Abdominoplasty in Atlanta with Dr. Alderman

We all want a flat stomach, but diet and exercise alone often cannot accomplish this goal. Dr. Amy Alderman has performed many successful tummy tucks in Buckhead Atlanta, finally helping her patients achieve a flatter, tighter abdomen.

If you have worked hard to reduce your stomach but still find that you have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, an abdominoplasty may be the answer for you. The result is better fitting clothes, a smooth contour, and improved self-confidence.

What Can Abdominoplasty Do for Me?

Abdominoplasty can:

  • Flatten a round stomach
  • Reduce love handles
  • Remove lax skin in the abdominal area
  • Correct stretched, separated, or weakened abdominal muscles (a condition that often occurs post-pregnancy)
  • Improve lower back pain
  • Help you feel better about your body

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If you’re in the Atlanta area and have any questions about a Tummy Tuck or wish to schedule a consultation for a Tummy Tuck with Dr. Alderman, please contact our office.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is best for people who have both excess fat and skin in the abdominal area. If you have no lax skin, but only excess fat, liposuction alone may be sufficient to give you the flatter stomach you want.

Abdominoplasty is often part of a mommy makeover for women who have excess skin and fat as a result of pregnancy. However, it is best to postpone this procedure until after you are finished having children as a subsequent pregnancy could create the need for an additional tummy tuck.

Your Options for Abdominoplasty

For some patients, a mini-abdominoplasty is appropriate to correct the excess skin below the belly button. This procedure has a minimal downtime of about four days and can be combined with liposuction of the abdominal area. A mini-abdominoplasty is often perfect for the mom of young kids or the working professional who needs a short recovery.

Most patients who have had children require repair of the muscle separation (muscle diastasis). This can be performed through a full abdominoplasty where the lower abdominal skin is removed and the belly button is repositioned to a new location. A small proportion of patients do not have excess skin, and the muscle repair can be performed through a mini-abdominoplasty incision with no scar around the belly button. When the muscles are repaired, the patient generally requires a two-week recovery with a gradual return to exercise.

For some patients, muscle repair is not required, but excess skin above and below the belly button is present. The abdominal skin can be tightened with scars similar to a full abdominoplasty, but muscle repair is not necessary. This procedure is perfect for the working professional who has not had children. The downtime is minimal and similar to a mini-abdominoplasty. Most patients can return to work in four to five days.

Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare: Post-Treatment Comfort

Dr. Alderman makes every effort possible to decrease patients’ discomfort after surgery.  Many patients have concerns about the overuse of narcotics, which has become a national epidemic.  For any procedures that are associated with more discomfort, such as the tummy tuck, Dr. Alderman offers Exparel, which is a long-acting anesthetic that offers pain relief for two to three days.  In addition, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are usually started on the first day after surgery.  The combination of Exparel and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications has significantly decreased patients’ narcotic requirements and provided a much better postoperative recovery for them.

Meet Dr. Alderman

Dr. Amy Alderman is a nationally known, board-certified plastic surgeon located in Buckhead near Atlanta. As a female surgeon and mother of two children, she provides a unique perspective to patient care. Each surgical plan is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patient’s natural beauty and restoring confidence. She is known for her personal approach to patient care and has unparalleled commitment to patient safety, which can be attributed to years of education, professional experience and involvement in national patient safety initiatives.

Meet Dr. Alderman

Preventing Risks of Tummy Tucks – Providing the Safest Care Possible

Dr. Alderman is nationally known for her efforts to reduce surgical risk. She is a frequent lecturer at national meetings on measures that lower patients’ risks of complications with body contouring surgery. One area of particular interest to her is the prevention of blood clots. In her practice, all patients undergo a risk assessment scale for blood clots. Patients at increased risk are treated with Lovenox, a type of blood thinner, for one to two weeks.

This approach has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of blood clots for surgical patients. Additional measures such as sequential compression devices (boots that squeeze your legs) are placed on all patients during surgery. With aggressive pain management such as the use of Exparel, patients are able to ambulate (move around) sooner, which also reduces the risk of blood clots.

In addition, we abide by current national standards to reduce the risk of infection. All patients receive a dose of antibiotics on the day of surgery prior to the creation of incisions. The surgical site is irrigated with antibiotic solution, and patients are often placed on oral antibiotics after surgery, depending on the procedure.

What Happens During the Abdominoplasty Procedure?

Abdominoplasty usually requires general anesthesia, and the surgery takes 2-4 hours depending on the individual. Incisions depend on the extent of your surgery. A full tummy tuck involves an incision under the bikini line across the abdomen from hip to hip. Since it is low in the pubic area, the scar will remain hidden under clothing – even bathing suits.

For those who require less extensive surgery, Dr. Alderman can sometimes use a shorter incision. This is best suited for people who have a small amount of loose skin and do not need the abdominal muscles tightened.

