The Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is one of the most popular body contouring procedures in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. This procedure removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles for a smooth toned appearance. At the Plastic Surgery Center, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott performs customized tummy tucks for men and women using the latest surgical techniques.
TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY) SURGERY IN SARASOTA AND BRADENTON
A tummy tuck, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to flatten, tighten and remove excess skin around the abdominal area caused by pregnancy, weight loss, and other factors. It is important to remember this treatment is not intended to be utilized as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. However, it may be a good next step for individuals who are frustrated with loose or excess skin.
In this video, Dr. Scott talks about tummy tuck surgery, including candidacy and benefits.*
MINI TUMMY TUCK VS. FULL TUMMY TUCK
Just as each person is unique, their goals for treatment will be unique! There are different types of tummy tuck procedures available to help best meet your needs.
A mini tummy tuck is specifically for lower abdominal excess loose skin. This treatment removes loose skin and tightens the muscles in the area below the belly button.
A full tummy tuck is a more comprehensive approach. It addresses frustrating excess loose skin in the entirety of the abdominal area. It involves removal of excess loose skin and tightens the muscles in both the lower and middle abdominal regions.
THE TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
During a typical tummy tuck procedure, an incision is carefully made in the treatment area. Dr. Scott creates all incisions with precision to minimize surgical scarring as much as possible, and he works to provide you with the most natural results. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. Additionally, the internal abdominal muscles are tightened to create a more fit, toned appearance.
Find out about the differences between full and mini tummy tuck surgery.*
TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY) RECOVERY
After tummy tuck surgery, we typically recommend patients plan to have a downtime period of between 7 and 14 days. More time may be required depending on the level of physical exertion required at your workplace. To reduce discomfort and increase mobility, Dr. Scott often delivers a local anesthetic directly into the tightened muscles through a pain pump system. A compression garment should also be worn to reduce swelling and support the abdomen.
Exercise is encouraged as soon as possible to help achieve a quicker recovery, but heavy lifting should be avoided for approximately four weeks after surgery. The incision scar typically requires 6 to 12 months to fully heal and fade in color.
WHEN TO CONSIDER TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
The best way to determine if tummy tuck surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation at The Plastic Surgery Center. We will evaluate your health, medical history, aesthetic goals and other options to help you determine the best way to achieve your results. This procedure may be beneficial for individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, previously been pregnant, or are generally frustrated with excess or loose skin in the abdominal area.