Nashville Cosmetic Surgery: Don Griffin, MD
4322 Harding Pike #314
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 321-1003
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Dr. Griffin specializes in tummy tuck at his Nashville, Tennessee, practice for women and men who want the smooth, firm abdomens associated with fitness and vitality. Diet and exercise can help with weight loss and overall health, but sometimes they cannot restore a slim, youthful midsection. This is especially true for individuals who have lost a great deal of weight, or women who have had children. This customizable procedure—also called abdominoplasty–reduces excess skin, tightens separated muscles, and removes some residual fat for an attractive, toned abdomen that harmonizes with your natural contours.
How Can a Tummy Tuck Help?
Tummy tuck is a popular surgical procedure that can be adjusted to meet the needs of a variety of patients. Generally speaking, tummy tuck works well for treating the following concerns:
- Stretched, sagging abdominal skin
- Lax or torn abdominal muscles, including diastasis recti
- Fat deposits on the abdomen that do not respond to diet and exercise
Don Griffin M.D., FACS
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.Meet Dr. Griffin Request a Consultation
Your Tummy Tuck Options
Dr. Griffin believes in approaching each tummy tuck as a unique, custom procedure. He carefully plans the surgery to help ensure patients achieve the results that complement their bodies. Your options include the following:
- Short-scar tummy tuck: Also called a “mini” tummy tuck, this approach is best for people with minor sagging and laxity, especially if they are limited to the area below the navel. It uses a shorter incision through which Dr. Griffin can remove skin and repair the lower abdominal area.
- Full tummy tuck: This “traditional” version of surgery uses a horizontal incision made just above the pubic area from hip to hip. A smaller incision is also made around the navel to release the skin, which will be pulled down and smoothed. Separated or torn abdominal muscles are repositioned and repaired, and excess skin and stretch marks are removed. This option is ideal for people with excess skin and laxity above and below the navel.
- Circumferential tummy tuck: The most extensive version of tummy tuck surgery uses an incision that encircles the torso to improve the entire abdomen, flanks, and even the uppermost portion of the thighs. This procedure is also called a “body lift” and is often indicated for patients who have lost a large amount of weight.
- Lipoabdominoplasty: This technique includes liposuction of the entire abdominal wall in addition to muscle repair and skin excision.
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What to Expect
Dr. Griffin performs your tummy tuck while you are under general anesthesia. He begins by making the incisions as discussed during your consultation. He repairs the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat via selective liposuction. He then pulls the overlying skin downward to create a taut, smooth contour, removing the excess. He then closes the incision with sutures.
Tummy tuck surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, but you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours.
We understand the importance of a quick, comfortable recuperation, so we make every effort to ensure a smooth process. However, it’s still crucial to give your body sufficient time to rest and heal properly. Plan to take at least 2 weeks away from work, and potentially longer if you work a physically demanding job.
Will I need to have surgical drains?
During your surgery, the skin is lifted away from underlying fascia, creating a “space” that will heal back together with time. We often place drains after abdominoplasty or lipoabdominoplasty to prevent the accumulation of fluid in this space. Traditionally, we place 2 drains—1 on each side of the abdomen—and remove them after 7 to 10 days. Dr. Griffin has recently begun using a technique called subcutaneous plication to help decrease the risk of fluid accumulation. It can also reduce the number of drains required and shorten the amount of time you’ll need to have them in place.
Do I need to wear any special garments after surgery?
After your surgery is complete, but while you’re still under anesthesia, Dr. Griffin places foam pads and a compression garment around your abdomen. This helps control swelling and bruising. The garment is fastened with Velcro® and can be removed for showering. After 1 to 2 weeks, Dr. Griffin allows you to wear a lighter compression garment. Many patients find it comfortable to continue wearing this garment for several months after surgery.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
While tummy tuck surgery has no effect on your ability to get pregnant, we advise against getting pregnant at any point after your surgery. This is because the physical changes of pregnancy can significantly alter your surgical results. In order to prevent the need for a revisionary surgery in the future, it’s best to be sure you’re done having children before you have a tummy tuck.