Women and men with loose abdominal skin, flaccid abdominal muscles or excess fat in the lower abdomen may choose to undergo a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to improve the appearance of their abdomen. The usual causes of a loose, flaccid abdomen are pregnancy and/or weight loss. Tummy tuck is a very common surgery, ranking number four on the list of our most frequently performed aesthetic procedures. Tummy tuck patients enjoy a tauter and flatter stomach, better posture from less excess stomach skin, tighter abdominal muscles and an overall healthier appearance.
The Miami Tummy Tuck
Sometimes, even with a diet, it is difficult to get rid of excess weight, or the loose skin that comes after successful weight loss. This is why Allure Plastic Surgery has developed a unique procedure called The Miami Tummy Tuck, which helps define the waistline and flatten the abdomen with less recovery time, no drains and minimal scarring. This technique is ideal for people who have excess tissue and fat due to several pregnancies or from rapid weight loss after successfully battling obesity. And because The Miami Tummy Tuck is a drainless procedure, there is no need to carry around or to empty uncomfortable, unsightly drainage tubes after surgery.
Tummy Tuck Combined with Liposuction
For patients who could benefit from a more complete contouring of the torso, lipoabdominoplasty may be a good option. This procedure combines a tummy tuck with liposuction in order to obtain the most aesthetically pleasing shape for the torso. Lipoabdominoplasty allows the plastic surgeon to create a more sculpted waistline in addition to flattening the anterior abdomen.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Wondering if you would be considered a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery? A good candidate is someone who:
• Is in good health
• Has excess stomach skin from pregnancy
• Has excess stomach skin from weight changes
• Has stretched abdominal skin caused by aging or heredity
• Has back problems caused by weak stomach muscles and excess stomach fat
• Is NOT planning on getting pregnant
• Is NOT planning to lose a large amount of weight
• Is NOT using the tummy tuck surgery as a substitute for weight loss
Why Choose Allure Plastic Surgery for Your Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Here are just a few reasons to choose the Allure Plastic Surgery team for your tummy tuck procedure:
- All surgeons are board-certified and have 10 or more years of experience.
- Our practice is a state-of-the-art, accredited plastic surgery facility.
- We focus on your care and experience with us — we want you to refer your friends!
- We always strive to exceed our patients’ expectations in every service we provide.
The Miami Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck surgery begins with an incision in the lower portion of the abdomen (tummy), at the crease just above the pubic area. The length of the incision, will vary from patient to patient, however it is kept below the “bikini line.” A flap of abdominal skin and fat is elevated to the level of the ribs exposing the abdominal (rectus) muscles. The loose muscles are then stitched together tightly along the length of the abdomen. The excess skin and fat are then cut away and a fine plastic closure performed on the wound. Usually the patient’s original navel (belly button) is kept intact and brought out through a small incision in its original location.
An abdominal lipectomy is a type of tummy tuck performed on overweight patients. The incisions are usually longer than in an abdominoplasty but the technical aspects of the operation are very similar.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Since tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, you will return home the day of the surgery. You will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours, during which time you should rest. During this time, you may experience moderate discomfort in your abdominal area, which can be alleviated with doctor-prescribed medication. You will also have some swelling, which should last for only the first week. You will have follow-up checkups with your doctors to check that you are healing properly. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities after two weeks, though you should not resume strenuous physical activity or exercise until six to eight weeks after surgery.
Although you can expect to see an improvement in the contour of your stomach about two weeks after surgery, you will not see the full effects until about six months after the procedure. Before that time, you will notice a gradual improvement in your stomach’s appearance and contour.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tummy Tuck Surgery
Will I have scars from a tummy tuck?
A scar from a tummy tuck is inevitable, however its appearance can be minimized based on where it’s located. Your Allure Plastic Surgery surgeon will make an incision, with a resulting scar, that will be covered up by most clothing, including bathing suit bottoms and underwear.
Does a tummy tuck remove stretch marks?
A tummy tuck will remove most of the stretch marks below the belly button, however any stretch marks present above the belly button will remain.
Should I lose weight before getting a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery. Therefore, it is important that you are at or close to a healthy weight before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure and that you have maintained this weight for several months prior to the procedure. Since a tummy tuck will remove excess skin on the abdomen, the skin that remains will be re-draped over your underlying muscular framework for a more pleasing contour. If you lose or gain a significant amount of weight after having a tummy tuck, the results of the tummy tuck will be undone.
What are the risks and complications involved in having a tummy tuck?
As with any major surgical procedure, a tummy tuck has inherent risks. However, complications from surgery — such as bleeding, infection and fluid collection underneath the skin — are rare and most often prevented by regular post-surgery checkups by the doctor so that he can look for signs of infection and other signs that the area isn’t healing properly. If, after surgery, you notice signs such as excessive bleeding, fluid accumulation under the skin, lumps under the skin, excessive swelling that doesn’t subside or problems with the edges of the skin not healing back together, you should see your surgeon immediately.
Are the results of a tummy tuck permanent?
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent as long as your weight remains steady and doesn’t dramatically fluctuate after having the surgery. If you gain a large amount of weight or get pregnant after having a tummy tuck, the abdominal skin and muscles will again stretch out, undoing the effects of the tummy tuck.
Should I get a tummy tuck if I plan to get pregnant in the future?
Although there is no risk to you or your baby if you get pregnant after having a tummy tuck, it is advised that you wait until you are done having children before having the procedure. Pregnancy will stretch out the abdominal skin and muscles once more, reversing the results of the procedure.
Aren’t tummy tucks just for women?
No. Both men and women can benefit from having a tummy tuck. Women may wish to correct loose skin and excess fat in the abdomen caused by previous pregnancy. Both women and men may notice excess skin on their abdomens that doesn’t go away as they age (called the “spare tire” for men), and both can also be left with excess, loose skin on the stomach from significant weight loss. In all of these cases, tummy tuck surgery can give the patient — male or female — a tauter, smoother stomach.
Are You Considering a Tummy Tuck?
Have you been thinking about having a tummy tuck but still have questions to ask? Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Allure Plastic Surgery are happy to answer them. When you schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our surgeons, they will discuss your surgery options with you and evaluate whether you are a good candidate for getting your personal goals met with this procedure. They will also provide you with educational tools such as videos, literature and photographs so that you are fully informed on all aspects of the procedure before you make your decision. Schedule your free, personalized consultation today by calling (305) 224-8015.