Awake Tummy Tuck in Atlanta, GA


Awake Tummy Tuck

The stomach is one of the most stubborn areas to keep toned and tight through life’s challenges. Most people have a loose and hanging stomach despite genuine attempts at diet and exercise. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor can help you address these concerns with an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA. An awake tummy tuck is a tummy tuck with local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, so the patient is “awake”. Awake plastic surgery procedures are gaining more popularity as they have faster recovery time, are less risky than general anesthesia, and are also typically more affordable. To learn more about an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta from Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery, please continue reading the information below.



What is an Awake Tummy Tuck?

An awake tummy tuck or an awake abdominoplasty aims at extracting excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. It can also be used to repair diastasis recti or the separation of the upper abdominal muscles which is a side effect of pregnancy. Under local anesthesia, this procedure accesses the target fat and excess skin through an incision around the navel and the hip area. An awake tummy tuck is a fast, more affordable, and safe way to get that flat stomach you’ve always wanted.

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What are the benefits of an Awake Tummy Tuck?

Our patients who have received an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta have shared some of the following benefits:

  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Ease into an active lifestyle
  • Lower recovery time than a regular tummy tuck
  • Minimize the risks for certain medical conditions
  • More affordable than a regular tummy tuck
  • Prevents risk of hernias
  • Relieves stress urinary incontinence
  • Repairs issues such as diastasis recti
  • Safer than a regular tummy tuck as under local and not general anesthesia
  • Stronger and improved core

Who Are The Best Candidates For An Awake Tummy Tuck?

At Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery, we believe you could be a good candidate for an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA if you have some of the following characteristics:

  • Committed to diet and exercise even after surgery
  • Have no abdominal wall laxity
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have sagging abdominal skin or excess fat
  • Have underlying medical conditions like diabetes, renal, cardiopulmonary issues, sleep apnea and are advised against general anesthesia
  • Maintain a stable, healthy weight
  • Non-smoker and can commit to staying so

Whats the First Step?

The first step in getting an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor. She will discuss your medical history including your pre-existing medical conditions that make you more viable for an awake tummy tuck as opposed to a regular tummy tuck such as hypertension, cardio-pulmonary, renal, and sleep apnea challenges. She will discuss the pros and cons of an awake tummy tuck and then examine your stomach, identifying incision areas to minimize scarring and target areas of reduction.

If you are deemed to be an ideal candidate for the procedure, Dr. Lissa will create your surgical plan which you can then share with our patient coordinator who will schedule your surgery, help you with pricing options as well as share any pre-operative instructions.

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What to expect on the day of an Awake Tummy Tuck surgery

When you come in for your awake tummy tuck at Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery, you will be welcomed by Dr. Lissa and her friendly staff who will get you settled in your surgery room. They will then discuss the pre-approved surgical plan with you and mark the target areas in case of any last-minute questions and/or concerns. Then, an anesthetist will administer local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free but awake during the procedure.

Just as in a regular tummy tuck, an awake tummy tuck also entails an incision between the pubic hairline and the belly button. As the skin is lifted, the muscle recovery work is done. If repair is needed in the upper abdomen as well, a secondary incision around your navel will be made and the upper abdominal skin will be stretched down to create a flatter disposition of the stomach.  Finally, the incisions are sealed with sutures and a new belly button is crafted.

This procedure will take approximately two to three hours if there are no complications.

Awake Tummy Tuck recovery

Post-surgery, Dr. Lisa will monitor you in the recovery room until your sedation wears off. We recommend you have a family member or friend drive you home to be safe.

 You will be bandaged and most likely wearing a compression garment as you are discharged. If needed, you might also have one or two drains positioned for any fluid release. The drains will removed at your first appointment, usually a few days after the surgery. 

We recommend full rest for two to three weeks since the core is involved in most movement.

How Much Does an Awake Tummy Tuck Cost In Atlanta, GA

The cost of an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta, GA varies on multiple factors such as the complexity of your case, the surgeon’s fees, and the anesthetist’s fees. We recommend you schedule your consultation with Dr. Lissa at your earliest so she can provide you with a surgical plan which our Patient Coordinator can then price out for you.


Why Choose Dr. Lissa?

At Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery, patients of all ages will find personalized procedures and individualized attention from one of the most talented and experienced plastic surgeons in Georgia and the United States. This should be your practice of choice for an awake tummy tuck.

Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor was named a Top Plastic Surgeon by US News and World Report. She received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, did her plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and her surgical residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She is a certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the Atlanta Medical Association (AMA), and the Atlanta Women’s Medical Alliance (AWMA). She is the Medical Director of Atlanta’s premiere plastic surgery center, Atlanta APC Plastic Surgery, and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.


Schedule a Consultation

If you want to achieve a flatter stomach and have pre-existing conditions that prevent you from undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries, an awake tummy tuck in Atlanta from Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery can help improve your abdominal contour. Call our office today or use our website to fill out a consultation request form and we will be in touch with you!


Awake Tummy Tuck FAQs

  • “Dr. Bootstaylor performed my plastic surgery several years ago in multiple areas. My results were amazing! She is a perfectionist.”
  • I don’t think there are words to describe the experience with Dr. Lissa and staff. The love and kindness is profound. They make you feel heard, but most of all, they make everyone feel beautiful. They treat you like family, not just another patient off of the street. Love, love love, Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor and the ladies of the office!
  • The entire staff was friendly and professional. They took the time to go over the entire procedure with me. As for Dr Lissa, she was very personable and she listened to me. And answered all my questions and concerns.

Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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