procedure smooths and tightens the skin of the abdomen, hips and thighs
- CoolSculpting: This noninvasive procedure employs a patented freezing device to destroy fat cells on your abdomen, flanks or upper arms. It’s an excellent option for people dealing with stubborn pockets of fat but unable or unwilling to undergo cosmetic surgery.
How Much Does Abdominoplasty Cost?
An abdominoplasty’s cost depends on multiple factors that will be discussed during your consultation. For more information, please give us a call.
Book Your Abdominoplasty Consultation
For both women and men with excess skin or fat in the lower belly area, a tummy tuck can slim down your silhouette and help restore your confidence. If you’re in the Greenville area and interested in a no-strings-attached consultation with Dr. McFadden or Dr. Felice at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, book your appointment today.
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Is abdominoplasty safe?
Generally, this is a very safe procedure. However, any surgery—especially one requiring general anesthesia—does carry some risk and possibility of complications. At your consultation, we will address any concerns you have and empower you in your decision to proceed or not with surgery.
Should I wait to have kids before I get a tummy tuck?
In a word, yes. While having a tummy tuck before pregnancy won’t cause any complications, it’s generally advised to wait until you’re had children before undergoing this surgery. That way, your results will be as long lasting as possible.
Will my scars be noticeable?
Only at first. The upper incision is directly under the belly button and not very visible. The lower incision will be hidden by your bikini or underwear. Tummy tuck scars are most noticeable in the years immediately following surgery but fade over time – similar to a C-section scar. People who apply vitamin E and sunscreen to their new scars, have healthy skin and do not smoke experience the least amount of scarring.
Does a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
A tummy tuck’s primary goal is not to remove stretch marks; stretch marks are a matter of skin quality and history, and aren’t necessarily related to having a protruding lower stomach. However, as the surgery does entail removing skin, you may see fewer stretch marks if the blemished part of your skin is removed during the procedure.
Are the results permanent?
As long as you do not gain weight or become pregnant, your tummy tuck results will last for many years.