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tummy tuck chattanoogaPregnancy is one of the most beautiful miracles of life. Unfortunately, for many mothers, pregnancy imposes some not so beautiful effects on the body including stretch marks, protruding abdominal muscles and sagging skin. Once a new mother has lost all of the “baby weight”, she may be disappointed to see that her stomach no longer looks the way it did before enduring pregnancy.


When diet, cardio and endless abdominal exercises fail to produce the desired results, tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, may be the only solution. During tummy tuck surgery, excess skin is surgically removed and the abdominal muscles may be tightened. Because the loose skin is removed, the appearance of stretch marks can be reduced as well. This is due to the fact that much of the skin exhibiting stretch marks is excised or removed during abdominoplasty surgery.


While this procedure has been proven highly effective for decades, tummy tuck surgery is a relatively invasive procedure. Before undergoing this elective treatment, here are a few things to consider.


    1. Scars

Although easily concealed, scars will be present at the site of incisions. If you undergo a traditional tummy tuck, incisions are made at the lower abdominals (typically from hipbone to hipbone) and around the belly button. If you are only undergoing a mini tummy tuck, scars will only be present at the lower abdominal area. Although the incision required for each individual is different, belly button scarring is typically inconspicuous and the other incision can be concealed in the skimpiest of bikinis. However, it is a good idea to bring your bikini bottoms with you to your consultation. Many times, wider incisions are necessary due to extensive loose skin and fat deposits. You and your surgeon should be on the same page regarding expectations. Are you willing to gain a scar in order to achieve a flatter, and firmer stomach?


  1. Downtime

Because tummy tuck is a relatively invasive procedure, downtime can definitely be an issue. While it varies from patient to patient, everyday activities should be avoided for a minimum of seven to ten days. If you have a more physical job, then 2-6 weeks of downtime maybe recommended.


Because any lifting should be avoided during recovery, caring for young children may also be a factor unless you have access to extensive childcare. No lifting greater than 10 pounds includes lifting and caring for small children. Once the 6 week mark has been reached, you should be considered fully healed and cleared of any restrictions.


     3. Subsequent Pregnancies

Before committing to the cost, recovery and serious nature of surgical intervention, patients should be done with child bearing. While a tummy tuck will not pose a threat to the health of subsequent pregnancies, patients will most likely need another tummy tuck to keep the desired effect. Unfortunately, prior tummy tuck surgery does not leave patients impervious to further stretch marks and stretched skin. Complete your family, and then consider tummy tuck.


These are just a few factors to contemplate before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Our board certified surgeons have years of experience with this procedure. Call 423-648-4011 to schedule your private consultation!

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How is a mini tummy tuck different from a full tummy tuck?

While more traditional tummy tucks address the belly button, lower and upper abdomen, the mini tummy tuck only tightens the lower abdomen. Upon healing from a full tuck, patients will have scarring around the belly button and an additional scar that extends across the lower abdomen, typically extending from hip to hip. A mini abdominoplasty results in a smaller scar only at the lower abdomen and no scar around the navel.

Although mini tucks can be an effective alternative for patients with skin laxity and stretch marks isolated to the lower abdomen, mini tummy tucks cannot correct the upper abdomen and belly button nor can it remove stretch marks present in the upper region of the stomach.

Mini Tummy Tuck Candidates

Ideal candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery are healthy, non-smokers who exhibit loose skin in the lower abdomen not treatable by liposuction alone. Pooching, skin laxity and stretch marks must be limited to the lower abdomen. If the patient exhibits these symptoms on the entire midsection, they may be better suited for a full tummy tuck.

To see if you are a mini tummy tuck candidate, call 423-648-4011 to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons.

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Year after year, cosmetic surgery continues to grow in popularity among Americans. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of cosmetic surgery patients in the US has increased over 197 percent since 1997. Below is a list of some of the most demanded cosmetic procedures last year. We offer all of these procedures in our AAAHC- accredited, surgical facilities.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift, also known as a Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure intended to position “sagging” breasts higher on the chest. It is a very popular procedure among mothers who have experienced undesirable changes in their breasts after weight fluctuation and breast feeding.

A breast lift is typically a two hour procedure in which an incision is made around the nipple, vertically under the nipple and in the horizontal crease of the breast. Then, the breast tissue is reshaped and excess skin is removed. Before the incisions are closed with sutures, the nipple and areola are repositioned. Following this procedure, scarring at the incision will be present. However, scarring should significantly fade after laser treatment, which we include in the patient’s procedure costs. Scarring also fades with time.

