A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure aimed at giving patients a slimmer, more flattering body contour. Traditionally, the procedure addresses diet and exercise resistant fat as well as loose, sagging skin in the abdomen region. Dr. Harris’ tummy tucks are different than most. He spends a significant amount of timing doing liposuction to the back, sacrum, flanks, and abdomen to truly sculpt the body prior to even starting the tummy tuck. Tummy tucks are popular among women who aren’t happy with their body due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, or genetics. Tummy tucks are also great for men and women who have undergone massive weight loss through diet and exercise or after bariatric surgery. Often, patients will opt for the fat removed during the liposuction portion to be transferred to the buttocks at the same time for the benefits of a Brazilian Buttock Lift. Dr. Harris provides several styles of tummy tucks to suit just about anyone.
A Tummy Tuck Can:
- Correct a protruding belly
- Remove excess skin
- Create a firmer, flatter tummy
- Improve the way clothing fits
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
How Does It Work?
Your tummy tuck at Image Surgical Arts of Nashville will be done in our state-of-the-art surgical center under general anesthesia. Dr. Harris is a renowned triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeon with extensive knowledge, skill, and experience performing tummy tuck procedures. He’ll make an incision along the bikini line which can easily be hidden by underwear or a swimsuit. Once the incision is made, he will meticulously work to remove unwanted fat pockets, sculpt the entire core with liposuction, tighten underlying muscles, and remove excess skin leaving you with a sculpted waistline.
When Can I Expect to See Results?*
A firmer, flatter tummy will be apparent immediately. However, results can be skewed due to post-surgical swelling. As swelling subsides over the course of several weeks, you’ll continue to see gradual improvement. Final results may not be evident until up to four months post-op.
Tummy tuck procedures are meant to last. Muscles will remain firmer and tighter, and excess skin will not return. Future pregnancies or changes in weight can adversely affect the outcome of your tummy tuck.
Does It Hurt?*
Dr. Harris’ tummy tucks are very involved procedures. As anesthesia begins to wear off and for several days after your tummy tuck, medication is recommended to control any pain. Plan to take it easy for at least 5-7 days post-surgery. You may feel sore or uncomfortable for the first week or so. Most patients are able to return to work after two weeks depending on the level of intensity their job involves.
Am I a Good Candidate?
A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that takes careful consideration. It can be a life-changing procedure for the right person. Ideal candidates for the procedure are non-smokers who are in good overall physical and emotional health. Patients who go into the procedure with realistic expectations about what it can do for them are more likely to achieve their desired outcome. Dr. Harris requires any patient undergoing a tummy tuck to abstain from any nicotine-containing products for six weeks before and after surgery.
Ready to learn more? Schedule your Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Brady Harris at Image Surgical Arts of Nashville’s newest location serving the Nashville, TN area today. Simply fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call at (615) 499-4224.
*Individual results may vary.