Your stomach can be one of the most difficult parts of your body to keep slim and toned. A Tummy Tuck with board certified plastic surgeon Dr.Norberto Soto will leave you with a beautifully smooth, defined abdomen.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, can help improve the look of your bulging or flabby belly by removing excess fat and skin. In most cases, a Tummy Tuck also restores weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. This surgical procedure is used to contour the abdomen when diet and exercise do not produce toning results after occurrences such as pregnancy or significant weight loss. Working out can tone muscle, but it cannot correct loose skin.
Reasons to Get a Tummy Tuck
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Significant weight loss
- Diet & exercise not producing results
- Unhappy with the appearance of your midsection
It is important to note that a Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss through diet and exercise. Also, the procedure cannot correct stretch marks, but they may sometimes be removed or improved during the excision of your excess skin.
During your initial consultation you will have the opportunity to share your concerns with your midsection and your desired results. Your consultation will also include a comprehensive evaluation and a thorough explanation of the procedure. With both the examination findings and your goals in mind, Dr. Soto will be able to determine which individual techniques will be best suited for you.
He will go over all of your options and make sure that you understand what is possible with each Tummy Tuck technique so you are able to make an informed decision.
Dr. Soto will be there to help you every step of the way on your journey to a new figure. Any questions you may have about any step of the process will gladly be answered; we want to make sure that you have zero concerns or uncertainties on your body sculpting journey. The first step begins with a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Soto.
Please have a friend or family member drive you home from surgery as you will not be able to drive yourself. We highly recommend have someone stay overnight with you to aid in your immediate recovery.
The procedure starts with an incision that runs somewhat horizontally between the pubic hairline and the navel. The shape and length of the incision will depend on the extent of the operation and the method performed.
Full Tummy Tuck
A Full Tummy Tuck is designed for those with a large amount of loose, hanging skin and fat. An incision is made from hip to hip near the bikini line so it can easily be concealed in clothing. Through the incision, Dr. Soto will repair and suture the weakened abdominal muscles above and below the naval. Excess fat, tissue, and skin will also be removed. At times, a second incision may be needed around the navel to excise extra skin in the upper abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a smaller version of a Full Tummy Tuck. Often times this involves tightening muscles and excising skin underneath the navel, but it can be done for both above and below. The skin redraping for the Mini Tummy Tuck method is much less drastic than that of a Full Tummy Tuck. Because of this, it is atypical to create a second incision for the navel. The length of the incision is frequently shorter than that required for a Full Tummy Tuck.
Male Tummy Tuck
A Male Tummy Tuck is designed for men who have lost significant weight and have a large amount of excess skin. The abdominal muscles are tightened by suturing them together, excess hanging skin is removed, and the skin is then redraped to show defined muscles.
In order to safely and effectively undergo liposuction treatment, you should make known all pre existing medical conditions and current prescriptions during your consultation visit with Dr. Soto.
Criteria for Liposuction
- You have tried diet and exercise.
- You are a normal weight for your height.
- You are in generally good health.
- Your excess fat is in specific areas.
- Your skin tone has reasonably good elasticity.
- You have realistic expectations of what liposuction can accomplish.
Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that suctions out small fat deposits from various parts of the body. These excess fat deposits do not respond to diet or exercise. It can be performed as an alternative or ancillary procedure, depending on the patient’s specific needs. Liposuction alone will not address loose skin; that is why it is often paired with a Tummy Tuck.
A Body Lift is reserved for those who have lost an extreme amount of weight and have an abundance of loose skin on multiple areas of their body, not just the abdomen. A Body Lift consists of several different procedures, which can include an Arm Lift, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Buttocks Lift, and/or Thigh Lift.
The whole procedure takes between two to three hours. It is performed on an outpatient basis so once the surgery is completed you will be taken to slowly and comfortably wake in the recovery room, and from there you will be taken home by a friend or family member.
- Dr. Soto will apply dressings and a compression garment around your abdomen. This helps reduce swelling and aids your body in forming to its new contour. You can only take this off when instructed to.
- You will have drains from your incision locations to catch any excess fluid; you will receive special instructions on how to care for them until they are removed (typically about 10-14 days).
- Continue to avoid anti-inflammatory medications, herbal supplements, and alcohol after your procedure..
- You will need to sleep with your head and back elevated and your legs slightly raised. This position reduces strain on the incision location. You can use pillows to prop yourself up.
- Walking is important as it promotes good blood flow and minimizes the chance of blood clots. When walking you should be bent at the waist since this too decreases strain on the incision location.
Recovery varies between patients, but generally you can expect to return to a desk job about 2 weeks after your procedure. Avoid strenuous activity for 6-8 weeks. To ensure lasting results, it is essential to live a healthy lifestyle. A Tummy Tuck is not a weight loss substitute. Pregnancies after your procedure may drastically affect your results.
The highly personalized nature of Abdominoplasty makes it impossible to establish generic costs for the procedure. To help you can get an idea of what Tummy Tuck prices would be, based on your individual case, please call and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Soto. For your financing needs, Prosper® is offered.