Abdominoplasty

OVERVIEW

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is amongst one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the United States. There are many reasons for someone looking to have this procedure. For patients wanting this technique a number of factors come into play such as bariatric surgery, pregnancy, excess skin causing irritation or looking to improve the look of their abdominal wall.

For optimal results, your body lift should be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have undergone extensive training in the field of both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. They must also pass rigorous examinations to verify their proficiency in the area.

Orlando's Tummy Tuck Specialist Dr. Edgar T. Sosa is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has helped many men and women achieve their goal of a flat, sculpted stomach.

BENEFITS

A major benefit of abdominoplasty is improvement in abdominal wall contour and tightened tummy, diet and exercise cannot achieve.

If a Tummy Tuck is right for you, potential benefits may include:

  • Repair diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles that is common after pregnancy and causes a bulge that does not respond to diet or exercise

  • Improved self-confidence

  • Better fitting clothing including swimsuits

  • Reduce or remove excess skin and stretch marks

  • Restore a youthful look with a smaller waist, and flatter, more toned tummy.

OPTIONS

Due to the number of variations and modifications of abdominoplasties, it is key that Dr. Edgar Sosa selects the appropriate technique for each patient's needs. We would discuss the best procedure and the expected postoperative desired outcome during your consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Mini-Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • When discussing a mini-abdominoplasty, it is important to know that this procedure is designed to remove a very small amount of unwanted abdominal fat which is resistant to weight loss. This is commonly caused by loose skin that does not have the elastic recoil and will not tighten up.

  • In this procedure, a single incision is made just above your pubic area, which will allow for the scar to be placed as low as possible.

Full Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • In this technique along with the lower incision in the abdomen, we would need to make an incision around the navel. Just like the mini-abdominoplasty, excess skin is removed; in addition, muscles are tightened and liposuction may be used to contour the waist and abdomen.

RECOVERY

It is expected that these surgical procedures are done under general anesthesia in the outpatient department of the hospital or in a certified surgery center. All Orlando Plastic Surgery Associates surgery cases that are performed in an ambulatory surgical facility are fully accredited to meet strict standards of the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities).

After recovery from surgery, you will be discharged home with care instructions. You will be sent home with pain medication, care instructions, and a compression garment to reduce fluid retention and swelling.

After tummy tuck procedure, it is recommended that patients wear their compression garments 24/7 for 4 weeks (except when showering or washing the garment) and then for an additional 3 weeks (only during the day or when active).

Bruising can be extensive after large surgical procedures. At about the third day after surgery, expect the area to be a deep purple, which will travel with gravity outside of the surgical area and be noticeable for 3-6 weeks. Many patients are able to return to work after a couple weeks and return to full activities after four to six weeks.

Dr. Edgar Sosa will continue postoperative care in the weeks following your surgery to ensure proper healing and satisfactory results.

Confidence is the most beautiful thing you can possess.

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