While we all aim for a well-toned and flat abdomen, sometimes even with exercise and weight control, we don’t achieve our goal. Many people, men and women alike, choose tummy tuck surgery because they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their abdomen and flanks. People visit our Tallahassee, FL, plastic surgery practice for tummy tuck procedures from Destin and Lake City, FL; Dothan, AL; Valdosta, GA; and many smaller communities in between.
Tummy tucks are especially popular among women who’ve given birth and haven’t been able to recuperate their pre-baby midsection and among men and women who’ve undergone a dramatic weight loss and are left with excess hanging skin.
Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to correct a protruding abdomen resulting from weak abdominal muscles, weight gain, or pregnancy, which can cause excess skin, fat, and stretched abdominal muscles.
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
Ideal tummy tuck candidates are healthy, maintain a consistent weight, do not smoke and are concerned about the appearance of their abdomen.
Typical causes contributing to a protruding and/or loose or sagging abdomen include: pregnancy, dramatic weight loss or fluctuations in weight, aging, and heredity.
Dr. Kirbo, Dr. Rosenberg, and Dr. DeRosier have helped countless men and women achieve the midsection of their dreams through abdominoplasty, creating more slender, firm and contoured waistlines. In some cases, liposuction or other additional procedures may be required to achieve the results desired, which your surgeon will discuss with you at length during your one-on-one consultation session.
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How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
During a tummy tuck, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened, and excess fatty tissue and skin are removed to improve the body contour. The goal is a narrower, flatter abdomen. A tummy tuck can be done in combination with liposuction to further define areas such as hips and lower back. The surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours under general anesthesia.
What Will My Tummy Tuck Scar Look Like?
The tummy tuck is performed through an incision that runs across the lower abdomen from hip to hip. It is important to know that this incision will leave behind a scar. While this scar will never go away completely, it will flatten and fade over time. This scar is typically easily hidden beneath undergarments or bikini bottoms.
Is a Tummy Tuck Painful?
We use ultrasound-guided anesthesia blocks to help improve patient comfort after surgery. This helps improve recovery and reduce pain after surgery.
What Is Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
Discomfort is associated with a tummy tuck. Drains are usually placed and left in place for at least 1 week. Dressings or bandages are applied to your incisions, and you may be dressed in a compression garment to help to reduce swelling. Recovery time is 1 to 2 weeks, and patients need to refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 1 month.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?
The cost of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck varies based on multiple factors, including the complexity of the surgery and the anesthetic used. We will discuss the cost of your procedure in-depth at your consultation. We are happy to offer third-party financing options to make your tummy tuck more affordable.
Meet Our Physicians
Our skilled physicans understand the profound difference even a small change on the outside can make on the inside. They are dedicated to providing high-quality care in a supportive, compassionate setting.
If your goal is to achieve a narrower or flatter abdomen, please call our Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A., office at
(850) 219-2000 or contact our cosmetic coordinator today for a private consultation with our Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A., board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Ben Kirbo, Dr. Laurence Rosenberg, and Dr. Chris DeRosier.