Joseph M. Brown M.D, F.A.C.S
PLASTIC SURGEON IN TAMPA
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Brown at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery. It’s the perfect treatment for that stubborn apron of loose skin that hangs at the bottom of the abdomen. This procedure is a great option for women after pregnancy or for people who have experienced significant weight loss and wish to tone the abdomen with skin tightening. Our patients who undergo this treatment report a huge boost in their self-confidence because of the improvement made to their physical appearance and lack of self-consciousness both in and out of clothing. There are different types of tummy tuck procedures aimed at improving the contour and silhouette of the abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Procedures
Mini Tummy Tuck
This primarily addresses excess skin in the lower abdomen. Typically, the scar is shorter and, if necessary, laxity between the six pack muscles can be tightened to take care of a “baby bulge” that never went away. The belly button is typically left in place and does not have a scar around it.
Full Tummy Tuck
This is one of the most powerful tools of transformation in a plastic surgeon’s belt. With this surgery, skin and fat are removed from both the upper and lower abdomen by re-draping the skin and excising the excess. The belly button is brought out through its new position and is more defined, giving it a more youthful appearance. It is your belly button, just refined. The six pack muscles are tightened by sewing them together in the midline, which helps to narrow the waistline and create more of an hourglass appearance. The incision is typically from hip to hip, with a scar around the belly button as well, which is well camouflaged.
Some patients are excellent candidates for this state-of-the-art procedure where liposculpture is performed across the abdomen in addition to a full tummy tuck to further enhance abdominal contour. This procedure is done for select patients and can create very powerful changes as well.
Extended Tummy Tuck
Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery or have lost a significant amount of weight may benefit from an extended tummy tuck. With this operation, the scars are longer in order to achieve a great result in abdominal wall contour. Typically, the pubic region is also lifted with this operation which creates universal improvement in the torso and a more harmonious improvement.
Reverse Tummy Tuck
For patients in whom a mini or full tummy tuck cannot tighten all the skin on the upper part of the abdomen, a reverse tummy tuck is employed. With this operation, the skin is pulled up towards the breasts/lower chest. It can be useful after a mini tummy tuck, if upper abdominal skin laxity begins to develop with age.
When should we consider a Tummy Tuck?
Men and women in the Tampa Bay area who may be considering abdominoplasty surgery should be at or close to their ideal weight. This helps to ensure accuracy for the final result, which can always change with more weight loss. We also recommend that women wait until they have no future plans to become pregnant, as this can reverse the changes made in abdominoplasty.
What to expect:
Tummy tucks are typically performed under general anesthesia and patients go home the same day, although some patients will require an overnight stay in the hospital. Drains are typically placed to help prevent the development of fluid collections from surgery. Dr. Brown utilizes modern techniques of local anesthesia to minimize surgical pain in the immediate postoperative period. Most patients are feeling well after a few days, but are sore for about 2 weeks. Mild activity and walking are encouraged but strenuous activity should be avoided for 6 weeks to prevent complications and help to ensure a great outcome.
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