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Abdominoplasty

If you suffer from a saggy belly, excess lower abdominal fat or stretch marked skin, you may want to restore your flat belly with a Tummy Tuck. There are different types of abdominoplasty techniques which can narrow your waist for that more feminine figure. The incision is located very low, within your bikini line. Performed while you’re awake using tumescent anesthesia and mild sedation, the procedure is very safe and effective. By not using general anesthesia, you avoid many potential problems while getting great results.

Abdominoplasty | Tummy TuckYou can now have that smooth and flat abdomen you’ve always wanted yet where afraid to do so because of potential complications that were more common in the past. Compared to traditional tummy tucks, this new technique more likely preserves the blood circulation to the areas that are sometimes destroyed using older techniques. With better blood supply preservation, the tissues heal better and you get better results. In addition, this significantly reduces the chance of developing many potential complications such as infection, hematomas, skin sloughing, and abnormal clotting problems.

Sometimes pregnancy and other conditions can stretch apart the inner tissue and muscles of your abdomen. Once stretched, you see an unflattering bulging belly look. These widened and stretched muscles can also be corrected with this abdominoplasty technique. Called muscle plication, it brings the muscles together in the midline and results in a very flat stomach. No matter how many crunches you do, you just can’t seem to get those abdominal muscles to look good unless you do this muscle tightening technique. That bikini figure can just get better and better!

Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for women, and is becoming increasingly popular for men too. Many women have abdominoplasty as part of their Mommy Makeover, which can combine procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, vaginal rejuvenation and facial rejuvenation options. We can help restore what pregnancy has damaged.

A Tummy Tuck is a truly transforming procedure, especially when combined with liposuction. Many of our patients are so happy that they tell us they wish they had done the procedure sooner. Picture yourself standing in front of a mirror in just your underwear seeing a shapely flat stomach and a thinner waist. The best thing is that you see no rolls, bulges or sagging stretch-marked scarred skin in the mirror. You’ve worked hard to get it, and you owe it to yourself to pursue your desired figure.

If you would like more information regarding this new tummy tuck technique, or to schedule an appointment, call us and we will schedule you for a consultation rapidly. Call 817-399-8783.


Abdominoplasty at a Glance

Treatment For Excess fat/skin, wrinkled skin & stretch marks of the abdomen, lose muscles.
Expected Result Flattened Belly, Tighter & Smoother Skin of the Abdomen
Treatment Time 1 to 4 hours depending on the complexity of the surgery
Recovery 4 to 6 weeks (See Below for More Detail on Recovery)
For Best Result Close to ideal body weight, good skin tone & elasticity, good general health
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) FAQs

What is abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which removes excess skin and fat of the middle and lower abdomen, producing a flatter and more toned appearance.

Can exercise tighten the skin without abdominoplasty?

Unfortunately no. Exercise is good for the mind and body in general, and toning the muscles can help fill out loose skin in the vicinity. By suppressing the appetite, and by slightly increasing the metabolism, exercise can assist weight loss. But there is no such thing as a “spot” exercise, to make the body lose weight in a certain area, nor to make the skin tighter. Exercise can increase muscle bulk, and that in turn can make skin look tighter in some areas, but exercise cannot tighten the loose abdominal skin.

Is abdominoplasty right for me?

If you are healthy, close to your ideal weight and in relatively good shape but are looking to reduce excess abdominal skin and fat that has proven resistant to diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty. A partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, is a less extensive technique which may be an option for patients whose fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel.

What does a consultation for abdominoplasty entail?

During a consultation for abdominoplasty, Dr. Serrão will evaluate your health, take a through medical history, assess your skin tone, and determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region. Your goals will be discussed and all aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.

What type of anesthesia is used for abdominoplasty?

Tumescent local anesthesia with moderate sedation may be used for abdominoplasty.

How is abdominoplasty performed?

