3330 Preston Ridge Road Suite 340
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone: (404) 822-4402
2500 Hospital Blvd. Suite 410
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: (770) 954-8406
145 Towne Lake Pkwy #101
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone: (678) 737-4612
People come to Dr. Asaf Yalif for tummy tuck surgery at his metro Atlanta offices in Alpharetta, Roswell, and Woodstock, GA, when they are frustrated by excess skin and stretch marks that are left after pregnancy or other significant weight loss. Loose abdominal skin and separated muscles are parts of the body that cannot be restored by diet and exercise. A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, creates a flatter abdomen and reduces the appearance of stretch marks by removing the loose skin and tightening the abdominal muscles.
Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidates
Both men and women can benefit from tummy tuck surgery. People who lose a large amount of weight, either through surgery or lifestyle changes, often consider body contouring surgery such as tummy tuck. Women who have had children are probably the most common tummy tuck patients. Whatever the reason, tummy tuck candidates have one or more of these concerns:
- Loose skin on the abdomen
- Stretch marks on the abdominal skin
- A protruding belly/separated abdominal muscles
- Pubic laxity
Anyone considering elective plastic surgery should be in good overall health and a non-smoker. Smokers encounter an increased risk of complications. Even though the best candidates are near their ideal weight, patients who are overweight may still be good tummy tuck candidates. During consultations, Dr. Yalif discusses the pros and cons of undergoing body contouring surgery for patients’ specific situations.
Understanding Your Procedure
Dr. Yalif creates a customized surgical plan for each patient after his or her consultation. He explains what the procedure involves to each patient in a way that’s easily understood, and answers questions to ensure patients feel confident about their surgeries.
The procedure begins with Dr. Yalif making a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. In some cases–especially for women who have had children–the tummy tuck involves repairing and tightening stretched and separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction is often performed to remove excess fat and create a smoother contour to the flanks and surrounding areas. After removing the excess skin, Dr. Yalif repositions the belly button so that it looks more aesthetically pleasing. He then closes the incision, placing surgical drains that help remove fluid and limit the risk of complications.
In a few cases, a patient may only need a mini-tummy tuck, which Dr. Yalif calls a “skin only” tummy tuck because it won’t include repairing abdominal muscles. It is generally only suitable for patients whose concerns are limited to the area below the belly button.
Asaf Yalif M.D., F.A.C.S.
Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Yalif combines the skill of a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with a warm bedside manner that puts patients at ease from the moment they meet him. He leads a small team of dedicated professionals at our boutique practice, where each you'll be treated as a member of the Y Plastic Surgery family. Learn MoreRequest Your Consultation
Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding often result in significant physical changes to a woman’s body that can be corrected only through surgery. A tummy tuck is commonly included as part of a suite of procedures called a Mommy Makeover. Cosmetic breast surgery, including a breast lift with or without implants, can be performed during the same operation. Other areas of concern, including vaginal tightening, can be performed, as well.
Patients heal at their own, unique pace, but there are some general guidelines to keep in mind that can help you plan for your recovery. Expect to wear a special compression garment for the first week, which helps maintain your body’s new contours and reduce swelling. You won’t be able to lift anything that weighs more than 5 pounds–including small children–for at least a week or two. Patients may return to jobs that don’t require physical exertion after a week, but it will likely be at least 8 weeks before you can start exercising again.
Dr. Yalif provides detailed post-operative instructions that, when closely followed, enhance the recovery process and help you heal faster. We encourage patients to call us with any questions or concerns that they may have.
Dr. Yalif is a fellowship-trained and triple board-certified plastic surgeon whose personable demeanor and friendly, supportive staff earns the trust and gratitude of our patients. Use the online form to request a consultation with Dr. Yalif at one of our 3 locations, including Roswell and Woodstock, in addition to Alpharetta, which is only a short drive from midtown Atlanta. Tummy tuck patients can also call us at (404) 822-4402 to schedule an appointment.
“I had an amazing experience with Dr Yalif and his team. Dr Yalif did my tummy tuck…couldn’t be happier. If you ever want to get your tummy tuck done then he is ‘THE ONE’. He is very gentle, he takes time to explain everything, the price is amazing as well. He is awesome”
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