Also known as lipoabdominoplasty and tummy tuck
If you suffer from a bulging belly, excess abdominal fat, and saggy or stretch marked skin on your belly, you may want to restore your flat tummy with a Tummy Tuck. Tummy Tuck surgery or Abdominoplasty, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It can also remove some, if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs your body contour.
With that being said, pregnancy and other conditions may impair your body contour by stretching 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 abdominoplasty. 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. Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed and can help you feel confident again!
When to Consider a Tummy Tuck
- If you’ve got flab, bulges, stretch marks or excess skin in your abdomen that does not improve with diet or exercise
- If the shape of your abdomen has been affected by pregnancy or weight loss
- If you feel that your protruding abdomen is unattractive
- If your self-confidence is marred by your stomach contour
Our LipoAbdominoplasty Procedure
At Serrao Rejuvenation Center, we combine extensive liposuction to the abdomen and waistline, combined with a tummy tuck to give you a beautiful flat tummy and contoured curves for a more feminine silhouette. Dr. Serrao’s Lipo-abdominoplasty procedure provides you the best results for a more desirable figure and reduces the risks of many of the complications that are associated with traditional abdominoplasty surgery.
Performed while you’re awake using tumescent anesthesia and mild sedation, the Lipo-abdominoplasty procedure is very safe and effective. Without the need for general anesthesia, you avoid many potential problems while getting the same great results. Compared to traditional tummy tucks, this new technique more likely preserves the blood circulation to the areas that are sometimes destroyed using older methods. With better blood supply preservation, the tissues heal better and allow for better results. In addition, this significantly reduces the chance of developing many potential complications such as infection, hematomas, skin sloughing and abnormal clotting problems. You can now have that smooth and flat abdomen you’ve always wanted yet were afraid to do so because of the potential complications that were more common in the past.
Types of LipoAbdominoplasty:
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is called the mini because it removes a smaller amount of skin, and because the incision is usually smaller. The mini tummy tuck is best for women with a “mini” amount of stubborn belly flab that is resistant to diet and exercise. This procedure is ideal for generally healthy patients who want to lose that “pouch” of skin in their lower abdomen.
Dr. Serrao will administer the tumescent localized anesthesia and perform the liposuction of the abdomen and waistline. Once the liposuction is complete, an incision is made to remove minor excess skin, tighten the abdominal muscles if needed and then pull the remaining skin taut to close the incision. The umbilicus (belly button) itself usually doesn’t have to be repositioned during the mini tummy tuck procedure. Recovery times will vary from patient to patient, but with use of medications and avoidance of intense physical activity, most women should be able to resume light activities in about a 1 to 2 weeks.
Traditional or Standard Tummy Tuck
The traditional tummy tuck is ideal for women who are in good physical health, but have a larger portion of loose skin to remove from their midsection. Oftentimes, traditional tummy tuck patients have recently lost a great deal of weight, or are women who have excess flab and/or weak abdominal muscles after pregnancy. This procedure is for patients who couldn’t reduce their abdomens through diet and exercise alone and is not meant to replace a healthy lifestyle.
For the traditional tummy tuck, the surgical incision is larger, usually in a straight or curved line between the hip bones. Local tumescent anesthesia and IV sedation are administered to maintain your comfort and safety during the procedure. Once the liposuction of your abdomen and waistline is complete, the incision is made to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. Because the standard tummy tuck involves a larger portion of skin removal, the umbilicus (belly button) must be correctly repositioned. Once the new umbilicus is completed, the remaining skin is pulled taunt and the incision is closed. The average recovery time for traditional tummy tucks is 2 to 4 weeks, during which time pain medication is prescribed to prevent unnecessary pain or discomfort.
Experience with LipoAbdominoplasty
If you want to improve the appearance of your abdomen and are considering an Abdominoplasty, finding a cosmetic surgeon will help ensure that you get the results you’re expecting. Dr. John Serrão is an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures with results that his patients have been very pleased with. As a cosmetic gynecologist, he has performed thousands of intra-abdominal surgeries and Cesareans Sections over the past 30 years and has extensive knowledge in abdominal surgery. He possesses the artistry and skill that is required to achieve the desired cosmetic result for body contouring procedures.
Lipoabdominoplasty can give your body a more feminine silhouette with a natural look of subtle perfection. Serrao Rejuvenation Center is conveniently located in Orlando and our highly trained team is prepared to deliver the highest quality of care.
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|
Schedule A Consultation
Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed. Many women have lipoabdominoplasty as part of their Mommy Makeover, which can combine procedures such as breast augmentation, vaginal rejuvenation and liposuction for a total rejuvenation.
If you want a flatter, smoother tummy and are considering the LipoAbdominoplasty procedure, let the caring team and experienced surgeon at Serrão Rejuvenation Center help you get the body you desire!
Call Dr. Serrão at 407.896.3772 or schedule a consultation to learn more and begin your rejuvenation today!
