Tummy tuck surgery is a common procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen as well as tighten rectus abdominis muscles. The surgeons of Prima Center for Plastic Surgery in Duluth offer patients their expertise and knowledge about how beneficial this procedure is to promote self-confidence. The best candidates for this surgery are those who have loose, sagging skin around the abdomen caused by weight loss, pregnancy and aging. Frequently paired with liposuction, this options helps to add more contours to the mid section and display the body you deserve. Schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons to discover the benefits of the tummy tuck. The cost of a tummy tuck will vary depending on your goals. During your consultation, we will be happy to provide pricing information.
Abdominoplasty - Tummy Tuck Reviews
"54 y/o mother of 3, 10 days post tummy tuck - most remarkable transformation! - Dr. Song performed my TT on May 27, 2022 and I am beyond excited about the results so far! I am only 10 days po but can absolutely see the most remarkable transformation of my body. I am so glad that I waited to find the perfect PS for my procedure. At first, I was a little nervous because we had to do a virtual consultation. I live in Texas and Prima Center is in Georgia. But after talking to him, he answered all of my questions without hesitation and made me feel absolutely confident that I would be ok and have a great outcome. I am a 54 yo mother of 3. I have been waiting what seems a lifetime to get my body back and I am well on the way to having it!!Everyone that I have had the pleasure of speaking to at Prima Center has been amazing. Cindy Hopkins, the surgery coordinator, made the process painless and she was so responsive to all of my questions. We met in person a couple of months prior to my surgery and I feel like we are fast friends now. But I am sure she makes everyone feel that way! Adriana and Michelle were amazing during the pre- and post op visits. Prima should be proud of their staff and how comfortable they make their patients feel during this process.Pics coming soon!"- S. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2022
"54 y/o mother of 3, 10 days post tummy tuck - most remarkable transformation! - Dr. Song performed my TT on May 27, 2022 and I am beyond excited about the results so far! I am only 10 days po but can absolutely see the most remarkable transformation of my body. I am so glad that I waited to find the perfect PS for my procedure. At first, I was a little nervous because we had to do a virtual consultation. I live in Texas and Prima Center is in Georgia. But after talking to him, he answered all of my questions without hesitation and made me feel absolutely confident that I would be ok and have a great outcome. I am a 54 yo mother of 3. I have been waiting what seems a lifetime to get my body back and I am well on the way to having it!!Everyone that I have had the pleasure of speaking to at Prima Center has been amazing. Cindy Hopkins, the surgery coordinator, made the process painless and she was so responsive to all of my questions. We met in person a couple of months prior to my surgery and I feel like we are fast friends now. But I am sure she makes everyone feel that way! Adriana and Michelle were amazing during the pre- and post op visits. Prima should be proud of their staff and how comfortable they make their patients feel during this process.Pics coming soon!Updated on 17 Jun 2022:I can't believe how much my body has changed in just 3 weeks. This surgery has been one of the best things I could have invested in for myself. So glad I waited to find the perfect surgeon. Dr. Songs after care has been nothing less than amazing. Since I was an out of town patient, having him just a phone call away has been great. He responds to all of my questions quickly and just as though I was there in the office. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is in the decision-making stage."- S. / RealSelf / Jun 06, 2022
"Finally got what I wanted - cannot wait to see my final result - I researched for five years on finding the right doctor for my tummy tuck. There are countless IG doctors out there, but let me tell you, Dr. Song is he real deal. He knows his stuff and you will not find a more personable and professional doctor. Which doctor calls you after surgery and give you his or her personal number? Not to mention his work is amazing. He is top pedigree in his field. I cannot wait to see my final result. "- G. / RealSelf / Jul 21, 2022
"All the reviews you’re reading about Dr. Song and his team are absolutely true! I want to sincerely compliment he and the entire team for the amazing work they do for each patient. I love my results! I have ZERO regrets about my tummy tuck, and after months of extensive research I’m grateful I found and chose Dr. Song. So much of a patient’s outcome depends on the skill of the surgeon and Dr. Song has an impeccable technique…down to giving me a natural belly button which he knew I was REALLY concerned about! He is very straight forward about the achievable outcomes from each surgery and will only do what is best for the patient. He is CONSISTENTLY responsive in a timely manner, and makes you feel comfortable asking any question; and trust me I asked tons. His level of expertise is 2nd to none and it’s such a great feeling to be confident that you received care from one of the best plastic surgeons in Atlanta. I would highly recommend Dr. Song/Prima Center to anyone! They have implemented every detail and health/safety protocol you can imagine. It’s extremely unnerving to undergo such an invasive/elective surgery but by the time I was rolled into the operating room and placed in a cozy warm bed for a deep nap my worries were gone. Thank you for everything Dr. Song and team! I appreciate your genuine care and support!"- V.H. / Google / Jan 13, 2023
