Tummy Tuck Miami
Introduction to Tummy Tuck Miami
The Tummy Tuck Miami is one of the most popular procedures performed today. Officially called the Abdominoplasty surgery, it ranks in the top five for the most sought after cosmetic surgery. Between 1997 and 2001, the number of tummy tucks performed increased by 72% and the trend continues to go strong.
The Abdominoplasty procedure is an ideal solution to remove unwanted skin from the stomach area while improving its overall look. Our skin can only stretch so far before it loses its elasticity. When this happens, the skin can no longer return to its original form.
This procedure facilitates the tightening of underlying stomach muscles which have loosened, weakened or separated as a result of pregnancy and fluctuating weight. It also aids in the flattening and reshaping of the abdomen, and correcting a protruding abdomen that's disproportionate with the rest of the body. In some instances a Miami Tummy Tuck can even help improve stretchmarks, especially if they are located below the navel.
During the surgery, excess skin and fat are removed. A skilled surgeon can also tighten the abdominal muscles by sewing muscle together to form a sort of internal girdle. This procedure differs from liposuction; a cosmetic procedure which removes fat deposits. However, paring both procedures assures additional contouring and sculpting.
Abdominoplasty is considered a major surgery and cannot substitute regular diet and exercise. This procedure should be performed only after all other methods have been exhausted, and weight has stabilized. While most tummy tuck procedures occur for cosmetic reasons, others undergo the procedure to fix weakened abdominal muscles that cause medical issues such as back pain. In such a case, Tummy Tuck serves as a reconstructive surgery.
Tummy tucks cost more than a liposuction and it requires longer recovery time. Long lasting results should be coupled with routine exercise and a healthy diet. Both men and women can have a Tummy Tuck.
At Vanity Cosmetic Surgery we encourage patients to bring a list of questions to ask our doctors during their initial consultation.
Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck Miami
The best candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who is healthy both emotionally and physically, within 25 pounds of their ideal weight, a non-smoker, and has reasonable expectations about the results.
Both men and women who have loose skin and fat concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from an abdominoplasty. If you plan on getting pregnant again or plan on losing more weight, you should hold off on this procedure until you've achieved your desired weight and are done having children.
This procedure has been performed successfully on many formerly obese patients who had lost most of their skin's elasticity and wanted to have remaining pockets of fat removed.
When should you avoid having Abdominoplasty Surgery?
A smoker, or someone recently exposed to a second-hand smoker should avoid surgery. Smoking decreases blood flow to the body’s tissue which results in prolonged wound healing, skin loss, infection, increase in scarring, plus a plethora of other related complications. Anyone who still plans on losing weight, should also avoid the surgery because it's possible you might have additional lose skin.
The procedure should be postponed, until the patient reaches their desired weight. Any woman who plans on becoming pregnant again should postpone her tummy tuck, until after she has completed childbearing. Becoming pregnant again would reverse the procedure.
Tummy Tuck Process
There are several different types of tummy tuck procedures. Depending on which surgery best matches your desired results will depend how long the surgery will last. A complete abdominoplasty can take up to 5 hours while the less invasive version, a partial abdominoplasty can go for about 2 hours.
The first step will be to administer general anesthesia to the patient. Next, a horizontal incision is created just above the pubic area. The length of the incision depends on the anatomy of the abdomen, the style of undergarments or bathing suits you prefer, and how much skin is removed. If there is excessive loose skin around the bellybutton, a second incision will be made around the navel to remove the extra skin.
Skin that contains stretch marks can be removed and remaining stretch marks will be flattened and improved. It's important you have realistic expectations about the scar and marks that will remain. Their appearance might not improve to the same level you hoped for.
There are several types of Tummy Tucks that address a variety of issues. Since they vary in complexity and healing time, your doctor will recommend the best surgery for the results that you want.
A complete abdominoplasty is a procedure complex and invasive procedure. It begins with an incision that goes from one hip bone to the other hip bone and that's followed by a second incision that cuts the naval loose from the surrounding area. This skin cut from the incision is then removed from the muscle below and the fat. Then skin is lifted from the incision area up to the ribs.
The vertical muscles in this area are then tightened by sewing them together. This will maker the abdominal wall firmer and the waistline smaller. The surgeon will then get rid of the excess skin, positions the remaining skin to its new location and creates a new location for your navel. At the end of the procedure, the surgeon will insert a drainage tube under your skin for a few days to drain any fluid build-up. Sometimes a dressing or a compression garment must be placed over the operated area.
Partial or Mini-abdominoplasty
A Partial or Mini-abdominoplasty targets fat deposits located below the navel and smaller patches of excess skin. During this procedure, the bellybutton will most likely not be moved. The incision for this surgery is usually smaller than that of a regular tummy tuck and allows for a much quicker recovery than a full tummy tuck. This surgery begins with a small incision above the pubic area. Excess skin is then cut and removed. The two skin areas are then reattached for a flatter and more firm looking abdominal area. This procedure is most effective for someone who wants to remove sagging skin in the lower abdomen.
