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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 significant weight changes can cause the skin and sometimes the underlying muscles to stretch, preventing them from returning to their original shape. If you are tired of trying to get rid of the tummy bulge 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.

People come to Plastic Surgery Center of the South for tummy tuck surgery from Roswell, Douglasville, and Woodstock, GA 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

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. This technique involves a horizontal incision running from hip to hip just above the pubic area, as well as an incision around the navel. 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 abdominoplasty — 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 this procedure 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 have questions and concerns about what to expect after a tummy tuck procedure. That's why we've devoted an entire page of our site to recovery. After your recovery is complete, you can enjoy an enhanced body contour and increased comfort in your clothing. In fact, many of our patients wish they had chosen to have their procedure sooner, so they could start enjoying their enhanced look even earlier.

At Plastic Surgery Center of the South, 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.

Tummy Tuck FAQs

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 this procedure removes 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?

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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