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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

Tummy Tuck Recovery: Tips to Speed It Along

tummy tuck recovery

Tummy tucks hurt. There I said it. It’s just the cold hard truth and you have to know that before you go down this path. People always think it’s because of the scar, but that’s really the least of it. Skin tightening doesn’t hurt that much. When you get a tummy tuck, I’m pulling the abs back to the middle, the muscle tightening, that will get you the results you’re looking for. I am not trying to scare anyone, this is one of the most popular surgeries that I perform, but I am just trying to educate you. The more… 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

Four Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

tummy tuck recovery tips

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck? This is a popular procedure that can improve the appearance of your abdomen particularly after weight loss or childbearing. It is commonly part of a “Mommy Makeover” which restores both breasts and abdomen after childbearing, or as an independent surgery.  It is commonly used to tighten skin after significant weight loss. Below, we’ll explain what a tummy tuck is and a few tips you should follow after your procedure in order to recover properly. What Is a Tummy Tuck? A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can create a flatter, smoother abdomen through the removal of excess… 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

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck vs liposuction

Liposuction and tummy tucks have been confused from one another since they’ve existed. This is perhaps due to common misconceptions that a tummy tuck is the all-time solution to women who just had a baby, or having liposuction as a way to tighten the skin. Patients are often confused about the difference between liposuction or tummy tuck when it comes to improving the appearance of the abdomen. A common misconception is that liposuction will tighten and shrink up the skin. Here is nothing but the truth: Liposuction Liposuction is one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. Though it is… Read More

10 Tummy Tuck Tips for Patients

Tummy Tuck Tips

I have been in the practice of cosmetic plastic surgery in Rockville and Annapolis, Maryland, as well as McLean, Virginia for over two decades.  In that time, I have gotten to know countless patients and help to guide them on the proper path if they are considering cosmetic plastic surgery.  Below are what I consider the best tips I can give when considering abdominal enhancement.Be HealthyAll surgeries have risks and my job as a Board Certified plastic surgeon is to minimize those risks.  It’s not a good idea to take a high-risk patient into elective surgery.  Medical conditions don’t always… Read More

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