Who doesn’t want a tight, toned, tummy? And sometimes you try really hard to get there, but even after endless dieting and faithful gym visits, you still have a rounder belly than you’d like. That’s because the problems a tummy tuck corrects cannot usually be “dieted” or exercised away. Perhaps it’s time to try another option?
With abdominoplasty, our plastic surgeons can correct loose skin, fat pockets, and weakened stomach muscles due to pregnancy, prior surgery, extreme weight loss, heredity, or age. We can fix that post-baby bulge, possibly remove some of your stretch marks, and help you have a tighter, flatter abdomen.
Good tummy tuck candidates are healthy and already at or close to their ideal weights. A tummy tuck isn’t a weight loss surgery but is a firming and contouring procedure. Not suitable for patients who are planning future pregnancies.
A tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. For a full tummy tuck, you’ll have an incision from hip to hip, coming just above the pubic hairline. Weak or separated stomach muscles will be repaired and supported with internal sutures, excess skin will be removed, your belly button will be repositioned, and the abdominal skin will be pulled down to create a flatter abdomen.
Plan on at least 10 days of downtime during which, you should avoid standing fully upright. This is to avoid putting tension on your incision.
All surgeries carry risks for medical complications, which your surgeon will discuss with you. If you gain or lose weight following surgery, your results could be altered. Don’t take aspirin, Advil, fish oil, or other blood thinners for two weeks before and after your tummy tuck.
You’ll have a firmer, flatter belly that is more proportionate to the rest of your body, and your scar will be hidden beneath your bikini line. Clothes should fit better and you may have improved core stability, which may reduce back pain.
A 3D Vectra Imaging consultation allows you to preview a photo realistic new you. Available at The Mid Florida Institute of Plastic Surgery in Altamonte Springs. Consultation fee applies.
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