Get a Flat Tummy with Abdominoplasty by Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center
Life can be tough on tummies. From pregnancy and childbirth through to weight loss and gain, it’s all too easy to sport a saggy, flabby and heavy tummy that turns bikini season into ‘oh no, not again!’ season. Feel confident in your body again with abdominoplasty/tummy tuck.
What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty, which is also referred to as a tummy tuck, is a procedure where excess fat and loose/saggy skin is removed. This procedure usually focuses on the entire abdomen, starting at the upper abdomen and moving down to the pubic area. Above the belly button, the skin is usually lifted up to the lower ribs. This helps tighten the muscles and skin.
During abdominoplasty, the belly button is also re-shaped and any weak or separated abdominal wall muscles are tightened.
Who is abdominoplasty suitable for?
The best way to figure out if a tummy tuck is suitable for you is to speak to a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Nezami is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with 35 years of experience in private practice of cosmetic and plastic surgery and will happily sit down with prospective patients to discuss their needs and talk about the procedure in more detail.
However, as a general rule, a tummy tuck is suitable for anyone with excess fat around the abdomen, with sagging, hanging skin and weakened or separated tummy muscles.
What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
It’s quite common for Dr. Nezami and the Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center to see patients who are consulting for liposuction, when in fact they’re actually more suited to abdominoplasty and vice versa.
While a tummy tuck is suitable for individuals with sagging or drooping skin over the abdomen, liposuction is the procedure of choice for those with localized excess fat over the abdomen. Liposuction candidates usually have good skin elasticity and have no excess skin. They are unable to get rid of their localized excess weight with diet and exercise.
During liposuction, a narrow tube is inserted through a tiny incision in order to suck up excess fat. Liposuction works because it breaks up the fat cells before sucking them up and out of the body.
Compared to abdominoplasty, the recovery period for liposuction is just two to three days and scarring is minimal.
For those who have excess fat on the tummy but only limited amounts of loose skin, the procedure of choice is a mini tummy tuck where only a small amount of skin is removed.
How long does it take to recover from abdominoplasty?
On average, the recovery period for abdominoplasty is around two to three weeks.
Will I scar?
Yes. However, the scar for abdominoplasty is located just above the pubic area from hipbone to hipbone and is very easy to disguise under a bathing suit.
For any other questions please call our Jacksonville Cosmetic Surgery Center at 904-399 5061.