Frequently Asked Questions about Body Contouring Plastic Surgery Procedures

How do I know if I need a tummy tuck or a mini-abdominoplasty?

Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is recommended for men and women who are in reasonably good shape, but have excess fat on their abdomen that exercise cannot reshape. Women who have excess abdominal skin due to the effects of pregnancy are also good candidates. Mini abdominoplasty surgeries are intended for people who have a smaller amount of fat in the abdomen and use more liposuction than surgical excision to flatten the area.

Is it better to combine body lift surgeries, or do multiple procedures make it harder to recover?

Recovery time for body lift surgery requires at least six weeks. Overall, it is better to group procedures so that you limit your down-time and the amount of stress caused by repeated anesthesia. A typical post bariatric surgery (body lift) includes liposuction of problem areas, lifting/reshaping of arm skin (brachioplasty), thigh lift, and tummy tuck.

How does fat transfer work, and how much fat is usually transferred?

Fat transfer uses liposuction to remove fat from one part of the body, purify it, and then re-insert it into other areas in need of volume. The fat cells within the extracted material are isolated before re-injecting, so the amount of fat required for the procedure depends on the amount fat cells remaining after cleansing and processing. Fat transfer is used to re-sculpt the body: enhancing natural contours of the breast and buttocks as well as adding volume to thinned areas of the face and neck caused by aging.

What is liposuction, and how do I know if I am a good candidate?

Liposuction is used to improve the body’s contours of men and women by removing fat deposits the lie between the skin and muscle; fat cells are removed creating a thinner, more sculpted shape. In addition to body contouring, liposuction in Atlanta is performed on areas of the neck and breasts to create a balanced appearance. Liposuction is intended for people who are in overall good health, but have problem areas that resist diet and exercise efforts. Liposuction must be supplemented by a healthy diet and exercise plan in order to maintain results, and is not intended to supplement, not substitute, weight reduction.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

Patients are usually able to get back on their feet and at work within one to three days after having liposuction. Remaining in bed is actually not good for liposuction patients because there is a higher risk for blood clots. Your physician will help you to determine your recovery needs during your plastic surgery consultation.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

Tummy tucks require a varying amount of time, depending on the amount of excess tissue and fat that needs to be removed. Contact our Atlanta, Alpharetta, or Cumming office to schedule an appointment for a plastic surgery consultation and get more information about tummy tuck cost.

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