Of all modern plastic surgery procedures, the Tummy Tuck is probably the one that produces the most dramatic and transformative results. Also called abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fatty deposits, along with tightening the belly muscles to create a flat, toned, and contoured abdomen.
Why Consider A Tummy Tuck
Pregnancy, weight loss, or just the plain old natural aging process can make the skin around the stomach appear loose and saggy. After childbirth, the abdominal muscles (aka, the six-pack muscles) may also partially or completely separate at the midline of the stomach, making your belly stick out (the dreaded “belly pooch”) even if you are at your ideal weight. This is known as diastasis recti.
Once separated, no amount of diet or exercise can re-tighten the pulled apart abdominal muscles. Unfortunately, lifestyle modifications won’t remove loose skin or eliminate stretch marks, either.
A tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, corrects these issues by surgically tightening the stretched-out abdominal muscles and removing extra skin around the stomach. The goal of the tummy tuck is to help you feel amazing in whatever you wear — whether it is a bikini, a pair of skinny jeans, or nothing at all.
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Am I A Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck in Miami is to contact Dr. Patty Miami to schedule a complimentary consultation. During this visit, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon will listen carefully to your unique surgical goals and concerns and discuss all your treatment options.
Most tummy tuck candidates have a combination of loose skin on the stomach area, excess fat, and diastasis recti (separation of the six-pack muscles). You may also benefit from a tummy tuck if you’ve lost a lot of weight and experience any of those same issues. In fact, this procedure can be appropriate for both men and women that desire a slim, toned abdomen and attractive body contours.
In general, you may be a good candidate for a Dr. Patty Miami tummy tuck if you:
- Are in good health mentally and physically
- Are not planning to get pregnant
- Have weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit at least 8 weeks prior to your procedure
- Have a tummy pooch that does not respond to diet or exercise
- Have stubborn fat deposits that you’d like to get rid of
- Wish to adjust the positioning of your belly button
- Have stretch marks on the lower belly
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What Can Expect From Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Depending on your aesthetic expectations and your surgeon’s recommendations, your Miami tummy tuck surgery may range from a full tummy tuck to remove a significant amount of extra skin, to a mini tummy tuck with a small scar and beyond. These are your tummy tuck options at Dr. Patty Miami.
The Full Tummy Tuck
A full tummy tuck addresses the entire abdominal area and involves creating a horizontal incision from hip to hip and a second incision around the belly button. This technique may be appropriate for you if you have lots of loose skin due to pregnancy or weight loss.
The Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini tummy tuck only addresses the lower abdomen. A short incision is made below the bikini line to remove excess skin, tighten lower abdominal muscles, and extract fat, if necessary. This technique may be appropriate for you if your concerns are limited to the area below the belly button.
The Reverse Tummy Tuck
In the reverse tummy tuck, an incision is made beneath the creases of the breasts to remove fat from the upper portion of the abdomen rather than the lower. This procedure is often done simultaneously as a [breast augmentation] or [breast reduction] since the same incision can be used for both surgeries.
The Extended Tummy Tuck
This comprehensive approach to body contouring may be appropriate for you if you want to improve your hips and thighs as well as your belly. For the procedure, a curved incision that extends from the side of one thigh, the bikini line, and down to the other thigh is made to remove excess skin and tighten lax muscles.
Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia at our hospital-grade private surgical and cosmetic boutique in Miami, FL. The entire procedure takes between 1 and 3 hours, although it may take longer if you choose to combine your tummy tuck surgery with another enhancement, such as:
- Breast augmentation/reduction
- Mommy Makeover
- Brazilian Butt Lift
Recovering From A Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck recovery timeline varies depending on the technique used and the extent of the procedure. Generally speaking, you will need to take 2-3 weeks off your routine activities to allow your body to recover from tummy tuck surgery.
Your abdominal area will be bandaged and wrapped in a special compression garment to promote healing and support the abdominal muscles. Your surgical team at Dr. Patty Miami will also provide you with a customized recovery protocol, which includes prescription pain medications, vitamins and supplements, and instructions on how to care for your incision wounds.
The first few days after your tummy tuck in Miami, FL., you will need to get plenty of rest and have someone help you with your daily activities, including bathing and toileting.
To create a smooth, perfectly sculpted abdomen with a tummy tuck, several layers of stitches will need to be made. Some of these stitches will dissolve on their own and some are permanent. The only stitches that will need to be removed are those around the belly button, which happens 7-10 days after surgery during your post-op appointment at Dr. Patty Miami.
The Next Steps For Your Tummy Tuck Transformation
At Dr. Patty Miami, our entire surgical team is excited to welcome you at our upscale medical and cosmetic boutique to discuss the next steps regarding your tummy tuck.
If you’d like more information about tummy tuck surgery in Miami, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Patty Miami or fill the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation. From your initial appointment through surgery, recovery, and beyond, we are committed to your safety and comfort while we work hard to make your aesthetic dreams a reality.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
How Much Weight Do You Lose With A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck can cost anywhere from $6,000 to over $20,000. The price of a tummy tuck in Miami will vary depending on the extent of treatment needed, the surgeon you choose, and additional fees such as anesthesia, surgical fees, lab work, and more.
How Much Is A Tummy Tuck In Miami, FL?
Tummy tuck results are permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle after the procedure. Even though you can definitely get pregnant after a tummy tuck, pregnancy will affect the results of your surgery, which is why we typically recommend getting a tummy tuck when you’ve decided you are done having children.
Are Tummy Tuck Results Permanent?
Yes, a tummy tuck surgery can be combined with a hernia repair surgery to address the protrusion and strengthen the abdominal wall.
Can A Tummy Tuck Address A Hernia?
Yes. Although Dr. Patty Miami’s surgeons are extremely careful to make incisions in places that can be easily concealed with clothing or underwear, all tummy tuck patients can expect some degree of scarring.
The extent of your scars will depend upon the surgical technique employed and the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed.
Will I Have Scars After My Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Most patients are able to go back to work 2-3 weeks following a tummy tuck surgery.
When Can I Go Back To Work After A Tummy Tuck?
Yes! A tummy tuck can remove the excess skin that sits around the c-section scar for a smoother, tighter, and more youthful appearance.
Can A Tummy Tuck Eliminate A “C-Section Pooch”?
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