Tummy Tuck in Atlanta, GA


Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is gaining popularity among men and women as an effective way to trim and tone the body and rejuvenate the appearance. Our office, led by plastic surgeon Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor, provides tummy tuck and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for residents of the metro Atlanta area and surrounding communities in Georgia.

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What is Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, known medically as abdominoplasty or panniculectomy, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of your abdominal wall. By tightening your muscles and narrowing your waist, this procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

A mini-tummy tuck medically referred to as a mini-abdominoplasty or mini-panniculectomy, is a less comprehensive surgical procedure that treats only the lower abdominal region.

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What are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck?

Our Atlanta Tummy Tuck patients have seen the following benefits from their surgery:

  • Improved appearance of your body and more self-confidence
  • Improved control over body movement
  • Increases your tolerance for more intense exercises once that excess skin is gone
  • Minimizes risks for certain medical conditions
  • Prevents painful hernias
  • Provides great motivation to lose more weight and strive for better health
  • Relieves stress urinary incontinence (after pregnancy, some women find they have an issue with accidental leaks)
  • A restored and stronger core
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles, and improves overall flexibility

Who are the Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck?

The tummy tuck is most suited for patients who have lax abdominal wall muscles as a result of dramatic weight loss, pregnancy, or simply as a result of the aging process. When excess sagging folds of skin are present in the abdominal area a tummy tuck is often the ideal solution. Patients who have less accumulation of fat and more elasticity in the skin may be suitable for a less-invasive liposuction treatment or a mini-tummy tuck instead of a full tummy tuck.

Whats the First Step?

If you feel like a Tummy Tuck in Atlanta, GA is right for you, the first step is to schedule your appointment at Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery. When you come in for your consultation, you will get to meet with Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor or our plastic surgery consultants who will listen to your body goals, examine your stomach, and answer any questions you may have. We will also ask you some questions regarding your lifestyle and medical history. It is very important to be open and honest with us because the information you provide helps prevent any unnecessary risks or side effects. Once Dr. Lissa has everything she needs, she will create your personal procedure plan. If you agree with the plan, you will then schedule your surgical date with our Patient Coordinator.

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What to Expect on the Day of Tummy Tuck

Complete abdominoplasty usually takes two to five hours and can be done under general anesthesia. Typically, the surgeon will make a hipbone-to-hipbone cut just above the pubic area. A smaller second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall and lifts a large skin flap to tighten the vertical abdominal muscles and create a firmer abdominal wall and narrower waistline. The extra skin is removed, and a new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place.

Partial abdominoplasty takes less time, typically an hour or two. For a partial abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only between the cut line and the navel (not up the abdominal wall), and the skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place. General or local anesthesia will be used, depending on the choice of Dr. Bootstaylor.

Dr. Bootstaylor performs surgical procedures at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Northside Hospital.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen, and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication. Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures will come out in two to three weeks. It may take you weeks or months to heal completely. The better your physical condition, the faster you’re likely to heal. Exercise during the healing period will help you recover faster.

Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long-lasting if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

How Much Does Tummy Tuck Cost in Atlanta?

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Atlanta can vary from patient to patient. After consulting with Dr. Lissa, our Patient Coordinator will provide you with a breakdown of the costs for your surgery. Please keep in mind that in most cases, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of Abdominoplasty.


Why Choose Dr. Lissa?

For the last 20 years, Lissa Bootstaylor, MD has been providing personalized procedures and individualized attention to patients of all ages in Atlanta and the surrounding Georgia communities. Considered to be one of the most talented and experienced plastic surgeons in Georgia and the United States, Dr. Lissa has a wealth of knowledge and experience in her field. Dr. Lissa has performed over 30,000 cosmetic procedures, many of them on local Atlanta celebrities, and is constantly following her passion for providing the most comprehensive medical and aesthetic services with a personalized touch. Dr. Lissa stays active in the plastic surgery community and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Schedule a Consultation

Our office is a medical facility providing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and is led by plastic surgeon Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor. Our practice provides tummy tuck and other types of plastic and reconstructive surgery for residents of the metro Atlanta area and surrounding communities in Georgia. Contact us today at ​​404-240-2804 to schedule a consultation!


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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