Some people successfully lose weight, but cannot eliminate the fat that has settled in their abdomens; others seem never to gain a pound yet still develop miscellaneous pockets of fat on their stomachs. Then there are those whose muscles weaken most often due to the after-effects of pregnancy or significant weight fluctuation, resulting in a belly bulge. The good news is that at Strax Aesthetics in Lauderhill, Florida, near Miami, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can address any of these issues.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
This method eliminates excess fat around the midsection with a way to achieve a flatter, tighter stomach. Many times, this extra weight is caused by the natural aging process, pregnancy, and/or weight fluctuations: Each of these can stretch and weaken the abdominal muscles and cause the skin on the abdomen to become flabby. While performing an abdominoplasty, the cosmetic surgeon removes excess skin and fat and then tightens the underlying abdominal muscles to provide the patient with a more attractive-looking tummy.
Once any excess fat is removed, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and the extra skin is cut away, the patient can enjoy long-lasting results by adhering to a moderate diet and exercising regularly.
Who is Considered a Good Candidate for an Abdominoplasty?
Today, the tummy tuck is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed. Women who have not completed their families will need to wait until they are no longer planning another pregnancy.
Issues that would make you a good candidate for an abdominoplasty include having:
- A surplus of fat that is concentrated within your abdomen
- Weakened or separated muscles in your abdomen.
- An abdomen that protrudes and is not proportionate with the rest of your body.
- Sagging abdominal skin.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Accomplish?
An abdominoplasty procedure corrects loose muscles and sagging skin. There are two kinds of abdominoplasties performed at Strax Aesthetics: It is your specific circumstances that will dictate which procedure your surgeon recommends for you.
The two types of tummy tucks performed at Strax Aesthetic include:
- The Standard/Complete Abdominoplasty
- The Mini Tummy Tuck/Floating Abdominoplasty (FAB)
- Fleur-de-Lis procedure (inverted “T” incisions for tightening in the vertical dimension (traditional abdominoplasty) and in the horizontal dimension (pulling the loose skin from both sides toward the middle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following tummy tuck surgery, drain tubes will need to be left in place usually for a period of one week. Most patients experience some bruising and/or swelling, which will subside over the course of a few weeks. The majority of individuals are able to return to non-strenuous jobs or activities after about one to two weeks; however, heavy lifting and/or strenuous physical labor should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks. To help facilitate healing and prevent venous thrombosis, patients are often encouraged to walk around as soon as they feel comfortable enough to do so.
Mild to moderate discomfort may be possible in the days following abdominoplasty but is well controlled with admnistration of medication.
While there are typically no major risks associated with becoming pregnant after tummy tuck surgery, it is typically recommended that patients wait until they are done having children before undergoing the procedure. Doing so can help ensure the results achieved are not compromised by the bodily changes that often occur during pregnancy.
Yes, if you are overweight, your surgeon will advise you to be in weight range and maintain that stable weight for a period of time to qualify for a tummy tuck.
Generally, surgeons recommend waiting for anywhere between six months to a year after pregnancy before getting a tummy tuck. This time frame allows your body to reestablish equilibrium and completely heal after your pregnancy