Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty In Gainesville, FL
Does your soft and saggy abdominal area affect your self-confidence? Has your abdominal musculature been stretched (diastasis recti) due to pregnancy? If you have been concerned with excessive abdominal skin and wish to improve the overall appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck may be the solution you have been searching for. A tummy tuck, medically known as an abdominoplasty, can help you achieve a more firm and flat abdomen by removing excess skin and fat.
Our highly experienced plastic surgeon completes this procedure by strategically removing excess skill and fatty tissue with liposuction techniques that contour your abdominal area. The abdominal muscles may also be repaired to provide a tighter waistline and enhance the overall results of the surgery. We are results driven and plan our procedures carefully to optimize recovery, conceal incision marks, and minimize scarring.
At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery practice in Gainesville, FL we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals. We understand this is accomplished by providing custom solutions that are tailored to meet your specific needs. At John W. Tyrone, MD, PLLC, Plastic Surgery, we provide our patients with the highest standard of care and attention. To learn more about the highly-effective tummy tuck procedure, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our skilled plastic surgeon.
What Is A Tummy Abdominoplasty?
The tummy tuck procedure is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Tyrone performs at his advanced ambulatory surgery center in Gainesville, FL. In this procedure, Dr. Tyrone carefully removes excess skin and fat, repairs the separation of the abdominal muscles to tighten the waistline, and uses liposuction to further contour the abdominal area.
We work with you to understand your needs and personalize the procedure based on your preferences and your body. A tummy abdominoplasty effectively smooths, flattens, and firms your stomach and waistline in a straightforward, outpatient procedure.
Our Dedication To Our Patients
At John W. Tyrone, MD, PLLC, Plastic Surgery, we provide every patient with a personalized experience to accomplish their goals. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable, confident, and informed through every step of the process. Our goal is to empower our patients with the knowledge and confidence they need to feel comfortable, satisfied, and informed. To help you get a better understanding of what to expect, we encourage you to view our plastic surgery photo gallery featuring before and after images of this procedure.
Discover The Benefits Of A Tummy Tuck
In addition to an aesthetic improvement, a tummy tuck can also have functional benefits for the patient. In people who have experienced separated or weakened abdominal muscles, either from pregnancy or a traumatic event, this procedure can repair these muscles and improve the patient’s core strength. This can lead to improved comfort, better posture, and reduced back pain.
Moreover, a tummy tuck can be an effective way to address stubborn fat deposits in the abdominal area that are resistant to diet and exercise. This can be especially beneficial for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with sagging skin. By removing this excess skin, patients can enjoy a more streamlined, contoured abdomen.
It’s important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. It is best for a patient to be near their ideal weight before undergoing the surgery. For a personalized consultation on how a tummy tuck could benefit you, contact us today!
How To Prepare For A Tummy Tuck
In preparation for a tummy tuck, Dr. Tyrone and his team at John W. Tyrone, MD, PLLC, Plastic Surgery in Gainesville, FL, may advise patients to follow a series of important steps to ensure the success of their procedure. Many patients are required to undergo lab testing, stop smoking, and avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. Additionally, they may need to undergo a medical evaluation and medication adjustment to ensure that they are in optimal health for surgery.
Dr. Tyrone’s experienced patient coordinator will provide the necessary prescriptions for any medication needed before or after the surgery. It is crucial for patients to have their medication filled out before the procedure, so it is accessible for use after the procedure. This will contribute to a smooth and simple recovery process. Preparing for a tummy tuck is an important step in ensuring the success of the procedure, and Dr. Tyrone and his team will guide patients every step of the way.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
The tummy tuck procedure is performed by our highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Tyrone. He will begin by making an incision in the lower abdomen, typically between the pubic hairline and the belly button. The length and shape of the incision depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Dr. Tyrone will expertly lift the abdominal skin and repair the underlying muscles. If the patient has excess skin in the upper abdomen, a second incision may be made around the belly button. The upper abdominal skin is then pulled downwards and sutured, and the belly button is repositioned or repaired. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Overall, the tummy tuck procedure is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of the abdomen, resulting in a more confident and satisfying appearance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the tummy tuck procedure in Gainesville, FL!
Ideal candidates for this procedure are people who have excessive sagging or loose skin in the abdominal area. This can be due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, or other factors that have caused the skin to become loose and unresponsive to other forms of skin tightening and weight loss methods. Additionally, people with a pannus, a large section of soft and loose skin that hangs from the pubic bone, can also be suitable candidates for this procedure.
If you are considering abdominoplasty, it is important to note that you should be in good health, at a stable weight, and if you are female, have completed having children. During your consultation with Dr. Tyrone, he will thoroughly evaluate your health and condition to determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. If you meet the eligibility criteria, he will then proceed to discuss the best surgical approach that can help you achieve your desired outcomes.
