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About Plastic Surgery

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involved with both the improvement in a person's appearance and the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma or birth disorders. Plastic surgery restores and improves function, as well as appearance. It can involve surgery on any part of the anatomy, except the central nervous system.

What does plastic surgery include?

Plastic surgery includes both reconstructive procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation and aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures such as breast enhancement, body contour procedures and non-invasive cosmetic treatments.

Click to learn more about the plastic surgery procedures performed by West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery, part of Tanner Health System.

Click to learn view a before/after gallery of procedures. Please note that these images are not appropriate for all ages. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Who performs plastic surgery?

Your plastic surgeon will be Stephen H. Kahler, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has the expertise and aesthetic sensibility to achieve your new look..

A surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery has graduated from an accredited medical school and has completed at least five years of graduate medical education — usually three years of general surgery and two years of plastic surgery. In addition, the surgeon must have practiced plastic surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral exams to become board-certified. Board certification is renewed every 10 years to ensure ongoing competency in the specialty.

Where will my plastic surgery be performed?

Dr. Kahler's practice is the West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery, a Tanner Medical Group practice located in Carrollton. Dr. Kahler also has privileges at all Tanner Health System hospitals.

West Georgia Center for Plastic Surgery is now providing plastic surgery procedures in a new surgical care center at the award-winning Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, which is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of healthcare facilities in the nation. The new surgical care center, which opened in 2018, provides a state-of-the-art surgical experience with the support of a full surgery center team of expert clinicians, ensuring a safe, high-quality experience.

At the new surgical care center at Higgins General Hospital, plastic surgery patients will enjoy a personalized healthcare experience that includes:

  • A private entrance to the surgery center
  • An exclusive, private waiting room
  • New, state-of-the-art surgical suites
  • A new recovery area to provide comfort, safety and privacy
  • Access to the surgery center team of experts

For more information or to schedule a private consultation today, call 770.834.6302.

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