More commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is effective at eliminating excess fat and skin from the abdomen area. This tummy tuck surgery in Tampa is a procedure often pursued following pregnancy or significant weight loss but is also beneficial for those who have been unable to reduce stubborn fat pockets or tighten loose and sagging abdominal skin using diet and exercise.
To ensure optimal, natural-looking results from your abdominoplasty, look to an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, who has performed countless successful tummy tucks on patients throughout the Midwest.
You may be an excellent candidate for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) if you:
- Have excess fat tissue and/or skin around your midsection
- Are physically healthy
- Are relatively close to your ideal weight
- Are a non-smoker
- Have finished having children
The first step in abdominoplasty is a consultation in Tampa with Dr. Abdullah, who will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history. He will verify that you are in good health and inquire about your expectations of surgery to determine if they are reasonable and realistic. While Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed information on the abdominoplasty, procedure you should be prepared to ask any questions you may have. If he determines that abdominoplasty is an appropriate solution for your goals, Dr. Abdullah will develop a customized treatment plan. In some cases, he may suggest alternative procedures that are more likely to help you meet your goals.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. Dr. Abdullah will then make a horizontal incision just above the pubic bone that may extend between the hip bones. This allows him to lift the abdominal skin and access the underlying abdominal muscles for tightening and the removal of excess fat tissue. In most cases, the belly button will need to be repositioned and excess skin removed before the incision is finally sutured.
Different conditions have pushed our tummy tuck patient to undergo an abdominoplasty. For you, it may be excess skin and fat after coming out of pregnancy, experiencing weight loss, or simply aging, to mention a few. No matter what it is, however, your ultimate goal is related to one thing; improving the appearance of your abdomen.
At Arviv plastic surgery, we understand that our Tampa tummy tuck patients need different levels of change for their abdomens to have a flat and contoured appearance. Whether you require a mini, full, extended, reverse, or hourglass tummy tuck, our surgeons at Arviv Plastic Surgery has you covered.
The mini tummy tuck is the right procedure if you only need to remove a little amount of skin or fat to get your desired shape. This approach requires an operation on the lower part of your abdomen.
A full tummy tuck is the standard abdominoplasty procedure. It involves working around your whole abdomen to remove loose skin, muscles, and fat deposits. A wide incision is made just above your pubic area, and another is around your belly button. We offer the most satisfactory traditional tummy tucks Tampa has to offer.
The extended tummy tuck is your go-to option if you intend to tighten your waistline. It is like the full tummy tuck, but the incision made above your pubic area extends to your back to remove excess skin.
What if you have sagging skin, loose muscles, or excess fat deposits at the top side of your abdomen instead of the bottom? The Reverse tummy tuck is the appropriate procedure. After taking the same measurements as a traditional tummy tuck, it works with incisions at the top of your abdomen.
The goal of the hourglass tummy tuck is easily deduced from its name; you get that aesthetically balanced shape everyone would love. A traditional abdominoplasty gives you a flat but square shape. With the hourglass tummy tuck, targeted liposuction is engaged at different points on your abdomen to change that square to an hourglass.
Most cosmetic tummy tucks and body sculpting procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, allowing you to rest and recover in the comfort of your own home. At Arviv Plastic Surgery Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions, as well as options for pain control. In addition, he will provide contact information for him and his staff in the event that questions or concerns arise. Within several days, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him at our Tampa office.
During your recovery from tummy tuck surgery, you should rest and relax at home, drink plenty of fluids and eat light meals. You should arrange for someone to stay with you the first night after surgery, as you may feel groggy from the anesthesia. In most cases, a compression garment must be worn to minimize swelling while supporting the abdomen as it heals.
Most tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients are able to return to work within 3 to 4 weeks of surgery, depending on the nature of their job.
Our team will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. During your consultation, we’ll talk through what your expectations are from your procedure and whether it is the right choice for you. Choosing Arviv Plastic Surgery eliminates the worry of a good result, so schedule a consultation to get started with your tummy tuck in Tampa, FL, now.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions we have received from our Tampa tummy tuck patient over time.
Can a Tummy Tuck Eliminate Unwanted Fat?
Yes! Excess body fat is part of the abdominal content that tummy tucks help remove.
How Is Pain Controlled During and After Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Our experienced surgeon injects you with a nerve-blocking medication during the surgery to minimize your nervous system’s response to pain. Although this remains effective shortly after the surgery, you may use over-the-counter pain suppression medication and compression garments to minimize pain. Taking good care of your body also helps.
Will I Have a Scar?
Yes, you will have a scar after your tummy tuck, but this eventually fades out 18 to 24 months after your surgery.
What Is the Cost of a Tummy Tuck?
Although this depends on the type of procedure you wish to undergo, the cost of tummy tucks typically starts at $6,154.
Can a Tummy Tuck Repair Muscles in the Abdominal or Midsection?
Yes, our surgeons help to reconstruct the muscle mass around your stomach by working on the linea alba and rectus abdominis muscles. It typically takes two hours to complete.
Is It Possible to ``Pop`` My Tummy Tuck Stitches?
Although it is possible to take out your tummy tuck stitches, this requires a lot of significant and mostly intentional force.
What Issues Can a Tummy Tuck Not Resolve?
Tummy tucks help with excess fat, skin, and muscles to improve the structure of your skin. Sadly, they only work with certain types of stretch marks.
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