The incision for abdominoplasty is located just above the pubic area running from hipbone to hipbone, and a second smaller incision is made around the navel. Working through the incisions, the abdominal muscles are tightened if necessary, excess skin and fat are removed, and the skin is pulled tight. The navel has a new hole cut for it and is stitched into place. For a partial abdominoplasty, a smaller incision is made and the second incision around the navel may not be necessary.

How long does abdominoplasty take to perform?

A full abdominoplasty takes between two and five hours to perform, while a partial abdominoplasty can take one to two hours.

Where are the incisions made for abdominoplasty?

The incision for abdominoplasty runs from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area, and a second smaller incision is made around the navel. Partial abdominoplasty involves a smaller incision and the second incision around the navel may not be necessary.

Does abdominoplasty leave scars?

The incision made for abdominoplasty does result in a scar and can be extensive as it is located above the pubic area from hipbone to hipbone, along with a smaller incision which is made around the navel. Scarring is less extensive for a partial abdominoplasty as the incision is a smaller one.

Does abdominoplasty involve much pain?

There will be some moderate discomfort after abdominoplasty which can be controlled with medication.  There is less discomfort with a partial abdominoplasty.

How do I know which abdominoplaty I will need?

If your abdominal fullness and loose skin are confined to the area below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a mini abdominoplasty, which has a shorter incision and limits the tightening to the lower abdomen. If the fullness and skin laxity involve your entire abdomen, then a full abdominoplasty is most likely needed to help you achieve your desired results. A consultation with Dr. Serrão will determine which method is right for you.

What is the recovery like after abdominoplasty?

Recovery generally takes two to four weeks after abdominoplasty. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising and this may take several weeks to several months to fade. In addition, a support garment will need to be worn around the abdomen for a period of time.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Summary

Anesthesia Totally under local tumescent anesthesia and twilight anesthesia moderate sedation
Length of Surgery 2-5 hours
Pain level Moderate, 3-8 days of pain medication
Numbness 6 months or more
Bandages Removed in 2-5 days
Abdominal Binder 4 to 6 weeks
Drains Removed between 2-10 days
Stitches Removed in 5-7 days
Work Return to desk job often 1 week, otherwise 2 to 4 weeks
Exercise May be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks
Final result Evident after the scar heals 6-12 months

When will I be able to return to work after undergoing abdominoplasty?

Patients may be able to return to work in two to four weeks after the abdominoplasty procedure.

How soon will I be able to exercise after my abdominoplasty procedure?

Patients will need to wait at least four to six weeks before partaking in strenuous activities and exercise.

When will my stitches and drains be removed after my abdominoplasty procedure?

The stitches are removed in about five to seven days and the drain is removed in about two to ten days after the abdominoplasty procedure.

What are the risks or complications associated with abdominoplasty?

All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with abdominoplasty may include infection, blood clots, bleeding and poor healing.  Dr. Serrão will discuss the risks with you thoroughly during your consultation and you should carefully follow your pre-operative and post-operative instructions.

Can I finance my abdominoplasty procedure?

Financing is available for many cosmetic surgery procedures.

How should I prepare for abdominoplasty surgery?

Attend a patient consultation to meet with Dr. Serrão and his team. Tell Dr. Serrão about all medications and herbal supplements that you are taking. You will likely have to either decrease or discontinue your dosage of some medications two weeks prior to surgery, and we will be able to tell you which medications increase your risk for complications. You will have to quit smoking two weeks before the surgery and remain a non-smoker for two weeks following surgery. Exercise, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of rest in the weeks leading up to surgery. Follow all instructions that are given to you in your pre-operative packet.

How do I find out if I’m a candidate for abdominoplasty?

To find out more about this procedure, call us to set up a consultation. Dr. John Serrão provides cosmetic procedures, including abdominoplasty, for patients in the Central Florida area and from around the world. Performed in the privacy of his a accredited office based surgicenter located in Orlando Florida, he is conveniently located right next to Florida Hospital. Call us today at 407-896-3772 to schedule your consultation!

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