The Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular procedures performed at Juventus Cosmetic Clinic in our Miami and Hialeah Clinics. This procedure improves the contour and shape of the abdomen by removing any excessive skin and fat. This also removes stretch marks and the look of a protruding abdomen. This is done by tightening the underlying abdominal muscles which could be stretched out due to pregnancy, age, or weight gain. The excessive skin and fat condition will not improve with diet and exercise alone, but requires the experience and esthetic eye of a cosmetic surgeon to give clients their youthful shape.
Full Tummy Tuck Surgery
The full tummy tuck procedure is the most popular among patients. This is the removal of extra skin and fat from the tummy and tightening up the muscles. This gives a flatter, sleeker appearance. The incision runs from hip to hip but is often low enough to hide it.
Tummy Tuck Surgery candidates should:
- Be in a good general health condition.
- Carry excess weight in the midsection.
- Have loose or droopy skin around the abdomen.
- Commit to maintaining the results with a stable diet and regular exercise.
Tummy Tuck Surgery candidates should not:
- Have serious medical conditions which could be compromised by undergoing a surgical procedure.
- Plan to become pregnant.
Extended Tummy Tuck
Extended tummy tuck surgery is better for candidates who have a large amount of extra skin and fat. It is a full tummy tuck, but with a longer incision. When combined with liposuction, it provides improvement all around the waist, not just the front and sides. If a longer incision is needed, this allows the cosmetic surgeons to remove more skin and fat without creating extra folds of tissue at the ends of the incision.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Lower Body Lift
The circumferential tummy tuck is often reserved for our massive weight loss/post lap band/gastric bypass patients. This is better for those with significant skin and soft-tissue laxity on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. The incision is all the way around the waist, removing skin and fat while also providing a lift to the buttocks and hips. An overnight stay at the Clinic is recommended after this procedure. The final result of this powerful tummy tuck surgery procedure is a slimmer and flatter tummy, lifted and rejuvenated buttocks, and smoother hips and thighs.
Tummy Tuck Repair
If you’ve had a previous tummy tuck, and are dissatisfied with the results, the surgeons at Juventus Cosmetic Clinic do offer a repair. They are often referred patients who request correction or improvement of previous tummy tuck surgery. Reasons for this request may include unattractive scars, persistent skin laxity, residual fat, or an unappealing belly button.
Combining Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures
The tummy tuck surgery procedure can vary from patient to patient, especially when combined with another cosmetic treatment. For more comprehensive results, a tummy tuck surgery can be combined with a number of procedures, including:
- Liposuction: Doctors often use liposuction as part of a tummy tuck surgery to remove excess fat cells in the abdominal region. However, patients may also choose to have liposuction performed on another trouble area, such as the hips, waist, thighs, or upper arms.
- Breast procedures: Once they have achieved a flatter stomach, many women feel that their drooping breasts is not in line with their enhanced midsection. For this reason, many patients choose to have breast augmentation, breast lifts, or breast reduction in conjunction with their tummy tuck surgery.
After the procedure, most surgeons advise patients to wear a compression garment around their stomach. This minimizes the risk of blood clots during recovery time. Patients should avoid showering for 2 to 3 days after the procedure or until otherwise instructed by the surgeon. Even after getting the okay to shower, patients should be very cautious around incision sites. Baths, hot tubs, and swimming are strictly prohibited until after the incisions are healed, as these activities can significantly raise the risk of infection.
Why do I need to wear a compression garment?
The compression garment is beneficial in several ways. It supports the stomach and back, which decreases discomfort from movement of the newly repositioned muscles. It prevents the muscles from moving out of place and it helps the skin contour to the new curves of the stomach. It also prevents any fluid from pooling under the skin.
How long will I need to wear my compression garment?
The amount of time depends on each patient’s needs and will be determined by the surgeon. Some can stop wearing it after several weeks, while others have had to wear it up to two months after.
Will gaining weight affect my Tummy Tuck results?
While they give you a flatter and firmer stomach, tummy tuck’s do not prevent future weight gain. Unfortunately, weight gain after the procedure will affect the patient’s figure, although the weight may be more evenly dispersed across the body. To keep this from happening, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine.
Can I get pregnant after a Tummy Tuck?
Yes, however, cosmetic surgeons recommend that you do not undergo tummy tuck surgery if you plan to get pregnant, since this can stretch out skin and muscles, negating the effect of the procedure. Having a tummy tuck will not affect the health of the baby or make delivery more difficult.
Am I too old or too young to get a Tummy Tuck?
Cosmetic surgeons will not perform tummy tuck surgery on anyone under the age of 18. While it is certainly safe for patients in their 20′s to have a tummy tuck surgery, some surgeons advise patients to wait until they are a little older, particularly women who think they may want to have children in the future.
Can I get a Tummy Tuck after a C-section?
Yes, many mothers who have had a C-section struggle with loose abdominal skin and damaged muscles. This means tummy tucks are ideal treatments. However, most cosmetic surgeons recommend that you wait at least six months after the caesarian before you undergo tummy tuck surgery.