"Consultation - tummy tuck & breast lift with removal of axillary tissue. - Had the privilege to consult with Dr. Song this afternoon for a plethora of issues that need reconstruction: botched extended tummy tuck redo, botched breast lift redo w/ axillary tissue removal, correct asymmetry of botched back lipo, and additional arm & thigh lift.Due to the severity of the complications I had with the procedures performed overseas, Dr. Song advised to begin my reconstruction journey by attacking my anterior body; tummy tuck & breast lift with removal of axillary tissue. He emphasized that he would not be flipping over (face down), in other words, he would not perform lipo or excise skin from my back during my 1st surgery. This would potentially fall in phase 2/3, contingent upon successful healing of my abdominal & breast redos. Due to my sleep apnea my surgeries would need to be performed at the hospital.Unfortunately, I currently do not have a belly button due to my previous botched experience and Dr. Song explained that we would not even attempt to create a new belly button (neo umbilicus) at this point in order to curtail potential blood circulation/infection issues. This one was a hard pill to swallow because I've been waiting for a new belly button since I got botched in mid-2000's. Also, he advised against me getting implants along with my breast lift redo (due to potential rejection of foreign object). Doc urged me to "trust his plan" and honestly, I know his plan is conservative in comparison to all the TikTok surgeons however, my now wiser & mature self & intuition tell me that I have found my symmetry Angel.I've been battling with shame, depression and fear from my "botched" experience in Bogotá.I nearly died and was left severely disfigured to the point that I no longer have a belly button, I have a hard mass in my stomach which is causing me to have back & mobility issues, my back skin sags, and my husband & father of my children abandoned US because of how "hideous my turned out" - his words exactly. So you see, if Dr. Song can work his magic slowly but surely - I'M DOWN!I've done enough spiritual, mental and emotional healing. Recently underwent VSG surgery to lose the excessive weight I've packed on these past 17 years drowning in my own self-pity. It's time to heal my exterior! 2023 is my come back year!PSDoc has excellent bedside manners and is very attentive. He was not dismissive, yet firm on his plan on how to approach my situation with what I'm currently working with: a botched canvas. I respect that! It shows that he can't be lured with money by stacking procedure over procedure to rack up a bill. He is invested in his patient's safety & FINAL outcome.One thing I totally forgot to ask him is if he does J-Plasma for skin tightening during his procedures. I'll email his team to find out.Looking forward to completing my with round with Song mid 2023, as I expect to be closer to my goal weight of 130-150lbs by then. I'm currently at 225lbs."- S. / RealSelf / Dec 12, 2022
Full Tummy Tuck
In patients who undergo a full tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip just over the pubic area. This results in a scar line that is horizontal and can be hidden when wearing undergarments. It is commonly performed on women with significant skin folds after multiple pregnancies. This technique allows the surgeon access to a large portion of the abdomen while repositioning the belly button so that its placement appears natural. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat preceding the skin tightening portion. The internal abdominal muscles are secured for a firm, toned appearance.
Mini Tummy Tuck
An alternative to the traditional technique is the mini tummy tuck, which is also known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck.” The difference is that ideally the patients that undego this procedure are already in relatively good shape with a healthy skin tone, but still have loose skin on the lower abdomen. Unlike the full tummy tuck, the belly button is unaffected and the incision is smaller. Liposuction is used (if needed) to remove excess fat, and the loose skin is removed and pulled tight.
Extended Tummy Tuck
In cases when major skin tightening and body contouring is needed, an extended tummy tuck is recommended. This is a necessary technique for patients who have undergone a significant weight loss. It was developed after some patients noted that even after a full tummy tuck, the parts surrounding the abdomen still showed excessive folds of skin. The incision may extend around the navel, flank and lower back depending where skin tightening is necessary. Liposuction is still used and excess skin is trimmed then tightened. Similar to a full tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned.
A tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay can be required specific to complex cases. As with any other surgery, abdominoplasty comes with risks so it’s best to discuss any health conditions you have prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medications are provided and a compression garment is worn. The patient will need to rest up to 48 hours. From then, it is recommended that patients make a concerted effort to move around to help blood circulation and reduce the risks of blood clot complications. Recovery may take up to 6 weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Lipo or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tucks are reserved for patients who have stretched, loose skin in the lower abdomen as a result of pregnancy or obesity. Liposuction, on the other hand, is for those who want to remove excess fat in the abdomen but still have a healthy skin tone. During the initial consultation, we will provide a thorough assessment and determine if liposuction alone is all that is needed, or if a tummy tuck will provide the best results.
Normally, abdominoplasty is performed to improve loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen area. However, sometimes other cosmetic procedures, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift are done to further improve the overall look and feel of the body. When this combination type surgery exists, it is known as a “mommy makeover”. It is very popular among women after pregnancy who wish to get their pre-pregnancy body and shape back to normal.
How Bad Are The Scars?
Unfortunately, with a tummy tuck surgery, scars are unavoidable. However, extra measures are taken to make sure that scarring is minimal. The incision line is placed in areas that can be concealed by undergarments. Previous C-section scars will be incised in the same spot for the tummy tuck. During the healing process, we will provide a post-operative protocol that includes scar treatment to help assist the scars in becoming less visible.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
It is our recommendation that women who decide to have more children delay a tummy tuck procedure. The stretching of the skin as a result of another pregnancy can reduce the positive outome of this procedure.