Dr. Garramone performs tummy tucks in his Fort Myers office. Commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” an abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to correct the changes that occur during pregnancy and also after weightloss.
Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery can look better in clothing and bathing suits and are typically more comfortable engaging in physical activities. They have an increased level of comfort and confidence.
The underlying muscles and tissue of the abdominal wall are tightened, resulting in a trimmer, more youthful physique. Additionally, scars of the lower and mid abdomen can be improved, or in some cases eliminated. The results can, in many cases, be dramatic.
The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can considerably reduce the look of a protruding belly that is out of proportion with the rest of the body. The abdominoplasty is most appropriate for patients who are in good shape but have fat and loose skin in the abdomen region that will not respond to dieting or exercise. This procedure is most often used to treat women after having a pregnancy, which may have caused the abdominal skin and muscles to become weak and loose.
Significant weight gain followed by weight loss, in men or women, can also leave a loose or sagging layer of skin and fat, which can also be treated with an abdominoplasty. Both pregnancy and weight gain cause skin expansion, which causes the deeper elastic structures of the skin to tear, resulting in stretch marks.
Proper diet and exercise may help up to a point after weight loss or pregnancy, but exercise will not take away loose skin and excessive folds. An abdominoplasty is not a procedure to treat obesity nor is it a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Ideally, patients should wait to have a tummy tuck until after planned pregnancies and when weight loss goals are reached.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
Complete abdominoplasty allows maximum results. A tummy tuck achieves this by removing the extra skin that usually contains most if not all of the stretch marks, and tightening the abdominal muscles to enhance your shape and figure. The excess fat is usually contoured with liposuction. Alternatively, a limited procedure, or “mini-abdominoplasty”, may be performed in select patients. In this procedure, the main lower abdominal incision is shorter. A shorter scar allows less skin to be removed. Which approach is best for each patient is decided during the patient’s initial consultation. Scars from previous abdominal surgery may be used for a tummy tuck or removed during the tummy tuck. Using scars from the previous abdominal surgery is often the case for women who have Cesarean section scars. These scars are replaced with a new tummy tuck scar.
An abdominoplasty may be combined with other procedures performed on other parts of the body. For example, liposuction is commonly performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty. In some cases, breast surgery is also combined with an abdominoplasty.
A complete abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation. Most people return to their usual activities approximately two weeks after surgery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for approximately four to six weeks. Giving yourself the proper time to heal and recover is very important.
Pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing take a toll both mentally and physically. For those mothers who want to restore or improve their post-pregnancy body, Dr. Garramone offers Mommy Makeovers. This option combines procedures such as tummy tuck and breast lift into a single-session surgery.
For more information about a Tummy Tuck, or to schedule a Tummy Tuck consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.