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Michael S. Beckenstein, MD
800 St. Vincent's Drive
North Tower Suite 610
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 933-9308
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Many people who exercise consistently and follow a healthy diet are still frustrated by loose skin, pockets of fat, and a belly bulge. While fitness is important, often the effects of pregnancy, weight changes, the aging process, and multiple abdominal surgeries won’t go away without surgery. Board‐certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein performs abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, in Birmingham to help patients from Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville, AL, and beyond have firmer, flatter contours.
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Because each surgery is so unique, the price of a tummy tuck varies greatly. You will be provided with a written estimate during your consultation. By choosing a board‐certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you can be confident that your procedure will be performed with attention to safety and aesthetics. Remember, experience matters.
Our Alabama tummy tuck candidates should be close to their ideal body weight because this procedure is not intended for weight reduction. Women and men with excess fatty tissue, inelastic skin, and abdominal wall weakness are ideal candidates for abdominoplasty. Common reasons for choosing this procedure include:
When you visit Dr. Beckenstein for your consultation, he will perform a physical exam, talk with you about your concerns, and educate you about your options. He will then develop a surgical plan to fit your needs and aesthetic goals. Dr. Beckenstein informs all his patients during their consultations that a tummy tuck is one of his favorite procedures to perform because, as his patients have said, “the improvements are so dramatic.” An abdominoplasty can significantly transform both your look and your life.
Dr. Beckenstein utilizes several techniques for tummy tuck surgery that address the different levels of abdominal laxity. He will personalize one of the following techniques for you, based on your individual situation (see illustration):
Board‐certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael S. Beckenstein performs abdominoplasty for both men and women at select hospitals in and around the Birmingham area. In most cases, he performs the procedure as outpatient surgery using general anesthesia.
The incision placement and length depend on the amount of loose skin you have and whether your abdominal muscles need to be repaired. In addition to the main incision, which Dr. Beckenstein places low enough to be covered by underwear and swimsuits, he may create a second incision around your belly button. He lifts the abdominal skin, draws separated abdominal muscles together and stitches them together, then smoothes the skin down, and trims away the excess. He may create a hole for the belly button as well. Finally, he stitches the incisions closed and covers them with surgical tape.
Depending on the extent of your procedure, you’ll likely have surgical drains in place for up to a week after your tummy tuck surgery. These are necessary to prevent fluid accumulation (seroma). You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for your drains after surgery.
You won’t be able to walk fully upright for a few days, but it is important to take short walks around the house to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. You will have prescription pain medication to help keep you comfortable. It is important that you don’t reach, strain, or lift anything weighing more than a couple of pounds.
Most people are able to return to non-strenuous work after about 2 weeks of recuperation. At this time you may resume low-impact exercise such as walking, but it may take up to 6 weeks before you can engage in vigorous exercise. It is important that you give yourself enough time to heal and regain your strength—your health and good results are worth it.
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If you have a reasonable amount of excess fatty tissue and good skin tone, you might be a good candidate for abdominal liposuction. If you possess excess fatty tissue, skin with stretch marks (poor elasticity), and abdominal wall laxity, a tummy tuck may be the best option for you.
Abdominal liposuction is indicated for those with just an excess of fatty tissue. Good skin elasticity and abdominal wall integrity are necessary in order to achieve an appealing result with liposuction alone.
Most women experience a reduction in abdominal stretch marks after tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck removes a significant span of skin, and if that skin contains stretch marks, it removes them, too. You may have stretch marks that lie outside of the tummy tuck treatment area, and those will not go away.
Abdominoplasty can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast enhancement and liposuction. Pregnancy can affect many areas of the body, including the breasts, which is why many women choose to have breast enhancement surgery in addition to a tummy tuck and liposuction. Dr. Beckenstein is experienced in performing these combination procedures, often referred to as mommy makeovers.
In most cases, it is perfectly safe to become pregnant after having a tummy tuck. However, if you plan to have a baby in the near future, Dr. Beckenstein recommends postponing the surgery until afterward. It is likely pregnancy will stretch out your abdominal muscles and skin, undoing the improvements from your surgery. By waiting until your family is complete, you will make the most of your financial investment and recovery time.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Beckenstein in Birmingham and find out if a tummy tuck can give you the improvements you want, please request your comprehensive consultation online or feel free to speak with an office associate at (205) 933-9308.