Buckhead Plastic Surgery: Alan N. Larsen, MD

4684 Roswell Road Northeast, Suite B
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 367-9005


Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Larsen can improve the contours of your midsection. Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, at our Atlanta practice can accomplish what exercise and dieting cannot — a flat abdominal area that helps renew your confidence in your body.

Men and women considering a tummy tuck travel from Decatur, Marietta and throughout Georgia to Buckhead Plastic Surgery to have Dr. Larsen perform abdominoplasty. Request a consultation using the online form or give our office a call at (404) 367-9005 and a member of our team will help schedule your appointment.

Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

No amount of exercise can lift and tighten sagging abdominal skin. A tummy tuck can do this and more. The procedure tightens droopy abdominal skin and repairs the bulging abdominal muscles that are often stretched during pregnancy. It also removes a limited amount of excess fatty tissue and provides a tighter, flatter, more youthful abdominal contour and waistline.

If you're like most other patients coming in for a tummy tuck you have excess skin from the ribs to the pubic area. This is often accompanied by loss of muscle strength or a separation of the abdominal muscles called diastasis, resulting in an abdominal bulge. The amount of fatty tissue ranges from almost none to fairly thick.

A full tummy tuck begins with Dr. Larsen making an incision that runs across the top of the pubic area and up along each side from hip to hip. The surgery is performed while you are under general anesthesia. He recommends this procedure if you have more than just a little bulge in the lower abdominal area. You likely also have separated tummy muscles, an abdominal bulge, and sagging skin. If the bulge is large or the sagging skin extends up over the belly button, this is the procedure for you.

Dr. Larsen repairs the underlying abdominal wall, reshapes the underlying tissue, and removes excess fat using liposuction, if necessary. Once he is satisfied he's achieved the desired shape, Dr. Larsen stretches the skin and pulls it tight for a smooth, natural appearance. He then removes any excess skin before closing the incisions.

A tummy tuck flattens and smooths the stubborn abdominal bulge, removes excess skin, and may even erase stretch marks located above the belly button. It is one of the procedures Dr. Larsen includes for women who are getting a mommy makeover. Abdominoplasty tightens the skin the most over the midline abdomen. There is less correction as you get closer to your hip area.

"I couldn't be happier with my results!! Dr. Larsen did a fabulous job on my tummy and hips. My outcome is better than I could have ever imagined."*
*Your results may vary.

See more reviews from Dr. Larsen's actual patients at Buckhead Plastic Surgery.

What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

Cosmetic surgery prices vary based on a number of factors. The plastic surgery practice's geographic location, the surgeon's training, experience, and qualifications, and the techniques used can all influence the final cost of your surgery. At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, the price of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) is approximately $9,500. A specific price is quoted for you after the consultation. Dr. Larsen is dedicated to making his services accessible to people from all walks of life, which is why he partners with companies that specialize in elective health care financing to help qualified patients pay for their surgery.

It's important to remember that even though a tummy tuck is an elective procedure, it requires a well-trained, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to get consistently excellent results. Your budget is one consideration in choosing a surgeon, but cost should not be the primary reason for choosing one practice over another.

Recovery & Results

A common concern among tummy tuck patients is the amount of discomfort they will have during their recovery. Dr. Larsen uses the On-Q PainBuster® pain control device to help control pain for patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery. This pump adds numbing medicine underneath the skin to the targeted area, significantly decreasing postoperative discomfort for most patients. Prescription pain medication also helps control postsurgical discomfort.

Even though each patient's recovery experience in unique, most tummy tuck patients believe the level of discomfort improves after one night. The most difficult time is the first night after surgery. This is why we require an overnight stay — for the comfort of the patient, and peace of mind for the patient and his or her caregiver.

While experiences vary, during the first 3 to 4 days after the procedure you will likely feel increasingly better and you should be up moving around much easier within your home. At about 2 weeks after the surgery you should be back to work and may be able to return to limited exercise after about a month. It takes a full 8 weeks for most patients to return to full activities and strenuous exercise.

By 3 months, your tummy tuck will begin to reveal its new contours, but it typically takes a full year before the full results are realized. Diet and exercise are essential to create the optimal outcome and maintain long-lasting results. Dr. Larsen's patients are often thrilled with the results of their procedure and cannot wait to try on new clothes they may not have felt comfortable wearing before.

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Alan N. Larsen, MD

Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation's finest plastic surgeons.

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