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Introduction to Tummy Tuck

Individuals with poor skin elasticity and excess skin due to weight loss often opt for the tummy tuck. Connective tissues and abdominal muscles, which run from the ribs to the pubic area, can get stretched and separate after pregnancy or significant weight loss. If you are looking to achieve a firmer, tighter abdomen, a Tummy Tuck from Soma Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary, just 30 minutes north of Orlando, could be the perfect surgery for you. To learn more about the treatment and its benefits, please keep reading below.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery performed to remove excess fat and skin in the abdomen while restoring separated abdominal muscles and improving the overall aesthetics of the center of the abdomen. In a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed from the abdominal area. The underlying muscles and connective tissues are sutured and the skin is then repositioned to create a flatter, more toned appearance.

Individuals with excess fat or skin around the belly or with a weak abdominal wall often choose to have a tummy tuck. Liposuction can resolve stubborn fat in the stomach area, but it cannot address sagging skin folds or loose abdominal muscles.

The tummy tuck surgery removes this loose skin and fat and tightens weak muscle tissue in the abdominal area. Individuals with stretch marks and excess skin especially in the lower belly often see significant improvement after having a tummy tuck. However, if stretch marks are present on the upper abdomen above the belly button, they will still be visible after having a tummy tuck.

What are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck?

Our Lake Mary and Orlando Tummy Tuck patients have seen the following benefits from their surgery:

  • A smooth, tight abdominal area
  • Being able to take part in different activities and exercises
  • Better posture
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Relief from back pain
  • Safety from the risk of any possible secondary skin infection or rash within the folds of your skin.

Mini-Tummy Tuck

This is less invasive than the traditional tummy tuck. The mini procedure produces a shorter scar in the bikini line and no scar around the belly button.

This surgery still allows for the tightening of your six-pack muscles. Patients may wonder if a full or mini tummy tuck is the right procedure for them. The main consideration is how much skin needs to be removed. If you have a lot of extra skin that needs to be removed, then a full tummy tuck is probably your best option. If you have only a little extra skin with good natural elasticity, and tightening the muscles will give you the primary improvement, then you might be a good candidate for the mini tummy tuck.

Unfortunately, the decision between full versus mini is not just patient preference. You should never compromise your result to get a shorter scar if it means you will end up with a bad shape. Dr. Papanicolaou performs many tummy tucks, and it is one of his areas of specialization. Since everybody is a little different, he can help to determine which procedure is best for you during your consultation visit.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An Extended Tummy Tuck is a more extensive version of the standard option that reaches beyond the tummy to the hips and sides of the lower back. A horizontal incision is made across the lower abdomen that extends around the hips. A vertical incision may also be required depending on the size of the treatment area.

During surgery, slack abdominal muscles are tightened, tissue and excess skin from the abdominal and flank regions are removed, and the skin is resecured. As with a standard tummy tuck, repositioning the navel is typically required. Recovery takes longer than a standard tummy tuck due to the longer incision and more extensive tucking. Expect two to three weeks of recovery time, at a minimum.

This technique is best for adults who have had significant weight loss, excess skin, a flabby abdomen, or those who find difficulty slimming down their love handles or back fat regions.

Who are the Best Candidates for the Tummy Tuck procedure?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy individuals who have excess loose skin around the abdomen. This often occurs after significant weight loss. Men and women alike can be good candidates for tummy tuck surgery.

Women who have had children and are unable to shed excess skin around their waist and lower abdomen are often great candidates for a tummy tuck. These women often have an abdominal pannus, which is soft loose skin that hangs down towards the pubic area and separation at the abdominal muscles in the center area.

A tummy tuck may be a good option if you have:

  • Are in relatively good shape
  • Excess skin around the belly button region
  • Liposuction has not been effective in improving signs of loose skin on the abdomen
  • Visible scarring from a previous C-section
  • Weak lower abdominal wall

Individuals who plan to lose a lot more weight, are planning to become pregnant, active smokers, or have a severe chronic illness such as diabetes, IBS, or heart disease may not be good candidates for a tummy tuck.

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What’s the First Step?

The first step towards achieving the toned and contoured abdominal appearance you desire through a Tummy Tuck procedure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. George Papanicolaou at Soma Plastic Surgery. During this consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals, concerns, and any questions.

Dr. Papanicolaou will conduct a thorough examination of your abdomen, taking into consideration factors such as your medical history, current health status, and the quality of your skin. Based on this evaluation, he will recommend the most suitable approach to address your unique needs and achieve the desired outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of Tummy Tuck Surgery

On the day of your Tummy Tuck surgery at Soma Plastic Surgery with Dr. George Papanicolaou, you’ll experience a carefully orchestrated process designed to provide you with the best possible experience.

As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by our supportive team who will ensure you are well-prepared and at ease. Throughout the surgery, your comfort and safety will be a top priority, with anesthesia administered to ensure you are pain-free and relaxed. Dr. Papanicolaou will meticulously perform the procedure to remove excess abdominal fat and skin while sculpting your abdominal area to achieve your desired contours.

After the surgery, you’ll be guided through the initial recovery phase by our caring staff, and you’ll receive thorough instructions on how to ensure a smooth healing process. Rest assured that your Tummy Tuck journey with us will be characterized by professionalism, support, and a commitment to achieving the results you desire.

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 6 weeks. 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.

How Much

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Orlando?

The cost of a Tummy Tuck in Orlando will vary significantly from patient to patient depending on the type of procedure and several other factors, including the complexity of the procedure, facility fees, anesthesia costs, and post-operative care. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou, he will create a personalized surgical plan based on your specific needs and circumstances. Our team will then use that information to provide you with your Tummy Tuck quote.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Dr. Papanicolaou?

Choosing George D. Papanicolaou, M.D. at Soma Plastic Surgery for your Tummy Tuck procedure means entrusting your aesthetic goals to a double-board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience and expertise. Dr. Papanicolaou’s commitment to patient safety, personalized care, and natural-looking results sets him apart from the rest.

As a proud member of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dr. Papanicolaou is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field ensures that you will receive innovative and effective treatment options tailored to your needs. He values open communication, ensuring that he understands your goals and concerns, and guiding you through a well-informed decision-making process. Dr. Papanicolaou’s compassionate approach, combined with his surgical skill and artistic eye, make him a trusted choice for achieving the desired outcomes and enhancing your confidence.

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It’s time to embark on your journey for a more defined and contoured abdomen, so schedule your Tummy Tuck consultation at Soma Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary (just north of Orlando, FL) today! As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Papanicolaou and his dedicated team look forward to guiding you through the possibilities of a new mental and physical confidence, call us today to book your consultation, we can’t wait to hear from you!

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