A tummy tuck performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Hueneke removes excess skin and fat in your tummy, giving you a flatter, tighter, and more attractive stomach. This procedure is available for those in Smyrna, Franklin, Murfreesboro and the surrounding areas in Tennessee.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
Every woman dreams of looking sexy in a bikini or having a tiny waist. Unfortunately for some women, no matter how much they diet and exercise, they cannot seem to get rid of belly fat. Pregnancy can also cause a woman to store fat in the stomach and around the waistline. If you have struggled to reduce your waistline and eliminate fat from your abdominal region to no avail, you may want to consider getting a tummy tuck.
During a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat deposits in the abdomen are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The result of a tummy tuck is a flatter stomach and more defined abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks are also useful for improving stomach contour after a pregnancy.
Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Many women feel that tummy tucks help them achieve the stomach they desire, which in turn increases their self-esteem and body image. New research also shows that there are significant health benefits to these operations, motivating patients to keep their weight in check. Diet and exercise can feel more fulfilling because after a tummy tuck and bariatric surgery, patients who have had body contouring procedures regain an average of 1 pound a year vs. an average of 4 pounds a year for bariatric patients who have not. Tummy tucks are more beneficial than liposuction to those with extreme degrees of lower abdominal skin laxity, extensive stretch marks, or severely stretched abdominal muscles (as a result of pregnancy).
Take a look at this gallery of tummy tuck before and after pictures. These will give you realistic expectations of what your tummy tuck may look like, and what Dr. Hueneke is capable of achieving.
How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed?
Tummy tucks can provide some of the most dramatic results in our field. Excessive skin and fat, as well as abdominal wall weakness, are all addressed with this procedure.
The procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on how much fat/skin needs to be removed and the look you wish to achieve. It takes place under general anesthesia and requires an overnight stay. The surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip along the bikini line. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall and the rectus muscles are tightened and stitched into a new position, effectively reducing the waistline. After the muscles are tightened, excess skin is stretched and removed.
Preparing for Tummy Tuck Surgery
In preparing for your tummy tuck surgery, you should try to prepare your home and take care of household responsibilities beforehand. This includes things such as taking care of chores, securing pet or child care, and ensuring your rest area is stocked with ice packs, loose, comfortable clothing that can be taken on and off very easily, and your medication. You should arrange to have someone drive you home from your surgery and be with you for the first 24 hours. Be sure to have your prescription filled before the surgery. You should set up a rest area on the first floor of your home to avoid stairs. Dr. Hueneke will provide you with a list of things you should not do or eat or wear.
Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgery
Most tummy tuck patients in will spend one night in the hospital. Drain tubes are left in place for a few days. You might experience some swelling, and/or discomfort, but can expect to be up and around in one week. Usually, 10 to 14 days are required to be off work and recovery is near complete by one month.
Like any body contouring procedure, a tummy tuck should not be used as a substitute for weight loss. A tummy tuck should only be sought if diet and exercise were unsuccessful. Furthermore, a tummy tuck will not keep the weight off permanently. If you continue to have a poor diet, do not exercise, or get pregnant again, you’ll end up gaining weight and your stomach will likely expand.
How Much Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost?
To learn more about tummy tuck prices, it’s best to call Plastic Surgery Affiliates for an individual consultation. Prices vary depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery, and Dr. Hueneke’s compassionate and helpful staff is happy to discuss your options with you. Dr. Hueneke accepts cash, check or credit card, and works with CareCredit®, American Healthcare Lending® and Medical Financing to offer our patients convenient and affordable payment options for tummy tuck surgery. To learn more, please visit our financing page.
Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Right for Me?
If you are experiencing any of the following problems, abdominoplasty may be beneficial to you:
- You have difficulty getting rid of fat in the abdominal area, even with diet and exercise
- You have excess skin due to weight loss
- The skin around your stomach has lost its elasticity due to pregnancy
- Your abdominal muscles are loose (diastases) due to pregnancy
- You have an excessive amount of fat in your abdomen or around your waistline
While a tummy tuck will help flatten the stomach and provide a firmer, more toned appearance, it will not necessarily provide you with a “six-pack.” It may, however, make it easier for you to achieve a six-pack through diet and exercise since extra fat and skin are already removed.
If you’re still wondering whether a tummy tuck is right for you, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hueneke is available for a one-on-one consultation to answer any questions and ease any concerns.
Why Choose Dr. Michael Hueneke for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Dr. Hueneke is a top doctor in Nashville — he has completed a residency in plastic surgery and is recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re going to get a tummy tuck, you should get one from the best plastic surgeon available. That’s Dr. Hueneke. He realizes the delicate emotions that come with the decision to undergo a tummy tuck and is an incredibly precise surgeon when it comes to improving his patient’s abdominal shape and profile. He spends a great deal of time with potential patients, answering their questions and lending a consultative ear.
What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation
The results of your tummy tuck will depend on your goals and desires. It is important to discuss where you feel your problem areas are and what diet and exercises you have tried with Dr. Hueneke prior to your surgery so you can have a similar understanding of what to expect. Be prepared to discuss your motivation for surgery and expectations, your medical history, the likely outcomes of surgery, any risks or complications, and the course of treatment recommended by Dr. Hueneke.
Dr. Michael Hueneke offers tummy tucks and plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Tennessee including: Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Lebanon. If you would like to find out more about the tummy tuck procedure, please contact Plastic Surgery Affiliates today.
Contact Dr. Michael Hueneke today to schedule your free tummy tuck consultation!
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