There are several common conditions that can point your attention to a tummy tuck procedure. Some people have inherited genetic conditions that lead them to gather fat on their stomach almost exclusively; some people have recently enjoyed substantial weight loss and now have loose skin around their abdomen. Tummy tucks are also common post-partum procedures, because pregnancy can separate and loosen the muscles in the abdominal wall. As an added bonus, those sub-navel stretch marks will frequently vanish after a good tummy tuck.
- Are in good health
- Have a stable weight and are not planning on gaining or losing a lot of weight
- Have loose or sagging abdominal skin
- Have weak abdominal muscles that don’t respond to exercise
- Have an abdomen that is disproportionate or protrudes from the body
- Are a non-smoker and have been for at least a month
- And have realistic expectations of what can be achieved,
- Abdominoplasty is a good match for your needs!
Tampa Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure
In a tummy tuck in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, an incision is made within the pubic triangle (so it’s not visible when wearing a bikini.) A second incision is made to disconnect the belly button from the tissue around it. The skin is then lifted, and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened. If appropriate, excess fat is liposuctioned away. The skin is then pulled down and taut, and excess skin is removed. The skin that has been pulled over the belly button is cut so that the belly button is properly visible again; that skin is then carefully sutured inside the belly button so that no scars are visible. The original incision is then closed, and after 2-3 hours top to bottom, the operation is complete!
Mini-Tummy Tucks in Tampa and Wesley Chapel
If your problematic belly skin and muscle weakness is confined to the area below the belly button, the incision around the navel is not required and the entire operation will be much shorter and easier to recover from.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The first few days after an abdominoplasty in Tampa and Wesley Chapel can be uncomfortable, but the pain is rarely unmanageable. You might not feel like it’s OK to stand up straight right away, but the reality is that you should be upright and walking around as quickly as possible in order to get your skin and muscles to adapt to their new situation. If you’ve had a drainage tube placed after your operation, you’ll have it removed within a week. Within two weeks, you should be able to return to work; within six weeks, you’ll be able to stop wearing a compression garment around your abdomen.
One common side effect of a tummy tuck is numbness in the abdominal area; this can persist for several months. Also, the scar-free tummy tuck has yet to be invented, though few clients find having a sagging stomach to be preferable to the fine scar that a tummy tuck leaves. If you gain or lose a significant amount of weight — or become pregnant — the effects of a tummy tuck can be undone, so if you’re planning a baby or a weight-loss surgery like gastric bypass, wait until everything has settled down again before you go in for this operation.
Tampa Tummy Tuck FAQ
Is abdominoplasty a right surgery for me?
Pregnancy or significant weight loss can result in lax muscles and excess skin of the abdominal area. Unfortunately, even vigorous exercise does not restore elasticity to the abdominal structures mentioned. Abdominoplasty also know as a Tummy Tuck in Wesley Chapel, FL, is a procedure used to address these changes and restore a tighter, flatter and more attractive abdominal area.
How is the tummy tuck procedure performed?
During this procedure, an incision is made at the bikini line extending from hip to hip. The abdominal muscles are brought together and tightened to their appropriate position and tension. The excess skin is excised providing a tight smooth abdomen. The result is a tighter, flatter abdomen, and a more defined waistline. In some instances a tummy tuck in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, FL can be combined with waist Liposuction in Wesley Chapel, FL of to create even more definition.
What is the recovery time?
Most patients can return to work and general light activity at about 2-3 weeks.
Will you explain me the details of the procedure?
At Magnolia Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Azharian will go over all of the details of the procedure as well as pre and post-operative care needed to achieve your best results. She will answer all of your questions and address your expectations so you have a clear vision toward a better you.
Are there any follow up visits?
Post operatively (after your tummy tuck in Tampa and Wesley Chapel), you will have frequent visits to evaluate your progress and provide further instructions to help you through your recovery phase.
Is tummy tuck suitable for weight loss?
It is important to understand that an abdominoplasty in Tampa and Wesley Chapel is not a weight loss procedure, rather a skin removal and muscle tightening procedure. To achieve optimal results you need to be at or close to your ideal weight. This procedure can give you amazing results, and as long as your weight remains stable, the effects of an abdominoplasty are permanent.
What is I still want to have more children?
This procedure is not appropriate for individuals who plan to have more children in the future.
Is the adominoplasty surgery covered by my insurance?
Dr. Azharian and her staff will direct you should you fall into an insurance covered option.
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