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Wear Your Favorite Bikini Again

Patient Reviews

Feeling Good About Your Body

It's important to feel good about the way you look. Especially regarding the tummy area, many people work hard to stay in shape, remain athletic, and feel good about the clothes they wear every day. Putting forth this effort requires discipline and consistent execution, expecting to be rewarded for the effort they put in. At the same time, whether due to age, genetics, after-childbirth effects, or the results from another procedure, sometimes it can seem like there is no way to reverse or control on your own the increased volume. Sagging skin, excess skin, or loss of skin tone call all be contributing factors.

The Tummy Tuck

A great and safe way to treat that area of unwanted fat is with a tummy tuck. Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Nease, or Dr. Gusching will make an incision below the bikini line. Next the excess fat is removed with liposuction, the abdominal muscles are tightened if needed, and the remaining skin is repositioned (including the belly button, if and where needed). The standard incision for the tummy tuck procedure travels across the stomach horizontally from hip to hip, located just beneath the underwear or bathing suit line. In some cases from time to time, it may be best for patients to have a small inverted “T” incision that extends vertically up the center of the stomach.

The Difference with Southern Surgical Arts

Our surgeons use refined techniques to create the significantly smaller scars compared to the traditional Tummy Tuck. They also encourage liposculpture with Smartlipo laser technology to give patients the best results possible. When and where effective, they will perform liposuction along with the Tummy Tuck in order to more precisely sculpt and contour the waist, lower back, and to flatten the abdomen. Most surgeons do not actually combine abdominal liposuction with a Tummy Tuck, but we recommend it because it results in a more contoured abdomen.

Who is a Good Candidate?

  • Women and Men 
  • Ages 25 to 65 
  • Non-smokers 
  • Generally in good health 
  • Desire a flatter stomach, stronger abdominal muscles & sculpted waistline

How Much Does it Cost?

The average cost for a Tummy Tuck at Southern Surgical Arts starts at about $8,500. Your specific quote will depend on a variety of factors, such as your specific anatomy and fat volume. Our total cost for the procedure(s) is all-inclusive, covering everything from anesthesia to the procedure to materials used to all routine follow-up visits. There are no hidden fees or hidden costs.

Recent Before & After Photos

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Our Surgeons

Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, and Dr. Kluska are fellowship-trained and Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons. Combined, our four doctors have more than 22 years experience. Their practice at Southern Surgical Arts is 100% committed, focused, and dedicated to cosmetic and facial plastic surgery. Since 2004, they have performed more than 18,000 major cosmetic procedures.

State-of-the-Art Surgery Centers

At Southern Surgical Arts, we perform all of our procedures in several accredited, state-of-the-art facilities. Chattanooga's Southside, SSA's newest state-of-the-art surgical suite and luxurious office. Calhoun, GA, is home to SSA's first location and surgical facility. We also operate at Physician's Surgery Center near Parkridge East Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

We consult with patients before and after surgery in both our Calhoun and Chattanooga offices.

With three surgical center options, we can arrange to perform your procedure in the location that is most convenient for you. In every office, our highly trained and specialized staff provides you the privacy, comfort, and expertise you deserve.

We invite you for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Deal, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Gusching, or Dr. Kluska. Together, we'll explore your aesthetic goals and work toward revealing your own natural beauty.

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