Your abdomen, like the rest of your body, changes a lot as you age. From lost muscle tone to sagging skin after childbirth or significant weight loss, many clients look at their stomachs and wish they could make some changes. With a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, in Nashville, transformation is possible.
In many cases, tummy tucks are stand-alone surgeries. However, they are frequently combined with liposuction, breast augmentation and other procedures.
To discover if you are a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, contact us and schedule your consultation.
Why We’re Nashville’s Top Choice
- Dr. Stephen Davis is a highly trained and qualified plastic surgeon with certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- We have been helping Nashville residents become their best selves for over 20 years.
- Our practice is dedicated to your comfort and safety from your first appointment through the aftercare stage.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
Good candidates for abdominoplasty should be at a healthy, stable weight, and have concerns such as hanging skin and loose muscles in their abdomen. Anyone who is severely overweight or plans to have children in the future should put off surgery until they have lost weight or are done having kids, as both can alter the results of surgery.
Reasons to consider a tummy tuck include:
- Having issues with muscle tone that exercise has been unable to address
- Struggling with excess skin that makes you uncomfortable
- Wanting to get rid of stretch marks or scars
- Making it easier to buy clothing and swimsuits
- Desiring a more youthful look
- Wanting to reshape your belly button
Types of Tummy Tucks
Not all tummy tucks are the same. Different concerns and conditions require different approaches. There are three primary types of tummy tucks Dr. Davis offers:
Mini Tummy Tuck
With this type of tummy tuck, the abdominal area below the belly button is targeted. Baggy skin and fatty tissue are removed from the navel line and below. This helps to remove the “pooch” that can cause problems with a smooth silhouette.
Traditional Tummy Tuck
With this type of tummy tuck, the entire abdomen is addressed, with loose skin and excess fat being removed. In addition, the muscles can be tightened or even brought back together if they have become separated.
Extended Tummy Tuck
This form of tummy tuck surgery is only for those who have undergone significant weight loss and need to completely change their body contours. In addition to the abdomen, it can help correct concerns with the hips, thighs and back.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
For the first 10 days after surgery, you will have a drain in place to remove fluids. Compression garments will be worn to help promote healing and keep you comfortable. Plan to take a week off from all activity so you can stay at home to rest and recover.
While you will need to move to keep your blood flowing and to promote healing, you will need to take it easy. Do not start light exercise until at least 2 weeks post-surgery. Avoid straining the abdominal muscles for at least 3 months. Remember: healing times can vary by individual, so be sure to listen to your body and attend all follow-up appointment with Dr. Davis.
You may be able to notice changes in your abdomen directly after surgery. However, final results will not be visible until bruising and swelling are gone. This can take several months to a year or more, depending on how your body heals.
View before and after photos of some of our satisfied patients!
Take the Next Step
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, a tummy tuck could be the solution you need. Contact us to schedule your Nashville tummy tuck consultation today!
Tummy Tuck FAQs
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), tummy tucks cost an average of $6,253. This is strictly the cost of surgery and does not factor in things like anesthesia or facility fees. If you are concerned about making a tummy tuck work for your budget, ask us about our financing options.
There are plenty of Nashville plastic surgeons offering tummy tucks. The key is to find the one that is the right fit for you. Schedule consultations with your top three choices and see how comfortable you are with them, how much they respect your vision for your surgery and if their tummy tuck before and after photos inspire confidence.
There are a few things we always ask that clients do in the leadup to surgery. These include:
- Stop smoking for a minimum of 4 weeks
- Eat a healthy diet to promote healing
- Avoid medications and other substances that thin the blood
- Do not eat 8 hours before surgery
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. We will go over your surgery preparation in full when we schedule your procedure.