Tummy Tuck Tallahassee
Conveniently located to serve Tallahassee, Florida
If you want a tighter, flatter abdomen, then a tummy tuck may be for you. In Destin, Dothan, Thomasville, Panama City and Valdosta, patients are recommending Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic for this procedure.
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles especially after weight loss. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer, often enhancing your body image and confidence.
The Best Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is recommended for healthy men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen. If you have had one or more pregnancies or have experienced dramatic weight loss, then you can benefit from a tummy tuck.
You may have to exercise caution if you:
- Are planning on conceiving in the future
- Are diabetic or a chronic smoker
- Are suffering from an acute heart condition
- Have had an abdominal surgery before
Your Initial Tummy Tuck Consultation
Your surgeon will review your medical history during a consultation. They will ask about your previous and current medications, any previous surgeries, and any drug allergies that you may have.
Your surgeon will ask about your aesthetic goals and will examine your abdomen to understand the extent of transformation needed. Once you are cleared for the procedure, a date will be set for the surgical session.
You will be asked to stop smoking several weeks before the abdominoplasty in order to prevent complications during recovery. You may also be asked to avoid specific medications like NSAIDs, which would make you bleed more during surgery.
You are required to maintain a healthy and stable weight consistently starting from at least 12 months before surgery.
Abdominoplasty surgery usually takes about 2 to 3 hours. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. Incision size is largely dependent on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Another incision is created around the navel.
Once these incisions are created, excess skin and fat are removed. Sagging abdominal muscles are tightened using permanent internal sutures. The tightening of the abdominal muscles (the six pack) is called fascia plication and can correct a condition called “diastasis recti.”
Where correction is isolated to the area below the navel, a limited or mini tummy tuck with a shorter incision at the pubic bone may be recommended. A mini tummy tuck is an ideal option for many patients. Sutures, tapes and skin adhesives, may close the incisions.
The Recovery Process
Pain medication may be given after the tummy tuck surgery to help manage pain, which is usually moderate. An antibiotic may be prescribed to prevent infection. Restrict movements that stress the abdominal area at least for 6 weeks after the surgery.
Patients generally find that swelling subsides and initial results appear in approximately 2-4 weeks, with final results appearing months post-surgery. You will need to come in for follow-up visits so that your surgeon can examine your incisions’ healing process. Incision lines will continue to flatten and fade for up to a year. Most patients notice a difference immediately and see further improvements as swelling decreases.
The Tummy Tuck is often combined with other procedures to enhance body contours.
For more information on tummy tuck procedures, schedule your consultation with Tallahassee Plastic Surgery Clinic. Our board certified plastic surgeons will deliver desirable, natural results. Call us today to discuss your options, procedure plan, and a personal recovery timeline today.