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If you are tired of trying to get rid of the bulging and excess sagging skin that will not respond to diet and exercise, the surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South can help by performing tummy tuck surgery at their Marietta practice in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Your physical appearance is one measure of your health and vitality, and a flatter tummy is one of those desired attributes. Events such as pregnancy or weight gain and weight loss can cause the skin and sometimes the underlying muscles to stretch, preventing them from returning to their original shape.

People come to Plastic Surgery Center of the South in metro Atlanta for tummy tuck because our experienced, highly trained surgeons achieve beautiful results. Request a consultation online to meet personally with one of our surgeons, or call us at (770) 421-1242 to schedule an appointment.

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Our patients choose tummy tuck surgery, technically called abdominoplasty, to renew their abdominal area. The procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles, and improves the appearance and contour of the abdomen. If the loose skin and fat deposits are limited to the lower abdomen, a partial abdominoplasty or "mini-tummy tuck," may be advised. Limited tumescent liposuction may also be performed in certain areas if indicated. It is important to discuss your concerns and expectations with our plastic surgeons prior to the procedure so that the best operation and outcome may be planned.

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Candidates for Abdominoplasty

Improve the countour of your abdomen with a tummy tuck.

Are you a candidate for body contouring? The best candidates are men or women who are healthy and in good shape, but are bothered by large fat deposits or loose skin around their abdomen that won’t respond to exercise and diet. If you have had multiple pregnancies and your abdominal muscles and skin have stretched beyond the point that they can return to normal, then this surgery is for you. As we age, we lose our skin elasticity and if you are slightly overweight with excess skin, this procedure can greatly enhance your appearance. If you plan on losing a lot of weight or plan future pregnancies, you should postpone the surgery.

Full Tummy Tuck

The traditional tummy tuck is often called a full tummy tuck to distinguish it from the more limited mini tummy tuck. Most patients with excess skin and separated abdominal muscles are candidates for a full tummy tuck. The surgeon makes 2 incisions to perform a full tummy tuck, including an incision around the navel. The surgeon also makes a horizontal incision running from hip to hip just above the pubic area. The surgery involves repositioning the belly button, repairing abdominal muscles that are stretched or separated, and removing excess skin both above and below the abdomen. Tumescent liposuction is also commonly used to remove excess fat during the operation.

Mini Tummy Tuck

In certain cases a patient doesn't require a more extensive procedure to get a flatter stomach. When excess skin is limited to the area below the belly button, a modified tummy tuck — often called a mini tummy tuck — is enough to get the desired results. The primary difference is that the surgeon makes only a single, horizontal incision, which is usually shorter, and the belly button isn't involved in the procedure. A good candidate for the modified tummy tuck is someone whose skin retains much of its elasticity and whose abdominal muscles remain relatively tight. This version of the procedure tends to provide an easier recovery period, but it's not appropriate for everyone.

Recovery & Results

Many of our patients want to learn much more about what the recovery process is like after a tummy tuck procedure. That's why we've devoted an entire page of our site to the topic of tummy tuck recovery. After your recovery is complete, you can enjoy an enhanced body contour and increased comfort in your clothing. In fact, many of our tummy tuck patients wish they had chosen to have their procedure sooner, so they could start enjoying their enhanced look even earlier.

Does a tummy tuck sound like an ideal way to get your body back on track? If so, our office is ready to answer any of the questions you might have. A thorough medical examination and complete medical history is essential for a positive outcome.

We treat patients from all over the world. Our state-of-the-art surgical facility is intended to give you the best medical care in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere without the hustle and bustle of big city traffic. Call us today at (770) 421-1242 to schedule your appointment, or request a consultation online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Many patients have concerns about the appearance of their midsections but don't know which treatment is right for them. Remember, liposuction only removes fat. It's good for patients who simply have a fatty bulge on their abdomens and whose skin is relatively elastic, meaning it will "bounce back" after underlying fat is removed. A tummy tuck is appropriate when there is excess skin or separated abdominal muscles. Many patients make good candidates for a combination of both treatments.

How much weight can I lose with a tummy tuck?

We like to remind patients that although a tummy tuck does remove excess skin and fat, it's not a weight-loss treatment. Rather, it's usually appropriate for people who have already lost weight and need to remove skin that's left behind. Good candidates are close to their ideal weights and lead healthy lifestyles to maintain their results.

Why do I need surgical drains after a tummy tuck?

Drains play an important part in recovery from a tummy tuck. When tissues are separated, repositioned, and removed, a space is created which will fill with fluid (called seroma). Surgical drains are small tubes that drain the fluid away and out of the body, preventing seromas and the numerous complications that they cause. Fluid will gradually stop accumulating at the surgical site, and then your surgeon will remove the drains. This painless process usually takes place about a week after your surgery.

We understand there are a lot of considerations when it comes to abdominoplasty. Explore answers to more of the common questions we have heard from patients.

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