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A Slim and Tight Waistline
Aging brings physical changes that aren’t always flattering. The abdominal area is particularly prone to accumulating unwanted fat and loose skin. Our talented team of plastic surgeons offers tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty to men and women who desire a slimmer contour.
If you have excess skin and fat in the midsection as a result of genetics, weight loss, or pregnancy, a tummy tuck may be able to slim and tighten the abdominal area. In general, with tummy tuck surgery, the areas addressed are excess fat deposits, hanging or loose skin of the abdomen, and loose abdominal muscles (rectus diastasis). At Austin-Weston,The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we perform hundreds of tummy tuck operations in Reston, VA, each year, and our surgeons are well versed in all types of tummy tuck surgery and revision surgery if you had a tummy tuck at another establishment and desire a refined result.
Firmer, Flatter Abs
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a popular cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the midsection by addressing issues such as loose or excess skin, fat, and muscle separation. This procedure involves the surgeon making a horizontal incision from hip to hip and separating the skin from the abdominal wall.
The underlying muscles are then tightened, creating an internal corset, and excess skin and fat are removed, resulting in a firmer and flatter abdomen. All tummy tucks provided at At Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, are drainless tummy tucks. The purpose of a drain is to remove excess fluid that builds up between the skin and muscle post-surgery. Our surgeons have perfected the art of suturing both skin and muscle to the point that they do not need to use drains to deliver a safe and effective surgical experience.
Our surgeons can perform different tummy tuck techniques available to cater to the specific needs of each patient:
A full tummy tuck involves a longer incision from one hip to the other, allowing the surgeon to address both the upper and lower abdomen. This technique is ideal for individuals with significant excess skin and muscle laxity.
A mini tummy tuck focuses on either the area just below the belly button or tightens the separated muscles and utilizes a smaller incision, resulting in a shorter scar. It is suitable for patients with relatively less excess skin and muscle separation.
In some cases, an extended tummy tuck may be recommended, especially if there is excess skin and fat that extends beyond the abdomen and toward the lower back. This technique involves an extended incision along the abdomen and allows for more comprehensive contouring. During an extended tummy tuck, the surgeon may also suture the abdominal muscles together to further tighten and strengthen the core.
Other patients may benefit from a reverse tummy tuck, which is ideal for tightening skin and reducing fat in the upper abdomen. This is why you may hear the reverse tummy tuck referred to as “upper abdominoplasty.”
In addition to these techniques, our surgeons also perform plus-size tummy tucks, as well as the “fleur de lis” tummy tuck, which is a specific style of incision that goes vertically up the abdomen as well as horizontally to remove more skin. These specialty procedures typically happen in specific circumstances where skin laxity is severe, such as after massive weight loss.
The Shape You Want
In Reston tummy tucks are a wonderful surgical option for individuals who want to remove abdominal fat, achieve a more toned look, and get in better shape. This procedure, when performed at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, comes with the following benefits:
The Shape That Fits You
With a tummy tuck Reston patients feel this procedure is life-changing! The ideal candidates for this dramatic transformation are:
Youthful to the Core
Are you ready to commit to a strong, sculpted physique? Look no further than Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA.
Our tummy tuck procedures are tailored to meet your unique anatomy and personal aesthetic goals, ensuring that you emerge with the stunning appearance you've always desired. Call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA, to schedule an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more.
How is a Tummy Tuck performed?
First, your surgeon will make an incision below your bikini line, ensuring care is taken to preserve your belly button and maintain the blood supply to your skin. Then, the loose skin below your belly button will be removed, and sutures will be used to tighten your abdominal wall and muscles. The skin is then pulled back down, and a new belly button is created, secured with sutures. If necessary, we may also perform liposuction to remove fat from different areas such as the love handles and remove any excess skin in that region. Finally, absorbable sutures are used to close the incision, and dressings are applied for proper healing.
Stand with Confidence
After the tummy tuck Reston patients need to remember that the full results may not be immediately visible due to swelling and the initial adjustment period of standing up straight. The temporary effects of swelling will subside, revealing the true outcome of your tummy tuck in four to eight weeks. However, within a span of just two weeks, you will notice a remarkable change. Your extra skin will be gone, your stomach will be flat, and you finally feel like the most confident version of yourself.
As you progress through your recovery, it's important to anticipate some common symptoms in the treated area, including tenderness, soreness, numbness, swelling, and bruising. You may also experience occasional burning and itching, which is a normal part of the healing process.
To promote optimal healing, we recommend bed rest for the initial two days following the procedure. During this time, wearing a compression garment is advised to support the healing process. To ensure a smooth recovery and the best possible outcome, it is important to avoid engaging in strenuous activities and heavy lifting until you receive clearance from our experienced team at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery. We will closely monitor your progress and provide guidance on when it is safe to resume normal activities. By following our expert advice, you can help facilitate a successful recovery and achieve the desired results from your tummy tuck procedure.
Like any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck will result in some scarring. However, our skilled surgeons take great care to place incisions strategically and minimize the appearance of scars. The incisions are typically made below the bikini line to allow for discreet coverage. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable. Following proper wound care and using scar treatment options recommended by your surgeon can further aid in scar healing. We also offer a variety of scar solutions to help fade, lighten, or camouflage tummy tuck scars.
While it is possible to have children after a tummy tuck, it is generally recommended to postpone the procedure until you are not planning any additional pregnancies. Pregnancy can stretch the abdominal muscles and skin, potentially reversing the effects of the tummy tuck. If you do become pregnant after a tummy tuck, revision surgery may be necessary to restore the desired abdominal contour.
While a tummy tuck can remove excess fat and skin, it is not a weight-loss procedure. Its primary goal is to contour and reshape the abdomen. However, the removal of excess fat and skin can contribute to a slimmer appearance and may inspire a healthier lifestyle that includes weight loss efforts. It's important to have realistic expectations and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to achieve your desired weight.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications involved with a tummy tuck. These can include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, poor wound healing, changes in skin sensation, and the possibility of requiring revision surgery. However, by selecting a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, following pre and post-operative instructions diligently, and attending regular follow-up appointments, you can minimize these risks and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
The cost of any surgery will depend on the details of your individual procedure. After your consultation, our surgical consultants will provide an all-inclusive quote that addresses all of your surgical needs. Visit our pricing page to learn about starting costs for a tummy tuck and other procedures. Our financing page can help you explore different payment options.
Our four plastic surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience & work together in our dedicated, luxurious center providing combined knowledge on all procedures. Schedule your consultation today to learn how our surgeons can guide you on your journey to aesthetic harmony.