A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This excess tissue may be present due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or simply genetics. Dr. Nawada offers his expertise and knowledge of this procedure to help the patient achieve their desired look and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Women and men who are seeking to have a smooth, tightened and toned abdomen should consider visiting board-certified Winter Haven plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesh Nawada, for tummy tuck surgery at his facility in central Florida. A tummy tuck is not a method of weight loss. The typical patient has excess skin and/or fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Women often combine a tummy tuck with breast augmentation or a breast lift as part of a mommy makeover. Dr. Nawada may recommend a tummy tuck if the patient has excess tissue that is disproportionate to the rest of their body. Correction of the weakening and separation of the abdominal muscles due to pregnancy is also performed during a tummy tuck. In some cases where there is an excess of abdominal skin and/or fat, but not enough to warrant a tummy tuck, Dr. Nawada may recommend a mini-tummy tuck.
Abdominoplasty Surgical Technique
Full Tummy Tuck
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
Abdominoplasty During/After Surgery
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation,with help. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
Abdominoplasty Expected Cost
The price for abdominoplasty will vary depending on the technique used, the patient’s condition and aesthetic goals, as well as other factors relating to the surgical case. However, on average, most patients can expect to pay between $8,000. - $14,000. for their tummy tuck procedure, pending on, mini-tummy tuck, full tummy-tuck or circumferential, (extended) tummy-tuck.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,000 - $13,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Tummy Tuck FAQ’s
One of the most common trouble spots for women and men is the midsection or belly, especially after pregnancy or significant weight loss. If you’re considering a tummy tuck like many Tampa, FL residents, it’s natural to have questions. Dr. Nawada is a board-certified plastic surgeon who makes patient education a priority. During your consultation he will take the time to provide as much information as you’d like about the procedure. In the meantime, he has provided answers to questions he is frequently asked about tummy tuck surgery.
A tummy tuck can renew your abdominal area and your confidence. To learn more, request a consultation with Dr. Nawada in Winter Haven or call to schedule an appointment.
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?
While candidates for either procedure should be at or near their ideal weight, tummy tuck surgery and liposuction offer distinct benefits. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat that has built up in isolated areas such as the hips and thighs. A tummy tuck is performed to:
- Get rid of loose, wrinkled skin and stretch marks on the abdomen
- Reshape the belly button
- Firm and flatten the abdominal contours
Dr. Nawada often performs liposuction during tummy tuck surgery to fine-tune body contours by removing fat from the hips, waist, and other areas.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
What About Weight Gain?
For best results, it is recommended that patients be mindful that weight gain may compromise the results of the surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a less invasive variation of the tummy tuck that focuses on abdominal improvement below the belly button. This procedure, which may include fat removal with liposuction, tightens lower abdominal skin and muscle without moving or reshaping the belly button. The mini tummy tuck may involve a shorter incision and recovery period than for the complete tummy tuck. In most cases, patients need a complete tummy tuck to rejuvenate the abdomen completely.
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Will Ab Workouts Be Enough?
If you are at a healthy weight and physically fit, but still have a tummy bulge or excess skin, your workouts have done all they can do. Stretched skin and separated abdominal muscles cannot return to a firm, contoured state; these concerns need the help of an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Nawada.
Pregnancy After Tummy Tuck?
Getting pregnant after a tummy tuck will not increase risks to your health or harm your baby. However, pregnancy will most likely undo the cosmetic improvements you’ve gained from your tummy tuck by stretching out your abdominal skin and muscles. If you’re considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Nawada recommends postponing the surgery until you are done having children.
Removal of Stretch Marks?
Yes, for the most part. During a tummy tuck, Dr. Nawada tightens the abdominal skin by pulling it down, trimming away the excess, and reinserting the belly button through the skin; therefore, it’s likely that stretch marks below your belly button will be removed during the surgery. Stretch marks that are above your belly button will be repositioned below your belly button where they will be covered by most types of clothing.
Are Surgical Drains Necessary?
Tummy tuck patients usually return home from surgery with surgical drains in the incision. These thin tubes are needed to remove fluid that the body creates as part of the natural healing process. Drains typically stay in place for 5 to 7 days and are then removed during a follow-up visit to our office.
When can I Return to Work?
Tummy tuck patients are usually ready to return to work that is not physically demanding within 2 to 3 weeks.
Can Exercise Help Recovery?
Yes. In addition to rest and hydration, gentle exercise can speed up your recovery from tummy tuck surgery. Benefits include:
- Minimizing swelling
- Preventing blood clots
- Toning abdominal muscles
Although you may not be able to stand fully upright initially, it’s important to begin walking within a day or 2 of your surgery. As you feel better, you may gradually increase the intensity of your activity as recommended by Dr. Nawada. To minimize complications, avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for about 6 weeks.