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) FAQs
What is Lipoabdominoplasty?
Lipoabdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure which combines liposuction of the abdomen and waistline, tightening of the abdominal muscles if required and removing excess skin and fat of the middle and lower abdomen to produce a flatter and more toned appearance.
How is Lipoabdominoplasty performed?
After the liposuction of the abdomen and waistline is performed, the abdominoplasty procedure will begin. The incision for the full abdominoplasty is located just above the pubic area running from hip bone to hip bone, and a second smaller incision is made around the umbilicus (belly button). Working through the incisions, the abdominal muscles are tightened if necessary, excess skin and fat are removed, and the skin is pulled tight. The umbilicus has a new hole cut for it and is stitched into place. For a mini abdominoplasty, a smaller incision is made and the second incision around the umbilicus will not be necessary.
Where is Lipoabdominoplasty performed?
Lipoabdominoplasty procedures are performed in our accredited surgical center in Orlando. Our desire is to offer patients a comfortable environment where they can have their body contouring procedures performed in a center that has fulfilled the safety requirements and standards of care of one of the most prestigious accreditation associations of the United States, AAAHC. Our experienced surgeon and health care team will truly care for you!
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Tumescent local anesthesia with moderate to deep sedation will be used for the tummy tuck procedure.
How long does a Lipoabdominoplasty take to perform?
A full abdominoplasty takes between two and five hours to perform, while a mini abdominoplasty can take one to two hours.
Where are the incisions made for Lipoabdominoplasty?
The incision for a full abdominoplasty runs from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic area, and a second smaller incision is made around the umbilicus (belly button). A mini abdominoplasty involves a smaller incision and the second incision around the belly button will not be necessary.
Does Lipoabdominoplasty leave scars?
The incision for a full abdominoplasty usually runs from hipbone to hipbone, and may be in a V-cut or U-cut shape, so that the scar can be hidden in a bikini. Dr. Serrao will determine the shape and length of the incision based on your preferences and the amount of correction you need. You will also have an incision around the umbilicus (belly button).
With a mini-tummy tuck, Dr. Serrao will place the incision as low as possible; it can be hidden in the pubic bone area. The abdominal skin that is removed is below the belly button, and there are no incisions around the belly button. The length of the mini-tummy tuck incision will vary based on how much skin needs to be removed. Scarring is less extensive for a mini abdominoplasty as the incision is a smaller one.
How do I know which tummy tuck 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 cost of Lipoabdominoplasty?
The cost of Lipoabdominoplasty varies from patient to patient dependent on the amount of correction that is needed and the type of tummy tuck performed. All of our fees will be discussed with you during your consultation. You will find our charges to be very fair and competitive for the Orlando area. Several financing options are also available at Serrão Rejuvenation Center and we offer package pricing. We welcome you to call our office for more details on fees and be sure to check our current specials.
What is the recovery like after Lipoabdominoplasty?
Recovery generally takes two to four weeks after any 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.
Does Lipoabdominoplasty involve much pain?
There will be some moderate discomfort after abdominoplasty that can be controlled with medication. There is less discomfort with a mini abdominoplasty.
When will I be able to return to work?
Patients may be able to return to work in 4 weeks after the full abdominoplasty procedure and 2 weeks after the mini abdominoplasty procedure.
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||2 to 4 weeks|
|Compression Garment||4 to 6 weeks|
|Drains||Removed between 2-10 days|
|Sutures||Sutures are absorbing|
|Work||Many return to desk job after 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|
Can exercise tighten the skin without a tummy tuck?
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.
How do you avoid an unnatural looking Tummy Tuck result?
Creating natural appearing contours of the body requires artistry, good judgment, and excellent technique. Dr. Serrão takes pride in creating natural appearing tummy tuck results, and is sought after by patients from around the world for his body contour procedures.
Who is a candidate for Lipoabdominoplasty?
The best candidates for lipoabdominoplasty are patients in good health with realistic expectations that want to improve their body contour with a slimmer silhouette. A tummy tuck does not replace a healthy lifestyle and is not intended for weight loss.
How do I learn more about Lipoabdominoplasty?
Schedule a consultation to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure. The educational consultation is of great importance at Serrão Rejuvenation Center and our patients find it to be very informative. You will meet our caring team and tour our state-of-the art facility and AAAHC accredited surgical center. Dr. Serrão and his cosmetic nurse, Larissa, are dedicated to answer all of your questions and will make you feel comfortable with their friendly demeanor. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Serrão will listen to your concerns and expectations, perform a complete assessment, and educate you on the options that you have based on his expert recommendations. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that will fit your lifestyle and budget. You may chose to schedule the procedure at the time of your initial consultation, or you may decide at a later time. The consultation is about 30 minutes to one hour and the applicable fee will be applied towards the procedure or any purchase in our practice. Whatever your decision, it will be our pleasure to assist you in any way that we can.