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 surgical 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.
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The Tummy Tuck Procedure
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.
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.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
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.
FAQs About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani has answered a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about abdominoplasty. This information is designed to give you an additional resource and help you determine the best treatment for your needs and goals. If you would like to learn more, please call our office to schedule a consultation.
Who is an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Some basic prerequisites 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.
How does a tummy tuck restore my body?
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.
Can this procedure be combined with others?
Absolutely. Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with breast lift surgery in a procedure called a Mommy Makeover. Some women prefer to combine abdominoplasty with breast augmentation or breast reduction. 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.
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.
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.
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.