During the surgery, Dr. Alderman removes excess skin and uses liposuction to remove excess fat. This involves inserting a cannula (tube) that is attached to a device that suctions the fat from the body. She also tightens stretched muscles, if necessary, and repositions the belly button. Her goal is to contour the area so that it is tighter and flatter.

After surgery, your incisions are sutured and dressed. In some cases, drains may be placed within the incisions to capture fluids. These will be removed within a week. Dr. Alderman uses advanced techniques that make it possible to perform drain-free surgeries in many cases.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?

For a few weeks, you will wear a compression garment that will aid in the healing process. After 24 hours, we will ask you to walk several times throughout the day to encourage circulation and prevent blood clotting. As long as your work is not strenuous, you should be able to return to work within 4-5 days or 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of abdominoplasty you received. You can resume exercise and lifting in 4-6 weeks.

Your abdomen will be flatter right away, but the swelling will resolve slowly over a period of about 6 months. You will then see your final results. Dr. Alderman does everything she can to keep scarring to a minimum. The scar is low in the groin area, and it will improve over time, becoming smoother and less prominent.

Most importantly, Dr. Alderman will monitor your progress in follow-up examinations and will be available to answer your questions as you heal.

Contact Dr. Alderman for Tummy Tucks in Atlanta

 It is a true honor for Dr. Alderman to be a part of a patient’s body contouring journey, and she doesn’t take this responsibility lightly.  She has devoted much of her professional time working with other plastic surgeons on a national level to promote patient safety initiatives with body contouring surgery.  In particular, Dr. Alderman has a special interest in patient safety as it is related to blood clots, and she performs the most up-to-date and the most aggressive initiatives aimed at keeping patients safe during these procedures.

Are you ready for a flatter tummy and more attractive body contour? Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about abdominoplasty with Dr. Alderman.

Dr. Alderman’s National Efforts on this Topic

Chairperson of the Body Contouring Section for Aesthetica, a national cosmetic surgery meeting sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee

ASPS Aesthetic Surgery Advisory Committee

Vice Chairperson, ASPS Education Aesthetic Council

Advances in Post-Bariatric Body Contouring, December 20, 2007, University of Michigan Bariatric Program.

Managing the Unfavorable Scar: When to Perform Surgical Revision.  Challenging Complications in Plastic Surgery Symposium: Successful Management Strategies.  Washington, DC, July 2012.

VTE Prevention in Cosmetic Surgery.  Georgia Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, Aug 2013, Brasstown Resort, GA.

Patient Safety: Prevention of VTE in Cosmetic Surgery.  QMP Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Nov 2013, Chicago, IL

VTE Prophylaxis and Body Contouring: What is the Evidence?  Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

Combining Multiple Abdominal Procedures and Related Complications. Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

Thunderdome: Risk/Reward of Combined Surgical Procedures: What’s Too Much?  American Society of Plastic Surgery, Oct 20, 2015. 

The Complex Scar: New Strategies to Improve Appearance.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

How Long of Surgery is Too Long?  Length of Surgery and VTE.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

The Complex Scar: New Strategies to Improve Appearance.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

VTE Prophylaxis: What are our options?  Aesthetica, March 2017, New Orleans, LA.

Alderman, AK. Body contouring. In The Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery. Ed Brown & Borschel, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2004.

Pannucci, C, Alderman, AK.  Venous Thromboembolism and the Aesthetic Surgery Patient.  Essentials of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery  1st Edition

Alderman, AK, Chung, KC.  Outcomes for Surgical Guidance in Plastic Surgery: Measuring Outcomes in Aesthetic Surgery.  Clinics in of Plastic Surgery, 2013:297-304.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery 4th Edition

Kassen, AF, Cano, SJ, Alderman, AK, et al.  The BODY-Q: A Patient-Reported Outcome Instrument for Weight Loss and Body Contouring Treatments.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Glob Open 2016;4:e679, April 13, 2016.

Murphy, RX,Jr, Alderman, AK, Gutowski, K, Kerrigan, C, Rosolowski, K, Schechter, L, Schmitz, D, Wilkins, E. Evidence-Based Practices for Thromboembolism Prevention: Summary of the ASPS Venous Thromboembolism Task Force Report. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 130: 168e-175e, 2012.

Pannucci CJ, Alderman AK, Brown SL, Wakefield TW, Wilkins EG. The effect of abdominal wall plication on intra-abdominal pressure and lower extremity venous flow: a case report. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: 65(3):392-4, 2012.

Alderman, AK, Collins, ED, Streu, R, Grotting, JC, Sulkin, AL, Neligan, P, Haeck, PC, Gutowski, KA.  Benchmarking outcomes in plastic surgery: national complication rates for abdominoplasty and breast augmentation.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2009;124:2127-33.

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