Breast Augmentation with Implants

For added fullness and volume, many patients elect to combine a Mastopexy with breast implants. This provides optimal results for patients who have experienced both volume loss and dropping of lax skin. Breast implants are ideal for increasing the size of the breast, balancing size asymmetry or restoring post-pregnancy volume loss. This outpatient procedure takes only one to two hours to complete. Once an incision is made, a saline or silicone implant is inserted. The incision can be made under the breast, around the nipple, in the armpit or in the belly button.

Cosmetic Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

Cosmetic eyelid lift surgery is effective in correcting droopy, hooded or puffy eyelids. This procedure continues to gain popularity because the eyes are such a prominent facial feature. Tired or droopy eyes can add years to one’s perceived age. Luckily, Blepharoplasty surgery has been proven to erase years from one’s face.

During an eyelid lift, fat, excess skin and muscle are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure eliminates the eye’s droopy and puffy appearance and can improve the patient’s vision. In fact, insurance often covers the cost of Blepharoplasty surgery if the patient can prove loss of vision due to droopy eyelids. In many cases, patients combine eyelid lift surgery with brow and face lifts.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Considered one of the most popular procedure for mommies, a tummy tuck is especially effective for patients who have stretched the abdominal muscles and skin beyond non-surgical repair . During a tummy tuck, the abdominal area is tightened and the excess skin covering the abdominals is removed. Before undergoing this procedure, it is important for patients to accept that they will have a horizontal scar at the incision site in the pelvic region (which can often be concealed even in relatively revealing swimwear).


Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. This procedure involves the removal of fat from deposits beneath the skin using a hollow stainless steel tube (called a cannula) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction should not be used as a “weight loss” tool but as a means to provide a better contour to those healthy individuals that exercise, eat healthy and have a BMI of 30 or below yet still have “fatty deposits” in trouble areas. Common areas treated by liposuction include upper and lower abdomen, the flanks (love handles), outer and inner thighs, inner knees, arms, “bra rolls”, and under the chin.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, call 423-648-4011 to schedule your private consultation.

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If you have recently lost a significant amount of weight, congratulations! You are most likely experiencing many changes in your body. You probably feel better and can fit into smaller clothing, but may still be unsatisfied with your appearance. After all, weight fluctuation can cause irregular stretching in the skin or tissue that creates bulging and flab in certain areas of the body.

Men and women who experience a rapid deflation of their body due to fat loss typically have relatively poor skin quality. The skin has lost its elastic properties. This lack of elasticity is evident through stretch marks and cellulite (which are classic signs of permanent skin damage). These patients are NOT ideal candidates for liposuction since removing more fat from already damaged and deflated skin makes the sagging skin appear even worse.

For such cases, excisional cosmetic surgery techniques are ideal. The issue is skin and muscular laxity as opposed to excess fat cells. Unfortunately, liposuction is only effective in eliminating excess fatty tissue. However, our practice offers cosmetic surgery procedures that address saggy, deflated skin. Below are some of the most effective procedures for removing the excess skin.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is the fifth most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed in the United States. Individuals interested in a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) seek to improve the appearance of a protruding abdomen after a lack of results from traditional methods such as weight loss through dieting and muscle strengthening. By removing excess skin in the mid to lower abdomen and tightening lax skin and muscles below the navel, a tummy tuck contours the body by redefining the abdominal area and promotes the appearance of a narrowed waist line.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

If you are experiencing a case of “bat arms” or “wings”, an arm lift (Brachioplasty)could be the solution for you. An arm lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that eliminates and tightens loose skin from the arm, giving you a more toned appearance. It is also a great way to combat the effects of gravity, aging and reduced skin elasticity.

Thigh Lift

Sometimes, liposuction alone can take care of unsightly thighs, but if extremely loose skin exists, a thigh lift may be the only solution. The most common type of thigh lift is a medial lift. A medial lift eliminates fatty tissue and tightens loose skin of the inner thigh. The incision is made at the inner crease of the leg and is closed by dis-solvable sutures. Some patients elect to combine this procedure with a butt lift. The combination of a thigh lift and butt lift is known as a spiral lift. A spiral lift is ideal for patients with loose skin on the inner thighs, sagging skin on the buttocks and a poorly defined gluteal crease.

All of these cosmetic “lifts” and “tucks” require downtime and will involve scarring. As with any surgery,certain risks are involved and can be discussed during your consult with your cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon.

Call 423-648-4011 to schedule your skin removal consult.

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