Tummy Tucks Orlando
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At Park Avenue Plastic Surgery in Orlando, tummy tuck surgery is often performed to help patients achieve slimmer, firmer abdominal contours. Our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Joseph is a body contouring expert who provides patient-tailored treatments designed to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Treat?
After childbirth or significant weight loss, the excess skin over the abdomen may not revert to its original tightness. The result is drooping or sagging skin. Your abdominal muscles can also become stretched out and may not retract to their normal position. This can leave a stubborn protruding belly that won’t respond to even the most sophisticated workout routines and strict diet plans.
A tummy tuck surgery, also called an abdominoplasty, can correct both of these problems. The tummy tuck will flatten your abdomen and remove the excess, loose skin so your muscles will retain a flat, toned appearance.
There are four abdominoplasty techniques: the full tummy tuck, circumferential tummy tuck, modified tummy tuck, and the mini tummy tuck. The method used depends on the patient’s specific needs and aesthetic goals.
Full Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
This procedure addresses the three components of abdominal deformity (skin, fat, and muscle). A full tummy tuck benefits most women who want as flat a stomach as possible and skin as tight as possible. An abdominoplasty is completed under general anesthesia and usually takes between three and four hours.
A full tummy tuck removes excess skin between the belly button and the pubis. The remaining upper abdominal skin is then stretched to replace the lower abdominal skin. A new opening is created for the belly button. The muscle is tightened to flatten the abdomen and recontour the waistline. Liposuction can also be done in combination with a tummy tuck to sculpt the abdomen further.
An incision will be made along the panty line, positioned hip to hip. It will be kept low in order to limit its visibility. Drains will be placed to empty any excess fluid, and they will be removed several days after the surgery.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck or Body Lift
This procedure is more commonly performed on patients who have had massive weight loss from either gastric bypass, Lap band procedures, or through diet and exercise. During this procedure, excess skin is removed from between the belly button and pubis.
The treatment area can extend around the waist and include skin from the back. The underlying muscles are also tightened in the process. This type of procedure will produce some lifting of the outer thigh and buttock.
Modified Tummy Tuck
For patients who do not have a lot of excess skin to be removed, but who have very weak or separated abdominal muscles causing the abdomen to pouch out may require more muscle tightening than skin excision. During a modified tummy tuck, the skin and belly button are elevated off of the muscles. The muscles are then tightened.
Then a portion of skin is removed between the belly button and pubis. The belly button is moved down only a short distance during this procedure.
Mini tummy tuck
During a mini tummy tuck (mini tuck) the excess skin located between the belly button and the pubis is removed. The remaining skin is stretched to close the incision. The muscles are tightened, and the belly button is kept attached and is not moved.
Liposuction is commonly performed during a mini tummy tuck to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. The resulting post-surgical mark is shorter, lying just over the pubic area like a C-section scar.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Two drains will be placed under the incision to remove normal healing fluid for the next week to ten days. You will also need to wear a compression garment for the next six weeks following surgery. Most patients return to work in two weeks following a tummy tuck.
While you are recovering, you must refrain from participating in any strenuous activities. This includes heavy lifting, intense workouts, and any household chores that require a lot of effort.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Your initial consultation will determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for an abdominoplasty. In some circumstances, a tummy tuck and lipo (liposuction or lipoplasty) may be performed together in what is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.” If you are in good physical and mental health with reasonable expectations you should be a good candidate.
Risks of Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty
There are a few of potential complications associated with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. During your preoperative visits and consent process, we’ll discuss the risks and precautions one can make to minimize them in great detail. Some of the potential risks include:
- Seroma – Fluid collection underneath the skin requiring simple drainage in the office by needle
- Hematoma – Collection of blood underneath the skin. Can be drained in the office or may require a second surgery
- Poor wound healing – More common in smokers and diabetics
- Clot formation in the legs
- Pulmonary embolus – A clot dislodging from the legs and going to the lung
- Infection – Patients are started on antibiotics before surgery and kept on antibiotics for a week after surgery to reduce this risk
For more information, see Tummy Tuck Questions and Tummy Tuck Risks vs. Benefits. In addition, before and after tummy tuck photographs are available to view.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
Tummy tucks are cosmetic procedures that are fully customized to address the needs of each individual patient. The price of the surgery depends on the type of tummy technique used, the degree of correction required, and the overall complexity of the surgery. Dr. Joseph will develop your personalized treatment plan and discuss the associated cost of the procedure during your consultation.
Contact Our Office
If you are interested in enhancing your appearance with a tummy tuck in Orlando or Winter Park, please contact our cosmetic surgery office today. Our experienced and successful Winter Park tummy tuck surgeon, Dr. Joseph, and his friendly, well-trained staff can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.