Tummy Tuck in Sarasota

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Sagging abdominal skin, fat and muscle can result from pregnancy or substantial weight loss, or it can be an inherited tendency. Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck," is a major surgical procedure to sculpt the lower abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. People visit our board-certified plastic surgeons for tummy tuck surgery from St. Petersburg, Tampa, Bradenton, Ft. Myers and across Southwest Florida in order to reduce the appearance of a protruding or sagging abdomen and look fit and firm once again.

Plastic surgery should be a rewarding experience that enhances your appearance and your self-confidence. Trust your aesthetic improvement to a board-certified plastic surgeon when you request a consultation at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center or call (941) 366-8897.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

Your surgeon will give you a firmer abdominal wall and a narrower waistline by pulling the vertical muscles close together and stitching them in place. He will also remove the excess skin. Liposuction is often performed to remove excess pockets of fat.

In some cases, a less invasive mini tummy tuck can be performed. This requires a single, smaller incision and a shorter recovery time. Your surgeon will determine whether this variation of the procedure is appropriate for you.

embrace® Your Scar Healing

At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, we understand that getting a satisfying cosmetic outcome from any procedure includes making sure the scar heals quickly and beautifully. For tummy tuck surgery, our surgeons use embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy to relieve the skin and tissue tension that can contribute to a poor scar outcome. For 8 to 12 weeks after a tummy tuck, patients use embrace adhesive, elastic strips, which have been clinically proven to minimize the appearance of scars and scar tissue.

Side By Side Comparison Photos

embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy
Untreated Side Treated with embrace®

Photos Courtesy of Neodyne Biosciences, Inc.

Are You a Good Candidate?

To be a good candidate for any plastic surgery, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It's important to understand that a tummy tuck can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but like all plastic surgery, it is not going to solve underlying emotional issues you may have. Always think carefully about your expectations and discuss any concerns with your surgeon.

Common Questions

What will the scars be like?

Most tummy tuck scars run from hip to hip low on the patient's abdomen. Our surgeons are very careful to place the incisions so that they are hidden by a swimsuit or underwear. The length of each patient's scar is different depending on the extent of skin removal needed. Regardless of the length, our surgeons take special care to make very fine incisions through precise surgical techniques. We use embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy, a series of strong but flexible adhesive strips designed to relieve tension on your incision so it can heal firmly and rapidly. Our team provides each patient with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible scar outcome.

How do I know if I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Although we commonly use both of these procedures to tone the midsection, each does it in a different way. Liposuction alone removes stubborn fat from around the abdomen. Some patients also have excess, stretched skin and separated abdominal muscles, especially after pregnancy or weight loss. In that case, a better procedure is the tummy tuck, because it surgically removes extra skin in addition to small amounts of fat. Our surgeons frequently perform liposuction and tummy tuck surgery together, and they recommend the appropriate choices for each patient based on a thorough examination.

Can a tummy tuck be combined with any other surgery?

Yes, and our surgeons do this frequently. In addition to liposuction, other good partner procedures for women include breast enhancement options as part of a Mommy Makeover. Both male and female patients also often get combination surgeries after significant weight loss, although these are sometimes performed in stages. These frequently include combining a tummy tuck with body contouring options such as a thigh lift or butt lift. Patients who get these transformative combination procedures tend to be among our most satisfied.

Can I have a child after a tummy tuck?

Although it is completely safe to become pregnant and have a child after tummy tuck surgery, it may negatively affect cosmetic results. Our surgeons like to discuss any future plans for children with our female tummy tuck patients to see whether it might be appropriate to postpone the surgery for a short time. Some patients decide to go ahead with a tummy tuck with the understanding that they may need revision surgery in the future.

What does it cost?

Determining the cost of a tummy tuck at our Sarasota practice is difficult without an individual consultation because there are many factors in each person's customized surgery. A patient's final fee will be based on the extent of correction needed, whether any partner procedures are included, and other factors. Learn more about our fees and financing, and we will be happy to give you a quote at a consultation.

Next Steps

All successful surgeries begin with open and honest communication between doctor and patient. Are you considering plastic surgery? Request a consultation with one of the surgeons at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, or call (941) 366-8897 and let us educate you about your options and the procedures available.

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