Atlanta area plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, offers tummy tuck surgery for patients seeking a tighter, firmer stomach. It is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat as well as tightens separated abdominal muscles to create a flat and firm abdominal contour. A tummy tuck may also improve the appearance of stretch marks located below the belly button. Excess skin and separated abdominal muscles can develop after significant weight loss in men or women, or after pregnancy in women. There are variations of the procedure depending on how much loose skin is present and how much tightening is required.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
"53 Year Old Has Mommy Makeover After Losing 110 Pounds!!! - Snellville, GA - Dr Stephenson listened to what I wanted and delivered. Outstanding surgeon! Excellent results! He put me at ease immediately! I recommend him highly!"- C. / RealSelf / Jul 02, 2014
"After Just Turning 50 Years Old and Two Kids, I Wanted to Do Something for Myself, a Fabulous 50 Tummy Tuck!!! - Snellville, GA - "Thank you so much for the expert care I have received from you. From the courteous and caring staff to Dr. Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS amazing skill, I truly appreciate what you have done for me. You have changed my life so much and I wanted to thank you for the difference you make in transforming people's lives.""- M. / RealSelf / Jul 22, 2015
"I am very satisfied with my breast reduction and tummy tuck done by Dr. Stephenson. He truly has a blessing and it shows in his work. He has helped my reach my 40 year goals, boosted my confidence and has inspired me to take better care of myself. (Protecting my investment) My husband and I are loving my new body. The changes in me are more than physical and have been noticed by family and friends. I am constantly giving thanks and recommending Dr. Stephenson for his great work."- S.I. / Healthgrades / Jul 31, 2016
"I am beyond satisfied with my results. I had to have my third hernia repair along with getting a tummy tuck. Dr. Stephenson made the coordination with the general surgery so easy. I am no longer experiencing pain, discomfort and bloating since surgery plus I have abs now!!! I had a very good recovery without any complications. Post-op visits were a great experience as well (in and out). This physician is easy to get in contact with and responds back quickly. Money well spent! I'd do it all over."- M. / Healthgrades / Jan 28, 2017
Patients considering a tummy tuck surgery should be at or near their goal weight. Dr. Stephenson believes that this surgery garners the most effective results once all pregnancies have been completed and additional weight gain can be avoided. In general, good candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who demonstrate:
- Excess or sagging skin of the abdomen
- Abdominal contour that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body
- Stable weight if excessive skin is due to massive weight loss
- Weakened and separated abdominal muscles (due to pregnancy)
- Excess fatty tissue that is located primarily in the abdomen
What to Expect
During the initial consultation, Dr. Stephenson will evaluate the overall health of the skin and assess skin quality, looseness, and the amount of fat that is present in the abdominal region. This will help him develop an individual surgical plan. Some patients will only require minor tightening, known as a mini tummy tuck, whereas others will require a more extensive approach, which is a full tummy tuck. The difference is in the size of the incision as well as how much skin and fat need to be removed. During surgery, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The incision extends laterally toward the hipbones and the length depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After tummy tuck surgery, patients will need to be very careful as they attempt to stand straight and begin moving around. Swelling and bruising are expected, but the use of an abdominal compression garment will help with this. There will be some numbness over portions of the abdominal area, and this may persist for several months. Patients may return to light activities within 2 weeks from surgery, and can expect a full recovery within 6-8 weeks. The outcome following this surgery is a tighter, flatter tummy. Scarring is typically not seen as the incision is placed inconspicuously and is generally hidden by undergarments and bathing suit bottoms.
The average cost for a tummy tuck will depend on the extent of the surgery. Mini tummy tucks start at around $3,500, whereas a full tummy tuck could exceed $7,000. After a thorough assessment has been made and a treatment plan compiled, the costs will be outlined according to the patient’s surgical plan.
Attain A Flat Tummy!
Tummy tuck surgery has changed the lives of countless men and women. In particular, women who have completed pregnancies or have lost a significant amount of weight find that this surgery allows them to reclaim their figure once again. If you have loose and sagging skin in your abdominal region and ready to attain a flat tummy, please call our Snellville plastic surgery office today and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
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