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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to lose the excess fat and skin around your midsection, abdominoplasty may be right for you. Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes skin and fat from the middle to lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles for a sleeker, more defined appearance. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at The Aesthetic Surgery Centre is considered a major surgery, so it is important that you discuss all of your questions and concerns with Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani during your private consultation. A tummy tuck procedure can address excess fat that you may be having trouble getting rid of through diet and exercise, and ultimately give you a flatter, more toned-looking stomach region.

Please contact our experienced plastic surgeon at The Aesthetic Surgery Centre for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

"I feel so much better about myself and I am enjoying my new flat tummy. I can now wear low rise jeans... it's awesome!! Dr. Jon, the surgical crew and administrative staff are top notch."

-Winter Park, FL
*Individual Results May Vary

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are patients who are in relatively good shape but cannot get rid of the loose skin and extra fat around their midsection. Abdominoplasty is especially helpful to women who have had multiple pregnancies. Some basic prerequisites for surgery include being in good health overall and being a nonsmoker, or someone who can stop smoking for several weeks before and after the operation. More specifically, patients considering tummy tuck surgery should have excess skin on their abdomen, usually due to pregnancy and childbirth or weight loss, although genetic influences can also play a role. Loose muscles and fatty tissue in the area can also be addressed with abdominoplasty. During your initial consultation, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will evaluate your concerns and discuss your goals to come up with a customized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

Tummy Tuck Vs. Liposuction

Many patients question whether abdominoplasty or liposuction is the most ideal treatment to address their aesthetic concerns. While both surgeries are similarly considered body contouring procedures that can improve the appearance of the abdomen, there are a few key differences between a tummy tuck and liposuction. In general, tummy tuck surgery is designed to address skin laxity and separated abdominal musculature, two characteristics that often create the look of a protruding abdomen when combined. For patients whose concerns include loose, excess skin and stretched abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck can typically serve as the most effective solution to tighten, firm, and smooth the area.

Liposuction, on the other hand, primarily treats stubborn fat bulges that are resistant to dieting and exercise. While the procedure can result in a more defined abdominal appearance by removing excess fat pockets, this surgery is not designed to improve skin laxity or separated musculature. As a result, liposuction can benefit patients with minimal skin laxity who simply wish to resculpt the abdominal area through targeted fat removal. It is also not uncommon to combine both procedures for the most powerful aesthetic improvement. Ultimately, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can help you determine the most beneficial course of action to achieve your desired look when he examines your concerns in a consultation.

How Is The Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are patients who are in relatively good shape but cannot get rid of the loose skin and extra fat around their midsection. Abdominoplasty is especially helpful to women who have had multiple pregnancies.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) begins with an incision made from hip to hip, creating a flap of skin. Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall to reveal the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened and stitched into their new position. The skin flap is stretched down and excess skin is removed. Finally, the incision is closed and dressings are applied. A compression garment provided by the Centre must be worn for the initial recovery. Abdominoplasty at our Florida practice typically takes between two and four hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist.

Mini Abdominoplasty

In the event your concerns are located entirely below the belly button, a procedure known as “mini abdominoplasty” may be an option for you. In this technique, a shorter incision is made and only excess skin is trimmed. The location of the belly button remains the same, and the abdominal muscles will not be tightened with this approach. As a result, this method is only appropriate for certain individuals. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will let you know if this is an effective option for your needs and goals.

What Is Recovery From A Tummy Tuck Like?

After abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), you will experience some bruising, swelling, and minor discomfort, but these side effects will subside as you heal. The first night after tummy tuck surgery, you are taken care of by our private duty Registered Nurse in our facility. Although your scar will never completely disappear after abdominoplasty, it is easily hidden under clothing and bathing suits.

What Will My Scars Look Like?

The length of the scar will vary depending on your unique treatment plan, but generally the incision will be located low on the waist and run from hip to hip. This mark will be placed as low as possible, and it should not be visible in most types of clothing, including underwear and swimsuits. Scars take time to heal. The incision will appear pinkish or red for several months but should gradually fade and flatten over time. Your final result is very important to us, and we will monitor your progress to ensure you’re on the right track at every step.

When Will I See The Final Result?*

Recovery requires some patience, but most individuals can return to light duty after two weeks. Swelling and bruising should gradually fade, and the majority of the inflammation should dissipate after a few months. While complete healing can take up to a year or so, you may not notice any residual effects after two or three months. If you have an occasion planned that you want to be ready for, please schedule your operation at least two months in advance.

How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?

The price of a tummy tuck depends on the details of each patient’s unique surgical plan, with factors affecting the overall cost including:

  • Whether other treatments were performed in conjunction with tummy tuck
  • The surgical technique used
  • The extent of concerns addressed
  • The overall complexity of the procedure

Expenses associated with a tummy tuck also vary considerably by geographic region, as well as by the expertise of a plastic surgeon. After Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani assesses your needs in a consultation, our office will be able to provide you with a personalized quote of your tummy tuck. For patients who prefer to pay for their treatment over time, our practice works with CareCredit®— a plastic surgery financing company that can make the cost of abdominoplasty more affordable. Qualified applicants can select from an array of flexible payment plans, many of which include low monthly installments as well as low- to no-interest rates, to choose the most ideal option for their budgetary needs. A member of our team would be happy to walk you through the easy application process. If you have any other questions about the cost of a tummy tuck, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.

Tummy Tuck And Pregnancy

When recommending the best time to undergo a tummy tuck, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani typically advises patients to pursue the procedure after they have finished completing their family. While individuals may choose to undergo surgery beforehand, the physical effects of childbearing, such as skin laxity and stretched abdominal musculature, can often reverse the results of the procedure. For this reason, pursuing abdominoplasty once there are no longer any future plans for pregnancy can maximize the final outcome.

Tummy Tuck And Mommy Makeover

Some of the most common concerns women have after having children is that their body just “isn’t the same.” They typically have loose, sagging skin on the abdomen, a lower stomach that “pooches” out due to muscle laxity, and some residual pockets of fatty tissue. Other people may develop these issues as a result of the natural aging process or due to genetic influence. *Abdominoplasty addresses these concerns, helping to smooth and tone the midsection for a firmer, flatter, more youthful-looking result.

Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with breast lift surgery—or other procedures designed to address body areas physically altered by pregnancy or nursing—in a procedure called a Mommy Makeover. Depending on one’s unique concerns, some women prefer to combine abdominoplasty with breast augmentation or breast reduction. Other options may include liposuction to recontour areas affected by stubborn fat, or non-surgical facial fillers to smooth wrinkles and signs of age. We can modify your treatment plan to improve a wide range of concerns, simply let us know what your cosmetic goals include and we will help you find the optimal solution.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery typically results in a narrower waistline and a firmer abdomen. If you want to learn more about abdominoplasty or other procedures such as liposuction you can safely combine with tummy tuck surgery to complete a mommy makeover, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Centre today. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani.