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
"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
"Dr. Song, Dr. Song, Dr. Song EVERYONE!! I was so nervous about having my Tummy Tuck done due to being afraid of being botched. I believe that you pay for what you get. So instead of taking a trip to Miami or out of the country I was referred to Prima. Someone recommended Dr. Song to me and I’m so glad he turned out to be the one to SNATCH my waistline!!!!! I had abdominoplasty and Lipo around my waist. He sculpted me so beautifully! I made sure to do everything that he told me to do… you want to make sure you take care of the investment!! And be patient during the process. What I love most was the way he communicated with me. If I had any questions or concerns I could call or text anytime and he was there to answer every question and concern. I’m now going on 5 weeks postop and I can’t stop looking at myself in the mirror THANKYOOOOUUUUUU!!!"- K.J. / Google / Jul 20, 2023
"Life changer after massive weight loss - could not be more excited - I cannot sing the praises of Dr. Song enough, the entire team at Prima Center is attentive, courteous, informed, and down to earth! I came to Dr. Song to get tummy tuck (skin removal) after almost 150 weight loss, and a breast lift. My tummy tuck is snatched and my breasts higher than they have ever been and so pretty! He completely changed my body for the better and I cannot be more excited! What was also great is that they can provide this surgery in the hospital if you want additional options! He provided me an honest expectation of what he could do, and exceeded any idea of what I thought my body could look like after hanging skin! He was attentive, and available at any time I needed him. He provided me his telephone number and checked in on me after the surgery and ensured everyone (my family taking care of me) was educated on the next steps. He is knowledgeable, patient, thorough, honest, and a deal in this business! If you're looking for amazing work with wonderful aftercare, come to Prima Center.If you are looking for a surgeon in the atlanta area he is the one! I was also concerned with keloids and he was knowledgeable on how to prevent this."- G. / RealSelf / Aug 09, 2023
"Dr. Song, is an amazing surgeon, very detailed and I am loving, and I mean loving my tummy tuck results. My surgery was in 7/2023. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, I highly recommend Dr. Song and his wonderful team."- T.S. / Google / Aug 29, 2023
"My experience with Dr.Song and the staff at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery was exceptional. Not knowing what to expect, I was initially apprehensive. Dr. Song was very compassionate and assuring during the initial visit, the procedure and throughout my care. I am definitely pleased with my decision to have the procedure. My results are an amazing transformation."- N.W. / Google / Jan 17, 2024
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.