Tummy Tuck St. Petersburg
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) can be a life-changing procedure, producing a dramatic flattening and tightening of the abdomen. It is ideal for correction of loose skin and abdominal muscles, such can occur after pregnancy or weight loss. When combined with treatment of the hips and sides it can result in noticeable reduction of the waistline.
Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Antonio J. Gayoso notes that sculpting the entire waistline, not just the abdomen, ensures the best possible outcome for your procedure. It is not uncommon to find that one drops pants sizes by treating the entire waistline. Dr. Gayoso’s goal is for patients to feel like they can show off their abdomen at the beach, or wear more form fitting clothing. A flatter abdomen and narrower waistline additionally indirectly enhances the shape and projection of the breasts and buttocks.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck:
- Are in good overall health
- May have excess skin with or without excess fat in the abdominal region that has been resistant to exercise
- May have muscles and skin which are loose and stretched by pregnancies
- May have undergone massive weight loss resulting in excess skin in the abdominal region
- Feel that they are too straight waisted and want more curves in that area.
Dr. Gayoso often performs a tummy tuck as part of a mommy makeover.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Gayoso removes excess fat, tightens loose skin, and tightens stretched abdominal muscles with sutures. This is like a permanent internal corset, enhancing the waistline and restoring the abdomen to youthful, beautiful shape.
Lipoabdominoplasty is the most modern tummy tuck procedure. It employs liposuction to remove the unwanted fat, with less surgical intervention. This also enhances the blood supply to the healing tightened tissues, which in turn reduces the risks associated with the procedure.
Recovery and Follow-Up Care
The low bikini line scar can be hidden in a two piece bathing suit, and although there is a scar, most patients enjoy an improvement in the appearance of their belly button. The scar and the abdomen are initially swollen. The improvement is visible almost immediately, and over time, the result improves.
Pain after abdominoplasty is lessened dramatically because Dr. Gayoso uses either a slow release pain pump which provides ongoing local anesthetic for the first few days after surgery, or a medication injected into your muscles that provides the same type of relief for a few days. This has revolutionized tummy tuck recovery and allows for much earlier mobility and comfort. Oral pain medication supplement the pump as well.
Most patients take a minimum of a 2 or 3 weeks off to recover, but the feeling of tightness and soreness will continue improving over several weeks to a month or two. It is important to protect the ‘internal corset’ from strenuous activity or straining for at least 12 weeks, at which point your tissues will have healed strongly, and your tight abdomen is more permanent.
Dr. Gayoso will give you detailed aftercare instructions, including how to care for the bandage covering your incision, following your surgery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.
Please contact our Tampa plastic surgeon today to schedule your initial tummy tuck consultation at Gayoso Plastic Surgery, serving patients in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Clearwater, Florida.