Tummy tuck with Liposuction Procedure
A tummy tuck and liposuction are often performed at the same time. prior to the surgery, the doctor will determine how much fat might have to be removed. during the actual surgery liposuction will be performed first to remove this excess fat. this will then be followed by a traditional tummy tuck or a partial tummy tuck depending on the circumstances.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty Procedure
Circumferential Abdominoplasty, also called a body lift or Belt Lipectomy differs from a traditional tummy tuck.
This procedure takes into account the stomach area and also the hips, back, and waistline. This surgery removes the amounts of loose hanging skin that has lost its elasticity and exists around the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and belly fat. It also allows for the re-positioning of muscles for a firmer look.
The procedure begins with an incision that is made around the waist to allow the removal of excess skin and fat. The surgeon will then join the upper skin tissue with the lower skin tissue to give you a firming looking body.
How should I prepare for my Tummy Tuck?
If you smoke, you need to stop smoking. You should give up smoking about 6 weeks before the operation. Cutting down will not be sufficient, as nicotine and smoke will slow down the healing process. It also heightens the chance for other medical complications. Doctors recommend quitting completely rather than just cutting down on smoking. Your doctor will also instruct you on which medications and supplements you can continue to use or should stop taking. It’s possible that if you do take any, they must be eliminated for a certain period prior to the surgery. You should also void taking Aspirin or Motrin.
Be sure to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Proper nutrition plays a key role in healing properly. You must incorporate a lot of protein into your diet for the first 3 to 5 weeks and eat fiber to avoid constipation. Patients should prepare for an extended recovery after this procedure. When it comes to your weight, you must avoid doing a crash diet. Rapid weight loss can be unhealthy because it lowers your immune system, and it worsens the risk of infections after the operation.
Postoperative preparations and Home Recovery Area
During your tummy tuck recovery; be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 to 48 hours. You should do regular checks with your doctor every week during your recovery period. Compression garments help tighten the muscle and prevent tummy tuck scars so it should be worn after surgery. It has been reported that some patients experience mood swings after the operation. Some patients get depressed, others become hyperactive. Patients must keep in mind that after a serious operation that changes in mood is possible. Patients should avoid heavy lifting or exercising during the recovery period.
Preparations that should be made at home in advance of surgery for better recovery
- Animal/ Pet care should be arranged.
- Comfortable bedding with extra blankets, anesthesia gives the “chills” after surgery.
- Purchase all medications and dressings before-hand.
- Nightlights should be used at night, as medications can sometimes disorient you.
- Place anything you will need during recovery at hip height, as you do not want to be lifting or reaching up for anything.
- Have lots of loose, comfortable clothing such as over-sized t-shirts, baggy sweatpants or pajama bottoms.
- Gather things that will keep you entertained while you recover. For example, movies, video games, books, journals, music, laptop, etc.
- Wash your hair the night before surgery. It could be a few weeks before you shower.
- Purchase foods and snacks that will alleviate nausea (crackers, gold fish, toast).
- Take at least two weeks off work.
- If you can, have a personal helper, a family member, a nurse or a friend always nearby.
- Keep in contact with your surgeon, just in case you start experiencing any complications. Do not be afraid to call in at any given time.
- Remember that our well-being should be the only thing that matters.
- Stay in a room close to a bathroom.
The amount of time required for surgery varies from patient to patient. Age, health, and elasticity of skin count among the various factors for recovery. The day after surgery, patients should take short walks to boost circulation, which will aid in recovery. However, they will be unable to stand up straight. During the first days, avoid siting down for long periods of time. Some activities should be limited during the first weeks of recovery. Straining, bending, and lifting must be avoided as these movements may cause increase swelling and bleeding. Scarring will heal and fade as time goes on; although, they might get pink and darken before they lighten.
Some incision markings will remain permanently as a result of the procedure. Doctors generally prescribe oral medication to alleviate pain or discomfort. There might be a “tugging” sensation in your abdomen but compression garments will aid in reducing swelling. Bruising and numbness of the skin, between the navel and the wound, should be expected. Drainage tubes will be in the wounds to help prevent fluid buildup.
Complications and Side Effects with a Tummy Tuck?
As with any surgery, there can be risks, side effects, and complications. You might experience, swelling, bruising and pain following your surgery. Bleeding, infection, and bad reactions/side effects from anesthesia are all possible. You may experience a lot of pain and your doctor can prescribe you pain killers to help you manage that. Soreness may last for weeks and in some cases months. Numbness could also be a common side effect that can last up to a year. Potential complications include infection, blood cost, effects of anesthesia, and poor wound healing. Your doctor will instruct and advise you on the best way prevent these types of complications. Scarring as a result of the procedure should also be taken into consideration.
Very extensive abdominoplasty can cause tissue loss along the incision line. Hematomas occur often in patients who smoke or suffer from diabetes. This happens when fluid builds up under the skin after the drains have been taken out. The fluid can be removed with a needle and all drainage stops within 30 days.
Tummy Tuck Cost
The cost of a tummy tuck varies regionally from city to city, state to state, and country to country. Cost depends on factors such as:
- Age of patient
- State of health
Prices may vary from $2500.00 – $5000.00 which usually includes pre-op and post-op care, facilities fees, anesthesia, and medications.
Does my insurance cover this?
Yes, if the procedure was undertaken out of medical necessity. It’s not covered when the procedure happens for cosmetic reasons.