Tummy Tuck Benefits

Achieving and maintaining a firm and flat tummy can be challenging. This is especially true for those who have gone through pregnancy, lost a significant amount of weight, or are dealing with the effects of aging. In some cases, even your genes may be working against you! If you’re concerned with stretch marks, excess skin, muscle separation, and persistent pockets of fat on your abdomen, you have choices.

Tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular procedures our Atlanta plastic surgeons perform. By removing excess skin and fat, tightening the remaining skin, and repairing underlying muscles, a tummy tuck can safely restore a flat appearance to your lower abdomen. Additionally, it can strengthen your core and dramatically reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Why Choose The Swan Center for Your Tummy Tuck?

Swan Center Atlanta winner of BSA 2022 Best plastic surgery center for the tummy/midsection

Tummy tucks can produce remarkable results, but choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is essential to guarantee safety and success. Our award-winning surgeons are board-certified and have an impressive history of successful procedures while prioritizing patient satisfaction and safety. It’s not surprising that people from across the region trust our Alpharetta surgeons to achieve the best tummy tuck results in Metro Atlanta.

The Swan Center was awarded the title of “Best Plastic Surgery Center for the Tummy/Midsection” in 2022 for the standard of care and caliber of results that all three surgeons provide. Dr. Catignani was also recognized by Best Self Atlanta and My Alpharetta as the Best Plastic Surgeon for the Body.

Dr. Fardo, Dr. Cat, and Dr. Bauer are dedicated to providing their patients exceptional care and the latest proven abdominoplasty techniques to help them look and feel their best. With their combined expertise, they have developed specialized protocols to speed up and enhance your recovery. Your surgeon will personally follow up with you and take every precaution to help you return to your routine as quickly as possible.

Meet Your Tummy Tuck Specialists

Dr. Joseph Bauer

Dr. Joseph Bauer

Board-Certified Plastic & General Surgeon

Dr. Bauer is a highly respected double board-certified plastic surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His attentive bedside manner, commitment to patient safety, and exceptional, natural-looking results attract patients from all over the world.

Meet Dr. Bauer
Dr. Cristen Catignani

Dr. Cristen Catignani

Board-Certified Plastic & General Surgeon

A mom and a mommy makeover expert, “Dr. Cat” loves meeting with and empowering her female patients. Her meticulous skill and friendly, supportive personality have endeared her to patients and earned her multiple “Best Plastic Surgeon” awards for body contouring surgeries.

Meet Dr. Cat
Dr. Dean Fardo

Dr. Dean Fardo

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

An 11-time Vitals’ Patient Choice award winner, Dr. Fardo treats every patient as if they were family. He ranks in the top 10% of RealSelf doctors for patient satisfaction and is known for his specialized body contouring techniques and minimally invasive approach.

Meet Dr. Fardo

Are You A Good Candidate for A Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery is a great option for men and women who have loose or sagging skin concentrated around the abdomen but are at a relatively stable, healthy weight. You are likely a good candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • You’re hoping to reduce a “pregnancy pouch”
  • You have loose or excess skin
  • Diet and exercise don’t produce the results you want
  • You have abdominal muscle separation
  • You are a non-smoker in general good health

The most reliable way to determine whether tummy tuck surgery is suitable for you is to seek advice from a board-certified plastic surgeon. Our team of highly skilled contouring experts is dedicated to addressing your concerns and helping you achieve your desired results.

We will work with you to personalize a surgical plan to your unique needs. You can trust that our team will provide you with the highest level of care and expertise throughout your journey toward a more confident you.

Your Tummy Tuck Options

There are various options available that may be suitable for you depending on your individual concerns and desired outcome. For instance, if you have a persistent fatty bulge on your lower abdomen, liposuction techniques may be the best option for you.

Alternatively, patients who are concerned about sagging skin would benefit most from a full tummy tuck, which addresses mild to moderate loose skin and little to no muscle damage. In rare cases, a patient may be eligible for a drain-less tummy tuck.

For patients with excessive or hanging skin after significant weight loss, we may recommend an extended tummy tuck or other body lift procedures to achieve a more comprehensive outcome. Our surgeons will help you determine which option will give you the best results during your personalized consultation.

I’m coming up to my 1 year anniversary for my BA and TT with Dr.Cat. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to move forward with “updating” my body. I had researched The Swan Center many years ago and last year when deciding to pull the trigger on a practice I’m so happy I chose Dr.Cat and her team. They have ALL been wonderful from day one. My results are mind blowing. It’s such an out of body experience to feel so awesome with my body again. I highly recommend this practice and Dr.Cat. I will be going back to her for other “updates” soon.

Read more real patient reviews

Tummy Tuck Recovery

In most cases, you’ll be discharged soon after your procedure and can begin the recovery process at home. We provide you with special compression garments to wear to protect your results. For the first week or so, you will likely see swelling in your abdomen and experience a bit of discomfort. This can be managed with prescription pain medication, though most of our patients switch to over-the-counter alternatives within just a few days.

Rest is vital after your procedure, but you won’t be confined to bed. We suggest walking several times a day, starting 24 hours after the surgery. You can resume your regular activities that are not too strenuous in about 2 weeks, but make sure to listen to your body and follow the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. Most patients fully recover within 3 to 6 months, and you will soon enjoy a smoother, flatter tummy!

What Are My Other Body Contouring Options?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons are known for creating beautifully proportioned curves. We offer surgical and non-surgical body contouring to enhance your waist shape and reduce excess skin and fat in your midsection.

Looking to enhance your tummy tuck with a full-body makeover? A combination of surgical procedures designed to address the effects of childbearing is commonly called a ‘mommy makeover,’ though you don’t need to have had children to benefit from it!

Mommy makeover patients can choose the procedures that meet their personal aesthetic goals, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction, breast liftbreast augmentation,  arm lift, or labiaplasty. In most cases, a mommy makeover is performed as a single operation, saving you recovery time in the long run and allowing you to make all your desired changes at once. Dr. Cat, Dr. Bauer, and Dr. Fardo can help you determine your unique makeover plan in your complimentary consultation.

Not ready for surgery? Consider a non-invasive procedure such as CoolSculpting® or minimally invasive semaglutide injections for weight loss to achieve beautiful results and boost your confidence with less downtime.

Beautiful & Natural Tummy Tuck Results Await

If excess fat and skin around your stomach are bringing you down, then a tummy tuck procedure may be right for you. To learn more about your tummy tuck options, check out our informational blogbrowse our before-and-after results, or contact us to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons!

The team at The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery in Alpharetta are experts in surgical procedures for the face, breast, and body. Serving patients from North Atlanta, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, John’s Creek, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and from out of town, our surgeons will listen to all of your concerns and work closely with you to design an abdominoplasty treatment plan that gives you a waistline you’ll love.