Tummy tuck is a comprehensive plastic surgery procedure designed to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdominal area.

Although not a weight loss procedure, tummy tuck surgery is often pursued by people who have lost a large amount of weight and desire to remove the excess skin from the lower abdomen. The procedure is also often requested by mothers who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy body contours.

Dr. Perez-Gurri has extensive experience performing Tummy Tuck, and he has been recognized by his colleagues and patients as a foremost experienced surgeon. If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck with Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Perez-Gurri, please explore the paragraphs listed below.

Tummy Tuck Surgery: Is It For Me?

Many women find that the abdominal area tends to become more flaccid with age and after pregnancy. Most of this flaccidity occurs in the lower abdominal area between the umbilicus and pubic region.

Although this condition is most frequently seen after multiple pregnancies and childbirth, it may occur simply as result of aging tissues. The age at which these changes occur varies individually among patients. Patients of varied ages, ranging from the late twenties to late fifties, frequently present with this complaint and desire correction. The correction is a surgical procedure commonly called a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty.

These are all terms used to describe the same procedure and are interchangeable. The great majority of “tummy tucks” are performed on women; however, there is a rising percentage of male abdominoplasty surgeries. The overall purpose is to correct the existing flaccidity and reshape the abdominal area.

There are several variants of the tummy tuck. However, for the purpose of this discussion we will refer only to the traditional tummy tuck and mini-tummy tuck.

Tummy Tuck Surgery: The Procedure

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Dr. Perez-Gurri begins tummy tuck surgery by making a transverse incision that extends from one hip, across the area just above the pubic region and then on to the contra lateral hip. The extent of each incision varies according to each Miami tummy tuck patient’s figure, amount of excess tissues, and aesthetic goals. Accordingly, the tummy tuck surgery can range from removing just a small amount of skin and fat to removing a fairly large amount of tissue. Generally, the heavier and more pendulous the abdomen, the longer the incision will need to be.

This incision allows the elevation and dissection of the entire abdominal skin and fat, from pubic region to the costal margin or rib cage, and breastbone or xyphoid. The umbilicus does not get removed or cut off. Dissection is carefully done around the umbilicus while the rest of the skin and fat are lifted. Our plastic surgeon Dr. Perez-Gurri is then able to remove the entire portion of skin and fat that lies between the umbilicus and pubic area. Although this greatly improves the situation of the excess skin and fat it does not address the flaccidity of the underlying muscular abdominal wall.

Underneath the skin and fat of the abdominal wall lies the muscular layer of the abdomen. The main muscle of the abdomen is the rectus abdominis. This is a muscle consisting of two narrow and straight muscle strips that extend from the lower abdomen near the pubic region to the costal margin or rib cage. Usually these two strips of the muscle are very close together. As a result of pregnancy, weight gain and overall flaccidity, the muscle strips have separated. The resultant area is left very thinned out and weak. During this part of the abdominoplasty operation, Dr. Perez-Gurri will suture these muscle strips together, side-to-side from the pubic region to the breastbone. This in effect creates a “corset” like effect, thereby tightening and strengthening the abdominal wall.

Next, the skin that was originally at the level of the umbilicus is now free to be pulled down to the pubic region. It is then sutured in place. Drains will be placed underneath the skin and brought out separately. These drains are usually removed during the first post-operative week depending on the amount of drainage. The patient has sterile dressings applied followed by an abdominal binder or some other type of compressive surgical garment.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

Dr. Perez-Gurri and his medical team hope that this information was helpful to you. However, they would like to remind you that definitive answers to your questions can be found only during a personal consultation with Dr. Perez-Gurri. You can schedule your one-on-one appointment by calling his cosmetic surgery offices at 305-596-2228 or Online.

During your consultation, Dr. Perez-Gurri will determine whether you are a Miami tummy tuck candidate, and he will also explain other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction and mommy makeover in Miami. He will help you create a comprehensive surgical plan that will deliver aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking results.

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