Your consultation with Dr. Tyrone is an important part of the surgical process, as it helps to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what to expect. During the consultation, Dr. Tyrone will discuss your medical history and current health to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will discuss the details of the tummy tuck procedure, including incision placements, preoperative and postoperative requirements, and potential risks and complications. You will have the opportunity to view before-and-after photographs of patients who have undergone the procedure, and Dr. Tyrone will examine the areas of excess skin and fat and evaluate your abdominal muscles to determine if they would benefit from a muscle repair or tightening during the tummy tuck. A surgical plan will be created based on this information, taking into account your individual needs and goals. It is important to understand the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure, which will be discussed in detail during the consultation. Afterward, you will meet with Dr. Tyrone’s patient coordinator to discuss scheduling the surgery and address any other questions or concerns you may have.
Dr. Tyrone firmly believes in the importance of informed patients and will thoroughly discuss any potential risks or safety concerns during your consultation. Tummy tucks are typically considered routine and safe surgeries, however, it is important to keep in mind that all surgical procedures carry some level of risk.
The risks associated with a tummy tuck include the following.
- Anesthesia complications
- Poor healing and unfavorable scarring
- Fat necrosis
- Fluid accumulation
- Skin discoloration
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Cardiac and/or pulmonary issues
Dr. Tyrone will be able to provide patients with an accurate description of where their abdominoplasty scars will be prior to the operation. They will be shown to patients during the preliminary examination. Patients will also be marked prior to surgery. Patients will be asked to wear a bathing suit or underwear at the time of the preoperative markings so the incision can be designed to fall in the confines of the patient’s undergarments. The scar typically lies above the pubic hairline and extends a variable distance to the sides below the hip bones.
Dr. Tyrone performs tummy tuck surgery in Gainesville at the state-of-the-art North Florida Plastic Surgery facility. The Ambulatory Surgery Facility is located adjacent to Dr. Tyrone’s office and is certified at the highest level by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Our entire plastic surgery staff is dedicated to the comfort and satisfaction of each patient. When you arrive for your tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will check in and be escorted to the surgery suite. Dr. Tyrone and his nurses will meet with you prior to your surgery. In the case that Dr. Tyrone determines that a hospital is a more appropriate setting in which to perform the surgery, he has full privileges at several local hospitals, including Shands UF. Contact us today to learn more or schedule plastic surgery in Gainesville!
After the tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Tyrone, you will be able to go home with a friend or family member. If your surgery took place in a hospital setting, you will be discharged the day after your surgery. You will receive comprehensive postoperative instructions. Your incision will be covered by steri-strips (which are not to be removed), a gauze dressing, and an abdominal binder. For the first few days after surgery, the binder should not be made too tight. If you had a full abdominoplasty, you will typically have two drainage tubes. You will be provided with instructions for post-operative care requirements. Usually, one tube is removed after five days and the remaining tube will be removed after between 7 and 10 days. You will be permitted to shower after both drains have been removed. Compression stockings are recommended in your preoperative instructions and should be worn until you are ambulating normally and with regularity. It is important to be mobile after surgery and to keep blood circulating in your legs. You may have difficulty standing straight up after surgery; however, this will pass after several days. Dr. Tyrone will discuss how to care for your incisions. You may resume aerobic activities after 3 weeks but should refrain from abdominal exercises or heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Dr. Tyrone will provide post-operative care instructions for your incision(s). Typically, the area should be gently washed with warm, soapy water and carefully patted dry with a sterile, absorbent, and non-shedding material. All incisions must stay completely dry and clean to prevent the risk of infection following tummy tuck surgery.
Contact our plastic surgery office in Gainesville, FL, today to ask about tummy tuck cost or schedule a consultation!
The result of tummy tuck surgery are permanent if a patient maintains their weight and does not have more children. Most patients never have to have another tummy tuck in their lifetime. Patients love the results.
Women with loose abdominal skin after pregnancy or weight loss are good candidates for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) at any age. Generally, we recommend that women are finished having children.
Tummy tucks or abdominoplasty surgery in our office is reported to have mild to moderate discomfort for a few days after surgery. Dr. Tyrone performs nerve blocks during surgery which dramatically reduces post operative pain and discomfort compared to practices that only use general anesthesia. Our patients generally do great after tummy tuck surgery.
A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty surgery) generally removes loose skin and fat from the lower abdomen, repairs abdominal muscle separation from pregnancy, tightens the upper abdominal skin, and improves the waistline figure.
For most patients, tummy tuck surgery will only remove a couple of pounds of skin and fat. In thin patients, this may only be 2-3 pounds. In heavier patients, it can be 4-8 pounds. However, patients may not notice immediate weight loss due to swelling and retention of fluids after surgery.
Tummy tucks generally will remove a lower abdominal “pooch” that is due to loose skin and excess fatty tissue. It will also help flatten a “pooch” in the pubic area (“FOPA”).
Most healthy patients are good candidates for tummy tuck / abdominoplasty surgery. Patients that are significantly overweight or have severe medical issues may not be candidates for tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Tyrone will determine at your consultation if you are a good candidate.