What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which our surgeons, Dr. Alexandra Hart and Dr. John Connors, removes excess fat and skin from the stomach while tightening the underlying muscles to create a flatter shape. Abdominoplasty is a popular surgery among Atlanta, GA, women following pregnancy, and in both men and women with excess skin and fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta is proud to use advanced surgical techniques that create stunning results. Learn about our cutting-edge process by calling our team for a consultation today. We create custom surgical plans based on your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"I'm so incredibly happy with my experience at PSGA. I live in Orlando and specifically traveled there for my surgery. Over the years I've also gone there for my Botox and filler injections because they do a phenomenal job and don't make you look "overdone." Prior to going to PSGA for my consult, I felt ugly and defeated that my body looked the way it did. I explained to Dr. Hart how much pain my legs were always in from "chub rub," my arms were always sore from the extra weight, and that my stomach just felt like it was flabby mush. For my surgery, I did a tummy tuck, 360 lipo, and lipo on my arms, legs, knees, and back. I'm in complete awe of how wonderful I feel and look. I know I still have some swelling because its only been a few weeks, but I've already seen such an improvement! Dr. Hart has been a rock star through the entire process from the consult, determining the best plan for me, the surgery itself, and frequently checking on my progress. The office staff is top notch and has been equally as supportive through this medical journey. I 100% will continue to go to see Dr. Hart and staff. I feel safe there and know that they are always looking out for what's best for me and my body."- S.H. / Google / Aug 24, 2022
"While I am only 6 weeks post op (tummy tuck and liposuction of back/waist), I couldn’t be happier with my results. The care I have received from Dr. Connors and all the nurses has been top notch. They listen. They care. I also highly recommend staying overnight after surgery. It’s so peaceful and comfortable, not to mention a load off your mind knowing you are getting the correct care for your procedure. I can’t rave enough about Dr. Connors and his staff. I just left my 1 year post op appointment and I STILL can only rave about Dr. Connors and his staff. They are respectful, knowledgeable and prompt. Not to mention my results are INCREDIBLE (if I do say so myself). Every question I had was answered quickly and thoroughly."- L.D. / Google / Nov 07, 2022
"I had tummy tuck done by amazing Dr. Hart and I don't think i could choose a better doctor!! And I get my botox done at this office too, and the girls are just the sweetest here!! Highly recommend!"- Y.A. / Google / Nov 30, 2022
"Scheduled for TT in the morning - excited for this journey - Super nervous being that this is my 1st surgery but I'm trusting the process. Dr. Conners and his staff definitely made me feel comfortable and I'm excited for this journey. Will update on post op and results.Updated on 13 Jul 2022:I'm healing quite well and walking around. I'm swollen and a little sore but other than that I'm healing very well. Dr. John Conners and his team are amazing. I removed my compression garment and it looks really good depsite being swollen. I can already see how I'm going to look and I'm super excited. 'll be going back for my 2nd and final procedure after I heal. I'll post again after my 1st post op app.Updated on 15 Jul 2022:Day 4 post op and I'm so surprised how well I'm recovering. I as well had my 1st bm today so everything seems to be getting back to normal. My stomach and back are getting smaller everyday. I'm so glad I chose Dr. Conners for my TT and Liposuction."- I. / RealSelf / Jul 10, 2022
"I have been a patient of Dr. Connors since 2020 for a Tummy Tuck and he was amazing. It has been 2 years and I’m still happy with my results. He is extremely meticulous and always makes me feel comfortable. Just recently I begin coming to see Dr. Hart for Botox treatments, and she was the only one who understood what I was trying to accomplish. I had been to several doctors outside of the her office, and no one could do what I was asking. Dr. Hart is so sweet and I plan on seeing her for my breast augmentation."- C.K. / Google / Nov 21, 2022
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
A consultation with one of our surgeons is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure. Generally, patients seeking a tummy tuck are in good health and have excess skin and fat around their abdomen that has not responded well to diet and exercise. Patients who have recently undergone weight loss surgery or lost a significant amount of weight are often good candidates as well. Patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for patients with a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During surgery, an incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Patients in relatively good shape but who desire a flatter tummy may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These individuals have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require skin tightening and body contouring following significant weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
How long is recovery after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around two hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4 – 6 weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQ
Should I have a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction?
Patients with loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for skin tightening procedures like a tummy tuck. However, those primarily concerned with unwanted belly fat may want to consider liposuction. Our surgeons can make recommendations about body contouring treatments like liposuction during your initial consultation.
Can I Combine a tummy tuck with another Surgery?
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation or a breast lift for more comprehensive results. This combination surgery at Plastic Surgery Group of Atlanta is sometimes referred to as a "mommy makeover. It is a popular way for women to manage a wider range of problem areas associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What About Scarring after a tummy tuck?
Scarring is a normal and expected part of this procedure, but every effort is made to minimize scarring as much as possible. Incisions are also placed in areas that could be concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel that the results of a tummy tuck far outweigh any scarring involved.
What if i get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients in Atlanta wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure that any future weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.
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