Many men and women suffer from having extra loose skin that impairs their abdominal profile. This loose skin can be caused by a variety of reasons like weight loss, aging, genetic laxity, or pregnancy. It can make many people feel uncomfortable and self-conscious, especially during the summer months. To help our patients feel confident we offer the tummy tuck procedure here at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging to create a slim abdomen.
The tummy tuck procedure professionally referred to as abdominoplasty, helps to contour the abdominal area by getting rid of excess skin or fat and restoring weakened muscles. Resulting in an abdominal profile that is slim, smooth, and firm. The abdominal skin can become loose over time through many different factors. This procedure is very popular following pregnancy or massive weight loss. Patients who undergo a tummy tuck procedure typically have tried to improve their abdominal area through diet and exercise but cannot get rid of excess skin, fat, or stretch marks. The tummy tuck procedure benefits these patients by giving them the slim look that they desire.
The incisions for this procedure are made across the lower abdomen and around the navel. The excess skin in the abdomen is removed, then the muscles are tightened as well. Liposuction techniques may be used to help contour the abdomen. This type of tummy tuck helps patients who have had their profile compromised from pregnancies, obesity or genetic laxity of the skin.
This type of incision is made in the pubic area of the abdomen. The incision could range from being a few inches to the entire span of the abdomen. The surgeon will remove excess skin, tighten the muscles, and might use liposuction to help contour the area. This is ideal for patients who have some laxity in the abdomen but have always been in good shape.
These incisions are made longer than traditional tummy tuck incisions to address the hip area. It is ideal for patients who have excess skin on the love handles. This procedure uses the deeper skin tissue to support the repair.
What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck removes your excess lower abdominal skin & fat and also tightens your weak abdominal muscles. You will appreciate a significant improvement in your shape & feel better about yourself after this very popular body contouring procedure.
Is it safe & where is the procedure performed?
Tummy tucks are one of the most common cosmetic procedures, with thousands performed annually. Your procedure will take place safely & comfortably as an outpatient in Dr. Vinas’s AAAHC accredited facility, adjoining the office.
What are the Risks of a Tummy Tuck?
There’s a risk of bleeding, especially if you have not stopped Aspirin & NSAID’S before the procedure. There’s a small risk of surface irregularity, more common in elderly patients.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost depends on how extensive your procedure will be and any other procedures you may want to have at the same time, such as liposuction. We offer competitive pricing when compared with similarly trained physicians in our area.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The abdominoplasty procedures at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging can help a range of patients who have concerns about their abdominal profile. The best patients for this procedure are of good general health, at a stable weight, and are done having children. These are all important factors to be sure that the results of the abdominoplasty are not compromised later on. By scheduling a consultation appointment, we can ensure that this procedure will be beneficial for you.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
For optimal comfort, the tummy tuck procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. During the surgery, your surgeon will make the incisions for the type of tummy tuck chosen for your treatment. The excess skin is removed, then, if needed, excess fat can be removed with liposuction. Any slack or weakened muscles are tightened, afterward, the skin is re-draped over the abdominal area and the navel is repositioned. This creates the immediate slim, firm abdomen look that is desired.
What do I do before the procedure?
You will need to be off blood thinners and ensure that your blood pressure is well controlled. You may require medical clearance from your family doctor depending on your age & your health.
What type of anesthesia is used?
IV sedation is used along with numbing medicine instilled into the areas being treated. This numbs the nerves, loosens the fat & constricts blood vessels, making this procedure well tolerated and safer than general anesthesia.
How is the procedure performed?
After instilling a local anesthetic into your areas to be treated, Dr. Vinas will wait about ½ hour before starting the procedure. During this waiting period, the areas will become numb. Liposuction may precede removal of excess skin and muscle tightening.
How painful is it?
There will be some pain requiring the use of a narcotic for the first several days.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
All of our patients at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging will be provided with pre-operative and post-operative instructions for optimal results. Patients of this procedure will be asked to wear a compression garment following the surgery to help keep the skin and muscles supported during the healing process as well as prevent swelling. Common side effects from this procedure are redness, bruising, and swelling. Typically, these subside within a three-week period. It is important to rest as much as possible during the first few days following surgery, many patients are able to return to work and most daily activities after a two-week period. It is important to keep a relationship with your surgeon during the healing process so they can observe your progress. The effects of a tummy tuck are long-lasting with patients enjoying their slim look for years to come.
What will I need to do after the procedure?
You will need to wear an abdominal binder & avoid anything strenuous for between 2 & 4 wks. Most patients will require a week off from work.
When will I see Dr. Vinas again?
The day after the procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure and how it can benefit you, contact the team at our office in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The team at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging are highly-skilled and excited to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. To make an appointment call the office or fill out an online form and a team member will reach out.