As we age, the battle against tummy fat becomes more difficult. Small bulges of fat hide the hard work you put into slimming your midsection. If you have excess fat on your abdomen resistant to traditional weight loss methods, consider a tummy tuck in Atlanta. Dr. Killingsworth and his dedicated surgical team are excited to show you your cosmetic possibilities. Discuss your options during a consultation at our Atlanta or Canton location.
A tummy tuck can restore a flatter, more toned midsection when diet and exercise are not enough to achieve the contoured results you want. Both men and women often desire a firm, tight abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to address stubborn fat deposits and excess skin of the midsection that can contribute to a lax, sagging appearance. Due to genetic predisposition, pregnancy, childbirth, weight loss, or the natural aging process, the muscles in the abdomen are often pushed apart and stretched out; this makes it exceptionally difficult for even the strictest diets and most rigorous exercise routines to re-tighten them. A tummy tuck can strengthen the core muscles of your stomach and remove extra skin to help you attain a flatter, firmer, and toned abdomen.
A tummy tuck may not be suitable for you if you are looking for a way to lose weight. Rather, a tummy tuck is for men and women who follow a proper diet and exercise yet still have fatty bulges on the front and side of the abdomen. A tummy tuck can:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team will perform a thorough evaluation of your health (including your medical history) before assessing the laxity of your skin and determining the extent of excess tissue and fat deposits around your midsection.
We will encourage you to be specific about the changes you want and will take the time to understand your procedure goals to determine if they are realistic. If you qualify for abdominoplasty, our tummy tuck surgeons will then customize a treatment plan designed to meet or exceed your expectations and goals.
The ideal option for your tummy tuck surgery will be discussed in detail during your consultation. While tummy tuck surgery is not an alternative to a healthy weight loss program, it can be an effective option if you want firmer abdominal contours more proportional to your body type and weight. There are three different types of tummy tuck procedures:
During a complete tummy tuck, an incision is made around the belly button, while another incision is made just above the pubis. Excess skin is removed and reshaped, while the underlying abdominal muscles are surgically tightened. Liposuction may also be performed to remove excess fat and sculpt a firmer-looking midsection.
The mini tummy tuck is a less invasive procedure requiring an incision above the pubis. This technique is ideal for patients with minimal amounts of loose abdominal skin. The mini tummy tuck does not tighten underlying muscles like a traditional tummy tuck and does not require an incision around the navel.
Skin and fat can be removed from the midsection and back during a circumferential tummy tuck. Abdominal muscles can be tightened, and excess skin can be reshaped for a firmer profile. A circumferential tummy tuck can accentuate lower body contours.
In a traditional tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made just above your pubic hairline; the length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess fat and skin that you have. As we do in every surgery we perform, our plastic surgeons attempt to make the incision as discreet as possible so that any residual scarring can be easily camouflaged with clothing.
Excess skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen, and the weakened underlying muscles are tightened, narrowing the waistline while firming the midsection. The remaining skin is pulled taut around the stomach, and the incision is then closed with sutures. Often performed in combination with liposuction, a tummy tuck can greatly reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
After your tummy tuck surgery, your final results may be initially hidden by swelling. However, once your healing is complete (this may take several weeks or even months, depending on your healing capabilities), your new, slimmer profile should become apparent, so you can enjoy your tummy tuck results for years to come.
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth, Dr. Stephanie Farber and their staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss tummy tuck surgery in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at (678) 208-6008, our Cumming, GA office at (678) 400-0302, our Canton, GA office at (678) 918-3361, or request an appointment online today.
Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his plastic surgery team specialize in several tummy tuck techniques to help men and women achieve natural-looking results. The cost of abdominoplasty surgery varies by technique and by the patient. After your consultation, we will give you a detailed cost of your tummy tuck procedure. You can pay for the procedure by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.
At Astra Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, we believe plastic surgery can achieve beautiful yet subtle results that accentuate your natural contours. Whether you opt for surgical treatments or non-invasive procedures, your cosmetic surgeon should possess a thorough understanding of the body's symmetry and proportions to ensure the best possible outcomes.*
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