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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

As we age, it is natural to see changes in our body, especially our abdomen. Pregnancy, heredity, fluctuations in weight, and prior surgeries can all contribute to these unwanted changes. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgery that tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin helping both men and women achieve a smoother, tighter and more sculpted abdomen.

Dr. Lindsey Webb is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and training in aesthetic surgery. No two patients start with identical concerns, nor will any two patients share the exact same goals. Dr. Webb offers a customized approach for body contouring and body reshaping surgery and will review expectations and a surgical plan to achieve your desired outcome.


Tummy Tuck Surgery

The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is a popular body contouring procedure after pregnancy or significant weight loss because both can stretch out the rectus fascia, the strength layer of the abdominal wall, leading to separation of the rectus muscles or a persistent bulge in the belly. Excess fat at the flanks or love handles and lower abdomen may not improve despite best efforts at weight loss and muscle toning. Sagging skin and stretch marks will not go away unless it is actually removed altogether. Sometimes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy food choices and exercise, are just not enough to eliminate these problem areas.

Dr. Webb has been performing tummy tucks on candidates of all body types for many years. She is committed to helping her patients achieve their personal goals and will customize treatment plans to maximize results and recovery. A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. The surgery typically involves an incision around the umbilicus and along the lower abdomen in a natural fold above the mons hairline or through old scars when appropriate. These incisions typically hide well in the underwear line or bikini. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed, liposuction is performed along the love handle area and the rectus abdominus and oblique muscles are tightened and repaired.

The length and location of the incision will depend on the patient’s unique needs and desired outcomes. A mini-abdominoplasty is a shorter incision to just remove a small excess of skin below the belly button. A fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty is utilized with a vertical and horizontal incision to remove a significant excess of skin in patients who have undergone massive weight loss.

Whether its abdominal bulging from rectus diastasis after pregnancy or excess skin after major weight loss, Dr. Lindsey Webb, located in Atlanta, GA, offers years of extensive experience performing body contouring surgeries. Her advanced surgical technique and passion for helping her patients live their best life make her an excellent choice for you.


The benefits of an abdominoplasty include the removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of the abdominal muscles, creating a flat tummy, a narrowed waistline and a beautifully contoured abdomen. It can also help men and women feel confident in tighter clothing and bathing suits. A tummy tuck may also be combined with other body contouring, skin reduction, and body sculpting procedures. Adding a breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body, such as the flanks, love handles and bra-roll, will further enhance your results.

Key benefits of the procedure include:

  • Removal of excess skin
  • A flatter, firmer abdomen
  • Smoother and sculpted contours around the abdomen
  • Reduced appearance of stretch marks
  • Elimination of sagging skin or skin folds after extreme weight loss
  • Tighter muscles in the midsection, especially after pregnancy

During the consultation, a surgical plan will be customized to your unique body and Dr. Webb will help you determine which technique is appropriate for the amount of sagging skin, excess fat, and muscle looseness you have in the abdomen.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos


This procedure is available to both healthy men and women who want a flatter, tighter and firmer abdomen with more sculpted flanks. The most common patients we have seeking a tummy tuck are post-pregnancy moms looking to regain their pre-baby body and weight loss patients who have excess and stretched out skin.


Healing begins immediately after the surgery and Dr. Webb will provide detailed instructions for after-surgery care. An abdominal binder or a compression garment will help reduce swelling, support your muscles, and speed recovery and skin tightening. These garments are generally worn for 8 weeks after surgery. Long-acting numbing medicine and suture techniques to minimize the use of drains make the experience more pleasant for patients. Typically, patients should avoid driving for about one week, though it is important to be up moving around the house, and return to full exercise occurs at six weeks. Comfort and easy recovery are important to Dr. Webb, so whether the patient lives nearby or is coming to town for the procedure, the postoperative appointments are a crucial part of the healing process. One can expect to see improvement in the contour of the abdomen and waistline within two weeks post-op, but the full effect of the procedure may not be evident until about six months after surgery.