Tummy Tuck Surgery in Altamonte Springs, FL

Unlike liposuction, which removes fat from the abdomen, tummy tuck surgery is used to improve contours on the abdomen. Though they can be done simultaneously, the tightened skin and muscle created by tummy tuck surgery creates a smoother appearance to the abdomen, rather than simply removing fat. This allows you to enjoy a firmer, smoother, more youthful appearance on your abdomen.

You should be realistic about the outcomes of your surgery. For example, if you have excessive abdominal fat, that won’t change during the surgery without additional procedures at the same time. Nonsmokers also recover much more quickly due to better blood flow, so it’s important to stop smoking well in advance of the tummy tuck surgery for optimal results.

The incision is kept low on the abdomen so that it can be covered by most two-piece swimwear and underwear, but will provide minimal scarring if carefully managed. Once the surgery is completed and you’ve had time to recover, you should be able to go back to most, if not all, of your current activities.

However, the best way to determine the impact of tummy tuck surgery on your life will be to start with a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discover your options and possible outcomes.

What are the different types of tummy tuck surgery?

There are three different types of surgery for this type of procedure. The first is standard, which improves your entire abdominal region’s contours from the pubic region to the bottom of your rib cage. The second type is modified, which focuses on the area between your pubic region and your belly button, providing a faster recovery time. Thirdly, a belt surgery removes excess skin and fat tissues around your lower body’s entire circumference, including your flanks and back, which tightens the abs while improving the contour of the buttocks and outer thigh area. We would be happy to discuss your options at a consultation at our office.

What should I expect during and following my surgery?

Generally speaking, the surgery lasts between two and four hours, with a recovery time of seven to ten days. It’s fairly common to leave the surgery with drainage tubes to promote healing and bandages in place both to protect the wound and provide light support during recovery. You can resume light cardio exercise after two weeks in many situations, and more strenuous exercise after three to four weeks. Good candidates for tummy tuck surgery include both men and women who are healthy with no underlying medical conditions that make surgery or wound healing difficult, and who have reached a stable weight but still have excess skin on their abdomen.

If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Plank to see if this surgeryis right for you, please give us a call today at 407-960-6936.

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