About Tummy Tucks
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that gives a you a tighter and smoother abdomen. If you are having trouble getting rid of excess belly fat despite a healthy diet and regular exercise, a tummy tuck may help you achieve the body you desire. A tummy tuck can also be used to tighten loose skin and add contour to the midsection of the body. You may need a full abdominoplasty to get your best results. If you only have trouble in your lower stomach or you have a "pooch," a mini or modified tummy tuck may be all you need. During your consultation, we will discuss your body concerns and what you hope to achieve from tummy tuck surgery before creating your best treatment plan.
Delray Beach, FL board-certified plastic surgeons at Inspire Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa provide many patients each year with tummy tuck procedures. This popular cosmetic surgery will slim a tummy with stubborn fatty deposits and redundant skin that won't bounce back after weight loss. Men and women alike seek modifications to their abdomen fat and skin.
- A partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck: This technique is selected if the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel. A short horizontal incision is all that is necessary for a partial tuck.
- Endoscopic abdominoplasty: This surgical technique minimizes scars and may be useful when patients have only a mild degree of excess fat and muscle laxity in the abdominal area.
- A circumferential tummy tuck: If you have lost a significant amount of weight and fat (usually after gastric bypass surgery), you may have loose, overhanging skin all around the body. In order to create a nice contour, our plastic surgeons can extend the scar all around the waist line to lift the outer thigh and buttocks for a smoother look with the muscles tightened and create a new belly button.
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"I had an amazing experience. - Dr. Goodwin performed an abdominalplasty during my hysterectomy. The scar from the incision is hardly noticeable and my stomach looks fantastic. I have dropped a dress size and I'm still swollen. Dr. Goodwin is easy to talk to and answered my questions. His staff is also fantastic. Very happy with the results."- V. / RealSelf / Aug 02, 2017
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The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those in good health and who are at or near their desired weight. Tummy tuck surgery should not be used as a form of weight loss, but as a means to tone the midsection after having already met your weight loss goals. Good candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who experience:
- Excessive skin around the belly button.
- A weakened abdominal wall.
- Sagging or loosened skin on the abdomen.
What to Expect
During the procedure, the surgeon will usually make a horizontal incision, typically between the belly button and pubic area to remove excess fat and tissue from the abdomen. The fascia, tissue beneath the skin, will be tightened and should the belly button require moving, it will be brought out through a small incision and repositioned. Excess skin will also be removed and the incision along the pubic area will be stitched. The result of this procedure is a minor scar that falls along the bikini line for easy coverage. Patients can expect the procedure to take approximately 3 hours, depending on their aesthetic goals.
Following abdominoplasty, there will be some swelling and bruising around the abdomen and belly button. For the first few days following the procedure, tubes may be used to drain the incision site of any blood and fluid. Some patients may be issued an antibiotic to help prevent infection. Patients will experience some abdominal pain, which is normal, and the swelling can take 6 weeks or more to subside. It is very important that patients are careful moving around following the first few months of surgery and they will need to schedule follow-up appointments at our office periodically for progress checks.
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Flat, Toned Abs
If you want to attain a flatter, more attractive stomach and have tried a healthy diet and exercise, a tummy tuck may help get you to your desired results. Tummy tuck surgery can help you with the confidence you need to walk the beach without a cover-up and show off the body that you’ve worked so hard to attain. Schedule a consultation with Inspire Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa today and learn how a tummy tuck can transform you.