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Adam G. Tattlebaum M.D.

Tummy Tuck

Belly Button After Tummy  Tuck: Will it Always Look Like This?

belly button after tummy tuck

To me, one of the most important parts of a tummy tuck is the belly button. Whether we like or don’t like the tummy tuck scar itself, it is usually concealed under the bathing suit or bikini line, but the belly button is there for all to view. I wish more surgeons focused on it. An overly large belly button can diminish what is otherwise a lovely result. I always tell my patients that nothing is as natural as a god-given belly button, but I do my best to keep it as natural as possible after surgery. Belly button thinking… Read More

Fleur De Lis Tummy Tuck: Anatomy of a Procedure

fleur de lis tummy tuck

A Fleur de Lis tummy tuck is something you may never have heard of. In fact, it may be something you will never need, but for a large percentage of my patients, particularly patients who have lost a great deal of weight, it is at least something that they should be made aware of. A standard Tummy tuck gives a downward pull to lax abdominal skin. This is fine for the average postpartum mom who has gone up and down in weight with pregnancy. We are lucky that this works for most patients because it is really not how weight… Read More

Do Men Get Tummy Tucks?

do men get tummy tucks

Yes, they do. I see it more and more in my practice. But the consideration and selection process is very different from my female patients. In the female patient, pregnancy has caused the abdominal wall to weaken and stretch. When the babies are born and the uterus has returned to its normal size there is a lot of room to take back with a tummy tuck (tightening the abdominal wall and removing excess skin). We have room to help flatten the abdominal wall. Men only accomplish this if they have lost a lot of weight. In weight loss, the fat… Read More

The Benefits of a Quilted Tummy

Quilted Tummy Tuck

Many of you may know I quilt my tummy tucks. However, you may not quite understand what that means until you have your consultation. For this reason, I’m going to explain the benefits of a quilted tummy. History: In the most common tummy tucks, excess skin is lifted up from the abdominal wall. The underlying muscles are then repaired, and then the skin is trimmed and laid down again. This is like making a bed and pulling down the sheets.  A binder is placed afterward so the skin is pushed against the abdominal wall, allowing it to adhere to the… Read More

Three Mommy Makeover Myths

Mommy Makeover Myths You Should Know

You’re an amazing mom, and you’re already on your way to claiming the “Mommy of the Year Award.”  You want to look fabulous when accepting it, right? Now that you’ve brought an adorable genius into the world, it’s time for you to focus on you. It’s time to get back to your pre-baby body. For many new moms, that means a Mommy Makeover. Pregnancy and Giving Birth Changes the Body During pregnancy and then through the birthing process, women’s bodies undergo major transformations  – both inside and outside the body. It can take a major toll on your body – impacting… Read More

Tummy Tuck Philosophy

As many of you know, I do a lot of tummy tucks. It is one of my favorite surgeries because the goal is simple– try to make your patient feel normal again. While you may think repetition could get boring  it is actually good for you, the patient.  It has allowed an efficiency that translates into shorter operative times and consistent results.  It has also allowed me to hone my tummy tuck thinking and improve upon it over the past two decades. Some of the themes of how I approach my patients are listed below. I hope they are helpful as you consider this… Read More

Is a Mommy Makeover Right for Me?

The joy of motherhood is real. So are the aftereffects on your body. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding all can leave changes, especially noticeable on your stomach and breasts. Not all these effects can be fixed with diet and exercise. A mommy makeover is cosmetic surgery that addresses the concerns of moms and let them reclaim their bodies. These cosmetic surgery procedures typically include breast lift with breast augmentation and tummy tuck of the abdomen can help you look and feel more like your old self, pre-childbirth. What Can a Mommy Makeover Do for You? If the skin on your abdomen… Read More

Tummy Tuck After Massive Weight Loss

If you have recently undergone a rapid or dramatic weight loss, you should congratulate yourself. Losing weight can be a challenging process, especially when you have many pounds to drop. Unfortunately, this outstanding personal accomplishment can lead to an excessive amount of loose flesh – particularly near your midsection. This excess skin is a relatively typical result of dropping a lot of weight in a short amount of time.     If this describes your circumstances, you do not need to despair. Dr. Tattelbaum is an expert in body contouring, and he can help you to achieve the look you want. After… Read More

How many drains? One, Two or none?

Drains are tubes that are left under the skin during an operation. They are used to remove pockets of fluid that can accumulate. After any surgery, the tissues ooze fluid to a certain degree as they heal. Fluid collections during healing can sometimes lead to infection. Despite this some areas are more prone to collections than others and not all surgeries need drains. Usually drains are removed within a week or so when there is little fluid coming out. The fluid enters a small clear bulb that looks like a grenade. The idea of removing a drain scares patients, but it is more… Read More

Wear your Bikini to the Mommy Makeover?

When I plan my mommy makeovers I like my patients to bring in their favorite underwear or even bathing suit with them. No string bikinis please, no lacy panties and no granny panties. Something about an inch or two wide around the hips for a tummy tuck or similar width for a bra under the arms, something not too valuable, in case I get some marker on it. I draw the outline of your garment on your body before plastic surgery and I use the outline as a target in which to hide scars. My incisions are individualized. For example, for… Read More

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