in Orlando, FL
Board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, and his highly skilled team at the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery performs tummy tuck surgeries on men and women in Orlando, Orange County and Central Florida. If you have excess skin due to pregnancy, drastic weight loss, or aging, and diet and exercise are not working, then a tummy tuck may be the right option for you.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, is designed to create a smoother, firmer abdomen. Often times, despite efforts through dieting and exercise to obtain a flat and well-toned abdomen, excess fat and skin still persist. Pregnancy, significant fluctuations in weight, and prior surgeries can also leave the tissues of the abdomen and the underlying musculature stretched out and weakened. This results in an overall poor shape and appearance of the abdomen.
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Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
If you’ve lost a lot of weight or have trouble shrinking your lower abdominal area through exercise and diet, then a tummy tuck may be the perfect solution for you. Here are some of the benefits of a tummy tuck:
- A smooth, tight abdominal area
- Increased self-esteem
- Relief from back pain
- Better posture
- Being able to take part in different activities and exercises
- Safety from the risk of any possible secondary skin infection or rash within the folds of your skin.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty improves the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the underlying musculature, creating a firmer, smoother abdomen. It can be done in combination with liposuction to further define areas such as the flanks, hips, and lower back. In women with significant stretch marks from prior pregnancies, much of this scar tissue may be removed during the tummy tuck procedure. Variations on abdominoplasty, such as the mini-tummy tuck, are also offered to meet each patient’s individual needs. An abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss. It is ideal for patients who follow a healthy regimen, however, still persist with stubborn excess fat and skin on their abdomen. The tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery typically takes two to three hours.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
There may be some discomfort associated with a tummy tuck; however, this will be well managed with pain medication during the first one to two weeks. Special nerve blocking techniques may also be utilized to minimize postoperative discomfort. Surgical drains will be placed at the time of surgery and will be removed within one to two weeks. Typically, routine activity can resume within one to two weeks; however, rigorous activity should be avoided for up to a month. You will be asked to wear an abdominal binder for approximately six weeks after surgery to optimize your results. Restrictions and limitations will be fully detailed at your appointment. Patients undergoing a tummy tuck are able to go home the same day as surgery.
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Orlando?
The price of a tummy tuck depends on both the length and extensiveness of the procedure. Dr. Peters will discuss the cost and our financing options with you when you come in for a consultation. Our office accepts cash, checks, and major credit cards. We also offer CareCredit® for patients who need special financing.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for Me?
A tummy tuck could be the perfect solution for you if you’re looking to have a flatter and tighter abdominal area. Not only will it make your abdomen look better, but it will also improve your body image and give you a greater sense of self-confidence. We don’t recommend a tummy tuck for anyone who is planning on getting pregnant or who is not going to be committed to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen in the future.
Why Choose Dr. Peters for a Tummy Tuck?
With hundreds of tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures under his belt, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kendall Peters is highly experienced in treating patients in the Orlando area. He understands why a patient wants cosmetic surgery and is passionate about his work, taking great pride in delivering the best results possible.
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Tummy Tuck FAQs
This varies by individual. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss mechanism but is rather a body contouring procedure. Depending on the amount of tissue removed, individuals may lose 1-2 sizes or more, especially following skin removal due to massive weight loss.
Tummy tucks are relatively permanent, however changes in skin quality over time, weight gain/loss, pregnancy, and the normal aging process may alter the results.
Generally the pain following a tummy tuck is tolerable and resolves within a few days to a week. New advances in pain control such as preoperative multi modal pain therapy and intraoperative nerve blocks have dramatically improved the amount of pain patients experience after a tummy tuck. A nerve block entails targeted injection of long acting numbing agent at the sight of the nerves that control pain in the given area. This procedure significantly helps to reduce immediate post-operative pain.
Yes, you can still gain weight after a tummy tuck.
A full tummy tuck involves removal of a greater amount of tissue as well as tightening of the midline abdominal muscles which often times separate after pregnancy or weight changes. A mini tummy tuck removes less tissue and does not include muscle tightening, therefore, it can be an option for individuals who may require a smaller amount of skin removal.
For more information about abdominoplasty and how this procedure might benefit you, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Orlando plastic surgery office. The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, offers tummy tucks for men and women who live in Orange County and Central Florida.