Among the hardest areas to target is the midsection. It gets even more complicated because as we age, the abdomen easily stores excess fat that is stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise. Many people have tried different diet methods and exercises to get rid of excess abdominal fat and skin to no avail. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Perez-Gurri in Miami is specifically designed to target and improve the appearance of the midsection. Tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss procedure but rather is performed to remove excess fatty tissue and skin while tightening the abdominal muscles. Patients can expect to achieve a flatter, more defined midsection.
When someone loses an excessive amount of weight in a short time, the skin does not have enough elasticity to shrink and reform to the new body size. Often, massive weight-loss patients will find that they are left with loose, hanging skin and stubborn pockets of fat, especially in the abdominal area. Diet and exercise are no match against changing some characteristics of the abdomen. A tummy tuck can help to restore the abdominal tissue and skin and remove unwanted fatty deposits.
Childbirth and pregnancy can completely transform a woman’s body. Many women will find they have stubborn fat and excess skin that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. The abdominal muscles loosen up and become weak due to making room for the baby as it slowly grows. After childbirth, the abdomen may reduce in size, but most women are left with hanging skin and stretched muscles. Tummy tuck surgery can remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles for a more toned and slender midsection.
Aging can take a toll on the body, and many people notice that their abdominal area becomes more flaccid as they age. The skin loses its elasticity, and our bodies store excess fat. Men and women alike may complain about a sagging, embarrassing midsection that is unflattering on the body. Tummy tuck surgery can help these people to correct existing flaccidity and reshape the abdominal area.
Having excess skin and fat in the midsection may keep you from having the slender silhouette you desire. Once the abdomen is recontoured and skin is tightened, patients can expect a slimmer, more defined waistline.
The majority of tummy tuck patients have weak abdominal muscles, especially women following pregnancy. After stretching to carry a baby, the abdominal muscles are left very thin and weak. Dr. Perez-Gurri corrects the muscles by suturing them together with muscle strips. The abdominal wall is strengthened, resulting in tighter abdominal muscles with a “corset-like” effect.
Tummy tuck surgery focuses on the entire midsection. Patients will notice a flatter abdomen and more defined waistline. Having the abdomen beautifully shaped will not only improve the appearance of the midsection but will also provide overall more flattering body contours. When combined with other surgeries such as liposuction, patients can expect to achieve optimal body contouring results.
Many patients may not feel comfortable in their skin when they have a “pooched out” abdomen. They avoid participating in activities that involve revealing the stomach, such as going to the beach or pool. Certain fashions may fit them awkwardly or may be too tight on their body. After tummy tuck surgery, patients are happy to show off their newly rejuvenated structures and feel confident enough to reveal their stomach and wear clothing that had normally steered away from before.
Patients can return home following the procedure. An abdominal binder or garment should be worn for four to six weeks. It should be tight-fitting but not uncomfortably tight. Dr. Perez-Gurri will do a follow-up examination the following day at home or in the hospital. It is recommended that patients use a recliner and prop pillows under the thighs and head to allow the body to bend at the waist and to keep tension off the suture line. Within 24 hours, patients should start walking short distances around their home.
Most patients return to work and can drive within two weeks. If the job requires strenuous physical activity, patients should wait three to four weeks. Exercise can be continued after six weeks, and regular household chores can be performed after three weeks. Every patient will experience a different recovery process, and Dr. Perez-Gurri will provide you with specific instructions and timelines based on your individual needs.
A transverse incision is made that extends from hip bone to hip bone just above the pubic area. The extent of the incision will vary according to the patient’s figure, amount of excess tissue, and aesthetic goals. Although scarring is involved, incisions are designed to be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit, and scars will eventually fade over time.
According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average surgeon’s fee for tummy tuck surgery was $5,502 in 2015. However, this cost does not include anesthesia, hospital fees, or any other related expenses. The price will vary based on the extent of surgery required, the surgeon’s experience, and the geographic location of the procedure.
It is normal for patients to feel tightness in the abdominal area and to experience some pain and discomfort in the abdomen, rib cage, and back. With each passing day, discomfort will gradually alleviate and can be managed with pain medications.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone across the lower abdomen. Through the incision, the abdominal skin is lifted. Excess skin and fat between the umbilicus and the pubic area are removed. Underneath the skin and fat is the muscular layer of the abdomen, or rectus abdominis. This muscle consists of two narrow and straight muscle strips that will be sutured together and tightened if needed. The skin is then redraped over the abdomen, and any excess skin is trimmed and sutured in place.
As with all surgical procedures, tummy tuck surgery involves several inherent risks, such as:
Typically, patients who are younger, not overweight, or have minimal tissue and need less muscle repair may be better suited for a mini tummy tuck. This technique involves a smaller incision between the hip bones and corrects laxity in the area below the umbilicus.
Tummy tuck surgery is known to last for many years, but maintenance is key to achieving long-lasting results. Patients who experience weight gain or pregnancy can reverse their original results. It is important to follow a nutritious diet and regular exercise plan after surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery is commonly combined with breast augmentation, breast lift surgery, and liposuction. Often, post-pregnancy patients undergo multiple surgeries to reverse the effects of pregnancy in what is known as the Mommy Makeover. Massive weight-loss patients may also choose to combine a tummy tuck with other procedures.
If you’re not sure which procedure you need, let us help by providing additional information and answers to your questions. Schedule a consultation so our doctors can meet with you to discuss your needs, desired results and how to refresh or transform your appearance with a Tummy Tuck procedure.