Tummy Tuck – Jacksonville Plastic Surgery
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. John J. Obi. The complete tummy tuck procedure is performed at a nearby ambulatory surgery facility under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A complete abdominoplasty usually takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of work required. A partial abdominoplasty, or mini-tummy tuck, may take 1 1/2 to 2 hours and is routinely performed under local anesthesia with sedation at our on-site facility, The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center. The Jacksonville Plastic Surgery Center is accredited by the prestigious American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
The decision to have a tummy tuck is a very personal one, and the most frequent factors in this decision are:
- to dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen
- to trim loose abdominal skin
- to correct resistant to exercise/diet abdominal fat deposits
- to firm-up post-pregnancy abdominal muscles
- to remove an indented scar from prior C. section or other surgery
Abdominoplasty can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to giving your body a more balanced and pleasing shape. A tummy tuck can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as liposuction. People find tummy tucks to have a most rewarding and beneficial outcome.
The complete tummy tuck most commonly involves an incision just above the pubic area from hipbone to hipbone. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With a partial abdominoplasty, or mini-tummy tuck, the incision is somewhat shorter. In that case, the navel is not usually moved, although it may be pulled down slightly as the skin is tightened and stitched.
Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. Then any extra skin is removed. A new opening is made for your navel, which is then stitched in place.
In a partial or mini-abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. After the muscles are tightened in line with the upper abdominal muscles, this skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation with Jacksonville board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Obi. Generally it is recommended that patients avoid smoking and the ingestion of any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding before any surgery is undertaken.
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and patients are usually able to return to work within 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the actual procedure performed.