Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Are sit-ups not creating the taut abdomen you desire? Have you developed stretch marks as a result of pregnancy? Is there a little too much excess skin and fat for which diet and exercise does nothing for? If so, then a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, may be a worthwhile procedure for you. A tummy tuck involves removal of the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. There are a number of different tummy tuck techniques, but our doctors’ technique (liposuction + abdominoplasty = lipoabdominoplasty) works on improving the entire abdomen. Our approach at Florida Plastic Surgery Group does not simply address the lower half of the abdomen where skin and fat are removed, because this method leaves many patients with a disproportionate upper abdomen. Please visit out tummy tuck candidate page to learn if this procedure can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
A mini-abdominoplasty is ideally suited for patients with limited excess skin and who may have developed stretch marks below the belly button as a result pregnancy. A mini-abdominoplasty is performed by a small excision of the lower abdominal fat and skin followed by liposuction of the upper abdomen and love handles to create a feminine contour. The abdominal wall is tightened via a minimally invasive approach, which will tighten your abdominal muscles and narrow your waist. The belly button is not transposed, and the scar is easily hidden beneath an undergarment or swimsuit.
A full abdominoplasty involves a more extensive sculpting of the abdominal wall. Excess skin above the belly button is removed along with the underlying fat. The abdomen and flanks (love handles) are also liposuctioned to create a more attractive contour.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty?
Both men and women who desire improvement in the shape and appearance of their abdomen as well as their love handles are candidates. Men and women who have lost weight through bariatric surgery and have excess skin are also excellent candidates.
How do I prepare for my tummy tuck / abdominoplasty?
You should be nicotine free for at least 3 weeks prior to undergoing a tummy tuck. Good nutrition in the weeks leading up to surgery and ensuring you have nothing to eat the night before surgery are also important.
Recovering After Your Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty
Our abdominoplasty surgery team will help ensure a rapid recovery. Our doctors utilize postoperative drains for 1 week to minimize fluid collection, but this can still occur after drain removal.
Risks associated with a tummy tuck include bruising, contour irregularities, and asymmetry. The procedure is generally performed under general anesthesia. Patients are encouraged to ambulate the same evening to decrease the risk of developing a blood clot.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about how a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact our office today.