The single most important factor in the success of plastic surgery is the plastic surgeon you select. In the plastic surgery world certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery is paramount. This means that any plastic surgeon that is certified by The American Board or Plastic Surgery has;

    Graduated from an accredited medical university

    Performed five or more years of residency

    Two years of post residency practice in plastic surgery

    Passed comprehensive oral and written exams

    The American Board of Plastic Surgery, A.S.P.S. is a national association of those board certified in plastic surgery. A.S.P.S. is dedicated to its members providing the best possible care to patients by encouraging high standards of ongoing training, practice and research in plastic surgery.

    I am certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and continue with ongoing training to keep this certification current.WHAT-As in tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, what is right for me?

    There are patients who need tummy tuck and then there are patients who need a mini tummy tuck. Both tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck are for patients who have excess loose skin and/or stretched muscle in the abdominal area. The determining factor is the amount of excess skin and the degree to which the muscle has been stretched. For a small amount of stretch, or a small amount of excess tissue exits a mini tummy tuck would most likely be ideal for you. If a larger stretch,or a larger amount of excess tissue is present a tummy tuck may be in your best interest. Patients who have had several children or a lot of weight loss usually fall into this category. A quick exam is all that is needed to determine which procedure would be right for you.WHEN- As in when is the best time for you?

    Healing and recovery for tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck requires about 3 to six weeks. When having a mini tummy tuck you would be out of work/school about a week and out of exercise and heavy lifting for about 3-4 weeks. For a tummy tuck you would need to allow about two weeks off of work/school and about 4-6 weeks out of the gym and heavy lifting. After the recovery time you are released and may resume your regular activities without any restrictions. Visit our mommy makeover atlanta can provide you with more information on these procedures. 

    When scheduling a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck timing can be key. You would need to be sure you allow plenty of down time for healing. I perform tummy tucks all year long; however some seasons are more coveted. Fall, winter and spring work really well for a lot of patients. The weather is typically much cooler and if you have children, they are usually in school. Patients are required to wear a special garment for 2-3 weeks following surgery. If you spend a lot of time out of doors, this can be hot in the summer months. We have a lot of requests for surgery over the Christmas holidays. This can be an excellent option for patients. Some patients are already off of work/school and do not require taking any sick/vacation days. Most importantly, schedule a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck when it is right for you and your schedule.WHERE-As in surgery performed in the office vs. surgery performed in an outpatient hospital like setting?

    Any surgery that requires patients to have general anesthesia I perform in an outpatient hospital like setting. This always allows for the option for an overnight stay if needed. I am very confident in the abilities of the anesthesiologist on duty as well as the CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) who is taking care of my patients. Performing tummy tucks or mini tummy tucks under the watchful eyes of professionals also allows for an extra measure of safety.

    And I saved the best for last-WHY-As in why tummy tuck? Why now? Why choose Best Impressions?

    Many men and women find themselves with stretched and flabby tummies. The ideal candidate for tummy tuck is someone who is not terribly over weight, who is usually in good shape, but who has extra fat and excess skin in the abdominal area that does not respond to diet and exercise.

    It is ideal to be finished with any child bearing. It is possible to have a full term pregnancy after a tummy tuck, however it may be necessary for a repeat tummy tuck to tighten things again.

    Over the years I have seen a multitude of ladies who share their stories of bathing suit shopping. I cannot tell you the number of times when a patient has expressed sincere joy at the thought of not having to buy a skirted bathing suit to cover their “skin apron”, or how happy they are to be able to fit into normal jeans, or even low rider jeans.

    Choosing to have any cosmetic surgery is a very important and highly personal decision. Before any procedure is scheduled, I would meet with you and during a private consultation with you discuss you goals and needs. You would be given literature to describe the tummy tuck procedure in detail. You would also be given instructions for getting ready for surgery and post surgery care.

    I am committed to providing quality personal care with the latest technology for looking your best. It is my desire that you leave our office more confident and knowledgeable about cosmetic surgery and the benefits it can provide.