Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Jacksonville, FL
Do you wear loose fitting shirts or dresses because you have a bulge on your midsection? Why keep yourself from looking and feeling your best when you can remedy the problem with tummy tuck surgery? Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, offers abdominoplasty for men and women in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. 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, Jacksonville Plastic Surgery. We are proud that our facility is an accredited ambulatory surgery center.
What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?
The decision to have a tummy tuck is a very personal one and some of the most common benefits include:
- Dramatically reducing the appearance of a protruding abdomen
- Trimming loose abdominal skin
- Correcting abdominal fat deposits resistant to exercise or diet
- Firming post-pregnancy abdominal muscles
- Removing 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. Most people feel tummy tucks provide a rewarding and beneficial outcome.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
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.
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. Extra skin is removed and a new opening is made for your navel, which is then stitched in 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 Dr. Obi. Before the surgery, patients are advised to avoid smoking and taking any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding.
What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
A partial abdominoplasty, or mini tummy tuck, involves a shorter incision just at or above the pubic region, similar to the incision for a C-section. A mini tummy tuck tightens muscles and removes excess lower abdominal skin. This procedure is typically recommended for patients who are in fairly good physical shape but have plateaued with diet and exercise. The ideal candidate is someone who wants to tighten a very localized area of excess skin or fat, usually between the belly button and pubic bone, rather than someone who has a large amount of excess skin or fat deposits over a broad area of the body.
What is the Downtime After a Tummy Tuck?
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.
If You Look Good, You Feel Good. Schedule Your Consultation Today.
The stubborn fat on your abdomen is not an indication of your commitment to living healthy and taking care of your body. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, explains why men and women in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida, have excess fat on their abdomens that cannot be eliminated by working out and eating healthy. To learn more, contact Jacksonville Plastic Surgery to schedule your complimentary aesthetic consultation.