Fat tends to accumulate around the belly in both men and women, and cause the skin to stretch out. Even after losing weight, and adhering to a strict diet and exercise regime, the skin will not snap back where it used to be requiring a procedure such as a tummy tuck Miami, also known as abdominoplasty, to help improve the area. Take some time to visit our before and after gallery to see the results our surgeons can produce using tummy tuck in Miami.
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Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?
For many women, maintaining a firm abdomen is crucial to their appearance. Whether due to the natural aging process, weight loss, or the effects of pregnancy and childbirth, some women are left with loose skin and stubborn fat in the belly that no diet or exercise will eliminate. Read on to figure out whether you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck Miami.
Massive weight loss - After losing a significant amount of weight you may feel lighter and healthier, but the remaining fat and extra skin will not reveal the person you have become. Several weight loss procedures can be combined to contour the body for optimal results such as tummy tuck, body lift, breast lift, and breast reduction.
Pregnancy - While every woman responds differently to pregnancy, for the most part, you will notice some abdominal changes such as a swollen tummy, and overly stretched abdominal skin. Thankfully, at Unique Aesthetic Center our surgeons can also tighten the abdominal area besides removing fat.
Aging factor – As a person ages, the skin will start losing elasticity. A tummy tuck is the surest way to tighten stomach skin and achieve lasting results. Abdominoplasty will not only remove belly fat with liposuction, but it will also help tighten muscles and eliminate excess skin.
General requirements – There are some requirements you will need to meet when screening patients for surgical candidacy. You should be in excellent health, have excess belly fat within 10% of your weight goal, and your expectations should be discussed during your first consultation
Miami Tummy Tuck Surgery
The first step is to administer anesthesia for your comfort during the operation. Then an incision is made horizontally across the stomach. The incision’s length and shape is based on how much skin will be removed. It can be short or long from hipbone to hipbone. After the abdominal skin is separated and cut away, the surgeon will tighten and reposition the abdominal muscles. At last, the upper abdominal skin is stretched down, the excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is sutured together. Then the incision is closed, and a bandage is applied to the treated area.
Tummy Tuck Options
Standard or full tummy tuck – This procedure involves an incision from hip to hip, and it is commonly performed on patients that have lost significant weight or after pregnancy.
Extended tummy tuck – The incision for this procedure is larger as it goes around the hips. Patients that have experienced extreme weight loss may be good candidates for this procedure.
Circumferential tummy tuck – This procedure targets the waistline too, back and hips, besides the abdominal area, which helps to improve the overall shape and final results significantly. The surgery starts with an incision made around the waist to facilitate the easy removal of fat.
Mini tummy tuck – This procedure addresses the excess skin explicitly located underneath the belly button. The mini abdominoplasty is not a good option if you want to correct sagging in the entire abdomen.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
While recovery is different for everyone, there are some guidelines you can follow. The proper arrangements should be made as you prepare for your recovery period, including having someone who will drive you home from the hospital. Your drains are left for a few days after surgery, but you will be shown how to care for them.
Swelling and pain are normal, but it should subside with the help of compression bandages and pain medication. You should limit strenuous activities for the first six weeks of recovery, including healthy exercise and heavy lifting. The stitches are generally removed a week after surgery during which time you will be able to do light activity that promotes healing.
Scarring is to be expected, but it should fade significantly over time. Your surgeon at Unique Aesthetic Center will work with you to choose the right incision site so it can be easily concealed beneath a panty or bikini bottom. Almost all patients are happy to trade the results of an improved abdominal contour for the scars.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
At Unique Aesthetic Center, a tummy tuck ranges between $5,000 and 7,000. Our prices are among the most affortable in South Florida. Pricing should not stop you from reaching your beauty goals, as there are several financing options available. Make sure you choose a plastic surgeon with experience performing this type of procedure and with the required certifications.
Schedule a tummy tuck consultation today
As with any other cosmetic procedure at Unique Aesthetic Center, every tummy tuck starts with a consultation with one of our talented surgeons. You will be asked questions about the areas that concern you, factors that may have contributed to the physical changes you have experienced, and your medical history. Your surgeon will evaluate your abdominal wall anatomy closely, the amount of fat to be removed and location, the condition of the abdominal wall muscles as well as skin laxity, and surplus skin in the midsection. Once your initial evaluation has been completed, a customized treatment plan is designed to address your specific needs and goals.
Tummy Tuck procedure key Faqs
What’s the difference between Liposuction and Tummy Tuck?
Patients who wish to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise can undergo liposuction. However, liposuction will not remove excess skin. Tummy tuck, on the other hand, helps remove excess abdominal skin and tightens muscles, crucial to those who have lost excessive weight or after pregnancy.
Can a tummy tuck affect a future pregnancy?
While surgeons advise waiting until you are done having children, if you get pregnant after a tummy tuck or any other body contouring surgery, it will not affect you or your baby’s health, but it can undo the results.
What other procedures can be combined with a tummy tuck?
If you are considering a tummy tuck, your surgeon may recommend other specific procedures based on your needs, including liposuction, body lift, and abdominal etching.
Where are the scars located?
The scars can be severe based on the amount of skin removed, the technique used, and how well your skin heals. The scar is long and linear between the hipbones, and it will look pink for several months, but fade over time. Our surgeons at Unique Aesthetic Center, use techniques that leave minimally scarring, which can be concealed by a standard bikini. That is something you can discuss during your initial consultation: the incision types, techniques, and location.
When can I return to work?
Most patients go back to work two weeks after surgery, based on how extensive your surgery is and the type of work you do, whether it is physically demanding. Some patients may need to be off work four weeks or more.
When will I see the results?
You must be patient as the final results may take a while to be noticed. Some results are seen immediately, but it may take up to six months or more to reap the rewards. The swelling will gradually resolve to lead to a more dramatic improvement after surgery.
How long do the results last?
The results are considered permanent, as fat cells that have been removed will not grow back. Nevertheless, weight fluctuations may cause the abdominal skin to lose elasticity and begin to sag again. Gaining too much weight will cause the body to produce new fat cells. Likewise, pregnancy can undo the results and cause further damage to the stomach muscles. Therefore, to ensure the outcomes are long lasting, you should be at a stable weight and wait until you are done having children to undergo a tummy tuck.
Are there any risks?
As with any other surgery that involves anesthesia, there are some risks primarily due to the use of anesthesia. Some of them as stated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, include:
Risks associated with anesthesia
Bleeding and infection
Accumulation of fluid
Postoperative pulmonary complications and deep vein thrombosis
Need for revision surgery
While every surgery involves certain risks, they are less common when an experienced surgeon performs the procedure.