The tummy tuck procedure, also known as “abdominoplasty,” can achieve a flat, firm midsection by removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty can improve the stomach area of patients with a bulging tummy, weakened and separated abdominal muscles, stretched skin, and excess fatty tissue in the abdomen. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen can also be eliminated if they are located on the skin that is excised, and a nicely toned midsection will result.
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is in good general health and close to a normal body weight. Patients may wish to correct undesirable effects on their midsection from pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations, or heredity. Women are advised to wait until they are done having children to undergo a tummy tuck, as a future pregnancy may reverse the results of the procedure. Post-bariatric patients and others who have achieved major weight loss can greatly benefit from abdominoplasty. Candidates should have realistic expectations for the surgery and desire to undergo the procedure for their own personal goals, not to live up to someone else’s ideal.
*Note: Abdominoplasty is NOT a weight-loss procedure or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Although a tummy tuck can remove some fat, it is not a cure for obesity.
Tummy tuck surgery entails a horizontal incision within or just above the pubic area. The length of this incision will depend on the degree of correction needed. An incision around the navel may also be needed if there is loose skin in the upper abdomen.
General anesthesia is usually used for the tummy tuck procedure. Through the incision(s), Dr. Alexander will suture separated abdominal muscles together and remove excess fat deposits and tissue. The skin will be pulled downward over the new abdominal contour, excess skin will be removed, and the incision(s) will be closed with sutures.
After surgery, the abdomen will be wrapped with gauze or other dressings and an elastic bandage or compression garment. Patients should not strain, bend, or lift at all during the first several days. Sutures are generally removed within one or two weeks following the procedure, and a compression garment should continue to be worn for several weeks to provide support, reduce swelling, and help the tissues adapt to their new shape. Swelling and bruising should resolve within a few weeks, but swelling may take a few months to fully subside and reveal the patient’s firmer, flatter abdomen.
Dr. Timothy Alexander has the knowledge and skill to help you achieve the midsection you’ve always desired. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and has been performing plastic surgery for over thirty years, and he is one of the most highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons in Florida. Please call (954) 589-0722 or fill out our online virtual consultation form today to schedule your consultation with our surgeon.