For millions of Americans, a well-sculpted stomach is the ultimate goal. Although we spend hours at the gym, however, endlessly diet, that goal can seem very far away indeed. The Plastic Surgery Center of Sarasota, FL wants to bring that dream home for you. A tummy tuck by Jeffrey Scott, MD, FACS can give you the stomach you’ve been wanting.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty cannot replace natural weight loss. Patients with weight loss problems should consider other options. After you have reached a weight close to the ideal amount for your build, a tummy tuck (formally known as abdominoplasty) becomes a much better choice.
You’ll have better results and a faster recovery if you’re in good shape before your surgery. In many cases, patients first try to attain the desired look through diet and exercise, and only turn to this procedure to put the finishing touches on their look or address stubborn pockets of fat that aren’t responding to diet and exercise.
This procedure is also especially appropriate for a few other types of people:
Those Who Have Lost a Lot of Weight
A stomach augmentation could also be right for people who have lost large amounts of weight quickly. In order to accommodate extra fat, your skin expands and stretches when you carry a lot of weight. Stretch marks are the result of this. Moreover, gravity pulls your abs downward and forward when you have excess weight on your stomach, causing them to loosen and pull further away from your body.
You may find, even if you start a rigorous training regimen, that your abs don’t tighten up the way you thought they would. The best way to restore your natural shape and undo the damage done to your abdomen is by having an abdominoplasty.
Those Who Want To Restore Their Bodies After Pregnancy
Pregnancy has similar effects to what we have just described. The abdominal muscles are more stressed during pregnancy than they are during natural weight gain, as weight is gained behind the abdominal wall.
As the growing baby pushes against the abdomen, the abdominal muscles usually separate, resulting in a flabby stomach. Abdominoplasty can be performed after pregnancy, but it is recommended to wait until breastfeeding has ended. It is best to wait until you have fully recovered from a C-section delivery before undergoing another surgery.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
This procedure reshapes body tissue in the abdomen. The abdomen has three layers of tissue, as do all other parts of your body. You have your muscles, which attach to your bones. Your fat cells sit above your muscles, followed by your fat deposits, and finally, your skin sits on top. Those who exercise know that their muscles define their shapes.
Even with high levels of body fat, muscles are often visible, so it makes sense that losing fat will enhance the muscles’ look even more. Muscles and fat work together to determine your overall appearance; therefore, we shape both of these, if necessary, and remove any excess skin. As a result, many people are able to achieve a firmer, flatter stomach that is otherwise impossible to obtain.
Do I Need This Procedure?
For many people, this procedure is the only way to achieve the results they desire, even though it is purely cosmetic. Losing weight will reduce the fat around your stomach, but it will not reshape the structural muscles. It is also important to contour the midsection’s abs as they form the foundation for the entire midsection. However, going to the gym every day might not be enough, either! You can develop a distended muscle after sustaining an injury, not using it, or even training it incorrectly. Even a strong set of abdominals can appear bloated or stick out.
An abdominoplasty is also the only way to remove excess skin from your abdomen caused by pregnancy or excessive weight loss. Even if you lose a lot of weight and do a lot of sit-ups, the skin is still there. The abdominoplasty procedure is fortunately relatively easy to perform and suitable for most patients. You can dramatically improve the appearance and health of your body in just a few hours.
History of the Tummy Tuck
This type of surgical procedure has been practiced for over 100 years! Modern surgical techniques were introduced in 1870, and it wasn’t long before this procedure was tried out. Throughout the following decades, doctors experimented with a variety of methods.
In the early days of abdominoplasty, many of the procedures were not performed for aesthetic reasons. In many cases, the goal was to repair damage to the body caused by a hernia or object wound. Because aesthetics wasn’t a goal, no one worried about leaving huge scars. In the 1960s, surgeons began working harder to avoid scaring, and today it’s a main goal in the procedure.
Advancements in Technique
In the mid-1970s, doctors started using liposuction to remove fat from the body in order to sculpt it to their liking. Liposuction became synonymous with abdominoplasty almost immediately. By using liposuction, we can contour the abdomen naturally.
Advances in the field have made this procedure less invasive and safer than ever. Recovery times are shorter than ever before. Now is the best time ever to get a tummy tuck.
About the Procedure
In most cases, a tummy tuck can be performed as an out-patient procedure in a matter of hours. If you choose a skilled surgeon and prepare well, your tummy tuck will be successful and smooth.
Consultation is required before an abdominoplasty can be performed. Your body’s structure and shape will be evaluated so that we can determine which treatment is best suited to you.
Additionally, your goals and desired outcome will be discussed. You’ll be scheduled for surgery if you meet the criteria for the procedure, which most of our patients do. A week prior to surgery, you’ll receive instructions. They may include healthy diet recommendations to promote healing after surgery. You will receive specific instructions regarding your diet and physical activity immediately before surgery.
During the Tuck
The type and extent of anesthesia required for abdominoplasty will depend on the nature of the procedure and your preferences. For minor procedures, a “Mini Abdominoplasty” can be performed under local anesthesia. For patients who prefer to be completely unconscious during their surgery, general anesthesia may be an option. Epidural anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia used. Once the anesthesia is administered, your surgeon will make a careful incision across the abdomen from one hip to the other. Another incision in your navel allows Dr. Scott to adjust the skin.
How It Works
Liposuction may be used to remove excess fat along with trimming loose skin. In the process, the abdominal muscles are strengthened and contracted. The abdominal muscles are meticulously stitched back into the new location of the skin over the abdominal muscles. The last detail is your belly button. A new navel is stitched into the skin above your belly button, preserving the original material underneath.
As a result, you and those closest to you will see a stomach that is completely natural. Most procedures last around two or three hours. The procedure can be completed in one morning or afternoon.
Since you won’t be able to drive right away, arrange for someone to pick you up. An incision dressing will be applied by your doctor and easy-to-follow instructions given for how to keep the incision clean will be given. It will probably help if you have a friend or family member to stay with you for the first few days. They can retrieve things for you, for example, so that you don’t have to strain yourself in any way.
A few weeks of wearing an abdominal garment will help everything heal properly. Your doctor will also prescribe antibiotics for the prevention of infection. We will schedule follow-up visits with you to make sure you are recovering properly.
Are You Ready for a More Sculpted Look?
If you’re thinking about this procedure, or if you just want to know more about it, we welcome your questions. Dr. Scott is a highly-regarded surgeon and distinguished internationally for his skills in plastic surgery. His goal is to listen to every patient and provide the personalized care needed to get you the results you’re looking for. Come talk to us at The Plastic Surgery Center of Sarasota, FL today to get started!