Ft. Lauderdale Tummy Tuck
The “Tummy Tuck” (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin, tighten abdominal muscles and eliminate or improve the appearance of scars on the abdomen (commonly called the tummy, hence the popular name Tummy Tuck). Men sometimes call their procedure a “Spare Tire Removal”.
Tummy Tuck: Is It For Me?
Has pregnancy caused your abdominal skin and muscles to get flabby? Do you feel as if your tummy is hanging down to your toes? Has yo-yo (excessive weight loss followed by weight gain followed by weight loss) left a layer of loose extra skin and stretched out, thin muscles? Then take the next step: request your certificate for a Free Tummy Tuck Consultation now and call us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO today to learn how tummy tuck at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery can give you a flatter, more defined stomach.
Weak stomach muscles and extra fatty tissue could be contributing to your bad posture and causing potential back problems. Abdominoplasty is designed to correct these situations.
People who have had major weight loss and post bariatric surgical patients can benefit greatly from a tummy tuck procedure. Folds and pockets of excess skin can be removed, and remaining tissue and musculature can be contoured by our team, who specialize in procedures for patients in this unique circumstance.
Tummy Tuck: Important Considerations
It is important to understand right away that a tummy tuck is NOT a weight loss procedure or a substitute for a healthy diet or sensible exercise. Although the procedure removes some fat, it is not an obesity cure. If you plan to have children in the future, you should not have a tummy tuck since the entire abdomen will stretch considerably with pregnancy.
In order to achieve the best possible body contouring results, our talented plastic surgeons sometimes perform abdominoplasty in conjunction with other procedures. Many tummy tuck patients pursue this treatment in combination with liposuction. When performed together, these procedures allow patients to achieve flat, beautifully sculpted abdominal contours. Tummy tuck may also be combined with hernia repair. Consult extensively with your medical team to determine the timing and appropriateness of your desired procedures and the ultimate outcome.
Potential Complications of Tummy Tuck Surgery
The most common complication following tummy tuck is collection of blood or serum (seromas) under the skin of the abdomen (hematoma). A suction drain is placed inside during your procedure and left for three days postoperative. Its removal is painless.
Infection and incision healing problems, including loss of skin and excessive scarring, occurs less frequently. As with any surgical procedure, small nerves to the skin are interrupted during a tummy tuck. Our cosmetic surgery patients are informed that portions of the abdomen will feel numb or have less feeling. Sensation returns over several months but some diminished feeling may last indefinitely.
Following complete Abdominoplasty, you can expect a horizontal scar low on the abdomen and a circular scar within the belly button (umbilicus). Limited or mini-Abdominoplasty does not require a scar around the umbilicus. In some individuals, a different type or location of scar may be necessary because of particular body variations. If this is so in your case, your surgeon will inform you at the time of your consultation. Your scars will be red or pink for six months and gradually fade thereafter. The scars are rarely troublesome. Nevertheless, you should know that all scars are permanent and their height, width, and final color are not totally predictable.
Like any surgical procedure, other serious or even life-threatening complications are possible after your abdominoplasty. It is important to enter into your procedure aware not only of the benefits, but also of the possible complications. Talk to your surgeon about every question and concern you may have.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck
When you “awaken” after your abdominoplasty, you most likely will experience some abdominal discomfort when the anesthesia wears off. Your surgeon will give you medication to relieve any discomfort.
If you have had a complete, it is recommended to remain in bed until the next morning. You will have a urinary catheter placed during your procedure while you are asleep; it will remain until the following morning. If you have had a limited or mini-Abdominoplasty, you will not have a urinary catheter. You can expect some pain in the incision, but this is alleviated with medication and gradually subsides as you begin to walk and move about.
You will receive specific instructions to follow during your recovery including rest and sleeping positions, bathing and showering techniques, and exercises you can perform at home. Tummy Tuck patients must not smoke for at least two weeks after surgery in order to help the healing process.
Swelling of the abdomen is normal following your Tummy Tuck. During the first week, your clothes may fit you more tightly and you may weigh more than before. Your stitches are painlessly removed seven days after your cosmetic plastic surgery. Abdominoplasty patients generally find that swelling subsides starting the second week after their Tummy Tuck, but some lower abdominal fullness persists.
You may expect to see about 50% of your total contour improvement at two weeks and about 75% at one month. It usually takes an additional two weeks for the last of the swelling to recede. Occasionally, individuals may see continued improvement up to six months after a Tummy Tuck, but changes beyond three months are usually subtle. You will be happiest with your Tummy Tuck if you understand that it will take several months for the appearance of your ideal new look.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is this procedure performed?
- How do I prepare for this procedure?
- How long does the procedure take?
- What form of anesthesia is used?
- Can I return home the same day?
- How long before I can return to normal activity?
How is this procedure performed?
Complete abdominoplasty is performed for those requiring maximum correction. During a complete tummy tuck, our plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision low on the abdomen at the level of the pubic hair.
Modified or mini-Abdominoplasty is a more limited Tummy Tuck appropriate for patients requiring lesser corrections. There is no scar around the belly button (umbilicus) and other scars are usually shorter. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate procedure at the time of your preoperative consultation.
How do I prepare for this procedure?
During your initial visit to discuss Abdominoplasty with your plastic surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. Photographs are important aids in planning and performing your Tummy Tuck. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure.
If you smoke, the likelihood of healing problems and other complications increases. Smokers must stop smoking completely at least two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery. “Cutting down” is not enough. Complete cessation of smoking is mandatory. You must also stop taking aspirin or diet pills at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
How long does an Abdominoplasty take?
Operating time is generally two to three hours depending on the scope of your specific situation.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
Can I return home the same day?
All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis so you may return home the same day. However, it is necessary that you have someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:
- 1 day
- 1 week
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most people return to their usual activities within two weeks after the procedure. Strenuous sports and high levels of intense physical activity, however, are prohibited for six to eight weeks. Be sure to check with your surgeon.
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